If you are backpacking you need to travel light. Fortunately there are some lightweight stove options so that you needn’t be stuck with cold dry food.
MSR, Primus, and JetBoil are a well known brand of quality lightweight stoves. There are a variety of different systems and fuel types, as well as weight.
If choosing one that uses gas cartridges, make sure they are resealable for when packing away.
We have compared some of the best models from each manufacturer for typical backpacking or wild camping.
We have separated the simple stove design from the all-in-one systems.
Gas and Multi-Fuel Lightweight Stoves
|Product||Weight (KG)||Fuel Types||Notes|
|MSR Pocket Rocket, £30.00||0.086||Resealable gas cartridges.||The pan supports and gas adjuster fold up making this stove easy to pack away.|
|PRIMUS Lightweight Express Gas Stove, £24.99||0.082||Gas Canister||Lightweight single fuel stove|
|MSR Wisperlite Stove, £86.99 (3% off RRP)||0.46||Diesel, Kerosene, White Gas||Should fit inside most cooking pots|
|Primus Omnifuel (inc fuel bottle), £125||0.44||LP Gas, Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene||This package includes windshield/heat reflector, stuff sack, fuel bottle, and cleaning/multi-tool|
All-In-One Rapid Boil Systems
The all-in-one systems are usually very fuel efficient and very powerful. They can often boil water in a short space of time, even when windy due to their built-in wind shields.
Although the range of cooking options are limited (i.e. you are not going to cook with lots of pots and pans), the simplicity and efficiency make them a perfect option for the “just add boiling water” drinks and food.
|Product||Weight (KG)||1L Boil Time||Notes|
|JetBoil Flash Personal Cooking System, from £60||0.649||2 mins||All packs inside the 1L cooking cup|
|Primus EtaExpress Stove, £70||0.418||2.5 mins||Lid of pot can be used as frying pan|
|MSR Reactor, £114.99||0.454||< 3 mins||Stove and fuel are stored inside 1.7L pot|
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