Backpacking and Camp Stoves

Recent Backpacking/Camp Stove Reviews

MSR WindBurner Duo Stove System

rated 5 of 5 stars I have the MSR Windburner 1.8L system, for two people instead of one. My wife and I camp and backpack together. For car camping we have cast iron and a portable stove. But for backpacking, including five AT section hikes, that obviously won’t do.  We’ve tried the PocketRocket and similar things. With a titanium pot it is light, usually won’t blow out, and reasonably fuel efficient.  We have also used the one-liter pot size Windburner. But for two people when you are both hungry the fast… Full review

MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System

rated 4 of 5 stars Nice compact and efficient system, some quirks need to be addressed. I have used this stove on a couple of trekkings and one vacation now, sometimes carrying it in my backpack along with a tent and so on. So far I have used it for making tea, either for breakfast or to carry along in a thermos bottle. In the future I  may use it for heating water to apply inside the bag of a dried meal. That might include melting snow. I am curious how that would turn out in cold and on altitude. Advantages for… Full review

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Alcohol Fuel Bottle Fuel Bottle
$3
Liberty Mountain Plastic Match Box Accessory
$2
Coghlan's Filter Funnel Accessory
$2 - $3
Ultimate Survival Technologies Fuel Cubes Fuel
$2
Optimus Fuel Bottle Child Safe Cap Fuel Bottle
$2
Zippo Lighter Fluid Fuel
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Folding Stove Solid Fuel Stove
$3 - $5
Jetboil Cozy Accessory
$3
Olicamp Aluminum Matchbox Accessory
$4
Trangia Stove Strap Accessory
$4
Trangia Simmering Ring Accessory
$4
Trangia O-ring Accessory
$4
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Vargo Aluminum Pot Gripper Accessory
$4 MSRP
Trangia Screwcap with O-Ring Accessory
$4
Snow Peak GigaPower Fuel Fuel
$5 MSRP
Optimus Filling Funnel Accessory
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Fuel Bottle Cap Accessory
$5 - $6
Clikstand Solid Fuel Adapter Accessory
$5
Jetboil JetPower Fuel 100g Fuel
$55
Optimus Refill Adaptor Accessory
$5
BioLite BioFuel Pellets Fuel
$6
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Jetboil Maintenance Kit Stove Maintenance Kit
$6 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Jetboil CrunchIt Accessory
$6 - $7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Jetboil Fuel Can Stabilizer Accessory
$6 - $9
Kelly Kettle Pot Support Accessory
$6
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Esbit Solid Fuel Tablets Fuel
$6 - $8
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Primus PowerGas 110 g Fuel
$6 MSRP
Trangia Cover Accessory
$6
Optimus Fuel Fuel
$6 - $59
MSR Child-Resistant Fuel Bottle Cap Accessory
$7 - $9
Jetboil Zip Cozy Accessory
$7
GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Windscreen Stove Windscreen
$7
Trangia Safety Valve Accessory
$7
 
Jetboil 1L Short Cozy Accessory
$7
Optimus Vega Windfoil Stove Windscreen
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Folding Stove Solid Fuel Stove
$8
Emberlit Storage Sleeve Accessory
$8
Soto Ignitor Repair Kit Stove Maintenance Kit
$8
Soto WindMaster TriFlex Pot Support Accessory
$8
Soto Micro Windscreen Stove Windscreen
$8
Trangia Spirit Burner Preheater Accessory
$8
Optimus Canister Stand Accessory
$9
Optimus Windfoil Stove Windscreen
$9
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Jetboil Pot Support & Stabilizer Accessory
$9
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Primus Foot Rest Accessory
$9
Zippo Fuel Canister Fuel Bottle
$9 - $10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Windscreen Stove Windscreen
$9 - $10
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Optimus Sparky Accessory
$10 - $12
MSR Annual Maintenance Kit Stove Maintenance Kit
$10 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Snow Peak GigaPower Windscreen Stove Windscreen
$10
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