MSR Winter Stoves: The Most Advanced Cold-Weather Stoves on the Planet

MSR  created its first expedition stove, the Model 9 in 1973, designed to efficiently melt snow so mountaineers could have fast, reliable access to water, helping to prevent cerebral and pulmonary edema. In the 40 years since, the Model 9 has evolved into the XGK-EX, the world’s most prolific expedition stove. MSR has continued to engineer the most advanced range of high-performance stoves for high altitudes and cold conditions, including the Reactor and WindBurner stove systems.

In addition to the extreme-condition XGK-EX, today MSR features a range of sophisticated stoves that excel in alpine environments. The Reactor Stove Systems, featuring a primary air design, melt snow in as little as 90 seconds and work in high winds, ideal for mountaineers. Similarly, the WindBurner Personal Stove System, engineered for backcountry adventurers and weekend warriors, use the Reactor’s award winning radiant burner to create a fast-boiling stove design that is virtually impervious to outside conditions, and packs tightly into itself.

Other remote burner stoves include the WindPro II, a stable isobutene-propane-burning stove that includes a stand, allowing inversion of fuel canisters for better cold-weather performance and efficiency. At 6.6 oz., the WindPro II remains a lightweight option for those who prefer larger cookware in the backcountry. One of the more versatile stoves continues to be the WhisperLite Universal, a hybrid-fuel stove that allows an easy switch from canister fuel to liquid fuel for longer, cold-weather or international trips. Lightweight, stable and offering consistent output using MSR’s proprietary AirControl technology, the versatile WhisperLite Universal is quite possibly the only stove you’ll ever need, whether you’re a climber, professional, mountaineer or world traveler.


For over 35 years, the MSR XGK stove has been the world’s most reliable extreme-condition stove; trusted by mountaineers everywhere. The XGK-EX stove continues that legacy with unrivaled performance, dependability and better multi-fuel burning capabilities than any other stove on the market. It features a flexible fuel line that allows it to pack smaller than ever, as well as stable, retractable legs and pot supports, and a powerful flame that melts snow and boils water incredibly fast. No matter where you’re headed, with an XGK-EX stove along, you’ll find fuel to burn and the absolute dependability that has made it the first choice in liquid fuels stoves on expeditions for decades. RRP £140.00

reactor stove systemReactor Stove System

Not only is the Reactor Stove System the fastest and most fuel efficient stove ever made, it’s the only one that delivers that level of performance in the cold and wind of the real world. While that might sound like hype, take a look at these test results and see exactly what that means to you in the field. Simply put, you’ll burn less fuel, carry less fuel, and move faster than with any other stove available. And with MSR’s proven quality and durability, you can be assured of that performance to pull you through when you need it most. RRP £150.00-170.00


windburnerWindBurner Personal Stove System

Combining award-winning Reactor® technology with the features solo travelers need most, the WindBurner Stove System is ideal for backcountry adventures and weekend camping alike. Its radiant burner and enclosed, windproof design allow the stove to boil water fast and operate in weather that leaves conventional burners in the cold. The integrated cookware with built-in heat exchanger efficiently transfers heat to the lock-on pot so you can enjoy a quick meal or hot drink after a hike, ride or paddle. The all-in-one system nests inside its pot for easy packing and assembly—leaving more time for you to enjoy your adventure. RRP £110.00-125.00


whisperlite2WhisperLite Universal  

The hybrid-fuel WhisperLite Universal stove delivers the ease and simmering capabilities of canister fuel, and switches easily over to liquid fuels for longer trips, cold-weather, and international use. Our patent-pending AirControl™ technology is what really makes it unique, delivering outstanding performance with all compatible fuels. It’s also the lightest stove in its class, offering excellent stability and easy maintenance, adding to the reasons this could be the only stove you’ll ever need. RRP £125.00

WindPro II

windpro2The WindPro II camp stove combines the stability and wind protection of a remote-burner design with the convenience of canister fuel. Unlike other canister stoves the WindPro II is capable of running on liquid-feed direct from the canister. This added versatility lets you run the stove in traditional upright mode for optimal efficiency and flame control or, with a simple twist, invert the canister on the included stand to deliver liquid gas directly to the burner. This advantage allows greatly improved cold-weather and low-fuel performance, and boosts stove output significantly anytime speed really counts. RRP £90.00