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MSR Pocket Rocket Stove

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Minimalist, lightweight camping adventures call for MSR's PocketRocket Stove.

The MSR 3-ounce PocketRocket defines ultralight for all you gram-counting backpackers. Its compact stature does not eliminate functional controls, as there is no preheating, priming, or pressurizing required. Just twist the glove-friendly control valve and light. The PocketRocket stove quickly delivers a steady, hot flame that backcountry chefs can adjust to a simmer or boil without taking off their mitts. It excels on any trip where low weight and a hot meal are optimal; fast-and-light climbs and multiday ascents included.
  • Compact size allows this stove to fit inside the MSR Insulated Mug (sold separately)
  • Reinforced pot supports provide superior stability over similar compact stove designs
  • Focused burner head pushes a strong, consistent flame that resists interference from wind
  • Note: freezing temps can reduce the performance of a canister stoves, so you may want to go with a liquid fuel stove for wintertime trips
  • Note: fuel canister sold separately
  • Item #CAS0368

Tech Specs

Material
steel
Fuel Type
MSR IsoPro
Boil Time
3.5 min
Burn Time
60 min
Simmer
yes
Claimed Weight
3 oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, camping
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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Perfect

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stove is exactly what I want, easy to use, light, efficient. I've used it extensively and it's never let me down. The only downside is if you put a big pot on, it could tip over if not perfectly balanced. I use a windscreen with it, so that minimizes the problem.

Hell's Kitchen

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this stove used about 7 years ago and it has given me absolutely NO problems at all. Its light weight (about 3oz), its reliable as it gets, and its affordable. If you want to cook like the Gordon Ramsey of the backcountry this is not the stove for you. But if you are more concerned with weight and space and need to boil water quick this is your stove.

Keeping it simple and doing a great job

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Talk about value, this stove is so simple and light, but performs amazing well over hundreds of burns. This is the stove to go to when you want to go light and don't want problems.

Great Value great size

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Recently used this product after watching many reviews on YouTube about this being a great product so I gave it a try. First time was before leaving for a three day camping trip. Boiled 1 liter of water in about 5-6 minutes in 80degree weather. On the trip it performed great in everything from boiling water to warming up beans. The ease of use small size and light weight made it perfect for backpacking. I would recomend this to anyone wanting a small lightweight backpacking stove.

Amazing! Very reliable and easy to use.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I planned a week long car camping trip at Olympic National Park. It was my first time using a camp stove and needed something small and light since I try to pack ultralight in my travels. This stove is perfect.



It is easy to use, powerful and efficient. Some people say that it's really only good for boiling water, which isn't true. What is true in my experience is that the heat does not transfer very far out from the center of the unit, so you'll need to continuously stir your food to prevent it from burning. For reference, I was using a 0.6 liter titanium pot with this stove. Your results may differ depending on the metal your cookware is made of.



This stove heats food *really* fast, and I don't mind the stirring. Cooking up some maple blueberry oatmeal or tomato bisque within a temperate rain forest was a calm and meditative experience. The stirring helped me stay present.



I enjoyed hot tea on rugged beaches...this stove enhanced my vacation greatly and is my favorite piece of equipment. The build is solid and I expect it to last a lifetime with proper care. The case it comes with it's perfect for babying it.



I was lucky to snag this for $30.00 when it went on sale. Full price of $40 though is still worth every penny.



If you are budget minded, like to travel light and efficiently, look no further. This product is absolutely stellar!

Amazing! Very reliable and easy to use.

E-Z P-Z

    I don't have anything to compare this to, but I bought this after reading and watching countless reviews. I'm a bit new to the scene so I was a bit worried about buying things without quadruple checking. Anyway, used this on a trip to Sycamore Canyon, AZ and it worked so, so well. Used a small canister for 12 meals and 6 cups of coffee with plenty of fuel left. Love that you can mess around with the heat setting. Insanely easy to use and easy to pack away.

    Small and reliable

      This is an awesome little guy. I'm sure if you read down through the reviews, people will all agree that this thing rocks. Just how small and efficient it is, is one of the reasons why I like it as much as I do. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is thinking to buy it or not.

      Great

        I've used this stove for thru hiking to car camping and everything in between. It's lightweight, and reliable. Being able to use different size pots is great for camping in groups or cooking gourmet dinners.

