Primus Yellowstone Classic

Primus Yellowstone Classic

Best Backpacking Stove – Overview

Best Backpacking Stove Overview - Primus Yellowstone Classic

Best backpacking stove review – Primus Yellowstone Classic Trail Stove

Specs:

Fuel type: Canister
Fuel: Butane/Propane
Auto ignition: No
Boil time: 3 min
Dimensions: 5 x 2.25 in
Weight: 8oz
MSRP: $20

The Primus Yellowstone Classic is a jack-of-all-trades stove.  I really do like this stove because it’s just enough of something, but not too much of anything.  It’s not the smallest stove on the market, but it’s small enough that it doesn’t take up too much room in your pack.  It’s not the hottest burning stove on the market, but it’s hot enough to keep up with higher end stoves in regards to boil time.  And it’s not the lightest stove on the market, but it’s not too heavy that it’s going to weight you pack down…  I think the Primus Yellowstone Classic really sets itself apart though, with its flame pattern.  The wide flame design allows for even cooking throughout the entire pot or pan, and with it’s wide pot supports, it creates a really sturdy surface to cook on, but also play a role as a pretty good wind guard as well.  The flame is adjustable – so much so that you can bring your water to a raging boil, or simply keep it warm.  The Yellowstone Classic is a great little stove that stuck to it’s own roots, and can pretty much do it all.  It’s not the smallest, it’s not the lightest, it’s not the most powerful, but hey, it’s a well built classic, and who doesn’t love a nice classic?

What’s Included?

  • Primus Yellowstone Classic Stove
  • Flame adjuster/connector

What are other’s saying about it?
M. Ross says:
“This stove offers massive value. I’m as much of a gearhead as anyone and am always looking to shave grams from my gear and seeking innovative products that make my backpacking experience a bit more safe, comfortable, or enjoyable. This stove is small, but isn’t the tiniest. It doesn’t boil water as fast as the fastest blowtorch stoves. It’s not the most stable or most protected from the wind.  So why should you buy it? Because it is… more

JF says:
“I did a lot of research on backpacking stoves and purchased one that appears to be identical to this one at REI called the Yellowstone. Many hard core backpackers are obsessed with shaving ounces and this one weights a few ounces more. However, they are sacrificing ease of use and stability. When on a Boy Scout campout, the last thing you want is for a pot to fall off a “pocket rocket” because the stove is unstable. This stove is pretty foolproof and… more

CG says:
“I REALLY like this stove! I’ve used it for backpacking for about a year and a half with no issues at all with it. It makes a good sized flame–I can boil water in just a few minutes. Universal fuel is now too expensive and readily available. It is SUPER lightweight, there’s hardly anything to the thing. Adjustable flame is a nice feature, and it does that well. Comes in a heavy-duty little bag that I store a couple lighters in. Wind doesn’t effect the flame too badly. Would definitely… more

Overall Rating:
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Why?
Pros:

  • Just enough
  • Not too much
  • Solid pot support
  • Precision flame adjustment
  • Low cost
  • Ease of use

Cons:

  • Not the smallest?
  • Not the hottest?

 


MSR Pocket Rocket

MSR Pocket Rocket

Best Backpacking Stove – Overview

Specs:

Fuel type: Canister

MSR Pocket Rocket

Best Backpacking Stove Overview – MSR Pocket Rocket

Fuel: Propane
Auto Ignition: No
Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.1 x 2 in
Burn time: 60 min/8 oz fuel – max flame
Average boil time: 3 min 30 sec
Weight: 3 oz
MSRP: $39

The MSR Pocket Rocket is just that.  This is the go-to stove for many backpackers as it is super compact, extremely light, and can put out some serious heat!  The Pocket Rocket might lack a few bells and whistles that higher priced stoves come with, but in the end, this little rocket gets the job done.  Unfortunately though, those bells and whistles do serve a purpose, and the Pocket Rocket is not a stove I would suggest using if you are in cold weather, as the flame depends on the pressure generated by the canister.  And although it can be used in windy situations, it’s something I would not recommend. It’s high intensity flame can also be a bit of a downfall if you’re looking to cook anything other than good ol’ water.  Because the flame in condensed into one hot spot, you can burn whatever it is that you’re cooking quite easily.  However, this is just a small price to pay when the price you have to pay… is small!  Overall, this stoves stacks up quite well to the higher end competitor stoves, and in my opinion gives a nasty little one-two punch with such a small price tag.

