Liquid Fuel Stoves

The best liquid fuel stoves, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 10, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Liquid Fuel Stove Reviews

Optimus Svea

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Older technology but dependable. My first Svea 123 I purchased in the 1970s when I started backpacking. The old girl never let me down and provided enough heat to cook any trail food that was on the menu. This is so durable that if one would go on eBay you could find many antique 123's that work as good as they did when new. I say my first because the original suffered a broken stem valve back in the '90s and due to no internet I had no idea where to get a new one.  I recently purchased a new version… Full review

Optimus Polaris Optifuel

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lightweight, well built stove. Excellent flame control, even better than my Whisperlite. Good boiling times. It is loud, so I'd recommend buying a a silencer cap. Have enjoyed using it with the cap. Hike and camp in the Colorado Rockies. Bought this after reading and researching a lot of stoves. Was not happy with my WhisperLite Universal, which although better than my old Coleman in some ways, was not as good in others. Was tired of needing to change "jets" when changing fuels. This solved my issues… Full review

MSR WhisperLite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Workhorse Before reviewing this we need to address the elephant in the room, something I refer to as gear Stockholm Syndrome. We tend to have overly fond feelings about equipment when it is used to bail us out of uncomfortable situations. For example, you are caught in a driving rain, you retreat to your tent and are warm and dry. Because the tent kept you from a cold and wet night your opinion of that particular tent is higher than it would be if you never got caught in the rain. I bring this up… Full review

Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars A fun stove. Svea 123r is a self pressurizing white gas (Coleman Lantern Fuel, Naphtha, Shellite) backpacking stove. The stove's base serves as an integrated fuel tank which can not be refilled on the fly. It holds about 40-60 minutes burn time of fuel. The stove produces excellent heat, but due to narrow size would not recommend putting large group pot on top. The stove like many liquid fuel stoves has two speeds, full blast and off. You can lower the flame, but the burner is small so all the heat… Full review

MSR WhisperLite Universal

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great stove with a lot of adaptability, especially if hiking or camping with a small group of people. I grew up on a Svea 123 using gasoline, not white gas, for fuel. This stove is (I still have it) a blowtorch and never let me down when I needed it. Forty years later, the seals are dried out, it doesn't pressurize the same, and I thought it time to move into the 21st century. The MSR Universal Multi-fuel is the best of both worlds. I really like being able to use gasoline for my stove, it's available… Full review

Coleman Peak 1 Stove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I’ve owned two of these Peak 1 single burner stoves. I’ve only had the best of luck with my stoves. Just love it and can usually find replacement parts if necessary. I like that I don’t need to connect a braided fuel hose to a fuel canister. I bought my first Peak 1 in 1990 and it was a replacement from a Coleman Sportster, which was an older and heavier model 405. It was wonderful in 1980 but was large and held more fuel but didn’t boil water as quick. The newer models burn dual fuel, but… Full review

Coleman 550B Multi-Fuel Stove

rated 4 of 5 stars Excellent old school stove. The Coleman 550B is an excellent stove that has been proven on the trail by campers and by several countries‘ militaries in the field. It is meant to be carried in a pack and used with lighter weight cookware. It has full flame control and can be used from full blast for snow melting and water boiling to simmering for rice cooking or trout browning. The stove is designed for people who actually cook in the field, not for the ultralight crowd who only boil water. For… Full review

Coleman Peak 1 Stove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love my Peak 1 stove! I have two Peak 1 stoves, both built in the early 1980s, and I won't buy a new one unless I have no choice. The flame control from simmer to full works perfectly, and that is a huge plus when simmering pasta/sauce for 10 minutes. The one=piece design means no hooking up fuel tanks or anything, just gas and go. It can be tough to light on cold mornings (think mid-October in Maine), but pre-heating the generator helps resolve that. I have the original (brown) Peak 1. Full review

Optimus 8R

rated 5 of 5 stars Brilliant in the sort of way that makes people affectionate for the item, in the manner of Tellus vacuum cleaners and the Volvo cars of the time—well engineered, made to last, with sturdy design ethics. I include the instructions that came with the unit, for anyone out there that may find them useful. To prime the unit, I use the shell of an old de-needled syringe that I dip in the tank, place my finger over the hole in the top of the syringe hole to extract the Fuelite, place this in the priming… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
MSR WhisperLite Universal Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (47)
Optimus Svea
$117 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (41)
MSR DragonFly Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$94 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Primus OmniFuel Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$153 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR XGK-EX Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Primus OmniLite TI Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$171 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Primus Onja
$75 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Primus PrimeTech 1.3L Stove Set
$117 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (42)
MSR WhisperLite
$90
user rating: 4 of 5 (42)
MSR WhisperLite International Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GSI Outdoors Glacier Camp Stove
$20 - $24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Optimus Polaris Optifuel Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$134 - $179
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (16)
Optimus Nova
$120 - $149
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (9)
Optimus Nova+
$150
user rating: 3 of 5 (11)
Optimus Hiker+
$164 - $219
Kovea Booster+1 Stove Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$175
GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Canister Stove
$50
Trangia X2 Multi-Fuel Stove Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$198
GSI Outdoors Pinnacle 4 Season Stove
$80
Primus Gravity III
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Optimus 111B
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Woodland Power Stove
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Coleman Peak 1 Stove
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Coleman Peak 1 Feather 400
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Chinese Canister Stove Knockoff
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Coleman Sportster Dual Fuel II
$70 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Primus MultiFuel Compressed Fuel Canister Stove / Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$168 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
No Limits Compact Butane Stove
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Dual Fuel 533 Stove
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Century Single Burner Stove
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (11)
Soto Muka
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Edelrid Opilio
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mini Outdoor Portable Camping Picnic Stove
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Coleman Fyrestorm SS Stove Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$175 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (7)
Coleman Fyrestorm Ti Stove Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$220 MSRP
Primus PrimeTech Stove Kit Lite 2.3
Primus Essential Lite 1.3
GSI Outdoors Halulite Minimalist Complete
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Optimus 8R
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Primus Gravity II MF Compressed Fuel Canister Stove / Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
$144 MSRP
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Multi Fuel Stove Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Brunton Lander Stove Liquid Fuel Stove / Canister Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MSR XGK II Shaker Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Primus Himalaya
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Optimus No. 00
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Peak 1 Apex
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman 533 Liquid Fuel Stove / Multi-Fuel Stove
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (19)
MSR SimmerLite
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Coleman Feather 442 Dual Fuel Stove
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Coleman Exponent Apex II
discontinued