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    A classic for good reason.

    The trusted leader in backpacking stoves for over 25 years, the MSR WhisperLite Stove sets a tough standard with its simple design. Simple means easy to use, easy to pack, easy to clean, and easy to maintain. For minimalist backpackers, this 14-ounce stove is extremely compact, fitting nicely into a 1.5-liter MSR pot. Bring this durable stainless steel and brass stove on all your camping adventures, year after year. MSR's Shaker Jet Technology lets you clean the WhisperLite with a simple shake.

    • A simple, solid stove for backpacking and remote objectives
    • Flexible fuel line folds down and fits inside most MSR pots
    • Shaker Jet technology allows for easy cleaning and field maintenance
    • Fuel pump, windscreen, parts kit, and stuff sack included
    • Fuel bottle not included
    • Made in Washington, USA
    • Item #CAS0367

    Tech Specs

    stainless steel
    Fuel Type
    white gas
    Boil Time
    Burn Time
    Claimed Weight
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited 3 years

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    The little stove that could

      This stove is a true champion and my go to backpacking stove. The size makes it hardly noticeable in the pack, and the capability to work with different sized fuel bottles makes packing very easy and light should you want it, or capable of sustaining multi week trips.
      This stove is a great cooking stove also! Have used it to make everything from mac and cheese and pad Thai, to even baking cakes and pizzas in the back country. Talk about a treat! There is a bit of a desire for a little more adjustability in the flame intensity, but with a little trickery you can achieve a nice low flame. Or boil water in a matter of minutes.
      The real standout part of this stove however, is its very simple design, and because of this it is very easily fixed. There has not been a time, outside of the fuel line getting punctured after being sat on, that I could not get it to light and cook a meal. These things are very easy to clean and fix and as such makes them ideal for longer trips where you need a reliable source of fire for cooking. Great stove, long lasting, reliable, Love the thing.

      If it's not broke, don't fix it!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I LOVE this stove. I grew up using a whisperlite and spent the past 4 years using a whisperlite as a wilderness instructor. I have used this in -20 degrees to melt snow for water and used it in 100 degrees to boil nasty floaties from a canyon pothole. It is easy to use, so much so, it is the stove of choice when teaching outdoor education to middle schoolers or adults. Dirt or grime causing issues with camping stoves is inevitable.. unlike other stoves, the Whisperlite can always be fixed with a basic understanding of stove repair. It may not be the most ultralite but it is durable, reliable and a timeless classic. Buy one and it will last you years. I am still using the one from my family vacations circa 1995!

      Solid Stove

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

      Great for trekking around the backcountry. Small, light and it seems pretty sturdy. Excited to test it out on my next trip.

      15 years and still cookin'!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This little guy is a monster. It's been all around the world and has never failed me, no matter the weather or elevation! I pack it in a snow peak titanium pot, throw the lid on and good to go. Have all 3 bottle sizes, but have really only ever needed the smaller one. Countless 5-6+ day adventures and haven't run out yet. Mainly run white gas through it and eat a lot of oatmeal. Probably need to carry the bigger bottle if you like more variety. I like to keep my pack as light as possible, so it's been perfect for me. There's been months between cleanings and not so much has the shaker jet gotten stuck. I will say you'll want to use it a couple times at home first. Filling the primer cup can be tricky if you're not used to the fuel bottle's valve system. Becomes second nature after that, so you can get back to nature. I'd advise getting the trilium base, unless you want to use something else. I've used my Snow Peak plate as a base, so that's an option. Still a solid piece of gear!

      Bought my stove in 1996

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Excellent piece of gear, ridiculously reliable, can cook brown rice at a simmer or boil a quart of water faster at 9000' elev. than my gas range can at 6500'. Had to replace the pump about 5 years ago. The old one gave up after 15 years of regular service. They slightly changed the design of the pump for the better. It is light portable efficient tough, works at 12*F in a stiff breeze.

      Love the simplicity of this stove

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've used this stove for several years now on canoe camping trips, long backpacking treks, and even some car camping excursions and it's always performed! Small enough to pack on extended trips and reliable enough to give you peace of mind!

      fuel bottle doesn't come with item!

        I am disappointed to receive this purchase and find out the fuel bottle does not come whithin. It does appear in the picture, it is confusing! It is true that if you read all te information content it says that it is not included, but it appears in the photograph.... what a pity....

        Go to all the Places

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is a classic stove. Easy to use, just make sure you prime it right. It's light and the fuel lasts for many, many meals. I have not run out of fuel, for 7 day trips. I fried eggs on this and it's fine, doesn't burn, so the settings are manageable.

