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The MSR WhisperLite Universal is a hybrid-fuel stove which offers the convenience of running on canisters and the versatility of accepting liquid fuels (including cold-weather performance). The AirControl™ technology optimizes the fuel/air mixture for perfect performance with white gas, canister fuel, kerosene and unleaded gasoline. No matter where you go in the universe, you'll find a fuel to use with this stove. Even if you go to Jupiter, there will be some sort of space gas that the WhisperLite Universal could run on.... if not, just use some of your rocket fuel.
(warning: do not actually run this stove on rocket fuel. And make sure you know a thing or two about Jupiter before camping there.)
FEATURES of the MSR WhisperLite Universal Stove
Hybrid Fuel: Burns canister fuel, white gas, kerosene and unleaded gasoline
Canister Liquid Feed: Inverting canister allows stove to run on liquid fuel for increased cold-weather and low-fuel performance
Ground Breaking Performance: Patent-pending Air Control technology creates the world's first stove to deliver optimal performance with canister and liquid fuels
Light And Sturdy: Lightweight stainless steel legs offer excellent stability
Easy Transitions: Liquid and canister fuel couplers pair with fuel-specific jets for quick and easy transitions
Field Maintainable: Self-cleaning Shaker Jet technology and redesigned leg assembly facilitate fast cleaning and even easier maintenance in the field
Rated 5 out of
Must have for winter campingGreat stove! Easy to use and white gas is a must have for winter camping. I recently took this stove on an overnight camping trip with my 10 year old son, Ian, and the temperature was between -5 and 10 deg F (I was cold but Ian was fine ... he's kinda bad ass). It was my first winter camping trip where I didn't need to stick the fuel canister down my pants before making dinner. I'm not sure that it made the trip better, but at least Ian didn't have to wait (he's always hungry ... I don't know where it all goes). The option to use fuel canisters is nice too, and it does make it universal after all, but not essential.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of
Nathan T Baker from
Best of the best.My father and I have been using the Whisperlite for years, and loved it. The versatility and the multiple fuel capacity has gotten us out of a few jams before. I took it upon myself this summer to pick up the Universal, excited to see the grooved stamped stainless steel legs, as well as the ability to use Isobutane, making it, in my opinion, truly universal. The stand to flip the canisters was also an added bonus, especially in the winter when we go to cut logs for the cabin. I found the fuel line a little stiffer than our old Whisperlite, but it causes no problems. Very impressed, and looking forward to future innovations.
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 5 out of
Ready for anythingI've used this in deserts and near freezing temperatures, with winds upwards of 20mph, and even on unstable surfaces. Pairing the Whisperlite Universal with the Trillium base and using a little bit of creativity to block the wind makes this a very versatile and dependable stove. The "fireball" that some people see while priming the stove can be controlled with muscle memory and experience - you'll get used to how much to pump the fuel bottle in order to let a small trickle of fuel into the priming cup.
My only complaint might be about the rigid hose. Once I got used to dealing with that, it didn't bother me too much.
Date published: 2015-06-20
Rated 4 out of
Versatile but should have METAL threadsI love everything about this stove except for the places that they use plastic where metal is needed: threads and pump body. If you are careful with the threads I'm sure it'll last a long time.
I use this in cold weather and when cooking for a larger group. In warm weather my all-in-one system from another company is my go-to.
Fits in my 2L and 1.7L pots but your pot's aspect ratio will determine what works.
The supports are improved from the last version: sturdier and work really well with textured-bottomed pots.
Simmer works well with less pressure though most of my backcountry cooking is boiling.
Looking forward to traveling with this and not having to worry about fuel!
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 5 out of
Seems to burn just about anythingI've had this stove for a few years now, I've run it one Gasoline, white gas, kerosene, and butane. Kerosene, being an less refined fuel, sooted up the stove pretty bad, but the soot didn't stick. I only recently started using butane in it because I somehow managed to damage my fuel pump. I say if you are looking for a stove that you don't want to ever have trouble finding fuel for, this is the stove for you. it's a mite heavy, but I'm a big guy and don't really care.
Maintenance is easy, I just looked up a couple of youtube videos on how to field strip and clean it, I think that's important to know how to do.
Date published: 2016-01-23
Rated 4 out of
Small Hiccup, Otherwise PerfectReally, really like the serrated edging on the pot supports. Had zero sliding of pots even on not-so-level spots. This stove was very easy to pack, setup, light; it was able to bring water to a boil rapidly and was even easier to pack away. Everything about this stove is great in my mind, but the one thing that I will say that I got frustrated with is the way it came with ridiculously tight manufacturers fittings. I attempted to change out my UC adaptor and fuel jet to the liquid gas (UG) adaptor and jet, but I literally had to get my own tools to finally get these fittings loose. I would've been in trouble with the tool provided in the stove kit. Once I was able to switch out the adaptor and jet, this thing worked like a champ and I've had no issues since. I've purposely gone back and forth just to make sure that I can still loosen the fittings with their tool. Other than that issue, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for in a stove.
Date published: 2014-05-23
Rated 5 out of
Agustin Eduardo from
Nifty dual fuel stove!I have always used MSR´s liquid fuels stoves. When this was out in the market I gave it a try and I was delighted! Depending on the type of trip I do, the fuel I use. And on some I use both. Gas is much cleaner and faster to start, ideal for tent vestibule cooking. ,,Liquid fuels can be way cheaper and easier to find than gas canisters. They work better in really cold environments and at high altitudes. ,,It´s not that fast to change from one system to the other. You need to change the adaptor in one end and change the jet in the other end of the metal hoose.
Date published: 2013-10-08
Rated 5 out of
solid versatileGot this stove for winter camping to replace my venerable optimus 00 which has been reliably melting snow since 1977, but weighs a ton and smells of kerosene, and is so loud that people 100 meters away can be bothered by the noise. This stove is quiet, hot, works smoothly, simmers well. Whisperlite has been a reliable platform for years. I won't use this for summer when a sawyer water filter and an alcohol stove meet my needs with far less weight and no moving parts. This is a typical MSR product, all function, a bit persnickety, requires some attention when using, but entirely manageable. Note that the fuel bottle pictured does not come with the stove, so if you want free shipping, buy it along with the stove. Moosejaws on sale price was the best I found by $20.
What is the smallest pot/mug I can put on the stove? Can I use it with my Snowpeak mug that has a bottom diameter of 3.5 inches?
Asked by: Jimbo
Thanks for reaching out to us. From our findings is that the diameter of the stove is 3" but the smallest size pot/mug that would fit on the stove without damaging itself is 4.5-5". We hope this helps.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-07-13
When purchasing this model does it come with any attachments?
Asked by: Carole
This stove comes with the stove, pump & canister mount. The fuel is sold separately.