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MSR Whisperlite Universal Stove
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- Hybrid-Fuel Performance: Patent pending AirControl™ technology creates the optimal fuel/air mix for top-notch performance with canister fuel, white gas, kerosene and unleaded gasoline
- Lightweight: Aluminum mixer tube, extra-stable stainless steel legs and refined design keep weight to a minimum.
- Canister Liquid Feed: Delivers better cold weather and low-fuel performance with a more consistent output over the life of each canister. Canister stand Included
- Field Maintainable: Self-cleaning Shaker Jet technology and redesigned leg assembly facilitate fast cleaning and even easier maintenance in the field
- Includes: Fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack. (Fuel bottle not included)/Made in Seattle, USA
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Pictured: MSR WhisperLite Universal Stove w/ Fuel Bottle and Canister (not included)
MSR liquid fuel stoves are the epitome of reliability. These time-tested machines remain the mainstay of backpackers, mountain guides and outdoor chefs for their four-season performance, large-pot stability, multi-fuel capabilities and dependable engineering.
- Superior Cold Weather Performance
- Great for extended backcountry trips
- More economical fuel cost over time
MSR WhisperLite Universal
The hybrid-fuel WhisperLite Universal stove delivers the ease and simmering capabilities of canister fuel, and switches easily over to liquid fuels for longer trips, cold-weather, and international use. Our patent-pending AirControl technology is what really makes it unique, delivering outstanding performance with all compatible fuels. It’s also the lightest stove in its class, offering excellent stability and easy maintenance, adding to the reasons this could be the only stove you’ll ever need.
- Field Maintainable
|MSR WhisperLite Universal||MSR DragonFly Stove||MSR XGK EX Stove||MSR WhisperLite Stove||MSR WhisperLite International Stove|
|Packed Weight:||14.9 oz / 423 g||1 lbs 1.8 oz / 506 g||1 lbs 1.2 oz / 489 g||15.2 oz / 431 g||14.9 oz / 423 g|
|Fuel (jets are included with stove):||UG Jet: white Gas and Unleaded Auto Gas | UK Jet: Kerosene | UC Jet: Adaptor used for canister fuel||DG Jet: white Gas and Unleaded Auto Gas | DK Jet: Kerosene, Diesel and Jet Fuel||GK Jet: white gas, kerosene, unleaded auto fuel and aviation gas | X Jet: diesel and jet fuel||White Gas Only||UG Jet: white Gas and Unleaded Auto Gas | UK Jet: Kerosene|
|Field Maintainable:||Yes - Shaker Jet technology||Yes - Shaker Jet technology||Yes - Shaker Jet technology||Yes - Shaker Jet technology||Yes - Shaker Jet technology|
|Burn time (white gas) per 600ml / 20 oz. of fuel:||155 minutes||126 minutes||109 minutes||136 minutes||110 minutes|
|Boil time (white gas), 1 liter:||3.5 minutes||3.5 minutes||3.5 minutes||3.9 minutes||3.5 minutes|
|What's in the box:||Fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, isopro adapter, canister stand and stuff sack. (Fuel bottle not included)||Fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack. (Fuel bottle not included.)||Fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack. (Fuel bottle not included.)||Fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack. (Fuel bottle not included.)|
|Which stove is right for you?||Can't decide on which fuel to take? The WhisperLite Universal is a hybrid which allows you the option of using not only liquid fuel, but canister fuel as well.||Precision flame control with large-pot stability. Unbeatable reliability and versatility for a wide range of meals and group sizes.||Number one choice on expeditions worldwide. The XGK stove has been the world's most reliable extreme-condition stove for over 35 years.||Classic easy-to-use design and durable, stainless steel and brass construction. Great for backpackers, climbers and adventurers alike.||Light and stable. The top choice for globetrotting backpackers seeking the reliabliability of the WhisperLite with multi-fuel capabilities.|
|Country of origin:||Made in the USA||Made in the USA||Made in the USA||Made in the USA||Made in the USA|
MSR Fuel Bottles
Designed to work with all MSR liquid fuel stoves. They're airtight and allows fuel to be stored longer by preventing air to enter and degrade fuel. Made from a single piece of impact-extruded aluminum to prevent leaks.
Precision Engineering Inspired By Unruly Dreamers
For 40 years, the MSR brand has stood for cutting-edge backcountry-gear engineering. Our passionate fusion of mountaineering and engineering has led to a succession of groundbreaking products—from stoves, tents, and snowshoes to cookware, water filters, purifiers and camp towels—that have revolutionized the outdoor industry.
|Item Dimensions||8 x 8 x 6 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.65 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.72 pounds|
|Material Type||stainless steel|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
MSR's Whisperlite Universal stove is first in its class, combining canister and liquid fuel capabilities into one comprehensive package. As MSR's first hybrid fuel stove, its fuel specific jets and fuel source couplers let it burn just about anything, anywhere. Its a true all weather, four season stove thats trail friendly, light, with a packable design and a capacity for improved performance.Capable of gas operation in colder weather than conventional (upright) gas stoves.New stronger legs/pot supports can handle large pots.Boil time with 1 Liter of water: White Gas 3.5 min. / Kerosene 4.4 min. / IsoPro 3.75 min.Water boiled per 8 oz. fuel canister: White Gas 25 L / Kerosene 35 L / IsoPro 15 L.Water boiled per ounce of fuel: White Gas 1.3L / Kerosene 1.6 L / IsoPro 1.8 L.Burn Time per 8 oz fuel canister: White Gas 110 min. / Kerosene 155 min./ IsoPro 75 min..Weight: White Gas 11.5 oz. (minimum) 16.5 (packaged) / Kerosene 13.7(minimum) 19.4 oz. (packaged) / IsoPro 9.5 oz. oz.(minimum) 15.2 oz. (packaged).Packed Dimensions: 7"x7"x4" opened..*NOTE FUEL BOTTLE IS SOLD SEPARATELY!.
