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Precise flame wherever you roam.

Global alpinists rely on MSR's DragonFly Stove because it works with a variety of fuels found across the world, and its precise performance lets you boil some snow or simmer at the twist of a knob. Its tough, stable design excels in guide service scenarios since it can handle pots as large as ten inches. The dual-valve design delivers specific flames ranging from simmer to boil. Shaker Jet technology lets you clean and maintain the DragonFly in the middle of your trip, at the campsite.

  • Backpacking stove provides a precision-simmering performance
  • Dual-valve design delivers exact adjustments from simmer to boil
  • Extra wide supports accommodate ten-inch pots and pans
  • Folds to a third of its size and fits in a two-liter MSR pot
  • Includes fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack
  • Item #CAS0373

stainless steel
Fuel Type
white gas, kerosene, diesel
Boil Time
(white gas) 3.5 min, (kerosene) 3,9 min, (diesel) 3.5 min
Burn Time
(white gas) 126 min, (kerosene) 153 min, (diesel) 136 min
Claimed Weight
18 oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, alpine
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 3 years

Tech Specs

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

backcountry chef

Cooking in the backcountry is so much better with a stove that can actually cook food. If you want more than boiling water for freeze dried meals I would highly recommend this stove. Paired with some creative packing and a little time reading some good cookbooks and you are all set.

>Rating: 5

Jet Engine that can do anything!

I've put it through the wringer

This is my go to stove for any adventure. I have the older model and have used since 2010 and still use it. Love that you use multi fuel and you have the shaker jet to clean out carbon build up, it which is so handy. This is the only stove that I have used on expeditions that can truly simmer and you can really cook anything! Only draw back is it sounds like a Jet Engine so when you light this stove up everyone will know that your cooking. But lets be honest this stove is durable, versatile, and you can cook like you were at home. so all in all its a small price to pay. Anyone that wants a serious stove to cook for Groups or Gourmet back country food, this is the stove to get!!!

>Rating: 5

Heavy User

I've put it through the wringer

I am purchasing this to replace an older Dragonfly that was lost. Used heavily and this is a bomber stove. You can actually achieve a true summer! Looking forward to the updated pump design. Contrary to other reviews, i have never experienced issues with a fuel line leak. Great stove!

>Rating: 5

Bomb Proof

I've put it through the wringer

I have used primus, whisper lites and others and this is the only stove that has never let me down. I have been all over the Cascades in all types of weather in all 4 seasons. About 15 years ago I got the dragonfly and while it is loud when on full blast it has never failed and can be adjusted to boil or simmer. I belong to a local Boy Scout Troop and kids in the troop who hike are also buying the dragon fly because they see its power and reliability. It has become a status symbol in our troop and the old kids who hike either have one or borrow them for trips.

>Rating: 4

I can't hear you!

I've used it several times

This stove cooks well but is loud. I have the whisperlite and dragonfly. They are both great stoves. But I choose the whisperlite over this one simply because of sound. I enjoy conversation while cooking!

>Rating: 1

Lots of noise, no heat

I've used it several times

Not sure if the unit I got was typical, but I can't believe a product like the one I got would be sold by MSR since the other MSR products that I have are super. The stove make so much noise you couldn't hear anyone talk, and it heated stuff real slow. The slow and low heat was such you could pay fry biscuits for 20 minutes at high level and the biscuits didn't even get brown on the bottom. But it did make a rip roaring noise, our joke was the MSR marketing guys thought a dunb@@@ backpacking would think it was making so much noise it had to be working good.


Gear up, go play, eat like a king

That little black baggie in the middle? Yea, that's the stove. That's it: stove, pump, fix it kit, and metal heat shields. Gear shown for scale and cuz who doesn't like gear eh?

