Review: The MSR Pocket Rocket Stove

The MSR Pocket Rocket Backpacking Stove is a little slice of genius. This incredibly small stove attaches to most self-sealing fuel canisters and the thing weighs a measly 3-ounces. It folds up and fits nicely in it’s little red plastic case and can hide away in the smallest crevice of your backpack. After using this stove primarily for backpacking adventures, I started to take it when I go car camping as well. I find that it can be a useful tool for heating up water for tea or coffee while using my primary double-burner for cooking up gourmet camp grub.

To use, securely attach the pocket rocket (head out of gutter here) to the fuel canister, turn knob to desired fuel range and light – and presto, now we’re cooking. It takes about 4 minutes for a liter of water to come to a full boil. The adjustable flame level allows for you to adjust cooking temperatures throughout your meal’s creation, and the pot holder is lined with ridges so that it holds pots more securely. Now don’t go crazy here thinking that you can put your giant wok on this little thing and have it be balanced…that’s just not going to happen. Also, you probably shouldn’t carry a giant wok on your back in any circumstance. I’ve tested the stove at very low altitudes (bottom of the Grand Canyon) and decent elevations of 5-10,000 ft. and the cooking times have been comparable.

The cons? It can be somewhat unstable so make sure your pot is securely centered and don’t stray too far, we don’t want your dinner falling on the ground before it reaches your mouth. HELLO, Bear hazard!

Want to own this?
This little guy will run you about $40 bones from REI: MSR Backpacking Stove

Maureen Elsberry

Adventure seeker, outdoors junkie, UFO journalist, space geek. Co-host of the webseries Spacing Out! and Uncovering Aliens on The Science Channel and Animal Planet.

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