Rated 5 out of 5 by steel06098 backpacking staple
An excellent stove once you know your way around it. If you take care of it, it won't let you down. Even with new,easier to use stoves on the market, I always go back to the Whisperlite.
May 9, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kisa lasts forever but very heavy
This stove seems to be popular with traditional backpackers who stay with their "tried and true" gear. I've had mine for probably 15+ years and it's still going strong. It's easy to repair. It works with white gas which is easy to find on the trail. It primes easily and fires up hot. It's a great stove for winter conditions. Things I don't like: for me, it's just too *heavy* and too noisy. It sounds like a jet engine when it's running, which doesn't endear you to other hikers who are trying to sleep in the shelter. If not started properly it tends to create a frightening fireball which has never happened to me but I've seen too often for comfort. Also I don't get a good simmer on this stove. So although I've moved on to (much) lighter and cleaner stoves I still keep this around because I know it will work when I need it.
November 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bjsearcher Good stove
Stove works well. Fuel line could be longer! Mainly used for boiling water in cold environments. Never tried to simmer. Good price and free shipping.
February 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NewEnglandRoots Reliable - works as expected
This was my first backpacking stove purchase, and I was looking for something simple and reliable. I was attracted to previous comments mentioning that the stove was "built to last". I had great success my first overnight making hot coffee and pancakes in the morning, and found the stove easy to use. I also liked the fact the stove was made in the United States by fellow Americans putting out a great product.
July 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by kennebagojoe great stove
When i bought this stove 12 years ago i was not sure it would last. I am a registered Maine guide and i give all my equipment a rough work out. This stove has been the greatest thing I ever bought. I have used it in snow, wind and rain and it has not failed me yet. I love it. It packs well and is always dependable
April 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kisa dependable stove
This is a sturdy, dependable backpacking stove. It's relatively easy to use can get pretty beat up and still work. I'm giving it four stars instead of five because it's quite clunky and heavy, and it's very noisy (sounds like a jet engine). But it's reliable and easy to fix in the field. I've since moved on to lightweight specialized backpacking stoves but I'll always keep this around for its sheer dependability.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tenrab Great all around stove
I bought one of these 15 years ago for backpacking, and loved it so much it finally became the camp stove as well, and then the only stove I used. Primes quickly even in cold weather and burns hot and clean, and folds into a compact unit that fits into a small bag, now included. Very strongly made, will support large pots and take abuse without notice. Includes an excellent windscreen that will stay where you put it. Just bought a replacement as my old one clogged somewhere in the hose leading to the stove and air pressure won't dislodge it. But I considered no others in replacing it, this is just one of those old standbys that you will depend on for years and like it more every time you use it.
August 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by EmptorCavet Superb Long-Lasting Stove
I have had one of these for nearly a decade now. I have run it with white gas here in the states and put helicopter fuel in it while I was in Afghanistan. It has always started, very rarely needs cleaning, and I have yet to need to replace a single part or seal on it. It has absolutely been a champ through and through and performs admirably every single time.
February 22, 2012