MSR PocketRocket Ultralight Single Burner Camping Stove

Last updated: July 31, 2023

MSR's classic Pocket Rocket is an ultra-light, compact single-burner camping stove that's perfect for hiking, backpacking and other minimalist adventures. It can boil a liter of water in under three and a half minutes. Simply unfold it and attach it to a isobutane-propane fuel canister.

MSR PocketRocket Ultralight Single Burner Camping Stove

We looked at the top Single Burner Camp Stoves and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Single Burner Camp Stove you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: This single-burner camping stove is ideal for hiking, backpacking and global travel.

In our analysis of 19 expert reviews, the MSR PocketRocket Ultralight Single Burner Camping Stove placed 1st when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Ultralight (2.6 oz) and compact (2x2x3 in) folding canister stove for minimalist adventures, backpacking, hiking, trekking, camping, and global travel. Boils one liter of water in just 3.5 minutes and flame easily adjusts from a simmer to a rolling boil for gourmet cooking in the outdoors. Fueled by high-performance isobutane-propane fuel canister (not included); self-sealing threaded canister fuel is available in most countries. Easy to setup and operate—no priming, preheating, or pressurizing is required; serrated pot-supports accommodate a wide range of pot sizes and styles. Lightweight protective case included; stove weighs 2.6 oz (4.2 oz with case), measures 4.8×4.8×3.6 inches open, collapses to 2x2x3 inches.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Lightweight, compact, and durable stove that won’t break your budget. This stove is a solid upgrade of MSR's popular PocketRocket stove, which has been a favorite in the backpacking community for many years. The PocketRocket 2 has great simmer control, packs down small, and boils water fast.
A proven stove at a good price. Weighing in at a scant 2.6 ounces (excluding the fuel canister), this is a supremely packable stove. The serrated supports can hold a variety of pots, and lighting is a simple matter of turning the knob and using a match to ignite.
With a surprisingly powerful burner for its size and price tag of less than $50, the PocketRocket 2 is one of the most popular options on the market and a familiar sight in the backcountry
Compact and lightweight, it weighs 2.6 ounces and includes a built-in pot stand that's compatible with a wide range of pots. When not in use, the arms of the pot stand fold down and fit into a small protective plastic case.
The stove is uses fuel very efficiently. Since you don't need to open the valve all the way to get the most heat if you find the balance point where it burning all the fuel and not letting any escape. Then it will last for about 60 minutes in good conditions.
Offers incredible value for an affordable price and packs up small…. very small. This ultralight stove weighs in at 2.6 oz and folds down to 2 x 2 x 3 inches and is the best value canister stove for backpacking on the market right now.

What reviewers didn't like

Somewhat bulky (but durable) carrying case, not as good in wind as some others.
We’ve had a few close calls when stirring aggressively or bumping the pot, so set it up in a level spot and take care to keep the pot upright.
Integrated systems like the Jetboil Flash below are more stable and windproof.
Somewhat poor wind resistant, poor pot support, and poor performance in the cold keep it from being 5 out of 5 stars.
This stove comes with no integrated cookware meaning you will need to purchase some additional bits.
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