Mar 15, 20178298 views

Top 10 (give or take) Lightest Canister Stoves


Just a short post here on the top ten or so lightest upright canister stoves. Yes, I know, there are 11 on the list. The MSR Micro Rocket has actually been discontinued, but I kept it on the list just because there may be some close out deals on it.
So, without further ado, here is the list:

I might be missing something; I don't have every stove in the known universe (yet), but this should be a pretty good list of the lightest upright canister stoves. No, I didn't include any remote canister or integrated canister stoves on this list. That's the subject for another post another day.

I like compiling information (I guess that's why I have a blog, Adventures in Stoving). Sometimes seeing all the info laid out side-by-side can be helpful if one is trying to decide between different pieces of gear.

Now, each to his or her own, and hike your own hike. Some value pot stability. Others focus solely on weight. Still others want convenience and then there are those who value reliability over all else. I've added a few comments that will hopefully give some information to each type of person. Is it a bit limited? Well, it's a chart. There's only so much one can cram in there before the chart just doesn't work any more. It's supposed to be a summary, right? But not to worry, I'm working on a full length post.

In the mean time, those desiring further information may find the following links useful:
Kovea Supalite review:
https://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-kovea-supalite-upright-canister-gas.html

Soto Amicus review:
https://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.com/2016/12/review-soto-amicus.html

BRS-3000T review:
https://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-brs-3000t-worlds-lightest-stove.html

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 review:
https://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.com/2016/12/review-new-msr-pocket-rocket-2.html

Soto WindMaster review:
https://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-soto-windmaster-worlds-lightest-gas.html

Hope it's of interest,
HJ
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Great overview. I am fairly new to backpacking, but did a lot of research before deciding on a stove. I ended up settling on the Soto Amicus...and so glad I did! The stove is not as light as some others, but were talking fractions of an ounce! The overall performance and price point of the Amicus combine to deliver great value. I am very happy with the decision. The stove has performed very well on multiple trips, including wind and cold in the White Mountains of NH.
Nice list...thank you. I purchased the Kovea Supalite 60g months ago and have found it most reliable. I keep it, a cup, a fuel canister, and a lighter/firestarting supplies all in my Stanley 1L cookpot with a long handled titanium spork and it packs nicely, with room for more gear in a side pocket of my backpack. Even in 10 degree F temps, it has worked reliably. I recently got 12-14 meals (heating water for coffee/breakfast and dinner) from a single canister of fuel. I really like this stove!
After trying many different canister stoves in every price range including the Soto Windmaster (an impressive stove), I have settled on the on the Fire Maple pictured above, as my usual stove. Considering weight, useability, and construction, and price, this stove is hard to beat.
pwoc
Yeah, that's not a bad one. It's the FMS-116T which is sometimes called the Gnat and sometimes the Kinetic Ultra. The 116T is my pick for just about the lightest that is still pretty practical. The 116T has decent pot stability and decent flame spread. One could actually cook on the 116T if one were of a mind too.

I have the FMS-300T which doesn't vary much in terms of weight from the 116T but the flame on the 300T is much more concentrated, and the 300T doesn't have the same pot stability.

The one down side to all five of the top five lightest stoves is none of them is particularly good in wind. On purpose, I test a lot at the beach. It's typically windy there. All of the really light stoves suffer in wind. I've had trouble making my morning cup of Joe there. The one exception that I've noted of late is the WindMaster. That thing really is more windproof than the typical upright canister stove. I was out two weeks ago with the 300T. It couldn't bring my coffee pot to the boil. I turned it off, swapped it out for the WindMaster, and the WindMaster had my coffee ready in short order.

HJ
hikin_jim
Yeah, I have the 300t too, and completely agree with you on all points. I've given up the wind resistance of the Windmaster for the stability, and cooking ability of the Fire Maple. I've settled for using a personally designed windscreen, specially designed for a canister stove with a heat reflector. Even though the Windmaster will stay lit in a breeze, it becomes less efficient at heating in the wind.
I had a critical BRS fail while backpacking last month. Temps in the 40's, elevation 5-6,000 ft, minimal wind and a new full canister (which I tested prior to, and after the outing). After a couple minutes the stove just stopped "passing gas," even when opened up all the way. When I tried the stove again at the end of the day, the same thing happened again. Looked for, but didn't observe any obvious blockages with the canister or stove. Won't trust it again - at least it's only an $18 loss, and the only fallout from the experience was some lukewarm breakfast and dinner. As luck would have it, the Soto Amicus appeared on Massdrop right after I returned (just missed the Windmaster)! I'll gladly pack the extra ounce and a half for a little reliability.
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You can carry two BRS-3000T for a long trip. Keep one for backup with a backup mini big lighter with metal cap removed.
idoc72
My BRS failed as well, so I decided to get a stove from a more reputable manufacturer. I know some people say to just carry two BRS stoves. To that I say, what good will two nonfunctioning stoves do me in the backcountry?

