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  • Built tough for travel, the compact, multifuel MSR WhisperLite International stove allows you to use a variety of fuels available worldwide
  • WhisperLite International can run on white gas, kerosene and unleaded gasoline, making it the perfect stove for globetrotters
  • New design features an aluminum mixer tube and stainless-steel legs that keep the weight down to 10.9 oz., 10% lighter than the original WhisperLite International
  • Stove boils 1 liter of water in only 3 min. 30 sec. when using white gas and 4 min. 24 sec. when using kerosene
  • Shaker Jet technology makes cleaning as simple as shaking the stove
  • Includes a fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions and storage sack
  • MSR WhisperLite International backpacking stove requires an MSR fuel bottle for operation, sold separately
  • Weight of liquid fuel stove includes only stove and fuel pump

Made in USA.

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

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Best Use Backpacking
Fuel Type Liquid
Fuel Auto, White Gas, Kerosene
Burn Time (Max Flame) (White gas) 20 oz. of fuel: 1 hr. 50 min.
Average Boil Time (White gas) 3 min. 30 sec.
Dimensions 6.5 x 5 x 4 inches
Weight (Stove and pump only) 10.9 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Gear That Lasts I have an older version of the MSR WhisperLite International. I was given this stove as a gift 15 years ago and this stove is still just as reliable as the day I bought it. It goes in my pack every time I camp whether it is on my own for 2 days or with a group for 6 days. I have used it with white gas, kerosine, diesel fuel, and just for kicks I even used Jet A fuel from the airport. Kerosine and the other heavier fuels will have a lot of carbon build up, and will require cleaning more, but this stove still runs great. This stove is easy to clean, and the shaker jet helps clear carbon from the nozzle. I have replaced the fuel pump once, about 5 years ago (after 10 years of use) because the plastics and rubber seals started to degrade.
Date published: 2012-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad with some practice I have used the WhisperLite International Stove only a couple of times since my purchase, once on an overnight backpacking trip and once while car camping. I quickly learned what I did and did not like about the unit. First, the likes; easy to bundle, sturdy structure, fuel versatility and great heat output with throttle full open. Unfortunately, the downside; difficult to create a 'simmer' setting near with the valve (either seems to be at medium or cut off), a large surface is needed to support the fuel canister and the stove, somewhat difficult to light with a lighter (definitely recommend a match).
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stove Perfection This is my stove for all non-ultralight packing trips. It's easy to light (primes itself basically), is insanely quiet compared to my older stoves, runs efficiently on white gas, and if I can't find any white gas I can just walk to a gas station and fill it up! This stove takes a beating in my pack and knowing that it will light easily at the end of the day is another thing I love about it. And if it doesn't? I just pull out my service kit and repair/clean it in minutes! Great stove for any serious (or comfort minded) packers.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Stove! I have had a few of these over the years. Not that I needed more than one, but it's such an excellent stove that I seem to accumulate them. The Good - The stove is easily field maintained and will last a life time. It boils quickly and can simmer though not extremely well. The new version is a definite improvement, given the new design of the legs ads stability on top of the already reliable performance. The Bad - My only knock on this stove is the pump. While I can talk all day about how great the stove is, the system really declines with this plastic pump. I have had about three pumps die on me. The old pump would crack in the cold and the plunger would release, though it would still operate just fine. However, I have had instances with the newer style pump where it just dies, and that's it. In this case you'd better hope that your buddies stove runs on the same fuel or you'll be eating something very cold or dry for the remainder of your trip. MSR - Design a new metal pump, otherwise you got it!
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific for long, cool-weather trips This is, in my opinion, still one of the best all-around backpacking stoves. After using an ultralight butane-canister stove almost exclusively for a few years, I've gone back to my whisperlite for trips where I can expect cooler weather or that's longer than a few days. Yes, this stove is heavier than a small butane stove, but you more than make up for the weight difference once you're out more than 4 or 5 days, since you're not also lugging multiple, heavy butane canisters (for a given volume, the whisperlite's fuel bottle is much lighter than a canister). Also, after having butane stoves fail to bring water to a boil several times on chilly, breezy days, I appreciate the bomb-proof reliability of the whisperlite in cool weather and the ability to use a windscreen. On short solo trips, I still use a butane-canister stove, since it is so light and I can use techniques to keep the canister warm for a short amount of time while cooking. But when I hike with a partner and expect cooler wether, the Whisperlite is simply unbeatable for reliability, fuel economy, and (even!) weight.
Date published: 2013-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid and consistent performance My Whisperlite is 20 years old and continues to go strong. I change out the O-rings about every two years and have NEVER had any field issues with this champion. The shaker jet is the original one and continues to prevent clogs. I usually clean it upon returning home with an old toothbrush and a little soap and water. A little challenging with getting water to simmer but I usually use it just to boil water. I am sure this will be the only stove I will ever own. I highly recommend it as a reliable back country stove.
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for Power Outages Too I bought my Whisperlite International in 1994. I have used it bicycle touring , camping, backpacking, and on a 33 day moped ride. Even after years of dormancy in storage it came to life as usual. I have even been able to use 2-cycle oil mixed fuel in a pinch with immediately noticible soot increase and on one occasion 70% isopropyl alcohol too (leaves a watery residue in the fuel bottle that will not burn and might freeze). I do not endorse these fuels. I'm just saying I was able to get food cooked; but with consequences. I have put many miles and many hours on my stove and it now needs a pump rebuild because the rubber parts have exceeded their expected lifespan. All else is in order and I anticipate getting at least another 20 years of use. I for safety's sake I recommend a O- Ring replacement every few years Before a leak and it's potentially harmful consequences occurs in the back country . I even found this to be a good emergency stove when the power was out to my home and it's electric range. I just swapped cooking to the pic-nic table outdoors after shoveling away the snow and enjoyed hot meals while the neighbors were evacuating.
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most reliable I'm so happy that I got my hand on a whisperlite instead of something else. I've been using the whisperlite stove for a year now. From -30 degrees celcius to +30 degrees celcius, In winter storms and in heavy summer rain and I've never had any problem. It's amazing how reliable the stove is when it's so simple and lightweight. Alot of my buddys been using Primus and Optimus stoves - And they work aswell. As long it's perfect conditions. They tend to fail when you need a hot meal or when you really need to melt some snow to get water.. + Reliable + Durable + Lightweight + Melts snow in a good pace + Fuel efficient + Easy to handle - Sooting pretty fast (But not a problem, easy to fix)
Date published: 2014-10-15
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What is the diff between this and the Universal model?

