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MSR MicroRocket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

The MicroRocket has been discontinued. It was replaced by the MSR PocketRocket 2.

photo: MSR MicroRocket compressed fuel canister stove

A great little stove. Recommended for backpackers!


  • Durable
  • SMALL/lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Boils water quickly


  • Pans don't always sit well on stove — needs to be perfectly flat and still
  • Fuel canisters are a bit bulky

I've had this stove for the past two years and have yet to have a problem with it. Aside from my backpack, it's my favorite piece of gear! This little guy has been with me through rain and snow, along with plenty of nice days in between, and it's performed exactly the same every time.

I'll start with some of the drawbacks of this stove...

Because the stove is small and compact, you can really only put small pots on it. Don't try putting a pan on it, because the weight of the handle could make it topple. Also, the ground needs to be pretty level so your cookware doesn't slide off. The metal struts keep the pot in place, but if you stir too vigorously, it could slide around because the struts are small.

And while the stove is lightweight, it requires fuel, which is potentially a drawback for those who want to go as lightweight as possible. The canisters, while reasonable, do take up extra space and add weight.

Another drawback to this stove is that it would be difficult to cook a meal on it. The stove gets hot enough, and the fuel canister lasts long enough, but since you can't really put a skillet or big pot on it — it's hard to make that work. It's possible, but you may need an extra hand or two. Cook the chili or stew with a different heat source.

But to me, for what I like to do, those are not really issues or deal breakers for me. Like I said before, this thing gets really hot, and I got it to boil water on about a medium setting (full tilt, this thing really is like a rocket!) in about 2 minutes, which is great. I could do it faster, but I don't want flames shooting up the sides of my little 1 liter pot. And since it's little, I even stick my enamel mug on it to heat up my tea in the mornings

The burner is really easy to adjust. There's a little dial that you can turn to make the flame larger or smaller, and just a touch to it changes the flame. I like that it is so responsive. It makes it seem more fuel efficient, which is another thing I like about this stove: a single fuel canister will last you a long time. Now I've mostly used it to just boil water to add to my dehydrated food. One canister has lasted me 7-8 weekend trips and have fuel left over. I am pretty stingy with what I use, so that might be different for other people.

I think MSR did a really good job paying attention to detail with the design. It folds down into something that fits in the palm of your hand, and since there are only a couple moving parts (the folding struts and the flame adjustment knob — I call it the throttle), it is really solid and durable.  

The piezo starter creates just a spark and the stove ignites right away. It's hard to explain through text, but the burner has a little wind guard on it. It basically divides the burner into thirds, so if there is wind, 2/3 of the burner is making a flame and heating your cookware. This is not a full wind's just on the burner. I'll try to post a picture so that you can visualize it better.

Lastly, everything fits nicely into a plastic case. Some people don't want the extra ounces, but I'm not that extreme and I like to take good care of my stuff — I want it to last as long as possible!

Overall, this is a good backpacking stove. It's great for boiling water and reconstituting dehydrated food. It's possible to cook with it, but being such a small stove, there are better camp stoves out there for that. Lightweight, compact, durable, and powerful, I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a good clean flame for food while backpacking. Well worth the money.

Source: received it as a personal gift

I'd love to tell you something bad about this stove, but I can't.


  • Tiny
  • Boils fast
  • Very lightweight
  • Nice striker
  • Compact


  • A little loud

This spring/summer I have been using the Micro Rocket as my go-to stove in an effort to lighten my gear load. 

Several companies make a stove like this and I chose the MSR because I have experience with the brand. 

I have used this stove in temps from 35° to 95°F and in elevations up to about 5,000 feet. 


Fold out the legs, screw it to your gas canister, and light it.  Simple and easy.


Boil times

I didn't time them, but they were around a minute or two for two cups of water. I walked away from it a few times and was surprised that it was boiling only after being gone a short while. It actually boiled fast enough to make hot water for me and my five kids to have dinner, but I would recommend it for no more than three adults. 