        I think getting MSR fuel is worth the extra money. It burns cleaner and last longer.

        Go places!

        Go to all the Places

        Wanted to love it, but unimpressed

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I have now owned two of these (both the International (from another retailer) and the basic Whisperlite (from Steepandcheap)) and found both wanting. I returned the International because the valve/throttle was extremely stiff and even when I swore I had closed it fuel still leaked into the stove. In contrast, the fuel pump valve/throttle on the DragonFly is smooth as butter with clear tactile feedback about how open/closed the throttle is when turned. After returning the International, I bought the basic model but had the same problem. Additionally, the pump lasted about 14 uses and now is broken. The piston moves freely and doesn't compress air. I suspect an o-ring has fallen off. I'll contact MSR/Cascade Designs about fixing it. I wonder if it would be possible to use the DragonFly pump on the Wisperlite...

        This stove has near universal acclaim and I've enjoyed using my brother's. Perhaps I'm just unlucky?

        Size, fuel consumption, weight, and heat output are all what I expected, but build quality is lacking.

        Simplicity of design and operation.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I bought my MSR Whisperlite in 1988 and, with minimal maintenance, it is still running perfectly; just like it has from day 1. Twenty-eight years and still going strong!

        Yes, lighting it takes practice - you basically have to set it on fire! But once you get the hang of it and realize that it isn't going to go off like a backcountry bomb, you'll find that this stove becomes one of your most trusted and essential pieces of equipment.

        Check out MSRs video:

        A trusted companion

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've had this stove since I was a boy scout (about 15 years). Desert canyons, mountain meadows, any altitude I've encountered – it always works. It can also stand up to the beating that a boy scout throws at things, and then still keeps working. The ability to field maintain it is useful as well.

        The only stove you should be using!!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This stove is reliable and easy to use. Simple attach the fuel, white gas, to the stove then prime it. After prime and lit adjust to the heat that you need. At the end of the day all you want is something that is simple and is going to work every time, and this stove is it!! Below is a video on how to use any MSR Liquid Fuel Stove.

        Looking at the MSR Expedition Service Kits (

        I've got an old Whisperlite (they hadn't been out too too long when I bought mine). Which of the kits is the one I should get? Presuming the Simmerlite, but...

        I do have a specific problem: the stove pump doesn't seem to seal properly and leaks liquid fuel during pumping.

        Simple and bomber

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This stove is the way to go. I had one for 15 years that just blew out the gaskets so I went ahead and bought a new one. Other than a jet boil I think this is the only camping stove I will ever need!

        dont go changin

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        seriously though, this stove has been one of the best stoves ever, while it may be a little large it has always worked i needed it too even when drenched with sand and water, a quick shake and you are up and running. if you dont mind it taking up extra room in the pack it is a must have for longer trips


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I was brought up using this stove, and I've only ever used this and the Dragonfly. I know this works. I've had mine for 18 years and, as far as I can remember, never had to repair it. I've used it in most of the New England mountains, above 10,000 ft in the Rockies, and the same in China, used it in all seasons but winter, although I've used it with snow on the ground in Spring. True, it has a tendency to be super-hot, but you just have to hold the pot a bit in the air if you're frying something. And when lighting it, don't put your head directly above the stove, and beware of lighting it inside a tent vestibule. The flames sometimes shoot up. Easy to use, inexpensive, and dependable.

        Not a fan

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I know: everybody loves this stove, but I can't say that I'm a fan.

        It's bulky, it takes a bunch of setup time, and it's heavy too. Lots of moving parts to depend on, and lots of bits to keep track of. Doesn't pack well.

        When I'm backpacking and I almost feel guilty eating instead of logging miles, that's a bad combo.

        Flame control isn't very good either. (Certainly not as good as my SnowPeak litemax..)

        I know they have drawbacks, but I'm much happier with a canister stove (unless it's winter!)

        For backpacking, unless it's winter, I just like the canister stove better.

        Right on, you're right, this stove is pretty much universally praised so it's nice to hear some dissent.

        My buddy has one of these and he loves it. When we cook together, he's done about the same time I am but I've always thought that what he's doing to his stove looks a bit complicated and fiddly for my taste.

        Always nice to get the other side of the story, thanks!

        Wonderful feedback David! Good to hear some critique on such highly rated products.