>Rating: 5

MSR Ready For Takoff

Was looking for an easy way to expose my city mouse of a girlfriend to big mountains. Dinner date! Took her up on Rainier and was able to cook a 3 course meal PLUS dessert. Try doing that in a jetboil! The Dragonfly is freakin magic, I can simmer rice, boil water like a champ, get those intant mashpotatos just right, and all without burning the tar out of my food. I have even been able to pull of popcorn (sorta) by doing small continuous circles over the burner. Anything you can cook at home you can cook on this stove, and it will taste way better! (cuz you're outdoors, duh) Only snafu is the noise. Joke that MSR 32oz is ready for take off after priming and prepare to have all conversation squelched. Small price to pay for being the Gordon Ramsay of the backcountry.

>Rating: 5

Great High-Altitude stove

I've had one of these for several years and our climbing teams used them exclusively on Aconcagua and Denali, as well as numerous Colorado 14'ers and the Dragonfly's never let us down, whether it was melting snow for water or cooking a meal. I highly recommend this stove.


This stove is a champ!

Melting snow on Mt. Shasta

>Rating: 5

This stove is a champ!

I've put it through the wringer

I've had this stove for over 10 years and absolutely love it! I used it many times when I was in Scouts and have been using it a lot again in the last few years. Despite sitting dormant for probably several years in a row at one point (And never being serviced, like... ever. No new O-rings, no lube, nothing. Yes, that does make me a bad stove owner.), it still lights up like a champ every time. The beast is loud for sure, but I've grown to love the sound. It boils water quickly and is surprisingly gentle on the fuel consumption. I recently brought 2 of these on a 7-person, 3 night backpacking trip above 9000 ft, where we boiled endless amounts of water and I was amazed at how little fuel we used.

>Rating: 5

Love it!

I've put it through the wringer

I've had this stove for over 9 years now. It's held up extremely well and is awesome in both winter and summer. Sure, it's heavier than some stoves out there - but if you're out and about regularly it gives you the flexibility to cook ALL kinds of things rather than just heating water or soup. Sure freeze dried food is super great and you just CAN'T wait to hit the trail to eat that and ramen, right? Not me... sorry. I love that I can get creative with this stove. All in all, it's not THAT heavy. The stable cooking surface is great to keep things level and stable. Pots don't slip off, and you feel like you can cook for more than just yourself with ease. All in all a totally awesome stove.

>Rating: 5


I've put it through the wringer

First off, I love this stove. If you can justify the weight, get it. It will do everything, and is great for larger pots. The shaker-jet is a nice feature. No downside other than the weight. Oh, and the fact that you have to practice with this thing. Make sure you practice in daylight. The first time I tried to light this thing was during a torrential downpour, in the dark. I couldn't see if I had primed it enough and was leaning over to check when my impatient buddy, not realizing what I was doing, went to light it. A giant fireball resulted, eating my eyebrows, and leaving a permanent "dent" in my hairline. Seriously, I have a dime sized chunk out of the front of my hairline. Another guy smelled the burning hair twenty feet away, and came to investigate. Thankfully my eyebrows grew back. Moral of the story: practice! All joking aside though, this thing cooks like a boss, and is great for large groups. Add one to your pack, and you won't be sorry.

>Rating: 5

Great stove

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

After a lot of research, I settled on the dragonfly. It is easy to use and seems fairly durable for a lightweight stove.


simmering away

2.5 hour pot of the best mixed bean soup. This stove is the best.

>Rating: 5

Top stove

I've used it several times

Just went camping with my stove that hadn't been used for two years, and before that it'd only been used a few times over the 7 years I've had it. Make sure you take the spare o-rings and lube with you when you go away. My pump had three dried out o-rings, and wouldnt work. I'd forgotten to take my annual maintenance or expedition service kit with me, so couldnt use the stove (I had a pocket rocket as back up anyway). So if you buy the stove, but the expedition service kit too. You don't need to take the whole kit with you, but a few o-rings and the little tool are worth having .

>Rating: 5

Restating the facts...

I've used it several times

I'm probably reiterating what you already know, but this stove is a boss. It is louder than all get out, but it simmers like a pro. I find it is far too heavy and bulky for alpine climbs, but nothing beats it for an "advanced base camp". If you are planning on cooking meals that requiring simmering, look no further as this stove is king. Many silencers are available, but the juice isn't worth the squeeze.

