This weeks gear pick is one of my favorite pieces of gear. The MSR Whisperlite Universal.
I bought my first Whisperlite, the Whisperlite International back in the mid ’80′s. I drug it all over the place and got every penny out of that stove. It is perhaps one of the best stoves ever made. Durable, easy to use and maintain, and super efficient.
The MSR Whisperlite Universal is the new generation of the Whisperlite line. It is lighter, its stability has been enhanced, and they added the feature of being able to burn canister fuel.
The MSR Whisperlite burns liquid fuels and canister fuel with a quick transition of fuel connector and fuel jet. It does not take a tool box and a lot of know how to quickly change from one to the other. I prefer the liquid fuel options over canister, but it is nice to know that I have the options.
The Whisperlite will burn White gas (Blazo), Unleaded, and Kerosene. Burning Kerosene is messy and the least efficient, but it works.
Here are the specs:
|Minimum Weight||11.5 oz / 326 g|
|Packed Weight||1 lbs 3.4 oz / 549 g|
|Burn time (white gas) per 600ml / 20 oz. of fuel||Appx. 110 minutes|
|Burn time (MSR IsoPro) per 227-g / 8-oz. canister||Appx. 75 minutes|
|Burn time (kerosene) per 600ml / 20 oz. of fuel||Appx. 155 minutes|
|Boil time (white gas), 1 liter||3.5 minutes|
|Boil time (kerosene), 1 liter||4.4 minutes|
|Boil time (MSR IsoPro), 1 liter||3.75 minutes|
|Water boiled (white gas) per 100 ml of fuel||4.4 liters|
|Water boiled (white gas) per 1 oz. of fuel||1.3 liters|
|Water boiled (kerosene) per 100 ml of fuel||5.3 liters|
|Water boiled (kerosene) per 1 oz. of fuel||1.6 liters|
|Water boiled (MSR IsoPro) per 227-g canister||15 liters|
|Water boiled (MSR IsoPro) per 1 oz. of fuel||1.8 liters|
|Country of Origin||Made in Seattle, USA|
Like I have said, the MSR Whisperlite is my favorite stove. It works great in all the weather conditions I have backpacked and camped in. It is super efficient and packs well. I have used it to simmer and boil. It is a great stove.
Now let me address the liquid fuel question. I have met Scouters that for some reason feel that liquid fuel is not allowed in Scouting. Wrong. Liquid fuel is not only allowed but recommended at the high adventure bases like Philmont. The key is to teach the Scouts how to use them properly, but that is like anything else. I find that the MSR Whisperlite is safer than a Jet Boil and a heck of a lot more useful, allowing the user to actually cook.
I am on my second MSR Whisperlite, having purchased the Universal before our trip to Philmont, my oldest son is now using my old Whisperlite and it is still working great.
I highly recommend this stove for all your camping cooking needs.
Have a Great Scouting Day!