A friend recently asked what I thought was the best multi fuel stove for expeditions and camping, and when I thought about it I figured that actually I couldn’t give him one simple answer because in my opinion there are at least two that are great and they are the MSR DragonFly and the second is the Primus OmniFuel.
And when it comes to serious expeditions the MSR XGK is still hard to beat
Why Get a Multi Fuel Stove in the first place?
What are the advantages of liquid-fuel camping stoves?
Cheaper in the long run
The verdict: So which is the best?
- If you need something really rugged the XGK is the stove for you.
- If you want to do fine cooking and like the idea of being able to simmer (and you really can simmer with one of these) then look at the DragonFly. Both sound like rockets taking off but are dependable, easy to use and pump out a lot of heat.
- The Primus is not quite in another league but it really is a high quality piece of equipment that is loved in Europe. Another great thing about this stove is that it also uses gas canisters so it can be used for big expeditions as well as thrown into a backpack for some no-fuss weekend camping. If I was buying my first stove again, this would be it because it would replace both my MSR Pocket Rocket and my MSR DragonFly.
What about the Optimus Nova?
I found it to be much quieter than the MSR stoves (not tried the Primus) and the clever nozzle technology is a winner for me. Self-cleaning and does not require adjustment for different fuels. I read one review where a guy claims to have run his on vegetable oil in a pinch!
I tend to use white gas in mine, but gasoline has worked fine as well. Definitely one to consider. 🙂
Phill Wheel says
I'll have to look at the primus also. I just picture in my head the old fashoned parrafin one where you have to pump like mad to get a good flame.
Phil, it couldn’t be further from the truth. These things have come a long way, although I know what you mean about the old ones as I also grew up seeing those in action.
MSR Dragonfly has served me well for over 10yrs now, but still not sure which fuel is the ‘cleanest’, i.e. minimal soot on pan and best for keeping burner valve clear.
Any advice on fuel please? Cheers.