>Rating: 3

Despite the pictures, no bottle included

Despite the pictures, this does not come with a fuel bottle, it's just the stove head. You need to buy a bottle for it. This is twice now that has not delivered on what is pictured for me.

just look on description of product what is included in price tag

Second that about looking at the description. I did lots of research on stoves before I decided on the Dragonfly. And inevitably there were lots of people giving bad product reviews; in particular on Amazon. Just on the fact that this stove (and NONE of the MSR stoves) include a fuel bottle!! Ridiculous! There's a reason why. There are 3 different fuel bottle sizes available. It's up to YOU to decide how much fuel you need or want to bring. So everything EXCEPT for the fuel bottle is included. Then you simply decide if you need fuel for a day, weekend or weeklong trip and order the bottle based on that. VERY simple and makes sense to me. And as the other poster stated, JUST LOOK ON THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PRODUCT TO SEE WHAT IS INCLUDED! Simple as that. But don't leave a bad PRODUCT review when you don't bother to read! Use the product and let us know how it worked. That's why it's called a PRODUCT review.

It never stated that it came with a bottle.

>Rating: 5

Awesome stove!

I've put it through the wringer

I've owned this stove now for over 11 years! It was one of my first backpacking purchases and it has been through the ringer. I'm not exactly sure how many times I've used it in how many different places, but it has worked perfectly for me at temps as low as -15 and as warm as 105. I keep wanting to get a Jet Boil for just water boiling, but I remember I have this and it's extra boiling power is worth the weight. This fits a lot larger pot than the J.B. making it prime for expedition style trips. The fuel bottles last, and I like how I can fill them according to the task at hand if I'm serious enough on weight. Oh, and this stove will burn just about any kind of fuel, another cool feature (that maybe isn't as cool today as it was 11 years ago for me).The only thing I have had to replace on it was typical nozzle heads, o-rings and every few years a new $25 pump because liquid gas corrodes the plastic over time. I am willing to bet this thing will last me another 11 years. Great Product, MSR!

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How small a pot/pan can I use on this stove? I'm worried my camp cookware is much too small for this thing.

Hi Monica, The prongs collapse in the middle to pack better and can be left like that for even smaller cookware. But it is a pretty small stove so you should be good!


What components do I need to have it running ? Is it just the stove + separate fuel bottle ? Is the 'pressurizing pump' part of the stove, or is it another thing that I have to buy ?

All you need is the fuel bottle and fuel. Comes with everything else you need.


Will the MSR Dragonfly work with the MSR IsoPro fuel canisters?

Definitely not. Not only is there no fitting for it to connect, but the Dragonfly requires liquid, unpressurized fuel. Its function relies on it. The pressurized propane/isobutane blend in the IsoPro canisters would turn this into more of a blowtorch than a stove, even if you could connect it.


Does anybody own this stove Along with the...

Does anybody own this stove Along with the MSR XGK EX, which do you prefer?

In my experience the XGK boils water faster, but this is far more compact. Overall I prefer this.

You can actually cook and control your flame on the Dragonfly...better all around stove for most practical uses. The XGK EX is pretty much just a jet engine that melts snow and boils water fast. Another good stove is the Primus Omni-Fuel (it will burn multiple fuels, including canisters...handy at times).


How does the dragonfly compare the XGK for...

How does the dragonfly compare the XGK for reliability and winter use?

Very good!! I have used both for many years in various conditions and can vouch for the Dragonfly


Has anyone tried blending fuels? Like...

Has anyone tried blending fuels? Like maybe mixing white gas and unleaded auto fuel? I was thinking a blend or different fuels might throw more heat, any thoughts?