Asked by: chaoservices
Both stoves can use white gas, kerosene and unleaded auto fuel. The difference is that the Universal model can also accommodate canister fuels making it more versatile.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-28

I just returned from a shortened off trail trip in the Tetons due to a fuel pump leak.  The brass threads on the needle valve stripped the plastic.  Why not a brass insert/bushing inside the valve assembly like all quality plumbing?

Asked by: Dave the paddler
The design and materials used on this stove are proprietary to MSR. Any questions or concerns in this regard should be addressed by MSR only.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-27

I have a shelf full of standard fuel bottles. Do I need to buy the red "MSR" bottle, or can I use the ones I have with this stove?

Asked by: GrantSm
If you are talking about Sigg bottles, they don't have the right lip shape to make a good seal with the pump gasket. They worked with the old pump designs, but won't with the current pump.
Answered by: Yaan
Date published: 2017-02-01

It's been years since I have used my MSR WhisperLite backpacking stove and I have forgotten the lighting instructions.  It is not the new international one and uses white gas only.  Can you please tell me where I can get lighting instructions 

Asked by: Zorro
Please contact MSR customer service for a copy of the instructions for your stove.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Is it ok to use a butane/propane mix fuel for this stove? OR even isobutane/propane?

Asked by: Marcy1
No, the WhisperLite International only takes liquid fuels such as white gas, kerosene and unleaded gasoline.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-10

Can this stove simmer?

Asked by: Mikeabq
From MSR: "Can you simmer with an MSR stove?" "...the most efficient way is to run the stove with extremely low pressure in the fuel bottle. A couple of pump strokes in a half-full bottle are optimal."
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-11

Just to clarify, can this stove run on fuel from a gas pump, for a car? Some reviews seem to state that this is true, but I've never heard that before? Is there any difference in burn time or effectiveness between white gas and unleaded gasoline?

Asked by: the bunk
Yes, the WhisperLite International can run off unleaded gasoline directly from the gas pump. While MSR does not put a specific boil time for unleaded, the boil time will fall between white gas and kerosene. Boil time with white gas (1 liter of water) - 3.5 minutes Boil time with kerosene (1 liter of water) - 4.4 minutes While unleaded gas can is perfectly acceptable to use with the WhisperLite, MSR recommends using white gas or kerosene first because of the detergents that are put into unleaded gasoline.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-11

I use a small pot to boil my water, which has a base of 3.5 inches (the pot, of course). Will it fit on top of this stove?

Asked by: J Robert
The diameter of the base of your pot is a little too small to fit on top of this stove. The pot will not be stable and flame will make direct contact with the bottom.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-24
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