The Best Backpacking Stoves of 2024

There’s nothing quite like the simple luxury of a hot meal after a grueling day on trail. It’s one of those things that make us love thru-hiking despite the aches and pains, relentless weather, and occasional soul-crushing loneliness. Carrying a stove also provides a measure of insurance against unexpected weather, as hot food and water can provide a much-needed dose of heat when the mercury drops.

The best backpacking stoves for thru-hiking weigh little, burn fuel efficiently, and boil water so quickly you’ll be sipping your morning brew before your campmates even roll out of bed. In this article, we share our top picks for thru-hiking stoves and tips on how to choose.

Best Backpacking Stoves: Quick Navigation

Jetboil Flash | Fastest Boil
MSR PocketRocket | AT Hikers’ Favorite
Soto Windmaster | Best for Windy Weather
SnowPeak LiteMax | Best Ultralight
Soto Amicus | Most Stable
Jetboil Stash | Most Efficient
BRS 3000T | Most Affordable
Esbit Pocket Stove | Best Solid Fuel Stove
Solo Stove Lite | Best Woodburning Stove
Super Cat | Best DIY Alcohol Stove

How to choose the best backpacking stoves:
Types of Backpacking Stoves
How to Maximize Fuel Efficiency
How much backpacking fuel should I bring?
Features of the Best Backpacking Stoves

Best Backpacking Stoves: FAQs

Types of Backpacking Stoves


Most backpacking stoves burn pressurized gas—usually a blend of isobutane and propane—from a canister. Standard canister stoves, like the MSR PocketRocket, are incredibly compact and lightweight.

Three or four foldable metal arms sit atop a threaded mechanism that connects to the fuel canister. The stove screws directly onto the fuel canister with a valve to control the amount of fuel that flows through, and the metal arms unfold to create a platform to set a cooking pot.

Isobutane-propane fuel blends combine the superior cold-weather performance of propane with the higher energy density of isobutane, resulting in a reasonably lightweight fuel that performs well across a range of conditions.

Integrated Canister

Same fuel, different setup as a traditional canister stove. The integrated canister stove screws onto the fuel canister same as a conventional setup, but the cooking pot connects to the burner with a built-in windscreen.

These setups are more fuel-efficient and heat food and water more quickly than traditional canister stoves, but they’re also bulky and weigh more. They have a tall profile that can make them somewhat unstable, though most come with a platform to stabilize the fuel canister, and the integrated setup eliminates the risk of knocking the pot off the burner.

Remote Canister

In a traditional or integrated canister stove, the fuel canister forms the base of the stove setup, with the stove screwing in directly atop the canister and the pot resting above the burner. In a remote configuration, the burner sits on the ground and a flexible hose connects it to the fuel line. These stoves are much lower-profile than either of the alternatives and are the most stable setup.

Some remote setups also allow you to invert the canister, increasing fuel efficiency in cold conditions. Because of their stability, they’re ideal for large groups. You can set a large pot of food or water on a remote canister stove without it feeling like a precarious balancing act. They are heavier than traditional canister stoves.

Alternative Fuel

Although canister stoves are the most common, some stoves burn denatured alcohol, white gas, solid fuel Esbit tablets, or wood. These stoves are typically inexpensive and simple in design*. They bypass the need for heavy fuel canisters, which is why a slim minority of hikers choose them over more common propane/isobutane setups.

Alternative fuel stoves have significant limitations, such as a lack of readily available fuel in stores, restrictions on their use in fire-prone environments, and significantly lower efficiency and longer cook times than canister stoves. Denatured alcohol are the most common type of alternative fuel used by thru-hikers, as alcohol stoves are simple, lightweight, and cheap to buy or make.

*Alcohol stoves, for instance, are so simple that you can even make your own out of an old soda can.

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How much backpacking fuel should I carry?

In most situations, thru-hikers only need a small (4oz/100g) canister to get from one resupply to the next (in our experience, a 4 oz canister lasts 10-14 days boiling water for one breakfast and one dinner per day, plus an occasional hot drink). However, it depends on how long you’ll be going between resupplies, how often you plan to cook, the efficiency of your stove, and environmental conditions such as temperature, altitude, and wind.

If you’re unsure how much fuel to bring, start out carrying a larger (8oz) canister. After a few weeks on trail, you’ll be able to gauge how much you need.

