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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
    • Item #CAS0742

    Tech Specs

    Fuel Type
    white gas, kerosene, MSR IsoPro
    Boil Time
    (white gas) 3.5min, (kerosene) 4.4min, (IsoPro) 3.75min
    Burn Time
    (white gas) 110min, (kerosene) 155min, (IsoPro) 75min
    fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack
    Fuel Bottle/Canister Included
    Claimed Weight
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited 3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Fuel, Anywhere.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This lightweight, compact stove fits well in any pack and will burn at almost any altitude depending on the fuel you're using. Has a very high output and brings water to a boil quickly.

    Boil water like a beast

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    So far, I've only boiled water for coffee during car camping trips with the boy scouts. It performed well. Thought the directions were a little confusing, but I figured out how to change from the default canister fuel to the bottle fuel after figuring out where the jet was suppose to be installed. Can't wait to try this summer on some over-nighters in the backcountry.

    A Classic for a Reason

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I lead backpacking expeditions in the summer, and there is good reason we use exclusively the MSR Whisperlite as our cook stove.

    Our groups are 6-7 people. The Whisperlite is a great solution for larger group cooking, without taking up too much weight or bulk in a pack.
    My main shout out on this stove is just how serviceable it is. Every single component can be taken apart, cleaned, and reassembled in order to keep the stove working well day after day, week after week. On our 45-day trips, we often clean the stoves with each resupply (about every 10 days), this keeps them in good working order. I recommend using a bandana or pot lid beneath you when cleaning the stove, in order to not lose any of the teeny tiny stove parts.

    The Best Backcountry Stove

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Why is this the best? It's easy to use, light, has a great temperature range, easy to repair, and accepts tons of varieties of fuel. I've used this stove for several hundred meals and know it well. I've taken every piece of the stove and pump apart in the field to clean it and repair. Since this stove is so easy to use it makes it ideal for long expeditions where you are very much self reliant. The pump has worked great for me down to -20F and I've never had trouble with the priming process in cold weather either. I've made everything from oatmeal to lasagna on this stove and am in love with the vast temperature control. If you are looking for a reliable stove that doesn't weight to much, don't look past the whisperlite universal

    Great for Traveling

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    You cannot beat this stove. It's a tried and true classic that so far has been durable, easy, and has a great flame. Multiple options for flame strength or economy. Packs fairly small and is pretty lightweight. Everyone needs one in their camping arsenal.

    Trusty in all conditions

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Its not the lightest or smallest, but the versatility is unbeatable. I love the option to swap between liquid or canister fuel - liquid is great for snow camping or trips where I'm being more deliberate on the amount of fuel i'm bringing, canister for convenience or if i'm car camping and have some old canisters that I wouldn't take backpacking but want to finish.

    Great simmer / flame control, and large stable base for larger pots - it's the stove i bring if camping with a group. Has been super reliable and easy to work with in both configurations.

    Very versatile and it can simmer.

      This is the stove I lend out when my friends who are not gear whores want to borrow a stove.

      It is such an easy stove once it is swapped over to the canister fuel. It is also a very stable stove for pans and pots.

      I have another whisperlite international that is liquid fuel, so this will stay as a canister stove.

      It isn't a King of snow melting kind of stove. But for camping when you want something that you can turn down and simmer.. It is a great stove.

      Love this stove

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I love the stove because it allows you to bring exactly as much fuel as you need. It's a great stove that is not fussy and will work in pretty much any weather.

      Can't go wrong

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      You really can't go wrong with this stove. When my butane is too cold to work in my jetboil, I know this stove will fire right up. It's worth the extra weight of fuel if you're going out for longer than 2 days. You can cook gourmet meals (pancakes for me) or just boil water. It's perfect for group use as well.

      A Great stove

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      First of all, if you are an ultra-light camper, this is not the stove for you. Go for the Optimus Crux! But for the rest of us, this mid-sized marvel will get the job done.
      Yes it is bulky with the fuel canister attached to a long hose but that makes it safe as the stove is lower to the ground and there is an aluminum windscreen between the flame and the fuel.
      I am a kayaker so weight is not an issue so I look for dependability which this stove is!
      I haul a JetBoil and the MSR Whisperlight in case one fails but I often find that I am setting my Jetboil for hot water and my Whisperlight for actual cooking.
      I have the canister version but Harry uses the liquid fuel version and although that initial flare-up on the Liquid Fuel version is scary, you soon get use to it and learn how to keep it down.

      There is no real difference between the two other than a bit of cosmetic changes as bot stoves, no matter which fuel you burn, work well and just cannot be beat.

      So eat the weight and bulk and have a good stove.

      THE Stove

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      For many, this stove has been a staple for the most extreme backcountry expeditions. A classic that has been reinvented with the Universal edition, now you will always be sure that you can get a hot cup of joe in the morning and a full feed at night.

      We took this stove around the island of Crete, Greece by Kayak for 30 days straight, cooking morning and night in the sand, grit, and saltwater. The entirety of the trip, we only needed to keep the pump clean and the stove did the rest. I've used the original whisperlite in the mountains and never had a problem with cold or elevation. It just works.

      THE Stove

      The quiver-killer of camp stoves

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      It beats any canister stove at altitude, packs up small, and won't blink when you load it up with heavy cast iron pans while car camping.