Wind Resistance

Conventional wind screens are not to be used with this stove type but the new ones that clip to the canister show promise, I may have to give one a try. Otherwise, the burner puts out so much flame that it resists 10-ish mph wind very well. Much windier and I'd cook in my tent (carefully) or behind a barrier.  

The burner puts out so much heat that elevation and temp swings seem to not affect it like other canister stoves.

It is pretty loud. It's called a rocket for good reason. This much heating causes lots of noise. If silence is your thing then use an alcohol stove. Just understand that heating power and noise go hand in hand. 


The fold-out legs are fine for the size of pots that you use when you are hiking light. This is not designed for 2-quart horse camping pots. It sits on a gas canister so that limits its tip-resistance, but that's an inherent feature of these types of stoves. The parts that the pot sits on glow red during use but don't show any damage after cooling off. 


There is no easier stove; no priming, no training required, just open the valve and light with the handy striker. 

Who needs this stove?

If you want the lightest stove that will actually boil in a reasonable amount of time and can also simmer water try this stove. Alpinists and others who need to cook in their tents and keep pack weight down to a minimum will like this stove as well. For big groups or car camping, maybe not, but when you need hot water right now for yourself and a buddy without overloading your pack this is the stove to reach for. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $39.95

Light, compact, and super efficient. Used for three weeks solid of the Pacific Crest Trail, as well as multiple times in the Scottish Highlands and it worked a dream, boiling water quickly for breakfasts and dinner (freeze dried). Comes with a lighter that works very well and is not flimsy.


  • Lightweight
  • Fast boil time
  • Easy storage
  • Cools down very quickly so you don't have to hang around


  • Would not work well with large pots!
  • Lighter sometimes takes more than one go to light.

If you want something that boils water fast and is super lightweight and compact then look no further because this is what you need!

It's very simple to use and set up with three prongs that need to be folded away in order to store it or use it. The one drawback is that the prongs are quite narrow even when fully spread out. This means that using it with large pots that have a large base surface area may not be so effective. I use it with a GSI 1.4L pot, which is tall and narrow, meaning it works really well. 

It has a fully adjustable burner meaning you can control the size and intensity of the flame :) 

I have used it in a variety of conditions.... 12,000 feet in a gale, 9,000 feet sheltered and calm, and in my kitchen at home. At all of these locations it has boiled around two cups of water in two minutes or less! Very consistent and powerful for something so small!

Finally, it is very well made and feels incredible durable. I am sure if kept well, cleaned and looked after properly it will last a very long time (hopefully will be able to prove this myself).

If you in the market for a new or first stove go and grab one now!!!!!!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 30 Pounds

A very compact, easy to use, lightweight canister stove and generally an improvement over the A-standard MSR PocketRocket.


  • Compact size
  • Weight
  • Flame control


  • Gap between tines is greater than the PocketRocket
  • A slightly longer set-up than the PocketRocket
  • Spent canisters create more waste

I used the MSR PocketRocket for 10 years until the Micro peaked my interest because of its more compact size. I gave my old rocket to a friend in need (which he's still using), and this justified my move to the MicroRocket.  I have been mostly happy with this move, though I miss some features of the PocketRocket

Flame Control: The MicroRocket has excellent flame control, comparable to the previous model. It functions just about the same, as well.

Fuel efficiency is not as good as stoves in the modular category, like Jetboils.

Packability: The Micro scores high in being able to fit inside my GSI Soloist pot, along with the fuel canister. I like to have everything together in one package.

Setup: The Micro is pretty easy setup, though I find that in having to first rotate and then fold the chines out (a 2 step-process), the previous model was an even faster setup, as the chines merely swung out. There is no integral piezo but I find ignition simple with a firesteel.

Stability: The PocketRocket always concerned me because the chines didn't fold out enough to allow full contact with the base of a pot. No matter the size of the pot, just the upper half or the chines were in contact. While the MicroRocket achieves a flatter base (the chines rotate so they are flat), the gap between the chines is now larger.

I used to be able to use a very small aluminum cup as my minimalist pot. But this cup cannot be used with the Micro, as it will slide off. Larger pots do just fine, but I dislike losing the ability to cook small amounts of water in my small cup. For this reason, the Micro loses a star.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50

MSR MicroRocket is simply the best lightweight stove bar none!


