The hybrid-fuel WhisperLite Universal stove delivers the ease and simmering capabilities of canister fuel, and switches easily over to liquid fuels for longer trips, cold-weather, and international use. MSR's patent-pending AirControl™ technology is what really makes it unique, delivering outstanding performance with all compatible fuels. It’s also the lightest stove in its class, offering excellent stability and easy maintenance, adding to the reasons this could be the only stove you’ll ever need.
- Hybrid-Fuel Performance: Patent pending AirControl™ technology creates the optimal fuel/air mix for top-notch performance with canister fuel, white gas, kerosene and unleaded gasoline.
- Canister Liquid Feed: Delivers better cold weather and low-fuel performance with a more consistent output over the life of each canister. Canister stand Included.
- Lightweight: Aluminum mixer tube, extra-stable stainless steel legs and refined design keep weight to a minimum.
- 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, stuff sack and 22oz fuel bottle
- *For best results with canister fuel, always burn MSR® IsoPro fuel canisters.
Minimum weight: 388g
Maximum weight: 549g
Boil times for 1 litre of water:
White gas: 3.5 minutes
Kerosene/Paraffin: 4.4 minutes
Gas canister: 3.75 minutes
White gas: 110 minutes (600ml bottle)
Kerosene/Paraffin: 155 minutes (600ml bottle)
Gas canister: 75 minutes (227g canister)
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- A sound investment Review by Two Wheeled Nomad
The Whisperlite Universal is a portable, lightweight liquid fuel stove. One of its biggest attractions to travellers from around the globe is the interchangeable aspect between isobutane and liquid gas (i.e. white gas, kerosene and unleaded gasoline). White gas is my preferred choice as it lacks the additives of other gasolines, however, kerosene and unleaded gasoline do the job just as well, even if I have to make a conscious effort to keep the lid on the pan to prevent the fuel’s nasties from tainting the pan’s contents. Whichever your preferred fuel choice, when such a versatile feature is a teamed up with the Whisperlite’s windscreen, makes the stove noticeably more fuel efficient than other competitors on the market, handmade or otherwise.
As the Whisperlite Universal is a hybrid-fuel system complete with AirControl™ technology, means it is capable of delivering optimal fuel in conjunction with the air mix. Thanks to the fuel-specific jets, the stove system facilitates a straightforward switch over to either the canister gas or liquid fuel with a little time but without too much fuss. A blessing for those on big journeys, in cooler climes and for international use. As long distance motorcyclists where stops are often determined by low gas tanks, it’s often more feasible to rely on replenishing the MSR fuel bottle with unleaded gasoline while we’re filling up the bikes.
Priming is an uncomplicated and clean process, taking less than two minutes. Whether you’re burning the liquid gas or the compressed equivalent, pairing of the bottle to the stove isn’t burdensome and the configuration of the Whisperlite Universal allows you to simmer while cooking, which is convenient as much as it is practical when heating food, but an unexpected joy when engaging the canister option. And you won’t have to keep your eyes peeled on the flame, the pressure from the fuel bottle keeps it even throughout usage.
For me, I love the flexibility of being able to nuke our drinking water to boiling point in as little time as 4 minutes (with unleaded gasoline). And at the same time, having the functionality to control the flame over a decent variance, so the culinary result doesn’t lead to giving our teeth a vacation. Wonderfully, nor does it leave the pot burnt with a baked on finish, requiring an industrial strength oven cleaner to remove it—pasta, brown rice and risotto dishes included.
The stove also enjoys a relatively lightweight aspect at just 11.5 ounces of an aluminium mixer tube, stainless steel legs and a streamlined design, which bears an intelligent folding system that lends itself to compact and bijou. Key for anyone where space is at a premium and luggage weight has to remain at a minimum. That said, when we put the stove to the test during blustery weather in the fall at Joshua Tree National Park, California, it stood up to its claims in terms of stability, as well as reliability of use.
The sturdy legs are stable within a structure that is featherweight without being flimsy. Where the alcohol stove does not stand a chance in staying alight amid gusty conditions, the Whisperlite Universal works flawlessly. The stove further comes into its own when the big pot is employed; having knocked over the large pot on multiple occasions atop of the beer can stove—losing my dinner to the dirt—becomes a thing of the past with not only the triangular formation of the Whisperlite Universal, but its scalloped edge pot supports on top.
After use, cleaning is minimal, largely due to the self-cleaning Shaker Jet™ technology and redesigned leg assembly from its predecessor. The fact that the Whisperlite Universal purrs like a happy pussy cat throughout any strength of flame, is an added bonus. It keeps the peace and you at one with nature without scaring everything off in earshot.
Painless to assemble and prime, the Whisperlite Universal out-performs any previous stove used to date. I applaud it for its versatility of fuels, pannier-friendly size and reliability of use. It worked as well at just shy of 12,000 feet as it did nearer sea level in windy weather, keeping me in control of the flame. As backpacking stoves go, MSR has hit the ball in the back of the net. The Whisperlite Universal functions just as its name suggests—it is quiet as a whisper, appealingly light and applicable to all— globe trotters and gases alike.
MSR Whisperlite Stove in USD or GBP.
Versatile multi-fuel capability of liquid and compressed gases
Efficient with all compatible fuels
Good heat variance and an even flame
Easy to maintain and clean in the field
No leakage or spillage in using the liquid fuels
Quiet, even when in high flame operation
Takes a little time to switch fuel types
More expensive than other stoves in its class (Posted on 14/10/2016)
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