        Pocket Powahh

          People say you can spend many an hour reflecting on the facts and fictions of life whilst hiking mile after mile on a trail, whether through the wooded wonders of the forest or up the sides of a rugged, booming mountain top. Having hiked many a mile myself, I really thought that with this amount of reflection I had a chance at being the next Thoreau, Walden, or Dillard. However, the fact of my life is, all I really think about when hiking is what, when, and where my next meal will be. And thank the heavens above for the invention of this little devil, the PocketRocket. I absolute trust and adore the efficiency, reliability, and versatility of this stove. Not only is it super lightweight, this thing has water boiling in a matter of minutes. Who knew a little gadget could be so dangerously impressive? I’ve cooked lightweight backpacker meals and fired up some gourmet meat and potatoes in a pot over this little flame. Although there is not much of a simmer on this baby, and it doesn’t do great in super cold temperatures, it is my go-to stove the rest of the time.

          Power in a small package

          • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

          Have only tried my Pocket Rocket around the house, but looking forward to using it on the trail. Great design, love the packaging, very well built. Great product and best of all got a great sale price at Backcountry.com.

          Hey Charles! Where are you planning to use the pocket rocket? If you have any questions before you take it into the field, feel free to reach me directly. I've had quite a bit of experience using this item as a backpacking guide.

          Expert Gearhead
          Jelam@backcountry.com

          LOVE this little powerhouse!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Simple, straight-forward perfection. Tough, light-weight little bugger with no-fuss pot support system, rugged construction and fool-proof simplicity of design. So many micro-stoves have complicated hinging that makes extending the pot supports a hassle. Not so with the PocketRocket. Simple, smooth extension that locks in place easily, supports my GSI Pinnacle Dualist quite reliably even when full and has crazy heat output. Super-adjustable, from a low simmer to full rolling boil and shows great heat transfer to the pot even without a wind guard.
          The only thing I miss on this is an auto-ignition system, but at this price, I am happy to use a lighter.

          Great Stove

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I've used this stove hundreds of times, I've taken it on countless multi day/week backcountry trips and it still works as good as when I got it years ago. The way I use it, for making coffee, oatmeal, fish and all other types of bc treats I can easily count on one canister lasting a little over a week. It packs down pretty small and it will work no matter what conditions you are in assuming you are able to block wind with something. My suggestion would be to get this stove and get after it.

          Can't beat it for the price

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Now this may not be an all in one stove, but for those who have access to canister stoves and aren't consistently in below freezing conditions, this stove is tough to beat for backpacking. While not as field serviceable as the whisperlite, this little thing takes less than 2 seconds to set up and is boiling water under 5 mins. May not be your only stove, but definitely a great 3 season stove.

          It's the Standard

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          What else is there to say. After trying to deal with Primus Classic Trail and a few other stoves in this range, I don't think I'll pack anything other than this. Lightweight and definitely packs down the smallest. Quick boil time and good canister life, and works in all four seasons. It all packs down into my pot and weighs next to nothing.

          The Lightweight Staple

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I love the PocketRocket. The only issue clear with the stove actually has nothing to do with the stove itself - the included piezo lighter falls apart near instantly. Carrying a lighter will solve this problem and offer far more use.

          Light, easily folded, quickly cooled, and hearty, it's a sure mate for your ultralight or extended trips. I've used it in the dead of the Colorado winter, at the top of 14000 peaks, and across multi-day trips, and have never had it fail. Your fuel will let you down first.

          Perfect for backpacking or camping

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I bought this one as it was recommended to me, and it's perfect for what I need. Packs down super small, it's lightweight enough, and setup is super easy. You do have to be careful with what you balance on it - frying pans are difficult, but small pots fit great. The only trouble I have is when it's windy - it doesn't come with anything to block the wind, but a little foil fixes that just fine. Easy to turn the flame up for a boil or down for a slow simmer. I have a friend who has this and one of the 3 arms broke and has trouble staying closed, but still works fine to hold things - just be careful with how you treat it and it'll be reasonably durable.

          Once the fuel canister is attached to the burner can it be removed after each use or does the fuel canister have to be empty before it can be detached?

          How much do the fuel canisters cost?

          How much do the fuel canisters cost?

          Alf,



          The MSR IsoPro canisters vary in price range from $15 for the 4 oz. to $35 for the 8 oz. You'll love the Pocket Rocket's light weight and heating capabilities with the IsoPro fuel. Been using this stove for over 4 years and have no complaints. Backcountry doesn't sell the fuel canisters due to shipping restrictions.



          Scooter

          Best Answer

          I hope Scooter is paying for multi-packs! I buy 4 oz canisters for 4-6 bucks at local retailers, due to the hassle of shipping fuel. If non-MSR canisters are cheaper, most are compatible, although it will void your warranty, and some people will tell you it can be dangerous. You can get canisters really cheap if you buy a case at a time (a case of 24 for ~$3 ea) depending on where you buy.

