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    Four seasons of cooking from a canister stove? It's true.

    Cold weather can turn a canister stove into a sputtering heap, but not the Optimus Vega Stove. This backpacking stove packs a four-season function that allows you to invert your gas fuel cartridge so it delivers liquid fuel. Liquid fuel helps the Vega burn with more power and greater efficiency so you can keep cooking and actually reduce your cooking time. The Vega is lightweight and compact enough for your summer backpacking bag, and capable enough to earn a spot in your winter camping kit.

    • High-output burner head offers consistent, even heat so you can cook on a pan, boil water in a pot, or melt snow in a pinch
    • Wire fuel-control handle gives you fine burner control so you can set the burner to simmer without burning your food
    • Stove links to gas cartridge by hose so the stove sits lower to the ground for added safety and stability
    • Hose valve interface has integrated support legs so you can invert a gas cartridge for maximum cartridge life and to keep it off the ground
    • Integrated four-season mode allows you to cook with liquid gas so you can reduce cooking time in cold conditions
    • Gas mode function is aided by a preheating tube that maximizes the effectiveness of liquid fuel
    • Windshield adjust to two sizes to accommodate pots of different sizes
    • Stove includes stove bag and aluminum windshield
    • Item #OPS0019

    Tech Specs

    stainless steel, aluminum
    Folded Dimensions
    5.12 x 2.76 x 2.56 in
    Fuel Type
    butane, propane, Isobutane
    Burn Time
    160 min
    Boil Time
    4.5 min/L
    Heat Output
    2600 watts
    Fuel Bottle or Canister Included
    Claimed Weight
    6.28 oz
    Recommended Use
    camping, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Rocket Power

      As others have noted, this little stove packs a punch! Thermal output is great and this thing boils water quite quickly. The valve also lends a truly adjustable flame to help prevent your food from burning. I also really like the stability of the stove - far above and beyond that of canister-top stoves. The only negative point I found is that you have to be quick to screw on or off the canister to avoid getting your fingers sprayed on a little.


        This was a great purchase and a huge upgrade to my Jetboil-which was ok,but was lacking in the cold.I used this to boil water in -3 and in liquid feed mode-it was perfect and no flare ups or problems.

        Great features

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This stove has features that are very important to a good stove - it comes with a shield to increase fuel efficiency, ability to turn a fuel canister over to increase ability to use fuel at low temps. Adjustable flame does actually work and allows simmering, which is a great option for fuel efficiency and good cooking..
        Initially had an issue with a screw coming loose and not being able to reattach, returned it got a new one and have been using many times without issue.

        SO much power!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This little guy packs a powerful punch! I've used it before car camping and it helped to prepare dinner very quickly and effectively. I like that you can use the fuel can either right side up or upside down depending on temperature and altitude needs. Pretty sweet little stove!

        ** The pot being used in the picture is part of the MSR Trail Lite Duo package (

        SO much power!

        Temperature vs. Pressure.

        Fuel canisters are pressurized. The only thing keeping fuel liquid in the canister is pressure. Isobutane and propane, but especially propane, want to be gases (on Earth, anyway) because, well, we all know the Universe always attempts to homogenize (2nd Law of Thermodynamics...). The device that cooks your July 4th steaks is an isolated pocket of man-made anomaly! (that's why they blow up sometimes...) Isobutane and propane want to be gasses because it's usually not cold enough for them to remain liquid. If you were hanging out in an environment that was -50F, you could have pools of freestanding liquid propane. How weird would that be?! Thus, as the temp decreases, the pressure differential between the inside and the outside of the canister decreases. If there is a large pressure differential, the liquid in the canister will boil (vaporize) when you open that canister, and you will hear the familiar hiss of a camp stove. If the pressure differential decreases enough ( lowering the temp enough), the gas will simply stay in that canister and you won't be able to USE it. (Imagine July 4th when it's propane grill-outs...)

        Usually, this is not a problem, who wants to grill out at -50F, or at 10F, for that matter?