What’s Included?

  • MSR Pocket Rocket
  • Carrying case

What are other’s saying about this stove?

Boo Yaa says:
“I’m a gear freak. I own 3 Whisperlites (2 I got cheap), a Jetboil (gift) and a Pocket Rocket (from REI around 2005 I think). I have several other odd stoves too. While they all had their place their niche use has been squeezed out by the excellent Pocket Rocket.  I have used mine almost every weekend for years, in every season, on day trips and on several multi day trips and now always take it as an emergency stove with a titanium pot, when I venture into the wild, even in winter. Together with a lightweight… more

Ginko Group says:
“MSR’s Pocket Rocket is a great little cooker. Best for going light and fast. Perfect as a shared stove among two people, and even better for simple boiling or melting snow for drinking water. I would suggest this stove for use with a maximum pot capacity of two liters, more than this and it becomes a little… more

Scott Burgess says:
“My wife and I bought this several years ago as part of an effort to reduce our pack weights. It has performed splendidly since we bought it. It runs fine on MSR fuel as well as Snow Peak’s fuel, so you can shop for the lower price. The hot spot is rather small, so you may not want to do a lot of frying/baking with it, but it is perfect for heating water for dehydrated meals, hot drinks, and… more

Overall Rating:
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Why?
Pros:

  • Low cost
  • Very compact

Cons:

  • Concentrated flame
  • Unstable pot support
  • Cannot use in cold weather

Jetboil Sol Aluminum Stove

Jetboil Sol Aluminum Stove

Best Backpacking Stove – Overview

Specs:
Fuel type: Canister
Fuel: Propane
Auto Ignition: Yes
Dimensions: 4.1 x 6.5 in
Pot size: 0.8L

Best Backpacking Stove Review - Jetboil Sol

Best Backpacking Stove – Review – Jetboil Sol

Weight: 10.5 oz
Boil time: 2 min 30 sec
MSRP: $120

The Jetboil Sol is truly a great stove for the all around backpacker.  It’s light weight design, yet sturdy aluminum build holds up quite nicely in all types of terrain.  As the stove is actually stored within it’s own canister, it makes for an easy carry as it is fairly compact in size, yet with the Jetboil’s traditional twist together design, the assembly required to get to cookin’ can be done in about a minute or so. Also, with Jetboil’s new “Thermo-Regulate” technology, this stove can perform in temperatures as low as 20°F (-6°C) which is a luxury that you don’t realize you need, until you need it…  This stove also performs quite well in windy conditions as well due to Jetboil’s “flux wing” design.  In the end, the Jetboil Sol isn’t a bad choice for all your backpacking, camping, and outdoor needs… that is, if you don’t mind denting your check book a bit.

What’s Included?

  • Burner
  • Cook pot
  • Pot support
  • Canister
  • Canister Tripod


What are other’s saying about the Jetboil Sol?

Ross Nicholson says:
“I cut down my old jet boil, but this unit weighs even less. Save the little legs, cup thing, and pot stand for family campouts with the car, you don’t need that equipment on the trail. Do keep a small cigarette lighter for just in case. The old lighting devices were… more

JJ Willy says:

I’ve used a lot of portable stoves in my life and must say that this is one of the best I’ve found. Caveat: This is more or less a “special purpose” stove that is truly one of the best for its “purpose”. But, it is a water boiling stove, not a gourmet and/or simmering unit. To boil water fast for dehydrated and/or freeze dried foods, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that combines light weight, compactness, durability, and speed with such fuel sipping efficiency.  You can control… more

Overall Rating:

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Why?
Pros:

  • Use in cold weather
  • Use in high altitudes
  • Use in high winds
  • Pot included

Cons:

  • Price