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    WhisperLite International Multi-Fuel Stove

    Globetrotting adventurers need a versatile, lightweight stove like the MSR WhisperLite International Multi-Fuel Stove. From white gas to unleaded gasoline, this stove burns it all so you can have a hot meal regardless of the fuel on hand. Shaker Jet technology makes cleaning easy, and a large-diameter fuel line keeps the stove burning hot in case poor-quality fuel is your only option. MSR designed this stove with compact, folding pot supports so you can slide the whole kit into your backpacking bag or into a 1.5-liter MSR pot for safekeeping, and it includes a heat reflector, storage sack, and windscreen

    • A lightweight, versatile camping stove kit for backpacking meals
    • Aluminum mixer tube and stainless steel legs reduce trail weight
    • Multi-fuel design allows this stove to burn a variety of fuels
    • Shaker Jets clear the fuel-providing mechanism with a simple shake
    • Pump uses a self-purging design that won't leak as you remove it
    • Twist the rubberized control tab to control burner intensity
    • Wide stainless pot stands hold pots large or small
    • Stove requires the use of a MSR brand fuel bottle for operation
    • Item #CAS0743

    Tech Specs

    [legs] stainless steel, [mixer tube] aluminum
    Fuel Type
    white gas, kerosene, unleaded gasoline
    Boil Time
    [1L water](white gas) 3.5 min, (kerosene) 4.4 min
    Burn Time
    [20oz white gas] 110 min, [ 20oz kerosene] 155 min
    Claimed Weight
    (minimum) 10.9 oz
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited 3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Headed into it's third decade

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I keep thinking I'll replace my backpacking stove, but after more than 20 years of use it fires up like new after a good cleaning. I've replaced parts and had to do an overhaul a couple of times, but the little guy just won't die. I wish they made everything this well

    most reliable stove out there

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This thing is a beast. It works at high altitude, low altitude and anywhere in between. Well built, well thought out, easy to replace damaged pieces if that happens (most MSR stoves use the same parts). Plus this thing works with just about any flammable gas. I've seen people use gasoline, diesel and white gas. Great stove, easy to use and super reliable.

    Best Gift Ever

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I bought this as part of a birthday gift for a friend and it didn't disappoint. He says that he has used it at home a few times to test it out and is impressed. Now he is itching to go camping. So light and compact. He loves it and highly recommends it.

    Always reliable

      I've taken this camping on both sides of the U.S. and with different types of fuel and it has been very reliable. Make sure to read the manual and mess around with it first! Once you get the process down (priming, lighting, etc.) it is a definite winner for melting snow, cooking, etc. Love the versatility!

      Love this, makes me want to go camp

        I was debating between the whisperlite universal or this stove. I went with the international and I am very pleased. Having it makes me want to go outdoors even more and hike just to cook at a nice setting. This is a must have for emergency or to replace using the lame butane canisters. The fuel consumption is very low with this stove.

        Best Expedition Stove out there!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This stove is awesome, it is really easy to use, and has a quick learning curve. The assembly and take down is very smooth, and a lot of them come with a repair kit included, which is super helpful if you have to do some repairs while in the Backcountry. Also packs up very small, so doesn't take up much room in your pack.
        Also even though it doesn't promote it you can simmer the flame with this stove. Once you've primed the stove and have the flame burning the nice blue, you can turn the stove off by turning the valve all the way down, and then you can depressurize the bottle by quickly loosening the top of the MSR fuel bottle a bit, just a tad, until you hear the noise, and then tighten it back up, and relight your stove, and you have a nice simmer to cook with.
        I've taken this stove on two long expeditions, and 82-day expedition in Patagonia - Mountaineering, and Sea Kayaking, and then another expedition in New Zealand, whitewater canoeing, sea-kayaking, and backpacking.
        If you have any questions about this stove, please feel free to reach out, I am happy to help!

        Perfect for Camping!

          I have been wanting a stove for awhile and finally purchased this product recently. I absolutely love it and is extremely easy to use. Definitely a camping essential for any type of camper.

          Awesome Stove

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I've had this stove for years and it's never let me down. It needs very little maintenance, collapses down nice and small, and it's not too heavy. I usually use it for short backpacking trips and I've been happy every time I pull it out of the pack. Great stove, super happy with it and would definitely buy one again.

          International, here I come...

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I've just purchased this for my upcoming bike tours outside the US. I've been using it so far on my weekend trips and it works very well with the white gas...

