What are the best upright (top mounted) canister gas stoves of today? What are our options? What's the best technology?
|The latest from MSR: The new Pocket Rocket 2|
This post here on my blog has something that I couldn't include in the article, a dynamic HTML version of the chart in the article; see below. NOTE: The version of the chart on Massdrop is downloadable.
|A classic old Hank Roberts stove.|
I didn't have a way to create a dynamic HTML table over on Massdrop, so I thought I'd create one here. It may be easier to read this dynamic HTML table, depending on what type of device you're viewing things on. Neither method of presentation is perfect, but hopefully one or the other gets the job done for you. To see this as a jpg image, refer to my full article: Upright Canister Stoves – the State of the Art. Generally, mobile devices do better with a jpg image.
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|BRS||BRS-3000T||9,200||25||0.9||SUL||$20||Super Ultralight, compact, inexpensive||Terrible in wind, pot supports can deform if overheated (inconsistent quality control), poor pot stability, short valve handle||Poor pot stability, but dang is it light, compact, and cheap. The only Super Ultra Light canister stove on the market.|
|Fire Maple||FMS-300T (Olicamp Ion Micro)||8,900||45||1.6||UL||$50||Ultralight, compact||Open burner, poor pot stability, short valve handle, loud||Limited pot stability, a bit loud. Sold under Olicamp brand in US. Cheaper on Amazon or eBay.|
|Fire Maple||FMS-116T (Olicamp Kinetic Ultra)||9,600||48||1.7||UL||$50||Ultralight. Good pot stability. Well distributed flame avoids hot spots||Open burner, not particularly compact||A little more distributed flame than some UL stoves. Sold under Olicamp brand in US. Cheaper on Amazon or eBay.|
|Snow Peak||Lite Max||11,200||54||1.9||UL||$60||Ultralight, compact, low carbon monoxide||Open burner||Surprisingly compact. Good pot stability. At 11,000 BTU/hr it can really eat fuel if you let it. Turn it down. Made by Kovea.|
|Kovea||Supalite||6,575||56||2.0||Light||$50||Light, very compact, low carbon monoxide||Open burner||Surprisingly compact. Good pot stability. Some variants are 56 g; others are 60 g. Made by Kovea.|
|Soto||WindMaster||11,000||67||2.4||Light||$75||Wind resistant, excellent build quality, sophisticated ignition, regulated burner, good to excellent pot stability.||Detachable pot support can be lost, tall (not compact), pricey, but there are deals out there.||Great stove. Best upright canister stove on the market today -- if you can live with the detachable pot support.|
|GSI||Pinnacle||8,750||68||2.4||Light||$50||Seems reasonably well made.||A little over priced for its class. Open burner.||I haven't really seen this one in person, but I've seen some talk on the net; I therefore include it for completeness.|
|Optimus||Crux Lite||10,200||72||2.5||Light||$40||Lighter than the regular Crux||Bulky, open burner||Doesn't pack well because burner doesn't fold.|
|MSR||Pocket Rocket 2||8,200||73||2.6||Light||$45||Simple, solid, improved pot stability||Open burner||I really like it's simplicity and how solid it is. Made by Kovea.|
|Soto||MicroRegulator||11,000||73||2.6||Light||$70||Excellent build quality, sophisticated ignition, regulated burner.||Somewhat floppy pot supports; open burner.||Nice stove, but I would go with the WindMaster if you're looking at this type of stove.|
|Soto||Amicus (manual, piezoelectric). Add $5 for piezo||10,200||75||2.6||Light||$40||Wind resistant, excellent build quality, sophisticated ignition, excellent pot stability.||Slightly bulky when compared to the most compact.||A really fabulous new entry from Soto at a nice price point. The wind resistance is real. Definitely worth a look.|
|Primus||Express (manual, piezoelectric). Add $10 for piezo.||8,900||82||2.9||Light||$45||Good build quality. Excellent pot stability.||Open burner. Pot supports do not fold out of the way and take up a lot of room. Not the best piezo.||Primus makes good stuff, but I think their Express stove is a little heavy for what it is.|
|Snow Peak||Gigapower (manual, piezoelectric). Add $10 for piezo.||10,000||85||3.0||Mid||$40||Good pot stability, compact, strong, low carbon monoxide||Heavier, open burner. Poor ignition.||A classic, fantastic stove albeit a bit heavy by today's standards. The ignition sucks; get the version without. Made by Kovea.|
|Olicamp||Vector||10,200||85||3.0||Mid||$30||Reasonalby priced||Open burner||Included as a low cost option.|
|Kovea||Titanium||7,600||88||3.1||Mid||$60||Reasonably compact||Poor quality ignition, open burner.||Ignition isn't particularly reliable.|
|Optimus||Crux||10,200||93||3.3||Mid||$50||Fairly compact||Heavier, wobbles at joint, open burner, open burner||Nice stove, but it would be great if it didn't wiggle at the joint.|
|Jetboil||Mighty Mo||10,000||95||3.4||Mid||$50||Regulated burner||Poor quality ignition, only fair pot stability, open burner||Lowest cost regulated burner, but the ignition is crappy. Soto's stoves in this class are better but more expensive.|
|Kovea||Power Nano||7,300||95||3.4||Mid||$35||Inexpensive||Heavy for its class. Open burner|
|Kovea||Eagle||6,000||128||4.5||Heavy||$30||Inexpensive||Heavy for its class. Open burner|
|MSR||Super Fly (manual, piezo). Add $10 for piezo.||10,000||177||6.2||Heavy||$65||Distributed flame, threaded and non-threaded canisters||Heavy, bulky, sharp, pointy pot supports, open burner||Dislike. Too big, too bulky, too heavy, and the pointy pot supports poke holes in your pack.|
|Primus||Classic Trail (Yellowstone)||10,000||227||8.0||Heavy||$20||Inexpensive||Heavy, bulky, open burner||Cheap, good pot stability, can handle larger pots, but I'm not a fan of this heavy beast.|
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I hope you find the information useful.
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|An old Camping Gaz S-206 "Bleuet" stove.|
The canister had to be physically punctured and could not be safely removed until empty.