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Quiet, versatile, and ready to go anywhere.

As MSR's best-selling hybrid-fuel stove, the Whisperlite Universal allows you to use either liquid fuel or canister fuel so you can burn just about anything, anywhere. Lightweight aluminum and carefully engineered stainless steel maximize trail-friendly durability without adding unnecessary weight. Fold this stove down to its most compact configuration, slide it in your bag, hop a plane, and, when you arrive, fire up a meal with anything from white gas to unleaded gasoline.

  • 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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Just brought an MSR Universal but wasn't...

Just brought an MSR Universal but wasn't able to purchase the fuel tank, so I will be using the canister. My question is, if the fuel in the ISOPRO canister hasn't been used up, is it okay to just put the cap back on and put it in my pack for future use, or do I have to consume the whole thing once used? I'm afraid the isopropane contents might leak in my pack.

One more thing, what is the best and safest way to store this in my pack?

Best Answer Responded on

Because its a sealed canister the IsoPro will last until it is consumed. You do not need to use it in one sitting or even put the little cap back on. White Gas and some other liquid fuel has a shelf life, the canisters do not. I usually try to store my gas below my food so if it were to leak it would not contaminate, if possible store in a separate bag all together. It will not leak unless punctured so keep away from tent poles, knives, and other things that may puncture that canister. When it is completely gone THEN puncture the canister so you can recycle it properly.

5 5

Love this stove!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After having a couple of JetBoils that also work great, I decided to try something new. I had been reading alot on winter camping and that canister fuels weren't the best in winter conditions so I wanted to get something that could burn both liquid and the canisters. I also wanted something that didn't concentrate the heat in one spot so much. I wanted something more like your regular gas range at home with a wider flame bed and more control. Enter the WhisperLite Universal! This stove is without a doubt my goto stove. I used this thing with a 230g canister this winter down to -20f and it performed great! I tried to keep the canister in my bag at night but at -20f, once you expose that canister it only takes a minute and it is pretty well cold. I boiled 12L of water and was able to cook desert(10 min. simmer time) on one canister of fuel. Even at these temps i was able to control the flame very well using the canister fuel until the can started getting low then it was just more of a constant high simmer. Still was able to use pretty much all of the fuel in the can very effectively though. Thus, completely putting my winter canister worries to rest. Have used it with white gas as well but in my opinion canisters are the way to go. Don't get me wrong, the liquid does have its advantages in certain situations/applications but for what I do I prefer canister. Which is why this stove is so awesome. It converts easily between the two in about a minute or two.
It may be a little heavier and bulkier than some of the minimalist stoves the thru hikers use but for backcountry camping it's one tough and dependable stove!

4 5

Nice stove if you get a good one

The first one I received the legs were too tight on the cup they would just grind. The second one I received there was no way possible to unscrew the jet, all the wrench would do was strip it. The third one I received the line was bent on a wrong angle so when I did remove the jet it wouldn't line up to go back in . After Backcountry made it right with 3 stoves I figured i'd call MSR instead of backcountry & they sent me out a new line that works as it should.

Aside from the headache getting a properly working stove I do really like it. Haven't had a chance to use it on the trail yet but I don't anticipate any issues. Not sure if it's just mine but there always seems to be some fuel left in the line when you turn it off so be aware when you disconnect it.

Is pump included?

Is pump included?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Pablo,

The pump is included in this model. Here is the full list of what is included: Fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack. (Fuel bottle not included)

5 5

Mind the threads

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Between the 4 of us this piece of gear prolly took the most punishment. We used it with isobutane fuel canisters exclusively. It lasted a good 168 miles of Appalachian Trail abuse before the threads stripped out. The threads on the throttle where the fuel canister connects are/were aluminum, the threads of canisters are we have a slight problem. Granted, Shortbus was always screwing off my can of fuel, and screwing his on to burn weight, so the the poor threads were at the mercy of an idiot. No biggie, just needed to return to civilization to swap out the stripped seal. After that we babied her and the seal lasted another 700 miles before failing again from accumulated frantic canister screwing. I consider this a fair amount of use before wearing out, I mean on and off on and off, four or five times a day is a lot of abuse...but brass threads would last MUCH longer than aluminum. At the end of the day I know a guy at MSR who I haggled with and he sent me two spare throttles...once I was 700 miles in, he knew I meant business. Pretty sure a design change is in the mix. After the second throttle piece, she carried us home with flawless operation...Despite being thrown around and being just so mistreated in the most stupid ways imaginable. Is there any other stove that can handle the amount of business a Whisperlite can? No.
She simmers, she roars, she bakes, she fries...its like having 1/4 of Ma's range in the woods.

In IsoPro canister mode, does it simmer?...

In IsoPro canister mode, does it simmer? It appears to me that in canister mode, you've basically got a WindProII?

Best Answer Responded on

With the IsoPro canister this stove is essentially the same as the wind pro ll. MSR claims that both of them can simmer with the canister in the upright position. An inverted canister will have more pressure built up and will be more applicable during colder temps, higher elevation and low fuel in the canister.

Can I use a Primus ETA pot with the built-in...

Can I use a Primus ETA pot with the built-in heat exchanger on the MSR WisperLIte Universal?

4 5

Mixed emotions

I recently purchased the MSR Whisper Lite universal, and I have to say I am torn about it. First off it works great... easy to assemble light weight and versatile.... everything I want in a multi fuel stove. That being said, I am however disappointed in how difficult it is to change from gas to liquid fuel. I own an old Brunton MF stove that with a twist of the cup switches from gas to liquid. With the MSR Whisperlite Universal you have to change out the jets and it is a little bit of a bother when I was used to just a simple switch. But other than that I like it and look forward to cooking meal after meal with it in my travels

5 5

Sweet stove

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The stove is really easy to use and packs down really small. The included windscreen really helps when trying to cook in a big storm or on a windy point. Being able to use pretty much any fuel is nice too, and the nozzle is easily changed...AND INCLUDED.

2 5

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.

4 5

Pretty cool.

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?

Best Answer Responded on

MSR says no. Diesel has a high flash point and the generator cannot get it hot enough to reach the flash point and ignite.

Responded on

Hi Jan,

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.

4 5

Very Versatile

  • 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

Very Versatile
5 5

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 !

5 5

Awesome stove!

Great little stove, used it heaps in Tasmania, and never failed me once.