Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Expedition Stoves

The best stoves for long term, expedition style backpacking, mountaineering and exploring.

Optimus Nova+

81

2015

Optimus Nova+

The Optimus Nova + is a reliable liquid fuel backcountry expedition stove that burns white gas, kerosene, jet fuel and diesel. 

MSR XGK EX

82

2015

MSR XGK EX

The XGK EX is MSR’s workhorse. Regardless of how burly the conditions or how deep the frustration stemming from another failed summit bid, with this stove in tow, at least you’ll have a hot meal over which to commiserate.

Kovea Booster +1

88

2015

Kovea Booster +1

The Kovea Booster +1 is the most practical and well-constructed universal-fuel stove on the market. It’s efficient, durable, easy to maintain in the field and because of its fuel versatility, it can travel the world.

MSR Whisperlite Universal

84

2013

MSR Whisperlite Universal

The MSR Whisperlite Universal should be at the top of any mountaineer or backpacker’s gear list.