Hey Craig, Pretty cool question. I've never tried it, but here are my thoughts- First, you're sort of limited to mixtures because of the 2 different jets involved, but the same jet for white gas is used for unleaded gasoline. The white gas fuels made by companies like Coleman and MSR are already blended for optimal performance, so that means they're already going to be the cleanest and hottest burning. Gasoline is filthy and dangerously volatile [explosive]...over prime, and you have a fireball that doesn't go down easily. Spill it, and you'll live with it for days, at best, and at worst, you have an uncontrollable fireball that will possibly leave you no other choice but to run from. Jet fuel is even more dangerous. Diesel and kerosene are nasty fuels in terms of how dirty they burn, even more so than gasoline...filthy, stinky, clogs your stove really fast, shortens the life of the stove. Not to mention the oily residue and soot from the smoke is foul. These multi-fuel stoves burn multiple fuels solely for reasons of convenience and availability on a global basis, but still, I'm of the opinion that you won't get a much better/hotter/cleaner burning stove fuel than a good quality white gas. Hope that helped. Here's a cool link:


How does this stove do for a large group...

How does this stove do for a large group pot, like a 3 liter plus?

The Dragonfly was designed more for larger parties than for solo use even though it works well for both. It has wide & stable pot supports that accommodates larger cookware. This stove can even handle medium size cast iron skillets. The burner head's flame spreader produces a nice, even flame on the bottom of the pot/pan. For these reasons, the Dragonfly is the preferred backcountry stove by many outfitters.


Write your question here.. Will the DragonFly...

Write your question here.. Will the DragonFly / DragonFly pump work with Brunton fuel bottles?

I would recommend against it. MSR's fuel bottles are made to exacting standards, making sure that there is a complete seal. By taking a chance with another brand of fuel bottle opens the door to possible leaks and issues that might cause a fire or worse. I would highly recommend that if you are using an MSR liquid fuel stove that you purchase an MSR fuel bottle.

I'll throw my lot in with Jason on this one. The thread pitches are slightly different.

All fuel bottles are made to "exacting standards" to their specific stoves. This is why I always recommend using the same brand fuel bottles. Brunton bottles will work but the threads are slightly different which could possibly cause a fire due to escaping fuel & fumes. This could also cause a loss of pressure. Perform a cold test @ home by pressurizing the Brunton fuel bottle. Then check for leaks. It's all about safety & peace of mind.


Can I use denatured alcohol as fuel in...

Can I use denatured alcohol as fuel in this stove? If not why? Thanks

No, but it can be used for preheating by pouring/squirting a bit into the burner cup. The stove isn't jetted for it, and all the fuels that the Dragonfly will burn release much more energy during combustion. With about 50% less energy per ounce than white gas, alcohol will take about twice as long to heat your food/water, and isn't good for group cooking, which the Dragonfly excels at. The flame it produces is almost invisible, which makes it hard to judge flame setting or any problems. Denatured alcohol also doesn't vaporize well in cold temperatures, and that would make for a very inefficient stove under many of the intended use conditions. I think that about covers it, but I'm dying to see what other input comes along. Very cool question! Thanks!

Phil is correct. The DragonFly burns many different types of liquid fuel but not alcohol of any kind. There are two main reasons for this: 1. Alcohol doesn't pressurize like refined fossil fuels which is one of the most important factors for burning, heat being the other. This is why pre-heating is such an important factor with pressurized stoves. 2. Alcohol needs oxygen to attain higher BTU's. This being the case, it burns more efficiently in an open/ventilated environment. BTW, Trangia makes an alcohol stove that when heated on the bottom while burning, produces much higher BTU's than when not being heated. Still not @ the level of pressurized stoves.

Look at alcohol as part of a cooking "system" to judge whether it's right for your trip. And consider your conditions. The above descriptions of alky are correct, but it's a great choice under the right conditions. You can make a supercat stove for near Zero cost and a few ounces in weight, plus the denatured alcohol can be carried in a plastic water bottle. You'll burn 1oz of fuel to boil 2 cups of water in 8-10minutes. You can also create a simmer ring to extend the same 1oz for 20 minutes of simmer. I've pushed the cold temp limitations by warming the fuel bottle inside my jacket and by using an insulated bottom plate. That said, it's not intended for temps below freezing. It will also experience issues at higher altitudes attempting to reach "boil". As a one-person, 3-three season system, for under 4-5 days, it doesn't get lighter.

