Unexpected Hero: My PocketRocket Stove in a Rescue

A few weeks ago, I went on an overnight backpacking trip to Sespe Wilderness in Los Padres National Forest. It was a trip that I had been planning for a while. My uncle was visiting from Taiwan to the US for the first time in his life, and I wanted to plan a memorable trip to the outdoors. Along with my roommate, the three of us had planned for this trip the last few months. As an avid backpacker, I had been on a few trips this year and decided to bring my MSR PocketRocket stove as I’ve always done. It’s so small, convenient, and packs a punch so I figured it would be an excellent addition to my kit. Since purchasing it in the winter last year, it’s the…

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The Ultimate Guide to MSR Fuel

You’re psyched. You just bought an MSR® camp stove—the undisputed gold standard for everything from expeditions and extended road trips to casual backpacks and a weekend of family camping. In that process, you likely considered what type of fuel you wanted your new stove to use: liquid fuel or canister fuel. Now that you’ve made that primary choice, you may find yourself wondering a host of questions, like how to find compatible fuel away from home and make the most of your stove or stove system. Thus, we’ve put together a soup-to-nuts compendium of the most common questions we receive about MSR fuel to keep you going no matter where you are. What is MSR IsoPro™ Fuel? MSR IsoPro fuel is the magic sauce inside our fuel canisters. IsoPro is…

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How to Clean Your Backpacking Stove

We’ve all been there: the moment of horror when you realize your oatmeal (of course it’s oatmeal) is boiling over onto your stove. (We’ll blame it on not having finished that first cup of coffee yet.) And even though you snatched the pot away as quickly as you could, some of that nice, thick oaty sludge managed to splat right onto the burner head. Now what? Whether you have an ultralight canister stove, an uber-efficient system stove or a burly liquid-fuel stove, we’ve pulled together the do’s and don’ts of cleaning your cook setup, courtesy of our expert MSR repairs team. They’ve seen it all, and now they’re passing their knowledge to you. Read on to learn how to clean your backpacking stove. How to Clean Canister Stoves These popular…

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Thru-Hiking Stoves: DIY or Buy?

The hole punch sank its teeth into the aluminum side of a cat food can, chewing a hole through the wall. My ventilation system was complete. I’d just created a “cat stove”–a do-it-yourself backpacking stove–while sitting in a dank motel room along the Appalachian Trail. With a little bit of denatured alcohol, I had a new way to cook my food, and it only weighed a few ounces. After hiking for several weeks with a wood-fueled stove, I made the discovery that some environments are incompatible with wood-burning stove systems, and that in a well-trafficked corridor like the Appalachian Trail, it isn’t always ethical to collect wood anyway. These findings prompted me to observe other backpacking stoves when hikers gathered at the shelter for dinner. Some hopeful thru-hikers lugged around…

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