Best camping stove.
If portability and efficiency are your main concerns, reviewers say it's hard to beat the MSR Reactor. This integrated canister stove uses a radiant burner and heat exchanger to improve efficiency and wind resistance, and tests confirm that it can boil a liter of water in less than three minutes -- even in windy conditions. The MSR Reactor stove includes a 1.7-liter pot and burner, and the fuel canister (sold separately) and burner pack away into the pot for easy portability. Overall, reviewers rave about the fast boiling times and solid reliability, although there are a few drawbacks. The Reactor weighs 19 ounces, which is on the heavy side for a backpacking stove, and it can be hard to control the heat output for simmering soups or sauces. The Reactor only works with the included pot, so it's not the best choice for groups. Still, for solo campers or groups of two, reviewers say the MSR Reactor is a top canister stove.
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