        Mountaineers do.

        And by "grill out" i mean "melt water" so we don't die.

        If you find yourself in an environment so cold that your isobutane stove is not working, you might be out of luck, unless you have an Optimus Vega...

        Here's a little example. I need to flesh this experiment out a little more, but you get the idea.

        And don't even get me started on Tetraoxygen.

        WHAT?!? <slaps counter> WHAT?!?

        Pouch Of Power

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This stove is so efficient. The ability to turn the gas canister upside down allow it to be used at low temperatures. It is easy to operate, and there is a restriction on the volume of gas allowed out of the stove, so a simmer is achieved but not surpassed. The windscreen it comes with allows more heat to evenly distribute across the cooking surface.

        Jetboil Fluxring pot with my Vega...

        Great combo.

        Everything fits in the pot, even a 230g isobutane canister.

        Note the heat reflector base.

        I grabbed that from my Optimus Nova liquid fuel stove.

        The Vega comes with a windscreen, but not the reflector base.

        I've found the combo of windscreen and base to be very efficient, especially when using it on snow.

        Fantastic stove. (sweet pot, too...)

        Jetboil Fluxring pot with my Vega...

        Remote-canister isobutane = robust...

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I love stoves. In fact i totally nerd-down on them.

        I have hexamethylenetetramine 1-3-5 trioxane stoves, multi-liquid-fuel stoves, alcohol stoves, isobutane stoves, remote-canister isobutane stoves...

        I love them all for different reasons.

        The top of the food chain when it comes to portable stoves is the remote-canister isobutane variety. That's not to say they are the best choice for every occasion, but they are the only stoves that hit all the bullet points of usability/efficiency in inclement conditions and at elevation. Without getting too sciency, canister-top n-butane and isobutane stoves perform poorly below freezing due to the boiling points of those specific liquified petroleum gases. Isobutane canisters these days also contain small amounts of propane, which has a much lower boiling point, but requires much more pressure to contain. (thus the small percentages of propane in the mixes). In very cold weather and at moderate elevations, this causes performance lag, and burning will totally stop if you're low enough and it's cold enough. (unless your canister does indeed contain propane in the mix, and will cease when you burn through that propane.) (Boiling points decrease as you gain elevation, making isobutane stoves more efficient, so you can actually climb your way out of this problem, like many others...)

        A remote canister solves this issue, because when you tip it over, it's not relying on vaporization for fuel to leave the canister, it's relying on gravity. The vaporization takes place in the preheat coil.

        Here's a photo of mine on Mount Rainier at 10k feet in what was probably 20ish degrees. Technically, i didn't need to invert it, but the canister was emptying and the pressure was dropping. With a canister-top model, I wouldn't have been able to melt snow (efficiently or for very long)for drinking-water. And that would have sucked. So I flipped it, and in doing so, turned it into a 12000BTU liquid fuel stove.

        Remote-canister isobutane = robust...

        Terrible stove

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I purchased this stove last year and it almost started a forest fire, the regulator would not work right, the distributor exchanged it for another one, worked great in the garage, then took it out hunting was gonna boil some water and the stove would not work at all, regulator would not allow gas to flow, the gas spurted out of the canister, I took it back immediately and exchanged it for a jetboil, would not have been good if I was relying on this stove in the backcountry!

        Gas spurted out of the canister? How did that happen? Define "regulator". Do you mean the control valve? Or the burner? Did you invert the canister initially, turn the control valve and attempt to light the stove? That won't work. The preheat coil has to you invert the canister, because inverting the canister sends liquid fuel down the hose and, if the preheat coil is cold, directly to the burner, because there will be no heat to vaporize the (now) liquid fuel. I guess you'd also have to define "spurted". In the years I've been using isobutane stoves, i'd never define what happens when gas escapes the canister during the burner attachment process (or an accidental cross-thread) as a "spurt". More like a "hiss". Are you saying that when you attached the control valve, gas just started to come out regardless of wether the valve was open or closed? If the control valve was properly attached (not cross-threaded) but the mechanism that controls how much gas is allowed to leave the canister was malfunctioning, gas would come out of the BURNER. (liquified, if the canister was inverted and the stove was cold.)

