Awesome rocket-like snow melting/water boiling capability,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Can't remember that far back!


Awesome rocket-like snow melting/water boiling capability, fantastic reliability combined with a multi-fuel option—what's not to like?


  • Reliable
  • Field maintainable


  • Solid fuel line / packability
  • Tad noisy

MSR_XGK-II-Shaker-Jet-568x500.jpg                                          MSR XGK II Shaker Jet Stove (1994 model)

I've been using the MSR XGK II since 1998 and it's still going strong. In 2013-14 I used it while deployed in Africa using petrol and diesel, and since getting back to NZ it must have done hundreds of days tramping, climbing, and ski touring with white sprits and it never missed a beat.

Finally sent it away to MSR's NZ agent for a service and overhaul last year, and I reckon it'll be good for another twenty years of faithful service.

The only negative I have is that the solid fuel line means it can't be packed away in a billy (that's a pot to you Yanks).


Thanks for the review of your MSR stove, Gunner Mac! Sounds like you've been getting your money's worth out of it. If you have any pics of yours still in use, those would be great to see.

1 year ago

Thanks for the review and the vocabulary lesson. I'm going to start calling my pot a billy to confuse other hikers!

1 year ago

Incredibly reliable stove for extreme conditions.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a personal gift


Incredibly reliable stove for extreme conditions.


  • Extremely reliable
  • Easy maintenance
  • Fuel availability
  • Boils water quickly


  • Almost impossible to simmer
  • Rigid fuel line

I use my XGK II Shaker at least twice a month, but usually more. I use this as opposed to a gas canister stove because my friends and I usually hike in 2-6 person groups, and gas canisters tend to get cold and lose pressure when cooking for long periods of time.

The stove is very easy to set up, and I can have it running in less than a minute. It's also very easy to prime. The flame control is somewhat lacking though. It's pretty much off or flames of hell. It boils water quickly though, and since I rarely have the need to simmer anything it serves me well. I use a thick aluminum wind screen to get water boiling quickly. I've used this stove in wet and windy conditions and never had a problem with it.

Fuel lasts a long time. I usually fill up with white gas, but I've also used unleaded pump gas. Pump gas doesn't burn as clean and it did clog up my stove on a four-day hike, but the stove is very easy to disassemble and clean, so this isn't really a problem.

This is not the most compact or lightweight setup, but if you need reliability or gas canisters are not readily available, this is an excellent stove. Mine is 20 years old (my uncle passed it down to me), and still works amazingly well. I've considered getting one of the newer MSR liquid fuel stoves, but this one still works perfectly well.


It's nice to hear about gear that has held up well for decades, Roberto! Thanks for the review.

2 months ago

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