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Tips for Maximizing Fuel Efficiency of a Backpacking Stove

Running out of fuel halfway through dinner sucks. Maximizing your fuel efficiency will ensure that you have plenty of gas to last until your next resupply and will save you money and weight over time. Here are some tips:

  • Warm your canister fuel on cold days before using it. Tuck it into your sleeping bag on freezing nights or leave it in the sun while setting up camp.
  • Don’t run it on full blast. Running it on full blast will boil your water faster but also wastes a lot of fuel. A medium flame will do the trick with less waste heat.
  • Use a windscreen. Wind can kill a fuel canister faster than just about anything else. If your flame is flickering, you’re wasting energy. A windshield will protect the flame from wind and will also channel heat up into your pot rather than dissipating into the air around the stove.
  • Cook in a protected area. If it’s windy (or even breezy) out, give your windscreen an assist by cooking near some large rocks or other natural windbreaks.
  • Presoak your food. Even partially rehydrating your food before you fire up the stove will reduce cooking time.
  • Keep the lid on. Trap heat inside the pot while waiting for water to boil.
  • Don’t rely on boiling to purify your water. It works, but it takes a long time and uses a tremendous amount of fuel. Use a water filter like the Sawyer Squeeze or purifying droplets like Aqua Mira.
  • Carry spare fuel. Particularly if you’re hiking in a remote area and/or in cold weather, a small can of backup gas can be a literal lifesaver.

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Features of the Best Backpacking Stoves

Weight: Between one and four ounces for a standard canister stove (stove only); between seven and 14 for an integrated canister stove (includes built-in pot).

Number of boils: The more cooks you can get out of one fuel can, the better. Fuel is heavy, expensive, and sometimes a pain to source. Life is more manageable if you don’t have to re-up on cooking fuel too often.

Boil time: Whether you’re trying to break camp efficiently in the morning or you’re ravenous for dinner after a long day of hiking, having a rapid-boil stove is a nice feature. The best rapid-boil backpacking stoves can boil a liter of water in under three minutes*, but anything under five minutes is competitive.

*In ideal conditions, i.e. not windy and not freezing cold. In real-life conditions, your mileage will probably vary from what brands report re: fuel efficiency and boil time.

Valve for fuel control: Canister stoves have valves to control the level of the flame or turn it off quickly. A well-made stove will have a sensitive valve that gives you excellent control over the flame size. Stoves that lack a quick shutoff valve may not be allowed in fire-prone areas.

Piezoelectric Igniter: A built-in igniter makes backcountry cooking very convenient, igniting the flame with just the push of a button—no fussing with matches or lighters required. Piezoelectric igniters are notoriously finicky, so even if you have one, you’ll want to carry a backup lighter or some matches in case it craps out.

Windscreen: Does the stove come with a windscreen, either as an add-on accessory or as a built-in feature? Windscreens dramatically improve fuel efficiency and boil time. It’s easy to make a DIY windscreen from aluminum foil, but note that there’s technically a chance that a simple wrap-around windscreen can cause pressurized fuel canisters to overheat and explode. Some manufacturers make special windscreens that are safe to use with canister stoves.

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Best Backpacking Stoves for Thru-Hiking of 2024

Jetboil Flash | Fastest-Boiling Backpacking Stove
MSRP: $130
Weight: 13.1 oz

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Best backpacking stoves: Jetboil Flash.

The Jetboil Flash is expensive. However, don’t forget that the price includes a 1L insulated cookpot and windscreen in addition to the burner. And since the stove is highly efficient, you’ll save some money on fuel over the course of its life. The Flash is an excellent choice if patience isn’t your strong suit since it can boil water in a flash, two cups bubbling within 100 seconds.


  • Time to boil 1L: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Liters boiled per oz fuel: 2.8
  • Built-in igniter? Yes

The Flash is a fully integrated, all-in-one cook system. The 1L FluxRing cooking pot screws onto the burner, making it impossible to dislodge and shielding the flame from drafts. The folded metal gills of the FluxRing setup increase the surface area of the cookpot bottom, increasing the stove’s thermal efficiency.

We love that the insulated cozy that comes with the pot has temperature-sensitive strips that change colors to indicate when the water inside is boiling. Jetboil also offers accessories to go with the Flash, including a fuel stand, a frying pan, and a French press for coffee.

The pot is larger than most single thru-hikers will need, adding excessive weight and bulk. Similarly, the bottom pot cover that doubles as a cup is redundant since you can eat out of the pot. If you’re cooking for two, though, these features are significant wins. You can use your own pot with the Jetboil, but you’ll lose most of the benefits of having an integrated system.

