Quiet, versatile, and ready to go anywhere.
- Burns a variety of fuels using fuel-specific jets and fuel-source couplers unique to either canister or liquid sources
- Canister liquid feed includes a basic stand for inverting canister for better cold-weather performance and more consistent output
- Swap between one of three self-cleaning Shaker Jets and one of two source couplers to match your fuel of choice
- Shaker Jets clear the fuel-providing mechanism with a simple shake of the hand, eliminating messy maintenance
- Wide stainless pot stands hold pots large or small so you can cook up a meal or easily melt heavy scoops of snow
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Switching the jets is difficult
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
In order to ensure that the different jets don't leak fuel, you have to torque them down pretty tight. Once you've done this, it's hard to get them off again to switch fuel types without bending the generator tube.
I know many people will think this stove is gimmicky. I did too. Though I was able to pick one up for the sleaziest of sleazy prices. Thank you REI members who return stuff.
I like MSR stoves already but wasn't sure about a dual fuel stove.. It is actually a really cool idea. Changing out the jet is super simple and even the fuel bottle connectors are easy too.
I am just going to leave the canister connectors attached and use it that way. Super cool to have a canister stove that can stabilize larger pots.
And thank you to the REI members again for the WhisperLite International I was able to get along with this one all for $68. REI's 'rental return' policy for its abusive douchebag members sometimes works out quite well for others.
Can I use Diesel fuel in this gear?
Can I use Diesel fuel in this gear?
MSR says no. Diesel has a high flash point and the generator cannot get it hot enough to reach the flash point and ignite.
You want to consider several stoves from Primus for burning diesel. Those would be the OmniFuel, MultiFuel EX, and the OmniLite TI.
If you need to burn it, you need to burn it, but diesel is undoubtedly the most disgusting and filthy fuel you can use. Not only that, it's brutally hard on any stove. If it's going to be a regular thing for you, get a maintenance kit at the same time you buy the stove, and keep it away from your other gear or you'll end up with greasy soot all over everything.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
To be quite honest I probably could have just gone with a Pocket Rocket, saved some money and space in my pack, and been fine. BUT, I do like that the fuel canister is set away from the burners, and that it has its own wide stand. Something about boiling water sitting on top of an unstable canister base makes me feel a little uneasy. There is also the fuel versatility; I'll probably use canister fuel 99% of the time, but who knows... I just like having that option.
This thing boils water fast! I thought I was just getting great results the first time I was using it because we were at ~sea level. Just used it again at 9K feet, and it was bringing 2 cups to a boil before I even thought to check. I would probably give this 5 starts if it packed down a LITTLE bit smaller
Love the versitility
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I feel so much more comfortable knowing that If I needed to I could switch my stove over to a fuel bottle. I feel safer carrying the canisters in my pack. Nothing like the smell of fuel all over your sleeping bag and tent. I think the canisters are way more convenient than the fuel bottles. But if I run out of canisters I know i can just fill up my fuel bottle and be on my way. This is why I love this stove so much. There is a lot to be said about versatility of a product and this one has it !
Changing Fuel Types
Whisperlite Universal Maintenance
Great little stove, used it heaps in Tasmania, and never failed me once.
this stove is spectacular for most purposes. the pump is criminal in that it sucks and breaks way too easy at the control valve that is made of nylon threads[we had to return it once for a new one]. for a perfect stove just order the ergo pump by primus and use the canister gas adapter msr includes and then you never have to switch adapters either for liquid or canister gas. the only thing will be the jets to change depending on what yer doin. We use the msr pump as a emergency backup for our wisperlite international or our universal...
Does this come with the adapter for and...
Does this come with the adapter for and can you use 16 oz propane fuel canisters?
yup, should work fine
Do I need to buy additionally the 'cork'...
Do I need to buy additionally the 'cork' or just the fuel bottle, such as this: http://www.backcountry.com/msr-fuel-bottles?
You'll just need the fuel bottle if you want to use liquid fuel.
If you plan on using propane only then you don't. If you're planning on using white gas/liquid fuel then you'll need the bottle.
Backpacker Editor's Choice 2012
Does anyone knows if I can use this Stove...
Does anyone knows if I can use this Stove with PRIMUS Power Gas cartridge?
You can use it with any gas cartridge with a Lindel type valvue - basically one with threads so it can be screwed together.
This was to replace my Primus omnilite ti, which did not work. This stove, unlike my old stove, lit up on the first try, was really quiet, nice blue flame, and is bomber. I love the fact that I can use canister and liquid fuel just by changing the jet and connector. MSR knows what they are doing. The only gripes i have are the plastic fuel pump and the fact that fuel leaks when you disconnect the fuel line from the pump, and when you depressurize the bottle. I have heard that the pump is super durable despite its construction so that helped me get over that a little bit. Great stove! This stove will last you forever. I know it, Backpacker magazine knows it, so just get it and find out for yourself.
Does this stove include the pump? Or do I...
Does this stove include the pump? Or do I need to order that along with the fuel canister?
The fuel canister is not included but the pump is.
Whisperlite Universal wins an Editor's Choice Award from Backpacker Magazine!
MSR Whisperlite Universal
Finally a quality Liquid Fuel & Canister Stove in one
This is something I have been waiting for many years to come out. It works just like the Whisperlite International, but you can burn canister as well. The change the modes you need to change the get (takes about 1 min) and then you need to change the module that connects the fuel to the stove (takes about 2 mins). The other improvement is that the canister can be used in liquid feed mode. This will add a little extra burn time/performance on the canister. The stand for the liquid feed mode puts the canister at a slight angle that allows you to adjust the fuel easier with gloves on.