After reading Jim's Adventures in Stoving blog (and other sources) I settled on the Soto Windmaster. I love it! I was sure the piezo ignition would fail quickly -- as was my experience with the Primus ETA Lite -- but lo and behold it's still working! I went on a trail clearing trip recently and another person had one too. He loved it a well.
They updated the Windmaster OD-1RX recently and the new one is an absolute little MONSTER! Best stove I've owned, and ironically the lightest. I combine it with a Evernew .6L pot for 3-season backpacking, and a .9L pot in the winter when needing to melt snow. For comparison, it's about 60% of the weight of my .8L Jetboil, boils faster, and has better wind resistance.
nicklenn
nicklenn see my comments to pwoc, above. The WindMaster is a super reliable stove. To me, it's the one to get if you a) don't mind the detachable pot support and b) don't mind the relatively high price.

The Amicus is a really nice stove too, but a tad heavier.

HJ
Thanks for the post,
one thing that makes it difficult to pick a stove is false BTU output Numbers.
recently saw the Cruz vs msr pocket rocket2. Looking at numbers the crux should crush the msr.
The crux 10200 vs msr. 8200
In the real world test the msr crushed the crux by a large margin.
camshaft
Interesting. My experience with the Crux is that it seems not to quite deliver on the promise of 10,200 BTU/hr, but I don't recall if I've run it head to head with a PR2. I'll have to try it some time.

HJ
hikin_jim
outdoor gear review on YouTube did a heat to head with pocket rocket2.
And it was clearly msr winner when it’s 2000 less. So specs you see online are hard to judge, only real world Head to head timed boil runabout
I quite enjoy using the EOE Lithium (http://eoe-europe.com/de/kocher/6-lithium.html) for some time now (44g, ~1.55oz). I think its design has been copied by some chinese companies.

For larger pots (>1l) I usually prefer a Optimus Crux Lite.
mabe
ive got one of the chinese knock offs and the thing is great, with a few complications. works great for my little 700/750ml titanium pots. though with a full load of water its usually a bit unsteady and if your not hanging on when it hits boil it will rock itself right over. my bigger pots just cant stay on. now with my jetboil ti pots its fantastic, and i carry it as a backup in case my jetboil stove has an issue. the broad head stove pictured up top there though i love more, more stable and better heat over a wider area.
mabe
Actually, the "EOE Lithium" is the FMS-300T which has been designed and built by Fire Maple of China but is being marketed under the EOE brand. The 300T is being sold under probably a dozen brands, but they're really all the same and all designed and manufactured in China by Fire Maple. Fire Maple is making some pretty nice stoves.

HJ
Any thoughts on the "footprint" of the flame? I may replace my Pocket Rocket for something more spread out: my group needs one stove dedicated to toasting quesadillas. Current stove focuses flame onto a single 3-inch spot and I'd like one that spreads somewhat uniformly over 6 inches for pans, grilling, and frying. Ultralight preferred.
Cromulent
Well, my definition of ultralight (in terms of a canister stove) is sub 2 ounce. There are only five choices:
1. The BRS-3000T
2. The FMS-300T
3. The FMS-116T
4. The Snow Peak Lite Max
5. The Kovea SupaLite

The stoves with the best dispersed flames are the LiteMax and the SupaLite. The LiteMax and the SupaLite are basically the same stove with some mainly cosmetic differences although the LiteMax does have a higher BTU rating. Either of those two UL canister stoves should give you a well distributed flame.

HJ
I'd like to see a breakdown, similar to the stoves you've got, on the various canister fuels available for these stoves, i.e. size, ingredients ratios, quality of fuel, winter use, price etc. Any suggestions?
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EuroAmer
Sizes though are fairly standard for canister gas in the US:
Small: 100 to 113 g with 110 g being the most common.
Medium: 220 to 230 g with 220 g being slightly more common.
Large: 440 to 450 g.

HJ
hikin_jim
Thanks for your numerous responses. I'll start looking into them.