Pros: Push-button igniter; excellent fuel efficiency; rapid boil; high-volume pot.
Expensive; heavy; bulky; better-suited to couples than individual hikers.

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MSR PocketRocket 2 | AT Hikers’ Favorite Backpacking Stove
MSRP: $50
Weight: 2.6 oz

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Best backpacking stoves: MSR PocketRocket 2.

The MSR PocketRocket 2 is the quintessential backpacking stove. It’s the first model that comes to mind when it comes to traditional canister stoves. And according to our surveys, it’s been the most popular stove on the Appalachian Trail for four years running. In our most recent survey, 41 percent of all respondents used the PocketRocket, blowing all other stoves out of the water.


  • Time to boil 1L: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Liters boiled per oz fuel: 2
  • Built-in igniter? No*

MSR’s PocketRocket 2 can boil a liter of water just 10 seconds slower than the fully integrated Jetboil Flash. But it costs and weighs significantly less than the Flash, even when you factor in a cookpot (unlike the fully integrated Jetboil, you’ll need to purchase your pot separately). Incidentally, we recommend the 550 mL Toaks titanium pot for individual thru-hikers: it’s just large enough for most backpacking meals, weighs just 2.6 oz, and only costs $30.

The PocketRocket 2 has decent simmer control and is deliciously compact and ultralight. However, it doesn’t have a push-button igniter, and MSR doesn’t manufacture a windscreen for this stove. You can make your own out of foil, but you’ll need to monitor the canister to ensure it doesn’t overheat and explode.

*If you have money to burn, check out the $85, 2.9oz MSR PocketRocket Deluxe instead: it has an igniter, and the concave burner design improves its performance in windy conditions.

Pros: Ultralight; fuel-efficient; fast boil; serrated pot supports prevent slippage.
No built-in igniter; no purpose-built windscreen.

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Soto Windmaster | Best for Windy Weather
MSRP: $70
Weight: 3.1 oz w/ 4Flex pot support

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Best backpacking stoves: Soto Windmaster.

The Windmaster is on the expensive side, but Soto spared no expense in designing a stove with excellent build quality, thoughtfully-engineered features, and unparalleled efficiency in windy conditions.

If you want a streamlined, more affordable version of this stove, check out the Soto Amicus below. But on the whole, we think the Windmaster is the better stove, and the price is a fair reflection of that. (The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe is similar to the Windmaster, but by most accounts, Soto still wins in the wind department).


  • Time to boil 1L: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Liters boiled per oz fuel: Not available
  • Built-in igniter? Yes

Unlike most canister stoves, the burner element of the Windmaster sits at the bottom of a low-profile metal cup, keeping the flame out of the wind. The clip-on pot support arms also hold your pot very close to the flames compared to most stoves. By reducing the air gap between pot and flame, Soto is again reducing the potential impact of pesky air currents on your fuel efficiency.

Most stoves feature integrated folding pot support arms, but the Windmaster uses a clip-on system. The stove comes standard with a four-arm pot support, which is excellent for pot stability. You can also order a three-arm pot support separately from Soto to bring the total weight down from three ounces to 2.3.

You do have make sure not to lose the pot supports when they’re not attached and go through the minor song-and-dance of reattaching them every time you set up the stove.

Pros: Cup-shaped burner + low-profile pot supports = great wind handling; piezo igniter; option for three or four pot support arms; lightweight
Cons: Expensive; clip-on pot supports are inconvenient; three-arm pot support not included; slower boil (in ambient conditions) than some stoves on this list

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Snow Peak LiteMax | Best Ultralight Canister Stove
MSRP: $60
Weight: 1.9

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Best backpacking stoves: Snow Peak LiteMax.

Designed with the ultralight enthusiast in mind, the 1.9-ounce Snow Peak LiteMax favors a minimalist design that doesn’t take up much space. It’s not that fuel-efficient, but it’s ideal for weight-conscious hikers who only cook occasionally or just want a stove for emergencies.


  • Time to boil 1L: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Liters boiled per oz fuel: 1.25
  • Built-in igniter? No

The LiteMax’s titanium pot support arms fold up when not in use, making this stove nice and compact. When unfolded, the serrated pot supports are wide and stable enough to accommodate most sub-1L cookpots. Snow Peak chose to forego most bells and whistles — no piezoelectric igniter here, folks — in favor of a lighter, more streamlined design. We wish it were a little more efficient — it can only boil about half as much water as the Jetboil Flash on a single can of fuel — but hey, you can’t have everything in life.