        The way I look at the Whisperlite stove (being a guide for years) is the same way a car mechanic looks at vehicles. If you want something you can fix in the field if anything goes wrong, this stove will last you a lifetime. For a minimalist like yourself, sounds like you found the right stove with the SnowPeak Litemax. It is indeed much less bulky and easy to setup compared to the Whisperlite. If you have any backpacking gear questions, feel free to reach me any time directly!

        Expert Gearhead

        Simple and Effective

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        There is a reason why the Whisperlite is a favorite among backpackers. It's simple, light, and effective. I used this stove during a month long expedition in olympic National Park. If a malfunction did occur, it's simple construction and technology always made it a pretty common sense fix. Highly recommend.

        Does this include the windscreen, bag and...

        Does this include the windscreen, bag and parts kit

        The parts kit is pretty basic spare o-ring, tool to do maintenance and things like that. If you get the expedition repair kit it will include all the parts that could break as well as tools and spare fuel jets.

        I have an older (over 15 years) whisper...

        I have an older (over 15 years) whisper lite stove. It has the grey pump assembly. How can I get the correct o-rings for the stove line to pump.

        Where do I get the fuel pump for it?

        Where do I get the fuel pump for it?

        Hey Jeff,

        If you're just now buying the stove, the pump is included. If it's a replacement you're looking for, Backcountry has them as item #CAS 0376. You want to make sure you specify the standard model for the WhisperLites.

        I have been testing my whisperlight for a...

        I have been testing my whisperlight for a couple of weeks and i have come across a slight problem. Everything works great but when i seperate the fuel line from the fuel pump leftover fuel in the line pours out. Im just wondering if this is just somthing that happens with all whisperlight stoves? is there a way to limit the amount of leftover fuel?

        would this stove work well for a through...

        would this stove work well for a through hike of the Appalachian trail

        Yes, this stove is very dependable and seems to work without using a ton of fuel. I've used mine in all four season's, wet, dry, snow and sun. Easy to clean and have very few parts to break. Lots of other options, but price and dependability put this stove high on my list...

        Is the only difference between the MSR...

        Is the only difference between the MSR Whisper Lite Stove and the Whisper Lite International Multi-fuel Stove that the latter can use multiple types of fuel?

        That is indeed the main difference between the stoves. The international version also has a wick in the priming cup which helps with the different fuel types. The diameter of the vaporization tube also is a little bit larger on the international model to accommodate the variance in fuels. Both use the same cleaning technology and are nearly identical in their other dimensions. For maximum versatility you would want to go with the international version.

        The International version is not quite as fuel efficient when burning white gas as the regular WhisperLite, but the difference is small. The International also weights a little bit more. The difference is negligible, however.

        If you choose to burn kerosene in the WL International (which you cannot do in the regular WL), the boil times go up, but so does fuel efficiency. Ounce for ounce you can boil more water with kerosene than white gas, and it's cheaper too. But kerosene has a stronger odor, and if you spill it on your clothes it leaves an oily, smelly patch. White gas disappears on its own, leaving no trace (no pun intended).

        For what it's worth, I have a WhisperLite International, and I've borrowed and used the regular WhisperLite on other backpacking trips. I think they're both great stoves.

        I see that the whisperlite fits easily...

        I see that the whisperlite fits easily into a 1.5 liter pot, but my question is can it be stuffed into a 1 liter pot?

        Best Answer

        Do you have a particular one in mind? You can come up with 1L in all sorts of ways, but based on anything I've ever tried or seen, I would say no. You end up cocking things around endlessly, and by the time you run out of angles to try in order to get the legs or burner and fuel line to sort of fit as much as possible, you can't get the lid on.

        I would also have to say no to the WhisperLite fitting into a one liter pot.

        See the pictures of my Internationale, same physical size as the WhisperLite, nesting in a 1.3 liter pot. No matter how I placed it, either the burner head or pot supports extended over the top.

        I would also have to say no to the WhisperLite fitting into a one liter pot.

See the pictures of my Internationale, same physical size as the WhisperLite, nesting in a 1.3 liter pot.  No matter how I placed it, either the burner head or pot supports extended over the top.

        when camping this fall i broke a little...

        when camping this fall i broke a little clip that holds the plunnger in on my whisperlite stove its an old stove probbly bought in 1999 can i still get parts for it

        Yep...I would recommend buying a new pump. They run $39.95 and include a brand new windscreen. This new pump will enhance the performance of your stove as though it's brand new.

        Here's the link:

        Best Answer

        Before you spend $35 for a new pump, call Cascade Designs @ 1-800-531-9531. They are very understanding & might send you the replacement part you need. It's worth a shot!

