Six Best Backpacking Stoves for Cooking on The Trail

The MSR Dragonfly is a camp chef’s stove of choice, boasting a highly sensitive simmer capacity allocated by a dual-valve design. Its only downsides are a heavy weight at 14 ounces and the loud noise it makes while cooking — a small price to pay for a gourmet meal at the end of a long day on the trail.

MSR Whisperlite Universal

Why should you buy this: The MSR Whisperlite Universal burns any fuel source and is extremely easy to maintain.

The MSR Whisperlite Universal is the only stove on the market capable of utilizing both liquid and canister fuel sources. It’s also the lightest stove compared to others in its class and is extremely easy to maintain.

This hybrid-fuel stove system is ideal for domestic backpacking ventures and will be coveted on overseas expeditions. At 11 ounces, it’s not terribly heavy for the adaptability it offers. AirControl technology ensures exceptional performance no matter what fuel type is selected. MSR designed it to provide consistent output from canisters and is efficient in cold weather conditions. The MSR Whisperlite Universal’s solid, stainless steel frame ensures stability and is designed to keep weight minimal.

MSR Reactor

Why should you buy this: The MSR Reactor offers a highly efficient use of fuel and bigger pot capacity options.

The MSR Reactor is by far the most fuel-efficient option on the market and gets water boiling faster than any other comparable product. The protective housing allocated by the all-in-one design makes for the ultimate performance in windy conditions. This high-efficiency stove ensures minimal fuel waste.

The included pot packs together with the stove into a small, compact size ideal for alpine expeditions and long treks. Unfortunately, the pot doesn’t attach to the stove, attributing to a lack of stability while cooking, and it doesn’t allow for simmering. This means the product may not be ideal for much more than boiling water for coffee and freeze-dried meals.

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