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 August 29, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.
Recent Multi-Fuel Stove Reviews
Very good for four-season solo or couple backpacking stove. Preheat and fuel recovery somewhat annoying, but it would build up with patience and practice. Preheating should be very cautious, unless overheating may result in overwhelming volcanic flame. Of course windscreen is mandatory and most important factor of stove efficiency, even in no wind. Suitable for 600~750 titanium cup. Previous version was very difficult, too slippery not to use practically. Full review
Not ultralight, but bombproof. Easy to set up. Easy to light in normal temps. Takes more effort in winter. Highly adjustable flame. Boils a litre in about 3 minutes (summer). Frying takes a bit of work due to small flame footprint...requires that you constantly move frying pan around. Requires the windscreen for sure. Have to be careful with stability. It is noisy and somewhat heavy compared to others, but it’s indestructable. The only issue I experienced is when somebody overtightened the pump… Full review
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. 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… Full review
It's easy to use, has amazing flame control, and get stuff hot super fast. It's as fast as a Jetboil when we tested side by side, and definitely more versatile. I use it all the time and it's held up so well. This is the best little cook stove around for versatile options. I picked one up used for like 15 bucks and it's been amazing. Haven't even had to service it in about six years. It's easy to use, has amazing flame control, and get stuff hot super fast. It's as fast as a Jetboil when we tested… Full review
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
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
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
Why else would it be the most used stove on expeditions? I've owned and used the MSR WhisperLite, SimmerLite, and the Dragonfly's predecessor the Firefly that I bought in '81 when they first came out. The design of the Dragonfly has similarities with some major improvements. The Firefly was a white gas/Coleman fuel stove that would burn unleaded gas in a pinch, but it tended to clog the jet with bits of carbon and it wasn't fun to clear. The stove would shut down and after cooling it took removing… Full review
Three times a day, every day for four years. This is how every product should be made. We are fortunate to live an unusual life on the road. Some people love to eat out while traveling. For us, we love to visit the local markets and shop for unusual ingredients then go back to our camp and make an interesting meal. The MSR Dragonfly is the perfect stove for this type of travel. It simmers beautifully yet produces a roaring flame when melting snow. It burns a variety of fuels so there is no difficulty… Full review
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