          I'll come back and update my review after it gets beat up all summer and I utilize different fuels.

          Many of my friends are in the "whisperlite club" and love theirs! Some of theirs are over 10 years old.

          International, here I come...

          Great stove

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

          This stove is an awesome option if your not too worried about the addition weight verses ISOPRO canister stoves.

          I received mine in the usual yellow MSR box with a fuel pump, the stove it's self, a couple of manuals in different languages, and a nice little stuff sack. Please note you will have to purchase a bottle separately but that gives you the option to select the 11oz, 20oz and 30oz bottles for overnights or long treks.

          To prime the stove fill your bottle and screw on the pump, hook up the fuel line and give it about 20-30 pumps. Now, every video I see everyone adds way too much fuel. You don't need to fill the bottom cup all the way to the top to prime. Around half a tablespoon is what MSR recommends and I also recommend after opening the valve to give it a while for the fuel to soak into the wick. After that light the stove and let it burn down for a bit until the flame is about to go out. Then slowly open the valve and let the stove start burning. Give it a minute or two to really heat up the copper conversion bend. Then let it rip.

          The many complaints of not being able to simmer and the noise from the stove aren't really justifiable to pass up on the reliability of MSR.
          The stove runs off of white gas, Coleman lantern\stove gas, unleaded and diesel fuel. It's going to sound exactly like a coleman lantern. A nice little jet sound. As for simmering if you can manage to really minutely open and close the valve you can get the flame to die down a little but not by much. Once you are done cooking I suggest you close the valve, and remove the bottle once the flame is completely burned out. there will be some fuel left over in the line so make sure it's nice and cool before you prop it up to drain it. Take the bottle and you can leave the pump on, or you can slowly open the bottle to release the pressure inside.

          The stuff sack that comes with it seems extremely durable and also looks to be a little water resistant. I spilled some fuel on it and ran it under the sink to wash it off and it beaded and rolled right off. Nice little feature that I haven't head of anyone mentioning.

          As of right now I'm using coleman fuel and only priming causes soot build up on the bottom of the stove. It's a solid stove and the only delicate part that would worry me is the copper bend and pump. Keep an eye on those, keep the pump clean and oiled, and don't kink that copper bend and you'll be fine.

          Recommend this to anyone

          Nice Stove for camping/alpine

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          great little stove, barely uses fuel and is not too difficult to light. Great for camping because a small bottle will cook for a long time. Only used it a few times backpacking and although it works great, I prefer my butane stove unless conditions are extreme.

          When buying a bottle the threads on the Primus bottle match, BUT the lip is a different shape and it doesn't seal as well as an MSR bottle. Although it doesn't leak fuel I wish I had gone with the MSR brand.

          Best Backpacking Stove

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I've been using one of these while camping or backpacking for my entire life. My Dads got an early gen one from the late 80s early 90s that has held up with pretty much no wear and works indistinguishably from mine. Takes whatever fuel you need, easy to clean, easy to maintain. I would take a lot for me to consider buying a different stove!

          Almost Bomb Proof

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I beat this stove up on a recent hiking trip and it kept on going! I cleaned it out and fired it up no problem so I definitely recommend this stove. Packs down small and easy to light--make sure to read the directions the first time around but from then on it should be no problem.

          Whisperlite international does it's job

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I love this stove. I bought it right before my boyfriend and I left on a 6 month backpacking trip to South America at the beginning of 2014. I chose this stove because of it's ability to take a wide range of fuel types, which was key in South America. It worked best with white gas, but while traveling in Bolivia white gas became harder to find so we had to use gasoline for the majority of our time in Bolivia. It was awesome not having to rely on one form of fuel. However, caution to anyone that uses gasoline with this stove for an extended period of time. Gasoline is much dirtier than white gas and ended up clogging my stove. At first I thought the stove was just pooping out on me which was super frustrating because I needed it to last me another 3 months. But then we tried cleaning the fuel filter by returning to using white gas and that did the trick. The rest of the time in Bolivia we continued to use gasoline when we had to, and used white gas whenever we could in order to keep the fuel filter clean. We used this stove on every trek we went on, from Torres del Paine in Chile to Machu Picchu in Peru. Highly recommend this stove for any traveler or backpacker, just make sure you clean it every once in a while.

          Whisperlite international does it's job


          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          The MSR Whisperlite is solid, super reliable, and bulletproof. Once you actually read the instructions it's a cinch to light up. I find that you can modulate the fire level well enough if you have a light touch on the nozzle. It's nice to know that I could use it with easily-found fuels in case I run out of white fuel or am travelling internationally.

