gas, gasoline, kerosene
Edelrid's answer to the classic MSR Dragonfly that…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £139
Edelrid's answer to the classic MSR Dragonfly that does not disappoint. Lighter, more compact, and compatible with a Trangia pot stand, this multi-fuel stove truly is one of the most versatile on the market.
- Compatible with Trangia pot stand
- Heavier than gas burners
Described by Edelrid as a new-generation, ultra-light, multi-fuel stove. Weighing just 220 grams, it’s one of the lightest stoves in its class. I have been impressed by other Edelrid products for their quality and innovation (particularly the gas canister converter which has saved m a great deal of money) and this is no exception.
The stove is very similar in appearance to an MSR DragonFly, but it is smaller, lighter, and more refined. It also is a little more expensive. It comes with a fuel bottle. It can burn Coleman fuel, unleaded, and kerosene. It can also be used with gas canisters (including the afore mentioned canister converter). My experience of the stove is with gas canisters and Coleman fuel.
It brought water to a rolling boil rapidly and I used it to cook a stew among other meals. It simmers fairly well but there was some scorching on the bottom of the pan as I could not get it down to a very low simmer. Open up the throttle and it literally roars as it rapidly boils water. This may not be ideal if you are cooking early in the morning or late at night on a campsite or if you wish to keep a low profile when wild camping.
I’m not sure why or how the decision was made but Edelrid also designed a plate to attach to the burner so that it can be inserted into a Trangia pot stand. I have used it this way several times and it works a treat. There is no need to carry the legs if it is used this way and the wind shield meant that fuel can be burned more efficiently in windier conditions. Is definitely adds versatility and makes it more attractive than the Dragonfly.
As with all multi-fuel stoves priming them is an art form and takes practise. If one isn’t careful, it can be downright dangerous. I’ve seen flare ups 2-3 feet high on these stoves in the past. They are also heavier and bulkier than a canister-only burner. That said, the versatility and performance make them a winner at altitude or in more remote areas where fuel may vary from place to place. Also, there is something more satisfying about the use of these stoves you just don’t get from a canister stove.
Overall, this is a well thought out take on the MSR Dragonfly which is smaller and lighter. Given the cost, it is best suited to expedition and high altitude use especially in remote areas. Its compatibility with a Trangia pot stand may also be useful. There are other lighter and more efficient stoves on the market such as the MSR PocketRocket or Alpkit Koro which will suffice for shorter trips closer to the beaten track where fuel supplies are plentiful.
Used for various trips to Snowdonia National Park where it was used in conjunction with a Trangia pot stand. Used on sections of the Brecon Beacons Way for general purpose cooking and boiling water.