MSR WhisperLite Universal Stove

MSR WhisperLite Universal Stove

MSR WhisperLite Universal Stove is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 65.
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Product Description Item No.   10238523

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
  • Includes: Fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack
  • Made in USA

Please note that stoves DO NOT include any fuel bottles or canisters pictured. Sorry about everything and please don't hate us.

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Features: Made in USA
Best Use: Camping, Backpacking
Weight: 14.9 oz
Water Boil Time: 3 min. 30 sec. (canister)
Fuel Type: Canister, Multi-fuel
Stove Material: Steel / Aluminum
Awards: Gear of the Year, Backpacker Editors' Choice - 2012, American Alpine Institute Guides Choice
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great features! I just picked up this stove and am glad I did. It gives you the versatility of running both gas and liquid fuels. Which is great, except that this stove's white gas capabilities kind of obviate its butane capabilities. White gas has a substantially better gross energy density than either form of butane due to its minimal container requirements, and with an aftermarket heat exchanger pot and proper use of the included heat reflectors, you can get energy efficiency of over 70%, rivaling or even surpassing that of stoves like the jetboil. Plus, white gas is CHEAP compared even to N-butane.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Significant weakness now corrected! I wrote an earlier review, quite positive, but noting a real weakness in the gas cannister attachment - the soft aluminium casting's thread strips easily if the cannister isn't mounted exactly straight (think using it hundreds of times, then in the dark, with gloves, in a wind, without reading glasses... It happens). Well MSR twice replaced it free (good service) but this second time I see the thread is now a brass insert, and even looks replaceable. So the problem may be much reduced, and it's realistic to carry a spare. At least one other review also complained about this flaw. Also, maybe it's easier to avoid cross threading in the first place if the cannister leg attachment is left on the fitting, making it easier to grasp. Next request - a cap to stop muck getting into the attachment when the cannister is detached.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super solid and reliable, a classic When you write/read a review of this product, it's important to keep in mind it's advantages and what it's meant for. If you want a cup of coffee in the morning, or a soup in the fall, it's probably more trouble than it's worth. I read a lot of reviews about it's size and weight and the terrifying giant fireballs it emits without warning. If you want a super durable stove that can be stripped and repaired in the field AND will light and pressurize under adverse conditions, this is a classic. The horror stories you read (e.g. giant fireballs) are invariably due to misuse. I've never had a problem pressurizing or priming this stove. It's solid and powerful, which is a nice thing when you're far from home and need a rugged stove. However, if you're backpacking for a few days in nice weather, it's probably overkill, especially if you never plan or need to work with Kerosene (which, let's be frank, is a dirty fuel anyway). It's sturdiness comes at a cost - it's heavy and bulkly and takes a while to set up. If I was cooking in colder weather for a group, this would be my go to - for anything else, I stick to an MSR canister. Another perk about this stove (and white gas in general) is you know exactly how much fuel you need and don't have to worry about recycling canisters or leaving them with just a bit of gas at the bottom. Great stove, a bit of a learning curve vs canisters or integrated, go with the Whisperlite unless you really need the Kerosone option.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ROCK SOLID! I bought this and first used it on a 10 day pack in hunt, I was nervous about bringing new gear on a hunt like this but it was everything I had read about and in some ways more. Pros: 1. Heat output with White gas was great I could get a gallon of water to boil in about 10 minutes (at 11,000 feet in altitude) 2. Ease of use - the stove and fuel system is simple and reliable 3. Stability, the base legs and cooking surface are large enough to provide stability, I wasn't worried about tipping a pot of bean soup over in the middle of camp. 4. Fuel efficiency - I would estimate that we used 3 oz. of fuel per meal for 4 people this includes heating water for the clean-up and usually an extra gallon boiled to give the water purifies a break. 5. Size and weight, This stove weighs a pound and folds up pretty small so not a space hog in the pack. Cons: 1. It is hard to get and maintain a low burn if trying to simmer soup for example, It can be done but it takes some fussing 2. The black soot formed during the pre-heat stage can make a mess out of the carry bag if the stove isn't wiped down prior to packing it away. Overall I loved this stove, I wish I had bought one years ago.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jack of all trades I have multiple MSR stoves. The pocket and micro rocket are great but onky accept canisters. The EGK is essentially a tank however doesn't simmer. Enter this game changing stove. Light enough to carry on basic hikes, stout enough to handle long term hard use and flexible enough to burn whatever you want. Oh... and it simmers. This stove is quickly replacing all but my ultra light stove where every ounce is counted.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lousy Pump/Dangerously Unreliable "New" pump design in junk (red plunger, flip valve). Several strokes to pressurize and the pump plunger and/or housing breaks. Plastic is cheap, brittle and the design is obviously not correct. MSR has built a reputation making outdoor gear that we can rely on. They have made pumps that work well and work for decades. I purchased 2 of these pumps and they both broke within minutes. Check out other reviews online and you will find the same thing is happening and MSR is NOT listening to its customers. This is dangerous, not being able to purify or boil water to cook is NOT acceptable. MSR may stupidly try to justify the cheap plastic by claiming they are trying to save weight, but what good is a stove of any weight that doesn't function because the pump broke. Stupid stupid stupid company move from a company and the whisperlite product that made the compnay
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would buy it again and again. Love it.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stove I really started backwards with backpacking stoves. Starting with alcohol stoves, I ended up getting tired of slow boil times, and trying to find a flat place to set them up. I just wanted something to boil water fast in any weather. I eventually bought an MSR Whisperlite Universal. The MSR Whisperlite Universal Will boil a liter of water in about four minutes. Doing the math that equals less than 1/2oz of fuel per two cups of water boiled. Over the long run, especially in cooler weather, a liquid fuel stove can easily make up the weight difference vs an alcohol stove. Again, splitting the stove and fuel weight up between 2 or more people and the weight savings is even greater. Don't discount white gas stoves for summer use either. The MSR Whisperlite boils water so fast, it will boil water for three people, in the same time an alcohol stove will boil water for one.
Date published: 2017-02-04
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When purchasing this model does it come with any attachments?

Asked by: Carole
Hey Carole, This stove comes with the stove, pump & canister mount. The fuel is sold separately.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2017-04-17

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: 2018-01-22

I have the same stove, but from roughly 20 years ago. Still works perfectly every time. My question: have they made changes to the design over the years or is this really the same whisperlite?

Asked by: steve
Hiya steve, thanks for your question! According to MSR, this stove is relatively new (not 20 years old). You might have the Whisperlite International or another older incarnation. Regardless, the stove design is basically the same. There were some mini changes to the jets and the legs are now stamped steel instead of wire, but the original version sounds like it is doing just fine for you. If you ever need any replacement parts or repairs, contact MSR directly and they should be able to help you. Hope this helps!
Answered by: Alice in Wanderland
Date published: 2017-09-01
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