        Your description a bit confusing...

        I've had this stove for about 6 months and it has performed flawlessly in extremely cold temps and at elevation. In fact it's the best stove i've ever used for that purpose. The fact that it inverts is a bonus, but you should never need to do so unless the temp is around 18F at sea-level. There's a mathematical correlation/falloff curve that dictates the decreasing boiling points of n-butane/isobutane/propane with altitude gains, thereby making isobutane stoves more efficient the higher you go, but that's not too relevant to why yours almost exploded. Care to share more details?

        Hey Rabbit.

        There are a few charts online. Do an image search for “boiling point of isobutane with elevation.”

        But, you can do it with math, too…

        Boiling Point is T.

        T = (Boiling Point of liquid or gas in question) - (.00184)Elevation

        *Assumes you’re using Fahrenheit.

        So basically, multiply whatever elevation you want by .00184 then subtract that from the boiling

        point of whatever substance you are curious about.

        Boiling point for n-butane = 30.2F

        Boiling point for isobutane = 10.94F

        Boiling point for propane = -43.6F

        If the temp of the canister is less than the boiling point of a compressed gas, that gas will not vaporize (i.e. boil…)

        But that doesn’t mean you can’t use your stove where the numbers tell you that you can’t.

        You can warm the canister in lots of ways and coax it into functionality.

        And with this stove, once you get the preheat coil hot, you don’t have to babysit the (inverted) canister.

        (By, for example, having 2 or 3 canisters, keeping two in your jacket, and swapping out the cold one with a warm one…)

        Inverted, it’ll just drain liquid fuel into the preheat coil where it’ll vaporize.

        Also, don’t forget to take the environmental lapse rate into account.

        Temp drops from 3F to 5F per 1000 feet of elevation gain for a given location (depending on a few factors).

        I usually use 4F and it’s usually correct, or close enough.

        (34F at 4K feet in the valley = -1.2F at camp at 12.8K feet, for example.)

        Low and Slow..

          Low and Slow is what I was going for when I purchased this stove. I have an Optimus Crux stove and know they are a stove head you can simmer with. I also wanted to get a stove that was as low to the ground as possible and had a wide base for stability reasons.

          I had a chance to Fondue this last weekend at our local Winery. Once the water gets boiling in the double boiler set up you want a stove that can be reduced down to a very low flame. You don't want steam and boiling bubbles shooting out all over the place. I didn't see any issues with the stove at all except for the fact I had it in the center of the blanket and set it on a cutting board to protect the blanket from any sort of heat because the stove is very low to the ground. I will most likely make a stove base for it so it can be mounted more securely.

          It is a great little stove that can pack into the Snow Peak 1400 along with their Ti nesting bowls along with a fuel canister.

          I am glad I got one and looking forward to using it this winter when we go on some adventures.

          4-season CANISTER stove standard.

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Best 4-season canister stove on the market. Extremely light, works great in cold temps, boils water like a boss (I use the Optimus HE Weekend Pot). And can also be used to actually cook, the adjustability on this thing is excellent.

          Remember however when the canister is inverted the adjustments are not instantaneous like they are with the canister in the upright position, it takes about 10-15 secs to adjust because the line is full of liquid fuel, same goes for shutting it off. Overall if you like the ease of use of a canister stove and have plans for doing some winter expeditions, this is what you are looking for.

          I have tested it in the mid teens and the thing roars, I have no doubt that it will work in 0 degree temps (and will update if it doesn't). Not sure about the $95 price tag, I bought mine at EMS on sale for 80 bucks.

          Used this to cook and melt snow at around -5F. Worked great.