Write your answer here...In addition to the previous, perfectly correct replies, alcohol has a pH well above 7; it eats aluminum and titanium fuel bottles.


what is the wick for? i see the point of...

what is the wick for? i see the point of the wick on my whisperlite but i don't see what the wick does in this design

There are no wicks in these stoves. I think what you're seeing is the tip of the metal fuel line cable inside the fuel line. Wicks are used in self-pressurizing stoves but not pump stoves.

The wick is used during preheating when you start the Dragonfly. Some of the priming fuel soaks the wick, and the wick also makes it easier to light as one end is near a hole that you can poke a match into.

Cary is correct, there is a wick on the International strictly for preheating but not the standard Whisperlite. Self-pressurizing stoves use wicks to draw fuel to the jet/nipple when heated. Stoves with pumps accomplish this by pressurizing the fuel bottle/tank & forcing fuel to the same orifice. This is what I thought you were referring to. I certainly hope this adds to the overall understanding.


Hi. I've had my whisperlite for quite a...

Hi. I've had my whisperlite for quite a while and it's been great. When the burner snapped off the swing-arm weld MSR put me in touch with the UK importer who swapped it for an improved bit within days. My question is about pot compatibility. I noticed somebody asked about sizes before, but I was wondering if any of you have a titanium pot set you manage to nest the stove inside for transporting? I'm looking for something 1.3 to 1.5l I think, with a pan style lid in Titanium. If anyone has a tried and tested setup I'd be keen to hear about it. Cheers, Pete

Whisperlite or Dragonfly? Have a look at the Snow Peak Trek 1400 (item# SNO0031) for the Whisperlite (4x4x4" folded), but the Dragonfly won't fit.


I guess what I was trying to find is Fuel...

I guess what I was trying to find is Fuel and Butane gas stove. Do such exist other then Coleman which is not that good?

Igor, Have a look at the Primus Omnifuel (item #PMS0001). It will work with both liquid fuels and canisters. MSR makes great stoves, but they only make stoves that will run on one or the other, not both. Really, if I knew of a better alternative, I would gladly point you in that direction.

You might want to look @ the Brunton Vapor: This is also a true multi-fuel stove & you don't have to change jets to change fuels.


I am looking for a multi-fuel stove and I...

I am looking for a multi-fuel stove and I cant deceive what to pick. the DragonFly, Optimus Nova Plus Stove, MSR XGK EX or MSR WhisperLite International 1) What the difference between each one? 2) Can I use ANY Brand (coleman, jetboil, etc) canisters? 3) Do I need to buy any special parts for the stove to work with liquid fuel? 4) What other replacement parts should I get right away that break most often? thank you Igor

From the spec it looks like they burn any type of liquid fuel and gas. The most types of fuel I'll use is gas canisters from either Jetboil or Coleman and canister fuel that you can easily get in Walmart. Will i still have to switch nozzles? thanks.

No, they don't. The stoves you mention only burn multiple liquid fuels (ie: white gas, kerosene, diesel, unleaded gasoline). And even if they did burn canister gas, it wouldn't be compatable with the Coleman propane cylinders that you buy at Walmart. The fitting for almost all canister stoves is a Lindal valve, which those big green canisters don't have. If you're looking for a true multi-fuel expedition quality stove with canister capabilities, the Primus Omnifuel is the one. If you're primarily interested in a canister fuel stove, I would strongly urge you to consider the Brunton Vesta. It gives you the ability to invert the canister and change the fuel feed from purely gas to liquid, thereby avoiding the problems associated with using canister fuels in colder temperatures. Reread the specs, but for what it's worth, I own and like my Dragonfly immensely for when I need to use larger pots for several people.