Pros: Ultralight; dedicated windscreen available; compact; folding serrated pot supports
Inefficient; slow boil; no push-button igniter

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Soto Amicus | Stablest Canister Stove
MSRP: $50
Weight: 2.9 oz (stove only)

Best backpacking stoves: Soto Amicus.

The Soto Amicus stove and cook set combo is a great value: it costs just $45 and includes both the stove and a two-piece cook pot. It has the same wind-busting concave burner design as the Soto Windmaster listed above, but without the hefty price tag and the annoying clip-on pot supports.

Add in the fact that it’s still reasonably lightweight, foldable, and has a push-button igniter, and you start to understand why this stove is so popular among thru-hikers.


  • Time to boil 1L: Not available
  • Liters boiled per oz fuel: Not available
  • Built-in igniter? Yes

It’s incredible how little the Amicus weighs (just 2.9 ounces), considering it has a built-in piezoelectric igniter and features four (rather than the standard three) pot supports. The supports are on the small side but are plenty stable for most cookware. They’re spring-loaded and fold down around the stem when not in use.

The two-piece aluminum pot that comes with the stove is heavy and not very high quality. You can buy just the stove sans pot from Soto directly, but it costs the same as the pot-stove combo. Some users report that while similar to the Windmaster in many ways, the Amicus is noticeably louder when burning.

Pros: Affordable; reasonable weight; piezo igniter; four integrated pot-support arms; cup-shaped burner for superior wind handling
Pot is cheap; not the lightest; noisy burner; more airspace between burner and pot compared to Windmaster

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Jetboil Stash | Most Fuel-Efficient Backpacking Stove
MSRP: $150
Weight: 7.1 oz

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Best backpacking stoves: Jetboil Stash.

The Stash is Jetboil’s lightest stove ever. The system includes a titanium burner, a 27-ounce FluxRing cookpot with handle and lid, and a fuel-stabilizing tripod — a complete setup for just 7 ounces. Even better: it’s the most fuel efficient stove on this list, capable of boiling over 13 liters on a single four-ounce can of fuel.

Read our review of the Jetboil Stash.


  • Time to boil 1L: 5 minutes
  • Liters boiled per oz fuel: 3.3
  • Built-in igniter? No

The Stash is a traditional (not integrated) canister stove, unlike the Flash and MiniMo. It’s lighter as a result but also struggles more in windy conditions. The cook system still uses a FluxRing pot with folded metal gills to increase the surface area of the pot bottom, transferring heat into the pot very efficiently.

According to specs, the Stash is more efficient than the Flash, capable of boiling two more liters off a 100g canister. Brands measure fuel efficiency under ambient conditions, though; your mileage may vary on a windy day.

The cookpot doesn’t have an auto igniter, bottom plastic cover, or insulated cozy like the Flash and MiniMo. However, we’re OK with these minor sacrifices in the name of significant weight savings. Besides, the Stash has other clever features that more than make up for it, including a pot handle and spot to snap a 100g (roughly 4oz) fuel canister into the lid so it won’t rattle in your pack.

Pros: Lightweight; extremely efficient; includes fuel tripod; fuel snaps into pot lid; compatible with Jetboil accessories.
Expensive; no purpose-built windscreen; no igniter; slow boil

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BRS 3000T | Best Budget Backpacking Stove
MSRP: $17
Weight: 0.9 oz

Best backpacking stoves: BRS Outdoor 3000T.

The BRS-3000T isn’t the most robust or efficient stove on the market. On the other hand, it’s both ultralight and shockingly affordable. It should do the trick for weekend warriors or thru-hikers who only cook occasionally. Also an excellent option for hikers just looking to carry a stove as backup. Incidentally, the 3000T was the second most popular stove model in our 2023 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker survey.


  • Time to boil 1L: Not available
  • Liters boiled per oz fuel: 1.5
  • Built-in igniter? No

The titanium alloy BRS 3000T is insanely lightweight but not very fuel-efficient. If you plan to use your stove frequently and/or will be out a long time between resupplies, it’s probably not the best choice. That said, if you’ll be in town every few days and don’t mind restocking on fuel frequently, it’s hard to argue with a functioning 0.9-ounce stove that costs less than $20 (just remember that the cost of more frequent refueling may offset the savings over a long period).

Worth noting: the Amazon page for this stove says “suitable for butane gas,” but it works well with standard isobutane-propane canister blends that are available in most trail towns and outfitters.

Pros: Ultralight; affordable; compatible with standard fuel canisters
Poor wind performance; inefficient; questionable durability; no igniter

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Esbit Pocket Stove | Best Solid Fuel Stove
MSRP: $16
Weight: 3.25

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Best backpacking stoves: Esbit Pocket Stove.