          For your convenience, here is the link to MSR's website for the canisters. You can buy 4, 8, or 16 oz canisters, and there is a dealer locator so you can see where to buy fuel at your destination.



          http://www.cascadedesigns.com/msr/stoves/stove-accessories/msr-isopro/product?

          does this come with any kind of pot?

          does this come with any kind of pot?

          Is the case included?

          Is the case included?

          How much use do you get from a cannister...

          How much use do you get from a cannister - a couple of days at 2 meals a day? Wondering how many cannisters you need for a 4 day trip?

          Best Answer

          Hey CeJai,



          Depends on lots of factors and whether you're using a 110g or 227g canister, but your estimate is way on the light side of burn time. For the Pocket Rocket (or any stove for that matter), give it slightly longer on the boil time per liter, so say 4-5 minutes per x the number of meals, divided into 60 minutes. Or, you can put it this way- you'll burn 1/2 oz of isofuel per liter boiled, so, optimally, you'll boil 8L with the 4oz canister and 16L with the 8oz. You can hit it pretty close by doing the math, but for my own purposes, for a full week, I always bring an extra 8oz canister....just in case. It's always better to bring fuel home instead of running out. Hope this helps.

          Seriously want to buy this little stove...

          Seriously want to buy this little stove for camping trips! Does anyone know if the MSR canisters are readily available in Honolulu, Hawaii and where? Sellers don't ship, so over the next few weeks I'll be looking for a retail outlet that sells the canisters.

          @Pat - Thanks for your suggestions!!! Checked our local Airgas store and various hardware stores, but no luck. Took your suggestion and checked big box Sports Authority. Found the 8 oz. canister at the first location, and had to drive 25 miles to the next location for the 4 oz. Bought both sizes :)

          I'll order my MSR Pocket Rocket tonight, and we will be set for our next camping trip coming up shortly. Thanks again!

          Anyone know how many uses you can expect...

          Anyone know how many uses you can expect to get out of the small fuel container?

          Best Answer

          Hi Danny,



          This is a really subjective call that depends on lots of factors. What altitude, temperature, wind, size and type of pot, food you're cooking... From the specs: 3.5 minutes to boil 1 liter of water with a 60 minute burn time for an 8oz (large) canister, so cut that in half for the 4oz ( 30 minutes +/- under ideal conditions). Go ahead and add a minute or two to the actual boil time in the field by the time you finish messing with everything in the food prep/cooking process. Works out to about 6-8 liters of water boiled, so use that number and balance it out with what the requirements for the specific food you'll be cooking are . In a general estimation, I would plan to go a long weekend with the small canister cooking breakfast and dinner each day. Like I said though, very subjective. Bring an extra canister or go with the bigger one if possible. Also, a few bucks spent testing it out at home is the best way to get a working knowledge of any gear you use. Hope this helped.

          Does anyone know if this will work with...

          Does anyone know if this will work with Doite gas canisters?

          http://www.doite.com/ingles/outdoor_ficha.php?producto_id=935



          I'm going to Chile and I think this gas is more common there than the recommended MSR isopro. Thanks

          Anyone ever tried carrying it or a gas...

          Anyone ever tried carrying it or a gas canister in their luggage on a plane? Im heading back to Europe after I do some hiking in the appalachian white mountains.

          Your saying the basic canister such as...

          Your saying the basic canister such as (Coleman etc.) don't work well with the Pocket Rocket Stove? Am I reading that correct? Is it the heating factor, the screwing on of the stove?

          Yep, that's basically it, except it's not a matter of "well", it's a matter of not at all. The two are completely incompatible. It's not that it wouldn't burn straight propane, it's that the threads on a Coleman canister won't work. The Pocket Rocket uses a much smaller Lindal Valve (EN 417 with a valve that's 7/16" diameter).

          Is there a tripod device available to give...

          Is there a tripod device available to give the gas canister more support?

          Hey, i'm looking into this for a backpacking...

          Hey, i'm looking into this for a backpacking stove, but I live in a small town and don't know where I can find a small fuel canister to fuel this thing. What should I use for it and where can I acquire one? would MSR Fuel Bottles here work? http://www.backcountry.com/msr-fuel-bottles

          Thanks for any answers

          You can get a basic canister at some Wallmarts, but they don't work as well as MSR, Snow Peak, Brunton or Primus canisters. I have used all of them. You can have canisters shipped to you in bulk through various online retailers, so look around. The only thing being that they can't air ship the canisters... ground shipping only. Hope this helps.