Top customer reviews
This stove appears to be expedition worthy. It comes with a tool for servicing the whole thing in the field. Wherever you are in the world you should be able to find something that it will burn. It runs on gasoline, white gas, kerosene, or butane canisters. It feels very solid.
I've only used it on one 3 day backpacking trip so far, and this is my experience...
I bought it mainly to use butane canisters (that's all I tried so far) and backpack with. It boils water quickly, and is able to simmer at a very low flame. The flame control is very good. The hose coming off of it is a little too stiff though and can be a little annoying. I would prefer that the stove not move the bottle around and vice versa. It fits nicely in the bag along with a large butane can. The weight was fine but not ultralight. The heat shield is just a folded up piece of round aluminum which I did not use. I did not bring or use any of the liquid fuel accessory parts.
I think that the main downside of backpacking with this is the weight. It is light for what it does, and it does it very well. But, if all you want to do is boil water quick and carry a super light pack, there are options at about half the weight. I've weighed this and all of it's parts separately so you can figure out how much it would weigh in any configuration.
All weights are in pounds done on a certified Hobart digital deli scale.
0.59 = stove alone with the canister valve attached.
0.19 = gas/kerosene pump
0.04 = service kit. (tool and all orifices and extra O-rings)
0.03 = plastic butane can holder
0.07 = bag (stuff sack)
0.13 = wind screen
0.04 = ground heat reflector
My setup with fuel weighed in at 1.60 lbs. (0.74 for stove and 0.86 for large butane canister)
Yes I would buy it again. I may get something different for a windscreen though and may buy a dedicated ultralight stove for some backpacking trips.
The kit comes with the bag, wind shield, stove, hose, liquid pump fuel head, and gas tank base. It does not come with a liquid or gas fuel tank.
In order to change from liquid to gas you have to change the jet and tank connector. The tools and parts are all included as are very well documented instructions.
I highly suggest stripping this unit down when you receive it so you can become familiar with its operation and can verify all the seals and crew threads are in good shape. I found that a number of fitting require additional tools to break them free as they were over tightened during final assembly at the plant.
There are a few questions a number of people are asking and I called MSR to get their answers to them...
1. Can you run diesel out of it. MSR says no. Diesel has a high flash point and the generator cannot get it hot enough to reach the flash point and ignite. If they had modified the generator to be long enough it would have affected the other fuels that would run through the same tube and it may have ignited in the tube rather than the burner assembly.
2. Can you run alcohol through the stove. MSR says no. The alcohol will degrade and/or "pit" the fuel tanks. I asked if they were planning on making fuel tanks that would work and was told they were not aware of any current efforts...and they mentioned a safety concern in that alcohol burns with no visible flame...just telling you what I was told here folks. Your results may vary ;)
3. There is a jet in the bag that has no part ID stamped on it. This is the jet for Kerosene.
4. When I opened my brand new stove, it appeared to have already been used as there was soot on the generator tube and jet. MSR test fires all their stoves.
The main improvements of the stove over the previous versions are:
* New leg design to support heavier loads and resist deformation of the older wire leg design
* Burns Gas and liquid fuels
* Better simmering control due to the stove assembly designs ability to capture heat near the generator tube
* Liquid feed from gas canisters by supporting the gas can upside down with the included stand
* Better priming due to the stove assembly designs ability to capture heat near the generator tube
If your happy with your current Whisperlite, no need to convert. If you feel like you want to add the versatility of having the ability to also burn gas, have better simmer control, stronger legs, I would recommend you purchase it.
This thing does a whole lot more than my Dad's whisperlite, though. It burns butane better than a butane stove--the butane you buy at sports stores is expensive isobutane, which works in lower temperatures than cheap N-butane. Thanks to the preheat loop on this stove, though, I've used N-butane down to 10°F (-10° Science). Since N-butane has a lower vapor pressure, it requires a less robust canister and is consequently lighter overall per unit of energy you get out of it.
Which is great, except that this stove's white gas capabilities kind of obviate its butane capabilities. White gas has a substantially better gross energy density than either form of butane due to its minimal container requirements, and with an aftermarket heat exchanger pot and proper use of the included heat reflectors, you can get energy efficiency of over 70%, rivaling or even surpassing that of stoves like the jetboil. Plus, white gas is CHEAP compared even to N-butane.
One of the biggest complaints about the whisperlite is its inability to simmer. True, it's not great at it. But you can get it to work by partially unscrewing the cap on the fuel bottle to release pressure, screwing it back down, and keeping the fuel bottle pressure just barely high enough to keep the stove lit. The low flame is not that efficient and will leave a small soot stain on the bottom of your pot, but it's actually not too bad and dramatically expands your ability to cook more nuanced meals in the backcountry.