Unlike the other stoves on our list, the German-made Esbit Pocket Stove burns solid fuel tablets rather than pressurized gas from a canister. The stove itself is only so-so in the weight department, but eliminating heavy fuel canisters from the equation results in substantial weight savings. Because the design is simple with few moving parts, it’s unlikely to break or require complicated repairs.


  • Time to boil 1L: 16 minutes
  • Liters boiled per oz fuel: 1.5
  • Built-in igniter? No

Solid fuel stoves aren’t fuel-efficient, but they’re great for ultralight hikers since the fuel itself is very lightweight. One Esbit tablet weighs half an ounce and burns for about 12 minutes, enough to boil about 750mL. Place the tablet on the bottom of the stove, rest your pot on the stove’s upright arms (these can set up at a 45˚ or 90˚ angle depending on how much wind protection you want), and ignite the tablet.

Be aware that the cubes don’t smell awesome while burning and can leave a greasy residue on the bottom of your pot.

The Esbit Pocket Stove doesn’t have a flame control valve. Not only does this mean you can’t simmer your food, but because you can’t shut the flame off instantly, it may be banned on some fire-prone trails (such as the desert section of the PCT).

Pros: Simple design; very inexpensive; ultralight fuel
Slow boil; inefficient; sticky residue on cooking pot; odor when cooking; no flame control; could be banned on fire-prone trails; tablets not always available in stores

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Solo Stove Lite | Best Woodburning Stove
MSRP: $70
Weight: 9 oz

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Best backpacking stoves: Solo Stove Lite.

You won’t have to carry fuel at all with the stainless steel Solo Stove, which burns twigs you can pick up from the forest floor around your camp. That means no more heavy/expensive canisters, no more worrying about whether you’ll be able to find canisters in the next town, and no more running out of fuel halfway through preparing dinner. You can also purchase an alcohol burner add-on for the Solo Stove as a backup when wood isn’t available to burn.


  • Time to boil 1L: 8-10 min
  • Liters boiled per oz fuel: Not available
  • Built-in igniter? No

To use the Solo Stove, place twigs inside the firebox, set your pan on top, and fire up with a match or lighter. Vent holes above and below the firebox feed the flame and help produce a hot, low-smoke burn. Meanwhile, an ashtray beneath the grate catches loose ash for a mess-free cooking experience.

The Solo Stove isn’t lightning fast when it comes to boiling water, but sidestepping the need to carry fuel may be worth the extra wait time for some hikers. Also, there’s just something profoundly satisfying about cooking over a wood fire.

Be aware that woodburning stoves and other stoves that lack a quick shutoff valve are often not allowed in fire-prone areas, such as the desert section of the PCT.

Also, remember that building a fire—even a tiny one—requires significantly more work and patience than simply firing up a canister stove. Energy and patience are two qualities that are in short supply for most hungry thru-hikers at the end of the day, so think long and hard about whether carrying a woodburning stove is really worth it to you.

Pros: No need to carry/resupply fuel; alcohol burner add-on available; low-smoke flame
Slow boil; no flame control; could be banned in fire-prone areas; twigs not always available; more work than a canister stove

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Super Cat | Best DIY Alcohol Stove
MSRP: n/a ($0.50 – $1 for a can of cat food)
Weight: <0.5 ounces

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Best backpacking stoves: Super Cat alcohol stove. Image via Brian Reyman.

You can buy a commercially available alcohol burner, but why bother when you can make your own sub-one-ounce setup for less than a dollar? All you need is a clean, empty three-ounce* cat food can and a single-hole punch to design this simple stove.

*These smaller cans work best. Not only do they work more efficiently, but larger cat food/tuna cans are made of thicker metal and aren’t easy to punch holes through. We recommend that you buy a few Fancy Feasts and get ready to experiment with different hole configurations to find a design that works well for you. You’ll also need a windscreen. You can make one out of aluminum foil or buy a more efficient setup, such as this “caldera cone “design.


  • Time to boil 1L: 10-15 minutes*
  • Liters boiled per oz fuel: Varies, but often between 0.75 and 1L
  • Built-in igniter? No

*You’ll probably want to work with smaller quantities of water (2 cups max) as the burner may not be able to hold enough fuel to achieve a rolling boil for a full liter of water.

It doesn’t get lighter or cheaper than a homemade cat food can stove that uses denatured alcohol as fuel. These stoves are dramatically less efficient than canister stoves, so you do need to factor the weight and cost of increased fuel consumption into your calculations.