      The whisperlite has always been my go-to camping stove, and while the learning curve can be steep for some folks, once you learn the whisperlite, you'll never switch stoves again.

      Should you need to, taking it fully disassembling it is a breeze and swapping jets when you change fuels is simple.

      I have used this stove for hundreds of meals from the North Pole to the tropics and would recommend it to anyone looking for a reliable, burn anything, camp stove.

      The quiver-killer of camp stoves

      Exceptional Performance

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have now used my WhisperLite Universal now over a few short car-camping trips and am proud to say that I am very pleased with it.
      The setup is easy and I like how the pot stands stands stay in the correct position when they are open. with The original WhisperLite, in my experience, was a little more finicky.
      If I were to criticize anything it is turning off the gas canister. I have turned the valve all of the way off but the flame continues to burn for minutes after, wasting fuel. I will start blowing out the flame and unscrewing the canister to release pressure in hopes this will solve itself.
      Otherwise a great product!

      Small, Versatile

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      It's nice to have the fuel flexibility you get with this whisperlite stove. The stove holds good sized pans, so you can boil up some water or fry up some eggs. This is a great for car camping as well as backpacking. I find I need a solid surface to balance it, but it's not huge issue while backpacking.

      If you are traveling outside the US, the MSR XGK EX Multi-fuel stove will give you even more gas burning options. The XGK is also better for more extreme environments. If it's windy, it will do better. And it is more stable, so if a lumpy rock is your typical dinner table, the XGK is for you.

      Small, Versatile

      Great Review!

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

      One of my customers shared some great information about this stove. I had to pass it along!
      Regarding you interest:
      Let me know what you think of the Whisperlite Universal, I have been eyeing that one!

      Here are my results:
      - Weight, burn/boil rates are found online in other reviews.
      - Usage: How I use my stoves is because where and when I hike.
      I do most of my hiking in the fall and winter here in New Hampshire in the White Mtns. Depending and temps and wind I do cook inside of my tent.
      - Conditions I will not tolerate in any stove:
      Flair up when lighting
      Not being able to position stove on insulating pad while cooking. (stove becomes too hot or directs heat downward to melt pad.)

      That being said, here are my suggestions for the MSR whisperlite universal: Results based on use of MSR 11oz. fuel bottle.
      Before using the whisperlite for the first time, I took everything apart per instruction manual and and lubed with a synthetic oil. Also put a drop of oil on all threads and fuel probe. Installed white gas nipple and fuel adapter.

      I use alcohol to prime all my gas/kerosene stoves. I carry a plastic squirt bottle. size and amount depends on duration of outing.
      - No difference in fuel weight since I am saving the stove fuel lost in priming. Plastic bottle weight is minor.

      1) If fuel bottle is not filled, fill to recommended line and reinsert pump.
      2) Pump bottle three times only. Actually two will do once you get use to this method.
      3) Connect fuel bottle to stove.
      4) Place stove over flat round aluminum heat reflector, or you will burn whatever the stove is place on. Use foil wind/reflector and place to block wind if necessary. Use will direct more heat to stove and pan.
      5) Fill priming cup and squirt alcohol around burner head.
      6) Light. Alcohol is almost invisible in anything but dark shade. Watch liquid level in priming cup.
      7) When priming cup is empty turn valve on pump all the way open. Listen for vaporized gas hiss, light with match. NO Flareup, NO soot. stove is now on low, great for anything but boiling.
      8) Pump up as necessary to boil.

      To go from boiling to simmer:
      1) If stove not at high pressure, pump it up.
      2) Make sure valve is open all the way.
      3) Flip fuel bottle over, extend valve handle to act as a support.
      4) Stove will flame out shortly. It will take longer and sometimes not work at all if pressure was too low before flipping.
      5) Listen or count to 5.
      6) Flip fuel bottle and pump back to run position and relight stove. You may need to pump it once or twice. You are now at low simmer. Using valve, adjust flame as low as possible before it turns to yellow flame.

      To extinguish:
      1) Pump up stove to high.
      2) Valve all the way open.
      3) Flip fuel bottle over using valve handle as support leg.
      4) Stove will flare out shortly.
      5) Close valve with fuel bottle still flipped over.
      6) Detach stove from fuel bottle with no fuel drippings.

      Overall Impressions:

      The MSR Whisperlite Universal stove works great on canister fuel. One of the best simmers I have experienced, (oil screw threads before attaching first canister on new stove). Getting it to run well on white gas/Coleman fuel for my demands took a little experimentation, kerosene is another matter which I haven't pursued and probably won't, unless I can't get white gas/Coleman fuel.

      The MSR Whisperlite Universal stove does fit my requirements for an all around stove. I'm not comparing the MSR to other stoves, I am only seeing if it will fit my personal requirements for an outback stove.

      Backpackers delight!

        Great sturdy little guy, use him when traveling light. But we bought a Kelly Kettle for any other outdoor expedition and use that more. Not having to worry about buying enough gas canisters made us happy campers!

        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

        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.

        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


        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 Diesel fuel in this gear?

        Can I use Diesel fuel in this gear?

        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.

        Do I need to buy additionally the 'cork'...

        Do I need to buy additionally the 'cork' or just the fuel bottle, such as this: