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  • Improved design features a larger pot support and a flexible fuel line that can be wrapped up and stored inside a pot
  • Self-cleaning shaker jet has a built-in needle that pushes out built-up soot and debris with a simple shake of the stove
  • Bell-shape burner cup makes the stove extremely effective in cold temperatures and at high altitudes; now with feet that lift burner off the ground
  • Multi-fuel stove burns white gas, low-grade kerosene, auto fuel, Stoddard solvent, aviation (AV) gas, diesel #1 and naphtha
  • Fiberfax® priming pad makes priming and lighting fuels quick and easy while reducing spillage
  • Wide and sturdy pot supports handle continuous use with ease
  • Easily field maintainable with included cleaning and disassembly tools
  • Large-diameter fuel line allows poor quality fuels to burn well and requires less maintenance than smaller diameter fuel lines
  • Comes with aluminum windscreen, heat reflector, fuel pump and customized stuff sack
  • Windscreen is designed to accommodate cookware up to 10 in. in diameter
  • MSR XGK EX stove requires MSR fuel bottle, sold separately
  • Weight of liquid fuel stove includes only stove and fuel pump

Made in USA.

Here's what Backpacker Magazine had to say about the MSR XGK EX stove in its March 2006 Gear Guide issue: "This enduring multifuel stove is back and badder than ever . . . the XGK is our choice when the mercury slips way below freezing or we head overseas where fuel choices are limited."
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Fuel Type Liquid
Fuel White Gas, Diesel, Auto, Kerosene
Burn Time (Max Flame) (20 oz. of fuel) (White gas) 1 hrs. 49 min. / (kerosene) 1 hrs. 38 min.
Average Boil Time (White gas) 3 min. 30 sec. / (kerosene) 2 min. 48 sec.
Dimensions 5 x 3.9 x 3.5 inches
Weight 13.2 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Durable and Dependable I have had my MSR XGK EX stove for over five years and, aside from clogged fuel filters have never had a problem with it. It just came back from its second trip to Nepal; a total of roughly 80 trekking/camping days where it was expected to preform flawlessly on a diet of old and dirty kerosene; asked to operate at full output for ridiculous periods of time while cooking five liters of rice every night; lived above 15,000 feet for long periods, and was subjected to endless durability testing by our porters day-after-day, week-after-week. The XGK endured all of this without a single issue (well, do take spare fuel filters if you plan to trek in Nepal) and will be returning to Nepal with us this fall. By the way, I particularly like XGK's wide stable stance and, willingness to support a far larger pot than one should reasonably expect, as well as its no nonsense high heat output.
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable I bought my first XGK in the early 1980's for spring mountaineering in the Alps. But I soon learned to use it for every trip. Loss resulted in a new XGKII around 1994 which has nourished me everywhere from sub-tropical jungle to wintering on the slopes of 4000m peaks. I never could master the simmering, it does take patience, but my wife always turns out a great gourmet meal, no matter our location or how many nights on the trail. But MSR make such a great range of apparently reliable stoves now, that it might not be my first choice for general backpacking/trekking today. But if you want something that seems to be built like a tank, that seems to burn anything, that you can service half way up a mountain, that never lets you down when you need that hot drink or meal. And all of those things are more important to you than cooking on something that works like your kitchen stove, then this is the stove to use. Take care of it, and it will take care of you.
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is as amazing as it is loud I received this as a gift and it is amazing. I have only used it with white gas so far, but I will use it with more fuels soon. It has no functional draw backs. It is loud but this isn't an electric range, so it's supposed to make some noise. The serrated legs are an overlooked feature that puts it above the dragonfly model. My buddy has a dragonfly and you must watch for pots to slide off the smooth legs. This doesn't happen with this pot.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best liquid stove ever A the beginning it was hard to understand how to make this stove to work, but once you got it right, you can see yourself as a master- just like riding a bike. at the same breath, this stove its not ideal for day trips, ist bulky, stinky and heavy. to complete the picture you need to buy a compact small canister stove like the "Pocketrocket"
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real allround workhorse..... The MSR XGK is a real workhorse of a stove. Solid and dependable. I've used it short backpacking trips to the full blown winter hardcore stuff and it just performs. I've noticed that a number of people have said it doesn't 'simmer' yet once you get to know the stove you realise that its all in the initial pumping of the fuel tank. too much and yes it goes at it like there's no tomorrow. Being more gentle and topping pumps up gets you a much better cooking experience. My only real downside is that its a bit of a faff setting it up especially after a potentially long day. Also be aware if your on an Alpine Start from a campsite you'll wake up everyone within a half mile radius firing it up! Photo is of a summer camp in Chamonix, Framce using XGK and Reactor. Also simmering a chicken stew. Tent in background is a North Face Ve-25.
Date published: 2010-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best stove I have ever used Great Stove!! So simple to use! I keep it in my patrol car for back country search and rescue.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Stove I can not find any boil test on this stove bringing ice or snow to a boil. I mean you would not take this stove on a summer backpacking trip, I would bring my msr reator. But for winter the xgk is my stove of choice. I hope my test helps you figure how much fuel to bring.
Date published: 2016-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great stove for extended trips in the mountains! I really like the stove, but it is very loud and difficult to regulate the flame. Other than that, it is very fuel efficiënt, burns on almost anything and works well on altitude. Ideal for melting snow!
Date published: 2016-03-02
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Does this stove fold up for easy storage? If not, do any of the MSR stoves fold up?

Asked by: 8ball47303
Yes it folds up small. The Wisperlight is is a little smaller footprint, for real compact size, the Pocket Rocket or smilar is the way to go. I pefer the multi-fuel option as I travel out of the country alot. Great stove, overkill for most unless your above 11K or in cold where dependability is more important than ounces or size.
Answered by: Flipper
Date published: 2016-05-09

I have a svea stove with the same bell design . It hard to adjust the heat . The flame is too hot to make pancakes or grilled sandwich in a cast iron skillet. Can the heat be controlled on this stove ?

Asked by: Walt conrad
Improvements have been made to the pump on the XGK EX stove and it simmers better than stoves of years-past. For the best simmering ability and similar bell-design, you might want to consider the MSR Dragonfly stove;
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-10

I have anold gk 1976 1977 something like that, are there parts available for it

Asked by: chandalar
We do not have parts available for older (1970's vintage) MSR XGK stoves. To see if there are any parts available for your stove you should contact the manufacturer directly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Why don't you ship to New Zealand?

Asked by: Longtack
Due to vendor agreements, MSR products can only be shipped to US addresses. You will need to go through: Ampro Sales, LTD (distributor) Website: Address: 4 Aglionby St P.O. Box 38-013 Mail CentreWellington, New Zealand Contact: Sandy McLean Email: Phone: 64-4-939-6800
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-08

Can you replace the primer pad on this stove? If so, where can you buy replacements?

Asked by: antoshman
The priming pad can be replaced on the stove. Unfortunately, we do not carry replacement priming pads. Please contact the manufacturer directly for information on how to purchase.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-09

Will it burn alcohol?

Asked by: RehabDr
No, you should not burn alcohol in MSR stoves.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-17

What is the BTU output for the XGK with white gas?  This should be in your SPECS. Other stoves list this: Primus; Kovea; Optimus....   Boil time doesn't mean much if you don't know the altitude and other conditions.

Asked by: reibabcil
The XGK will have an output of 10,500 BTUs when using white gas.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-11
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