Gros Ventre Range Monsoon Storm WY

Best American Made Camping & Backpacking Stoves

By Matt Mullins   updated February 21, 2020

MSR is a world leader in backpacking and camping stoves. They make the fastest boiling stove in their Windburner, and some of the most time-tested and proven white gas and butane stoves available. MSR has been the choice of countless expeditions to every corner of the globe including Antarctica and hasn’t let me down either.

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MSR WindBurner Stove System

If you want a windproof stove to quickly and efficiently boil water, the WindBurner is an excellent choice. This stove excels at boiling water for quick & lightweight backpacking food like freeze dried meals, don’t expect to cook anything else. This system weighs 15 oz. including the 1L insulated pot. The WindBurner edges out the older MSR Reactor Stove due to increased fuel efficiency and wind performance. It should be mentioned… there’s a coffee press kit available for the WindBurner… mmm coffee.
Last observed price range: ~ $113 – 140

MSR Whisperlite International Stove

The Whisperlite International burns multiple types of fuel, making it the best stove for high altitude, international travel, and low temperature cooking (and snow melting). It’s easy to maintain, has a great burner capable of simmering (thus real cooking), and weighs under a pound. Additionally, there’s the more expensive Whisperlite Universal which also burns butane fuel in addition to liquid fuels.
Last observed price range: ~ $75 – 100

MSR XGK-EX Stove

Like the Whisperlite International, the XGK burns a variety of liquid fuels but is truly the ultimate stove for rugged durability and dependability. It’s not without good reason that the XGK is the no. 1 choice for expeditions in extreme conditions like Antarctica.
Last observed price: ~ $120

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