  • Ultra light
  • Foolproof operation
  • Excellent stowage


  • I can't think of one.

I have had this stove for over one year and it lives in my trout fishing bag, not the best of places to be but out it comes 3 or 4 times a day and performs faultlessly every time. It is just so easy to set up and rapid boil or gentle simmer it does with tweak of the key control. Most day trips it is just tea and a dish of 2 minute noodles, but longer wilderness trips it does all meals too.

I have made a aluminum foil wind break which folds out when needed going over a windy pass for instance. For a week of wilderness travel I use one large 225 g tank of propane/butane gas for one person with two cooked one-pot meals a day plus hot drinks.


Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Too little

This stove is compact and light. When folded up it fits into a container about half the size of a beer can. With the spark lighter no matches are needed!


  • Fast to set up
  • Compact and light
  • Comes with ignighter
  • Uses any screw-on canister


  • Storage case cheap plastic.
  • A little slow in cold weather
  • The smallest MSR branded canisters are kinda big compared to the Giga Power small canisters

Setting up the stove is a simple matter of removing it from its storage case, unfolding the pot supports, screwing the stove into the canister and lighting it. The burner separator allows it to stay lit in windy conditions. The flame can be reduced quite low to keep things simmering.

The fuel efficiency is lower in cold conditions because the stove is less efficient. The stove is fairly stable but one must watch the pot position on the supports. It's easy to get it off to one side. The canister forms frost on the sides while in-use. Be careful to dry this off before storing to avoid getting things in your pack wet.

The Giga Power cartridges are smaller that the smallest MSR cartridge and I opted for those. Heated over a gallon of water with one cartridge with fuel still remaining.

On its maiden voyage it performed quite well. Although a little slower and less efficient in the cold, the size and ease of use make it more desirable than liquid fuel stoves I've used in the past.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $59

Extremely compact and easy to pack into other gear, the MicroRocket exceeded my expectations. It had water boiling in less than 2 minutes and easily supported my fairly large GSI Dualist pot.


  • Heats very quickly
  • Extremely small and compact
  • Reasonable price


  • Couldn't really see the flame so it was hard to tell if I needed to turn it up or down

Used my MicroRocket for the first time on an overnight in Killarney Provincial Park early this week. It is very easy to set up, lit quickly with the supplied starter, and had over 500ml of water boiling in just over a minute. It was quite windy and gusty and we were on an exposed outcrop of rock. Even though the flame seemed as though it would blow out it never did.

I was concerned the arms were too small for my GSI Dualist pot, but it was not a problem as long as it was on level ground. The price was reasonable. Love this stove and how small it compacts. It easily fits inside other gear!

The only thing I wasn't sure of was the flame height. It was quite loud when started at 3/4 turn from off, and I wasn't sure if I was wasting fuel by having the flame too high. That said, I have only used it for three meals to date and haven't tried simmering yet. Hope it lasts a long time!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60 CAD

5 stars for small, lightweight, durable, great adjustability.


  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable
  • Clean design

Great stove. I use it with the GSI MicroDualist — great combo! Had a tough time deciding between this setup and JetBoil — glad I chose the MSR MicroRocket/ GSI setup. No offense to JetBoil— it looks like a great product as well but no regrets in this purchase.

Worth the price. Packs tiny, lighter included has not failed me (added a few waterproof matches to container just in case), fairly durable, great adjustability. I have used it in snow, rain, wind, hot weather — no problems. I've used tiny to large fuel tanks and all have worked great.

I highly recommend the MSR MicroRocket!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55

Good stove. Would recommend to anyone.


  • Small and lightweight
  • Simmer
  • Easy to use


  • Can be a little unstable
  • A little expensive

This stove is perfect if you are looking to lighten your load, but still want a good stove. It is easy to use and boils water quick. I love how it folds up.

The only downside is that it can be a little unstable if you don't pay attention to what you are doing.

Overall I love my MicroRocket stove!!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55

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