Henry Mountains in southern Utah


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So many choices. Iíve used a lot of stoves over the years. Most work just fine, with only a few always causing issues. The easiest thing you can do for yourself is to buy a canister model. All you have to do is screw the stove onto the canister and light it up. With several canister sizes, the weight is usually light. Thereís also a lot of talk about how canisters donít work in cold temperatures or high altitude. They may not perform as well but people use them to the highest camps on Mt. Everest, Iíve seen them as high as 19,000 feet.

I only recommend the liquid fuel models if you are going on a very long backpacking trip like the entire Pacific Crest Trail or some big climbing expedition. Thereís also the rare person going to nowheresville that might need to use jet fuel in the stove. Iíd guess 95% of multi-fuel stoves ever sold have only used white gas before.
Snow Peak Giga Power Stove with Piezo
Coleman Exponent Feather 442 Dual Fuel Backpacking Stove
MSR PocketRocket Stove

MSR PocketRocket Stove

No prime, minimal grime. The compact and lightweight MSR PocketRocket is a superb canister stove for minimalist adventures and hassle-free weekend backpacking trips. This small design tucks away in the corner of most packs and features a profile smaller than most MSR IsoPro fuel canisters. Unlike liquid fuel stoves, there's no need to hassle with priming the stove--just turn the knob and light the burner. Hot water is moments away. One eight-ounce MSR IsoPro fuel canister will burn for a 60-minute average.



Trusted by mountaineers everywhere as the world's most reliable extreme-condition stove, the MSR's XGK EX boasts unrivaled high altitude performance. A new flexible fuel line allows this stove to fit in a 1.5-liter MSR pot, and new retractable legs and pot supports provide unprecedented cooking stability. Quick to boil water in 2.8 minutes, the high output multi-fuel burner dependably runs on almost any fuel such as white gas, kerosene, and diesel. Perfect for international travel, cooking in less than ideal conditions is now even easier.

MSR Pocket Rocket

I bought this stove in Germany even though it was made near my home in Seattle. Itís been reliable for over 8 years now. Itís so compact; I often forget to take it out of my pack, carrying it needlessly on day hikes.


This is what we used on Mt. McKinley. The XGK is super powerful, uses multiple gasses, and is field maintainable. We actually build a stove stand that allowed 2 XGKís to be placed together for maximum heating power under our large cooking pot. I ended up selling my stove to some porters on Aconcagua who wanted it really bad.
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