          UPDATE: I Used this stove to melt snow and cook in 15-30F temps during my last trip, using a coleman fuel canister purchased from walmart. I had some severe loss of BTUs and incomplete emptying of the cartridge. Stick to Jetboil, MSR, Snowpeak and Optimus brand of fuel cartridges. Coleman cartridges have proved to suck with this stove

          4-season CANISTER stove standard.

          Unless you were using Coleman PowerMax canisters (highly unlikely), the reason you had flagging performance and incomplete emptying is because normal Coleman canisters are 30% propane and 70% n-butane.

          Propane has a very low boiling point (-44F at sea level, which means a 100% propane stove would vaporize fuel down to -44F)

          n-Butane (the crappy kind of butane, as opposed to isobutane) has a boiling point of 30F, which means that at your 15-30F temp range, you didn't even USE n-butane. You burned off the 30% of the propane in the canister, then the n-butane couldn't vaporize, so it stayed in the canister. But that begs the question: Why didn't you invert that canister?

          For that n-butane to vaporize, you would have had to ascend to approximately 15,000 feet. (where the boiling drops low enough that at 15F it would have vaporized.)

          Why didn't you just do that?



          Yeah. Use isobutane/propane mixes (boiling point 11F/-44F at sealevel respectively...)

          Well said. And yes the canister was inverted, and a handwarmer was resting on top of it. I have not has this problem with any other canister. Just a little buyer beware if they intend to use this in winter conditions.

          Hmm. That's weird though. So liquid fuel was was running through the hose and into the HOT preheat coil and it was still not vaporizing and then igniting? Was the stove above the canister? Meaning...was the stove perched on a rock and was the canister on the ground? If so, even at 30F, n-butane alone probably wouldn't generate enough internal pressure to push liquid UP the hose. If you held the canister above the stove, inverted, liquid would have run down the hose and into the preheat coil, which, if hot, would have vaporized it and thus burned it. Would be a fun science experiment, anyway.

          Now i wanna get my hands on a Coleman canister and test...

          Splitting hairs, now, I guess. 'Moral of the story is that n-butane sorta sucks for this use, as you've already eluded to.

          The stove is solid, I've used it in extremely cold conditions and it works great.

          Thats correct. The canister and stove were on the same table. So they mustve been at the same height +- maybe an inch. And I urge you to try it out yourself.

          Yea its a great stove, i just avoid those coleman canisters for winter stuff, its nice to have them as a cheaper option for summertime cooking. Usually cost a dollar or two less at walmart than the other canisters.

          The best 4-Season canister stove!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          We have been doing some winter testing of the Vega. Below 30 degrees F, you need to invert the gas canister for great performance (4-season-mode). At 4 degrees F. it boiled a pint of water in 2 minutes 30 seconds.

          At 17 degrees F. with no wind, I tested the Vega in 4-season mode with a nearly empty 4 oz. Optimus fuel canister.

          Boil time of 1 pint of water was 2 minute 42 seconds.

          I then used the same canister on a conventional up-right canister stove (Optimus Crux). The flame barely burned and when it went out 5 minutes later, the water was only 100 degrees F..

          The best 4-Season canister stove!

          Partially, yes, but what should stand out to you in that test is that, because an inverted isobutane canister is in essence a liquid fuel stove, using almost depleted canisters does not effect efficiency in any real way.

          Practical example:

          You're at 13k feet, and it's 5F. You have a JetBoil Sol. The canister (a Jetboil one, and thus 20% propane and 80% isobutane) is about 25% full. You boil water for your buddy first. Now it's less full, which means less pressure. There's probably no propane left (it burned out first, because that's what propane does). You're attempting to vaporize pure isobutane at 5F (bad, actually impossible below 5k feet or so...) and at 13k feet (helps, and would be sufficient to vaporize isobutane at that temp due to the lower boiling point because of your elevation, were it not for the added drawback of having less pressure in the canister due to it being almost empty).

          Result? You don't eat hot food.

          If you brought your Vega instead of your JetBoil Sol, you'd be eating hot food.

          Of course...that is all predicated on having a hot preheat coil...