As the name says, multi-fuel stoves allow you to burn more than one type of fuel. This can be useful if you're traveling abroad. Keep in mind, there are different versions of multi-fuel stoves, and not all stoves burn all fuels.
- Often multi-fuel stoves refer to liquid fuel stoves that can burn more than one type of liquid fuel (for example the MSR Dragonfly buns white gas, kerosene, unleaded auto fuel, diesel, jet fuel).
- Hybrid multi-fuel stoves can burn multiple types of fuel (for example the MSR WhisperLite Universal can burn canister fuel, white gas, kerosene, and unleaded gasoline).
- Some alcohol, solid fuel, and wood stoves have multiple options (for example the Vargo Triad Multi-Fuel Stove burns alcohol, solid fuel tabs, and gels).
The best multi-fuel stoves, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 22, 2023. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.
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Recent Multi-Fuel Stove Reviews
Vargo Triad Multi-Fuel Stove
Burns fuel, lacking functionality. Got er about 2 years ago. Used couple dozen times as secondary stove to mainline MSR Dragonfly (make tea/coffee while dinner/breakfast cooking idea). Realised my GSI outdoors cup is too narrow for the 3 pegs and sat funny/tipping over while brewing. Also did not like the large potfuls of hard earned chow sitting on 3 pegs just threatening to tip over if you but lapsed on your attention once. So, to the drawing board. Tools: pencil die grinder with cutoff wheel,… Full review
The best and the most reliable backpacking stove I've ever used. Every year, the trails I haunt beckon me to pack the K2 Longbed and get away from civilization once more. Each time I go off into the wilderness, I pack the MSR Dragonfly. It's the same one I purchased in 1993, and the same stove that consistently works without fail, heats up my tea, and makes one-pot cooking a delight. Full review
This is a stable and reliable stove for base camp cooking or backpacking. I have used a number of MSR stoves over the years (Whisperlite, XGK, XGK EX, and the Dragonfly); they have all been reliable performers. The O-ring at the fuel line interface with the pump has always been the failure point…I replace it annually with an inexpensive O-ring from the hardware store. After 10-15 years, the pip on the pump’s NRV (non-return valve) gets hard; I just buy a new pump. Operating this stove is straightforward…pump… Full review
Optimus Polaris Optifuel
Well built. Needs an additional silencer cap to achieve its potential. I bought this recently as an alternative to my Coleman 442 and to replace a Primus Omnilite. I tested it with its normal flame spreader boiling half a litre of water with canister gas, white gas, and kerosene. Apart from being very loud, which I expected, I found the performance on canister gas disappointing. It took a full minute longer than the other fuels to boil half a litre, and simmer control was poor, having a tendency… Full review
Replaced my great WhisperLite that got destroyed getting caught up in a dog leash and went on a good run. I considered getting another but starting looking at the DrangonFly due to greater control of the heat After a few years @10, found the pump rather came apart and in contacting MSR wanting to purchase another pump they graciously replaced the entire pump assembly..that was about 15 years ago. That is such great customer service. About 20 years ago they did the same on my MSR water filter so… Full review
Could be better; I'll give it 5 stars if MSR fulfilled the frequently asked requests. I will not rephrase all of the greatness of this stove like all those above reviews. I will save time by reviewing the uncovered review. I have finally read all the reviews and comments about MSR Dragonfly in Trailspace and voted up all those reviews. I bought the MSR Dragonfly in used, mint condition like new. I've modified the fuel line connector to be able to use a Lindal type adapter. And I chose to use the… Full review
I've had mine for many, many years. Used it for trips all over the world. I can make it simmer (it's an acquired skill). I've burned almost every flammable liquid in it. Easy to use, maintain, and rebuild in the field. I bought it at REI many, many years ago and It's been with me on bicycle trips all over the world for durations of a few days to 11 months. I've rebuilt it multiple times and it keeps on working. It has burned almost every flammable liquid that I found along the way (white gas,… Full review
Primus OmniLite TI
As an expedition stove for backpacking where every gram counts, this is hard to beat. The titanium construction makes it feel sturdy despite the low weight. Used mainly for motorcycle camping this weight saving is not as critical. Boil times and consumption are good typical of this kind of stove. The pump being of metal construction feels solid and effective, though mine is still relatively new. Time will tell. Maintenance is easy using the tool provided and this includes a pricker for clearing… Full review
I bought a new Primus Omnifuel 2 and after the second use the burner bell deformed severely. It's two months old and I can't get Primus warranty to even return my emails or phone calls. I would even be willing to pay for a new burner assembly, but Primus is the only place I know that has them and I get zero response. Update: Primus is sending me a new stove. It's a solid stove but I recommend disconnecting that spring. It contracts when super hot. That's what I will do and it should be fine. I bought… Full review