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Gear Junkie: MicroRocket stove weighs little, heats quickly

MSR’s MicroRocket metal stove, made for wilderness use.
MSR’s MicroRocket metal stove, made for wilderness use.

This camp stove is small enough to fit inside a coffee mug. But screw it onto a fuel canister and you’ll quickly have a flame that can only be described as huge.

Blue fire erupts from the top of the MicroRocket, a metal stove from MSR ( cascadedesigns.com/msr) made for backpacking and wilderness use.

At 2.5 ounces, its weight is negligible in a backpack. Indeed, a single energy bar measured the same miniscule weight on my scale.

But the MicroRocket can boil a pot of water in just a few minutes. It is aptly named, as the stove’s flame truly roars like a rocket or an engine on the rear of a jet.

For years, I have used MSR’s similar PocketRocket stove model.

Its simple design, like the MicroRocket’s, includes three fold-out arms to support a pot.

A fuel canister screws in on the bottom. A wire handle controls the flow of gas, and thus the size and heat of the cooking flame.

Few moving parts and an all-metal build make for a product that can last for years.

My PocketRocket has been around the world and boiled an untold number of pots of water and soup.

Caveats? The canister setup makes for a tall stove design, and in windy campsites I’ve had to use logs and stones to shield the exposed flame. The stove’s mini support arms cradle only small- and medium-size pots. If you’re cooking for a group look to something larger.

For backpackers, either of these tiny MSR stoves are a great pick.

The MicroRocket comes with its own case and a pen-like sparker. Matches are not required – you press a button to shoot a small spark and initiate the stove’s flame.

The PocketRocket is a bit larger but only a half-ounce heavier, so weight is pretty negligible. It does not come with the sparker.

For about $60, the MicroRocket includes stove, case and sparker. The PocketRocket is $40. If you need a tiny burner that fires big flames, I guarantee one of these units can do the job.

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