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  • Simple-to-operate design needs no priming, preheating or pressurizing; simply turn it on, light and start cooking
  • Fully-adjustable flame lets you cook gourmet meals from a rolling boil to a slow simmer; control valve turns easily, even when you're wearing gloves
  • Serrated pot-supports prevent the pot from shifting; folds up compact for travel
  • Compatible with most self-sealing canister fuel, making it a great choice for global travel
  • Includes a protective, custom-fit travel case
  • Fuel canister sold separately
  • Weight includes stove, not the canister


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Best Use Backpacking
Fuel Type Canister
Fuel Isobutane-propane
Burn Time (Max Flame) (8 oz. of fuel) 60 minutes
Average Boil Time 3 min. 30 sec.
Ultralight Yes
Dimensions 4.1 x 2.1 x 2 inches
Weight 3 ounces
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great little powerhouse! Myself and others are ALWAYS blown away by this little stove! Boils water quick for a hot meal anywhere or anytime. I've taken it backpacking, fishing, biking, trail riding, school, work even to the racetrack! Always get oooh's and ahhh's and "where and how much?" Fuel goes a long way and the unit cools down quickly. Combined with my GSI duo cookware set I have yet to be disappointed. I'm seeing some people have commented on instability, fear not! As long as you possess a room temperature IQ I'm sure you find a flat piece of real estate upon which to cook. Bang for the buck? This little guy is worth it's weight in gold!
Date published: 2013-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get one! This thing is my favorite new gadget! I think i go on more hikes now just so i can cook Cup o Noodles in a cave! Ive only used it to boil water so far so i cant comment on the temperature control or scorching etc. but boil water it does. I had a liter or more boiling in less than 5 mins on max. I was further amazed that before my cup o noodles was ready this thing was cooled down and back in my pack. It is indeed a rocket though. I was a bit scared to turn it up all the way at first! It can be a bit unstable, you need a good flat surface and the larger fuel cans help. I usually brace mine with a few rocks and that works. For the price, you cant beat it!
Date published: 2009-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I've used this stove in Rocky Mountain NP, Glacier NP, Smoky Mountain NP and it has always worked flawlessly. I can boil 16 oz of water in probably 1:30-2:00, and that is without a wind breaker around it. To make it even more efficient, I would recommend a wind breaker around it. I went backpacking last weekend and one of the guys I was with had a MSR Whisperlite stove and it took him probably twice as long to boil his water as it took took this. Don't always get caught up on the price tag. A lot of backpacking products are extremely over priced when you can get a similiar, if not better product for less.
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's really a rocket! This thing is AWESOME! My husband thought it was funny that when he asked me what my favorite camping gadget was I said, the pocket rocket! This thing has never failed me. I have a nice little pot/dish set by GSR that fits perfectly on it. It lights easily and is so compact, great for backpacking! I have had it for a few years and it still works great. I now have a 1 year old and we just went camping with him for the first time a few weeks ago and I used the pocket rocket several times to warm his milk, it was so convenient. It heats everything up so fast! You won't be sorry you bought this!
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cooks some great tasting food... This wasn't the best stove I've ever used. It is pretty unstable, and I lost my food once or twice when cooking. I was kind of nervous to boil water on it without holding onto my pots handle. I also felt like it used more fuel than it should, and this might be because you cannot use (or you're not supposed to) a windsheild around it. However, I can't say only bad things about it. It is a very light and compact stove. It cooked my food and kept me happy when I used it. It was priced right and I've gotten my moneys worth! I'd recommend it to a friend, but only if they knew its flaws.
Date published: 2011-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good stove for the price The stove is light and well made, especially for the price. Very simple construction, easy to operate, and hard to kill. Like most catridge stoves it's a bit troublesome in the cold, but for warmer weather it's great. Does not work well in any kind of wind. The stove will not extinguish, but you'll wait twice the amount of time for a boil. The pot supports are a bit flimsy. You'll eventually bend one, but you can just bend it right back. One notable problem is it's height. The rocket is tall, so the stove and pot arrangement tends to be especially top heavy compared with other similar stoves. It's a great stove for the price, but for a little more money you can find something much better.
Date published: 2007-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little more stablity would be nice Walked into REI looking to buy the ETAPower stove, but after some talking to an expert, he suggested this one for me. This Pocket Rocket is powerful and lightweight, but you really have to be careful when cooking on it. The first time I used it, I was cooking some rice and my pot fell right off. Nothing has fallen off since, but there have been a few close calls. It does boil quick, easy to control the flame, very good with fuel and it's small, but I still can't get over the issue of constantly worrying that my food and/or water may hit the dirt at the worst possible time. Also, what's the deal with all the manuals included with this stove?
Date published: 2008-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, Light, Durable Product! BUY Used for an AT thru-hike (GA->ME) The 8oz fuel can lasts me 19 days making breakfast (oatmeal, coffee) and dinner (rice side). or about 35+ days making just dinner. Great stove. Your stupid if your using something other than this for backpacking or most camping...except for MAYBE some types of alcohol stoves or small twig fires. The weight is slightly (2-4oz?)more than an alcohol stove (look at weight/fuel consumption over time) but will make your life SO mush easier when all you want to do is eat and go to sleep. It cooks a pot of water in like 2 minutes, an alcohol stove takes about 12. and you can simmer with this! its SO much nicer even though it weighs just a little bit more. Very worth it. And sturdy!
Date published: 2012-09-23
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Does this stove have a piezo lighter  or will I have to use a BIC lighter or match?

Asked by: Santa Fe Bob
No, you will have to use a lighter or match.
Answered by: andybub
Date published: 2016-07-17

is there a wind screen made to work with this stove?

Asked by: goso
The instructions that come with the PocketRocket state to NEVER use with a windscreen. The windscreen reflects heat back to the gas canister. "Keep stove and fuel canister away from other heat sources. If you expose the fuel canister to high heat, the canister will explode or leak and you can be killed or seriously burned."
Answered by: HackjobHandyman
Date published: 2016-08-17

I want to purchase the pocket rocket stove. Is the fuel tank available for purchase from your store too? If not, is it easily available at most camping stores? Thank you.

Asked by: yoga trail girl
Yes, you can get the fuel at REI or any other outdoor store (can even get it at Wal-Mart).
Answered by: cane corso
Date published: 2017-03-09

Is a standard Coleman 16.4 oz. propane tank compatible with the MSR Pocket Rocket?

Asked by: Aiea Camper
No- look at the fittings. the Coleman is a larger male fitting. Big. Course threads. No go. The MSR is a much finer smaller fitting. European. Look at them. :-)
Answered by: smt
Date published: 2017-01-27

I have a small canister of butane fuel, will this be ok to use with my pocketrocket?

Asked by: mightygoat
An MSR Pocket Rocket works with canisters that have a Lindal valve that has a small threaded tip on the canister.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-19

Are people allowed to fly carrying these fuel cans in their pack?

Asked by: Chickenhawk
Isobutane canisters for the PocketRocket Backpacking Stove are prohibited on airplanes (both checked and carry-on).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-09

How does the stove handle wind? Is a windscreen required?

Asked by: Sealord3
The Pocket Rocket has a small burner. It won't blow out in a wind, but it won't heat efficiently without some wind protection.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

Is there an adapter to connect a 16 oz. fuel canister to the pocket rocket?

Asked by: Pocahontass
An adapter is not available for this stove. It is not compatible with propane fuel.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-23
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