Rating: 3 / 5
MSR Dragonfly stove 14.0 oz/395 g
MSR Bottle 22oz/650ml 4.9 oz/139 g
Pluses and Minuses
+ MSR has made the Dragonfly since 1998
+ Excellent range of flame control
+ Wide pot supports
+ Uses white gas, kerosene, unleaded gas, diesel, and jet fuel.
+ Folds for storage to about one third of its size
+ Fuel bottle and pump are remote from the stove
+ Self-cleaning shaker jet to keep jet clear
+ Suspended burner cup to lessen heat lost to the ground
- Before each use, you must pump and prime
- You can not use alcohol as fuel for this stove
- Dragonfly pumps will only work with Dragonfly stoves
- Very loud
Purchased stove($120) and bottle($12) in January 2004
Have only used Coleman white gas fuel
Always leave the pump in the MSR bottle
Normally use a windscreen
Wrap the windscreen around the bottle for storage
This was one of my first gear purchases and has never failed me. Although the Dragonfly is a great stove for those interested in gourmet cooking and snow melting, I would not recommend its purchase to those that are trying to reduce their total gear weight. There are lighter alternatives available.
Because I only boil water and I have not needed to melt snow, my use of the Dragonfly has diminshed since I purchased a Trangia burner during the summer of 2004, and then made my own can stove in 2006.