Neither of MSR stoves you mentioned would burn gas (meaning propane-like fuel), they will only burn gasoline-like fuel, that is liquid. So if you want to stick with canister-based propane-like fuels choose canister based stoves (MSR or Primus have enough of those). As to differences - WHisperLight can't simmer (which is critical if you want more than just to boil water or to avoid dancing around the stove to avoid burning any food thicker than water), DragonFly is more expensive and almost twice heavier than WhisperLight International (important if you need more than camping near your car), XGK is a little heavier than WhisperLight and significantly more expensive but does what one needs on backpacing trip. Neither needs any special parts upfront and all are prety reliable. The first part that might need possible care is a pump but if once in a year you put a drop of oil into it there should not be any problems for a long time. Again, these stoves are not built for working on both gas\propane and luquid fuel. Not even sure if there are other stoves that can but, frankly, I would not think its worth of trying to find some special parts\converters that would allow that as you would need to carry it with you and then trust some sort of contruption on a trip where reliable stove is critical. And if its for a camping near a lodge or car than why care about those multiple choices - the canisters are readily available in regular stores as is the gasoline or gasolne-like fuels.




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When I pump up my dragonfly, the pump seems...

When I pump up my dragonfly, the pump seems to develop pressure fine, but once I release valves and try to get fuel in to prime the stove, all I get is a hissing sound and no liquid fuel, and the pressure drops quickly. I've cleared the jet, and unscrewed and cleaned everything else - even replaced the tiny filter, but nothing seems to help.

Make sure the filter tube on your pump is in the liquid fuel & the check valve is above the fuel & sucking air. Both the new & old pumps work the same way as far as air & fuel mix is concerned. FYI, the older design pumps have a second, smaller tube near the bottom by the check valve that draws air into the pump chamber/housing.

Usually when these problems present themselves it's due to faulty O-rings. One of the more critical is located in the pump where the On/Off valve is located. My recommendation would be to replace all of the O-rings in the pump and lube each of the O-rings with a small amount of silicon lube (included with the stove and any maintenance kit). This will insure a good seal on all of these O-rings. The MSR Annual Maintenance Kit will have everything you need to revive the pump and get it working again.


does it come with the fuel pump

does it come with the fuel pump

Yes it comes with a fuel pump. The fuel bottle you have to buy!

This stove includes the newer, Dragonfly specific fuel pump. MSR changed over almost eight years ago for better simmer control.


Has anyone ever used unleaded fuel in this...

Has anyone ever used unleaded fuel in this stove. Won't be often but might hafta everynow and then...

I used premium unleaded with out a problem. I'm sure the regular stuff would work just as well. Plus it only cost about 60 cents to fill my liter bottle!

thanks yo...

Never use anything but regular unleaded. No problem.

I have successfully used unleaded (regular, mid, and premium), diesel, and kerosene, along with the standard white gas. works great, just doesn't burn quite as cleanly during startup.

The lowest octane gas you can get will be the most volatile and easiest to light. High octane is for race cars.

High octane takes more heat to ignite and has less energy content its counter intuitive to what you would think a race car would want. For a stove lower octane gas will light easier and contain more btu's. Most of the higher octane pump fuel has alot of alcohol to increase octane


does this stove come with a fuel pump?

does this stove come with a fuel pump?

This stove was upgraded to the newer fuel pump almost six years ago for better simmer control.

yep, my friend has one, and it comes with a fuel pump, to me it is kind od annoying to pump the fuel before you can cook anything. adios

All MSR stoves come with their own fuel pump. That being said replacements are available, as are parts and maintenance kits for field repairs.


What's the smallest pot the Dragonfly will...

What's the smallest pot the Dragonfly will fit into? Will it fit into the 1.5 Litre pots sold on this site?

The dragonfly body folded up is about as big as say the bottom 3-4 inches of a nalgene, but the metal tube that serves as the attachment point for the fuel hose and regulator sort of sticks out about 2-3 more inches at a funny (twistable) angle which adds a more difficult to pack element. It does swivel within about a 135 degree arc so with some creative packing you might be able to make it work. In general I'd say a medium and up pot would fit it fairly well.Also, MSR's Alpine cookset is designed so that all of their stoves can nest neatly inside. It may be work a look if you are concerned about nesting.

According to the MSR Cookware FAQ on their website, the Dragonfly won't fit into a pot smaller than 2L. I have the Alpine 4 pot set and my Dragonfly definitely fits in the 2L pot, but I can't imagine it fitting into anything smaller.

7-7.5" wide pot by at least 3.5" tall