        Don't get me wrong, I like MSR stoves & not only own four of them, but have been repairing them for quite some time. The all plastic pump they manufacture needs MUCH more TLC than say a Primus aluminum one. The Primus does weigh two ounces more but is bombproof. The original two piece, black & gray pump that came with my WhisperLite in 1988 still works like a champ but has required more maintenance.

        So the way I look @ it, your 1999 pump should still be working!

        Is this model the Whisperlite international?...

        Is this model the Whisperlite international? Thanks

        Best Answer

        This stove is the standard WhisperLite. It is designed to burn only white gas whereas the Internationale can burn kerosene & unleaded fuel in addition to white gas. Here's the MSR link to the Internationale:

        Hi, I have been using one of these for...

        Hi, I have been using one of these for years. The pump seems to have fallen apart, can you send me a new one.


        This is more of an issue for MSR directly, since you have had yours for years. I doubt it is under warranty, but you can check with MSR/Cascade directly here:

        I'm looking at getting my first white gas...

        I'm looking at getting my first white gas stove but I'm torn between the whisperlite and the simmerlite other than weight and boil time what is the difference between these.

        Is one better than the other for simmering or cooking ham and eggs in the morning? Or easier to light or maintain in the field?

        As far as simmering I believe they are very similar, it all depends on the amount of pressure you have in the bottle, and MSR has perfected the flame control on the whisperlight. I may be a little biased since I have had my whisperlight since '98 and it is still going strong, but I would go with the whisperlight if you are going for a reliable stove that will out last any other piece of camping equipment you own. It is easy to clean and it has worked in every condition I have thrown at it. Hope this helps!

        Best Answer

        I would also go with the WhisperLite. I've had the first edition since 1988 & it's still going strong. Very user friendly & totally field maintainable however slightly heavier than the SimmerLite.

        My whisperlite has been in storage for...

        My whisperlite has been in storage for several years (kids, school, job...) I just tried to fire it up and I had several leaks. I'm assuming that the O rings dried out. The "annual maintenance kit" costs $15 for an assortment of rings and a wrench. Is there a cheaper route? Also my white gas is several years old. Does white gas "go bad" with time? Thanks.

        Best Answer

        Make sure to replace all rubber parts since they have been exposed to white gas for several years without being used. Old fuel does "go bad" but only after a long period of time. I've used eight year old fuel before without any depreciable results.

        Does anyone have ideas how to obtain a new...

        Does anyone have ideas how to obtain a new heat reflector when the original one wears out? Our stove works great but continual folding cracks the heat reflector the stove stands on. Thanks.

        Best Answer

        Go to a Party shop and buy a large foil pan for a cooking or a Webber and cut it lengthwise. Then lock the halves together to make a long foil strip and make it into a circle buy lock with some ore multiple folds. Works well and you should be able to do it for $3.00

        Write your question here...What's the...

        Write your question here...What's the expected burn time under normal conditions for a 22 oz fuel bottle?

        You'll bring home extra fuel after six days out using the MSR 22oz fuel bottle. This is using the stove four times a day. It's relatively fuel efficient for what you get in return. Essentially all the MSR liquid fuel stoves consume the same amount of fuel while putting out 10K BTU's.

        will this stove run on auto unlead fuel

        will this stove run on auto unlead fuel

        Best Answer

        The MSR Whisperlite will only run on white gas (ie., Coleman Fuel, MSR SuperFuel, etc.). The MSR Whisperlite International, MSR DragonFly and the MSR XGK EX will all run on unleaded gas as well as diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum based fuels. The only time you will need to run another type of fuel other than white gas is perhaps in an emergency or in a foreign location where white gas is not available. The reason why white gas is preferred is because it's so much cleaner and will therefore run far better and more efficiently than any of the other fuels. White gas is the most refined of the petroleum based fuels (less impurities that can clog the stove making the stove perform poorly). All of the MSR liquid fuel stoves have the 'Shaker Jet' technology which cleans the jet, but this does not mean it's always a good idea to burn the dirtier fuels like kerosene, unleaded fuel or diesel. The most vulnerable component to any liquid fuel stove is the generator tube that continues from the fuel line and proceeds in a loop up into the burner head where the fuel is vaporized. This is where a significant amount of carbon build-up occurs that can be difficult to clean.Always burn white gas when it's available to get the best performance. The MSR SuperFuel is the most refined and cleanest of the various white gas options available. It is much cleaner than Coleman Fuel, but more expensive. It will help you maintain your stove without having to clean it as much when compared to Coleman Fuel.