          How many people could this stove cook...

          How many people could this stove cook for?

          I am going on a 3 person backpacking trip and wondering if this stove will fufill our needs

          Best Answer

          Hey Luke, yeah this stove would be fine, in fact any stove would work fine... more people doesn't necessarily require a different/bigger stove, only more patience (colleagues waiting for you to cook their food), creativity to make sure everything is done in in some sort of sequence and bigger pots to heat more water!

          Does this stove top fit a campingaz CV270...

          Does this stove top fit a campingaz CV270 cannister?

          Actually, the CV270 plus canisters will not work with the Pocket Rocket, but I do know that it is compatible with the MSR Superfly because of the stove's multi-mount. Gaz uses a proprietary "Easy-clic" valve system, not the Lindal valve required for the Pocket Rocket.

          What stores sell the fuel canisters?

          What stores sell the fuel canisters?

          You really can get the canisters everywhere. Even Walmart and Kmart sell them. Something to keep in mind when getting the fuel canisters is that there are three different sizes: 3.75 oz, 4 oz, and 8 oz, all different brands (Snow Peak, MSR, etc.). I have used the GSI Dualist cook kit for the last couple of years, which is a very lightweight option and allows me to carry the 4 oz canister, the Pocket Rocket, a lighter, and a couple other little things (coffee filters, etc.), all in one small package. Just make sure that you get the 4 oz canister. The 3.75 oz size is taller and narrower and won't fit as well, and of course the 8 oz size will have to be carried separately.

          want to buy rocket pocket stove. i have...

          want to buy rocket pocket stove. i have 5 jet boil gas canisters. will they fit?

          The only problem with the Jetboil canister is that, while it is narrower than the 4 oz canister, it is also taller, so depending on the height of your pot you may/may not be able to keep the lid on while it's stowed and it is somewhat less stable when you are using it. But otherwise there are no issues using it. Those 5 canisters should last you a good long time in the Pocket Rocket.

          Just brought one home and turned it on...

          Just brought one home and turned it on blast-furnace mode: 1min 14 sec rolling boil (1 1/2 cups water) in my Esbit aluminum pot. The tines on the pot holder were a nice bright red. This is normal, right? Or am I burning fuel too fast? Sure beats the 8 minutes it takes with my alcohol stove!

          I've seen a bunch of pictures online showing...

          I've seen a bunch of pictures online showing people carrying these in their cooksets. Most hold the stove in small cloth bags. I was wondering where everyone gets those? I'm getting tired of the large plastic case as it takes up too much space and affects my cooksets ability to close.

          Hey Aaron. The MSR WindPro comes with a stuff sack. It'll be a little bigger than you need for the PocketRocket, but I bet if you called MSR, they would send you one. Heck, it might even have the logo on it.

          Customer service center- 800-531-9531

          If you have one of those pictures handy, paste it and maybe we can all help you figure out exactly what those people are using.

          Hey Aaron,

          I found a couple micro fiber bags at home, but then came across a really nice one made by Suncloud at REI today, so I picked it up for you. It's a little thicker and more durable than the others, and I sized it with both the PocketRocket itself, as well as with the case...perfect fit...exactly what you're looking for! Merry X-Mas.

          Drop me a line and I'll send it to you.
          pvmaher@gmail.com

          How common is it for this stove to have...

          How common is it for this stove to have problems it cold weather? Even if I warm the canister in my sleeping bag or under my coat, and raise the stove off snow when cooking, wil I still have problems?

          Best Answer

          No problems that I've ever seen, just with the fuel. Like you know, keeping the fuel warm is the way to go, but if you regularly want to use an isobutane stove in cold weather, you would buy yourself some more range by getting a stove where you can invert the canister. Something like the MSR WindPro, or if you can find it, a Brunton Vesta. Basically, with a remote canister set-up, it then goes from relying on a gas feed to a liquid feed. A big enough difference to make the bit of extra weight worth the effort. It's also nice to be able to surround the stove alone with a windscreen.

          Phil, about the wind screen. I made a really good one out of aluminum flashing I purchased at a local home store. It's lightweight and rolls up really nice and tight to about the thickness of a sharpie marker. It's easy to unroll and wrap around the stove when in use. The only problem is that when I use it I notice that the flame on the burner seems to get a lot more intense. I'm sure this is because the canister is heating up and building pressure. So I would caution people who want to use a windscreen to keep an eye on the burner. I had to turn it down a couple times just to feel safe and not waster fuel.