Still, they’re so accessible and simple to build that you may as well try one and see if you like it. Several respondents to our AT survey did report that they used a Super Cat (aka “Fancy Feast stove”) on their thru-hikes.

If you’re handy and have spare time, you can undertake a more complex, efficient design than the standard cat food can stove. Or you can buy a professionally made version. But as easy as it is to make a Super Cat, it might be worth starting out with this simple design so you can familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of cooking with denatured alcohol. Before you hit up your local Petco, it’s worth reading Andrew Skurka’s in-depth rundown of some of the Super Cat system’s drawbacks.

READ NEXT – How to Make an Ultralight Soda Can Alcohol Stove

Pros: Incredibly cheap; ultralight; very easy to make; denatured alcohol widely available
Cons: Inefficient; slow to heat water; not the most stable setup; very little temperature control; more of a wildfire hazard than canister stoves

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Why should you trust us?

Because we’re so incredibly intelligent, of course! Attractive, too. (Not to mention extremely humble).

But if that isn’t enough to impress you, there’s also the fact that everyone who contributed to this article is an experienced thru-hiker with thousands of on-trail miles under their belt. We’re gear nerds who love putting our equipment to the test on trails long and short, and we’ve tested dozens of stoves in pursuit of more delicious backcountry meals.

Moreover, we survey hundreds of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers every year to learn about their behaviors, demographics, and—you guessed it—gear preferences. That means our picks for the best backpacking stoves for thru-hiking aren’t just our opinions: they’re based on years of feedback from the thru-hiking community. To all you people in the comments section: we’re listening to you too. Thanks to everyone who commented on last year’s list—we have incorporated many of your suggestions and requests in the list.

Check out AT hikers’ favorite backpacking stoves from the 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023 thru-hiker surveys.

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Alexander “GPS” Brown and Rachel Shoemaker contributed to this list.

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Comments 17

  • Broadwing : May 20th

    What about alcohol burning stoves? Any thoughts? I’ve used Esbit most of my hiking career and have had no problems.

    • Brandon : Mar 10th

      Whisperlite will always be king!

  • David and Moose : May 20th

    I have about 6 different stoves(including the Soto Amicus Stove Cookset Combo), I love stoves.
    As far as the Soto Amicus, I do love the fact that it has four legs, but they feel cheap. I feel like
    if I’m not careful, I could easily break them, and the cookset is decent enough for what I use it for.
    I love my MSR Superfly(now discontinued) although the legs don’t collapse. If I had to pick one from
    all the stoves I own, I would have to pick my Jetboil Mighty Mo. Only 3 legs, but very strong, has a
    push button ignitor and reportly will work down to 20 degrees. Cost is $60, comes a nice cloth storage
    bag and Jetboils fuel canister stabilizer.

  • TBR : May 26th

    “Cook in a protected area. Enhance the effectiveness of your windscreen by adding a chocolate thing. There will never be a better opportunity.”

    Interesting … perhaps you could elaborate.

    • Kelly Floro : Feb 9th

      Oopsie! Currently working on the 2022 update of this guide and for the life of me I have NO CLUE what I was trying to say here. At all.

  • Shannon : May 26th

    Very informative article! I’ve heard great things about several of the stoves you’ve listed. I’ve had the Soto WindMaster for a while now and absolutely love it. I think it’s got the best of everything and has held up well for many trips in many different conditions. Just another solid alternative to consider!

  • Jim : Jun 1st

    The MSR PocketRocket 2 now comes in a “deluxe” version with an igniter.

    • Jim : Jun 1st

      Correction: it’s the regular MSR PocketRocket that comes with an igniter, not the slightly lighter and less well-built MSR “2” — which is why I did not purchase the PR 2.

  • Tee Lane : Feb 20th

    Ok great write up ! Yet you left out the new cooking source and you heard it from HikerNation. “Chef torch” is the new ! Boils water faster then a stove, cheap fuel and few different fuel can options. Many more uses then just a stove. Happy hiker = Happy trails

  • NoInformation : Feb 29th

    Why is it that the snow peak litemax is still listed as The best ultralight stove?

    It was awesome when it came out, it is still definitely a good stove, But the burner design is super old and terrible in wind. I don’t know many ultra lighters or through hikers that still recommend the stove for a new user since you can get the BRS for so much cheaper and less weight. And if you want something more substantial then the amicus is cheap and rock solid, or the pocket rocket is fine.


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