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      The legend continues with the MSR WhisperLite™ Universal backpacking stove. The trail-worthy stove gives you the option to burn nearly any fuel source, including white gas and isobutane-propane.

      MSR WhisperLite Universal Backpacking Stove

      The legend continues with the MSR WhisperLite™ Universal backpacking stove. The trail-worthy stove gives you the option to burn nearly any fuel source, including white gas and isobutane-propane.
      • $139.95

      Item # 830342

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      • From BACKPACKER 2012 Editors’ Choice Awards: “For years, we’ve been hunting for a multifuel stove that burns both liquid gas and canister fuel, burns them equally well, …
      • … and easily converts from one mode to another. The Universal is that stove—and possibly the last one you’ll need to buy.”
      • WhisperLite Universal burns a variety of fuels available worldwide—it runs on white gas, kerosene, unleaded gasoline and isobutane-propane canisters (sold in REI stores)
      • Simply swap out 1 of 3 self-cleaning Shaker Jets™ and 1 of 2 source couplers to match your fuel source and you're ready to cook
      • Boils 1 liter of water in only 3 min. 30 sec. when using white gas and 3 min. 45 sec. when using an isobutane-propane canister
      • Stove allows excellent control of simmering when you're burning isobutane-propane and good control when burning white gas
      • Aluminum mixer tube, stainless-steel legs and a smart design keep the weight down to 11.5 oz.
      • Shaker Jet technology makes cleaning as simple as shaking the stove
      • Includes a stand for inverting isobutane-propane canisters for better cold weather performance and more consistent output over the life of each canister
      • Also includes a fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions and storage sack
      • MSR WhisperLite Universal backpacking stove requires an MSR fuel bottle and fuel or an isobutane-propane canister for operation (both sold separately)
      • Weight of liquid fuel stove includes only stove and fuel pump
      • Due to flammable item shipping restrictions, we cannot sell fuel canisters online; they are available at REI retail stores

      We cannot ship fuel-burning products to addresses in Japan or South Korea.

      Made in USA.

      MSR WhisperLite Universal Backpacking Stove

      Specification Description
      Best use Backpacking
      Fuel type Liquid, Canister
      Fuel Kerosene, Auto, White gas, Isobutane-propane
      Auto ignition No
      Burn time (max flame) (20 oz.white gas) 1 hr. 50 min. / (8 oz. isobutane) 1 hr. 15 min.
      Average boil time (White gas) 3 min. 30 sec. / (isobutane) 3 min. 45 sec.
      Dimensions 6 x 6 x 4.75 inches
      Weight (Stove, pump & canister mount) 13.7 ounces

      MSR WhisperLite Universal Backpacking Stove

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      Rated 1out of5
      by fromVery flimsy canister connection threads About the 4th time using this stove, the threads that connect to the canister got slightly crossed and it was immediately damaged and unusable. Fortunately, we were not in the wilderness. I was used to having MSR stoves with complete brass fittings, and never had that issue with them, ever. I won't replace it with a stove that doesn't have solid brass fittings.
      Date published: 2014-08-24
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromSo close to perfect.... must read Whisperlites are simply the easiest and most versatile stoves ever. The Universal system makes it a go-to for quick trips, car camping and two-person meals where a Jetboil or Reactor are just not as realistic. Grab a canister and go, has been the motto of my last three trips with this stove. However, the system is not perfect: The canister CON: After three trips I inspected my canister adapter to find the threads getting munched. No threads = bad = no hot food = cranky Fish. Luckily I saw the problem before I left and adjusted to liquid fuel... and honestly, as easy as the canister is, you just can't beat the ability to accurately measure and monitor fuel consumption throughout a trip. Great peace of mind and ultimately, less unnecessary packing of fuel cans. I will look to the stove warranty for the thread issue - boys and girls, this stove is so close to 5 stars... get that adapter to work flawlessly and you won't need a quiver of stoves. Whisperlite Universal is its own quiver. I have used Whisperlites for over a decade. Other stoves: Optimus, Jetboil, alcohol.
      Date published: 2014-10-24
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromVery reliable I bought this for the Outdoors Club at my college a year ago. We have used it multiple times on backpacking trips and have never had any problems. It may not be the fastest at boiling water but is great for cooking for groups. Super easy to set up and is not too heavy even with a full fuel bottle. The base of the stove is also very stable and will support even the biggest pot.
      Date published: 2014-10-23
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromSolid and functional, unexpected quality problem I've used MSR stoves and gear for years, and used to repair the stoves at a local REI. Problems were always fixable. I love the Universal, and find the swappable fuel systems brilliant and well constructed. The liquid fuel pump, however, was surprisingly non-functional on delivery. With a tiny smell of leaky fuel and a failure to build pressure by pumping (like the cup was too small), I tried several times to break it down and check it for problems (which I expected I could solve). No joy. I sent it back, had it replaced, no problem. The new pump is fully functional. I suppose there was a flaw on the inside of the plastic pump housing, invisible to me. It doesn't worry me much. The pump is the same as I used to fix back in the day: I still trust it, and flaws happen. I still LOVE the outboard canister design, and the new hardware stand for inverting the cans, which make them liquid-fuel efficient in all conditions. Great stove.
      Date published: 2014-11-11
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromSturdy Proven Stove I used the Whisperlite Universal as my stove on my around Scotland cycle-camping tour. I used gas cylinders due to their availability along the route. It worked flawlessly and I was surprised at how fuel efficient it was. The ability to do gas canister inversion is a great way of getting the last bit of fuel out.
      Date published: 2014-11-12
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromGreat versatile stove The fact that it can use nearly any fuel makes it very useful in austere environments. Found out that charcoal lighter fluid doesn't work well though.
      Date published: 2014-11-11
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromGreat Backpacking Stove I started backpacking this past summer and I picked up this stove to add to my gear. It takes a little practice to learn how to use but once you get it, its a perfect stove. It is lightweight, uses a refillable fuel canister, and is easily repairable if something were to go wrong. I am very happy with my purchase.
      Date published: 2014-11-21
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromMy favorite white gas stove overall I primarily use this with white gas, and have had it for a couple of seasons now. Unlike some reviewers, I have no problem simmering with it. The key is not to pump the pressure up very high. Rotate the bottle upside down to uncover the intake tube about a minute before you want to shut it down to avoid dealing with residual fuel in the fuel line. It works very well on canisters, but that is kind of the worst of both worlds from a weight standpoint. I also have a Microrocket I use for short trips, but for long trips with three or more people, I use the Whisperlite. It fits nicely in a 1.1 liter MSR pan (I leave the pump in the fuel bottle). It does not quite fit in my GSI 1 liter kettle due to the kettle opening size. Definitely get a small eye drop bottle (1/2 oz or 1 oz depending on trip length) and prime it with alcohol (I use Everclear). I can prime it about a dozen times on 1 oz. It makes the priming completely clean and much more controllable. No smoky fireballs, and no black soot on the stove. It's not any extra weight because you save gas you would have used to prime it.
      Date published: 2015-04-30

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