          I use it with a GSI dualist cooking set and it boils water rather quickly. I'm also really fond of using it with a bialetti (stovetop espress) to make drinkable coffee while camping.


          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I like the easy availability of liquid fuels and for winter hiking I don't mind the weight. I usually ended up using charcoal lighter fluid and found that if I floss the jet with a piece of para cord after each use the jet doesn't clog. I recently switched jets to the kerosene nozzle and found this stove does actually simmer with the heavier fuel. Hey, but keep that fuel bottle upwind they can get pretty hot downwind of the flame.

          Love the company, love the product!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have been using this stove for a couple of years now- always lights up, always boils water fast, always reliable. I use coleman fuel in it (mainly because I received two cans of it for a present).

          The one thing to remember about all of the MSR pumps though is that you must oil the pump cup with the provided mineral oil every once in awhile. I did not and ruined the little rubber pump cup. Called MSR looking to order a replacement part for said pump cup- Guy on the phone says, "No problem, I'll ship it today- so it's delivered tomorrow." I ask how much? He says, "Oh, don't worry about it. I'll just send it to you." AWESOME company, I will buy many more products from them and will recommend them to everyone. It is getting more and more rare to find a company that stands by there product like MSR/Cascade designs.

          Love the company, love the product!

          How to keep it off the carbon black? I...

          How to keep it off the carbon black?

          I bought the old version. It works great. Powerful and not so noisy as the XGK EX. Very easy to get fuel. However it gets covered with black carbon quickly. It makes hands dirty while cooking. Any tricks?

          Best Answer


          Even though most of your sooting/carbon buildup is usually from the priming process, some is always inevitable and is just the nature of liquid fuels. When priming, as you know, it's hard to not over do it with that quick little burst of fuel, and it has to burn off. The trick is to carry and use a small squeeze-bottle of denatured alcohol that will allow you to just prime with a couple drops- two or three drops, light it up, then begin your fuel flow. White gas is cleanest and shouldn't give you too much soot during cooking. K-1 and unleaded gas are filthy to burn, turn everything black and reduce the life of your stove parts. So, try the alcohol, it should help. Other than that, use a small rag to wipe and handle the stove after cooking to keep your hands cleaner. Hope this helps.

          I just purchased this stove and am curious...

          I just purchased this stove and am curious what kind of weight the stove can handle. I understand that a couple liters can be boiled with equipment weight included, but is there a buckling weight?

          Can someone tell me if I can use this at...

          Can someone tell me if I can use this at 14,000? and in cold cold weather? -0?

          Yes, this stove is designed to be a workhorse at almost any altitude and temp! certain types of fuel could be the difference if you're experiencing trouble! White gas is the best I've found for extreme conditions!

          Girlfriend wants the international model...

          Girlfriend wants the international model instead of the old model? Has anybody used both and can help persuade us either way?

          Best Answer

          Knowing my own girlfriend, I'm wondering if she actually wants to be able to burn the wider varieties of fuels the International does, or if the new one looks better, and that's the allure. If you guys actually need to burn gasoline, K-1, etc, by all means, go with the International. Both are great stoves, but the only real reason to switch them out is to be able to cook with whatever is locally available (and maybe the 10% weight reduction). That's kind of nice sometimes, but white gas is by far a better fuel- cleaner, not as volatile... There's been this ongoing discussion for years around here and other places as to what exactly constitutes a true "multi-fuel" stove. MSR has, until recently, resisted incorporating the ability to run isobutane canisters with their liquid fuel stoves, claiming that it required too many performance sacrifices. But, lo and behold, they now make the Whisperlite Universal, which does burn isobutane. That's where I would go. It has the ability to burn just about everything that can light on fire, and it has the updated design- you get it all.

          Another stove that I've used for years is the Primus Omnifuel. It's been a tremendous performer everywhere it's gone and under all conditions, regardless of what I burned. And, my girlfriend just loves it.

          Hope this helped.

          Can I use denatured alcohol in my wiser...

          Can I use denatured alcohol in my wiser lite

          Nope. Besides not being jetted for it (needs bigger), you can't pressurize the alcohol in the same way you would white gas, K1 or gasoline. However, you can manually preheat your stove with alcohol if you needed to. Alcohol also burns poorly, if at all, in cold temps, and it has a much lower heat output/weight ratio than petroleum based fuels.