MSR Whisperlite International

Priced: $99.95 - $99.99 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 34 reviews.
MSR Whisperlite International - MSR Whisperlite International - The Whisperlite International by MSR was made to keep up with globetrotting adventurers who want to get around unencumbered. MSR made this multi-fuel burning version of the WhisperLite International Camping Stove. Go ahead, use white gas, kerosene, or unleaded auto fuelâ??this stove burns all. MSR added a large-diameter fuel line just in case poor quality fuel is your only option. Shaker Jet technology ensures that the stove jet cleans easily with a simple shake. The 15.5oz WhisperLite International Camping Stove fits into a 1.5L MSR pot, so you'll hardly know it's in your pack.


  • New design features an aluminum mixer tube and stainless-steel legs that keep the weight down to 10.9 oz., 10% lighter than the original WhisperLite International


  • Made in Seattle, USA


  • Able to burn white gas, kerosene, and unleaded auto fuel
  • Stove boils 1 liter of water in only 3 min. 30 sec. when using white gas and 4 min. 20 sec. when using kerosene
  • Folds small and packs into most MSR pots
  • Perfect choice for globetrotting backpackers seeking lightweight and compact multi-fuel versatility
  • Shaker Jet technology makes cleaning as simple as shaking the stove
  • Simple, durable design with over 20 years of proven performance in the field
  • Built tough for travel, the compact, multifuel MSR WhisperLite International stove allows you to use a variety of fuels available worldwide
  • Includes a fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions and storage sack
  • WhisperLite International can run on white gas, kerosene and unleaded gasoline, making it the perfect stove for globetrotters
  • Weight of liquid fuel stove includes only stove and fuel pump
  • Shaker Jet technology and smart engineering allows complete cleaning and maintenance in the field
  • MSR WhisperLite International backpacking stove requires an MSR fuel bottle for operation, sold separately

Combined with a collection of subtle engineering refinements to boost overall efficiency, the MSR WhisperLite International stove remains the top choice for backpackers seeking lightweight and compact multi-fuel versatility. The upgraded MSR Whisperlite International multi-fuel stove takes advantage of nearly 20 years of proven field use and feedback to make one of MSR's most versatile stoves even better. The most notable improvement is a one-piece, stamped stainless steel leg assembly that boosts stability and simplifies maintenance while also reducing weight.
MSR WhisperLite Internationale Stove combines the reliability and durability of the WhisperLite with multi-fuel burning capabilities, making it the ideal stove for globetrotting backpackers.
Burns white gas, kerosene and unleaded auto fuel so you're never without a working stove, no matter what corner of the planet you find yourself in.
Made with an extra-durable fuel line, including Shaker Jet technology for easy self maintenance.
Folds and packs into a MSR cookset for easy transport.
Comes with a fuel pump, windscreen and heat reflector kit, small parts kit, instructions and stuff sack.
MSR Fuel Bottle not included, sold separately.
Whether you're heading out for a quick weekend overnighter or an around-the-world Odyssey, the MSR Whisper Lite won't let you down.
The MSR® WhisperLite™ International Stove is for the globetrotting backpackers that are seeking a lightweight and compact way to cook food on the fly.
Burn time (kerosene) per 600ml / 1 lb 4 oz. of fuel: Appx. 155 minutes.
Burn time (white gas) per 600 ml/ 1 lb 4 oz. of fuel: Appx. 110 minutes.
Boil time (white gas), 1 L: 3.5 minutes.
Water boiled (white gas) per 100 ml. of fuel: 4.4 L
Water boiled (kerosene) per 1 oz. of fuel: 1.3 L
Water boiled (kerosene) per 100 ml of fuel: 5.3 liters.
Water boiled (kerosene) per 1 oz. of fuel: 1.6 liters

The redesigned MSR WhisperLiteâ„¢ International backpacking stove has the same fundamental design as its predecessor, only it's now 10% lighter for even greater portability.

We cannot ship fuel-burning products to addresses in Japan or South Korea.

Made in USA.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Redesigned for a lighter trail weight, the MSR WhisperLite International represents the gold standard for multi-fuel stoves.
Mountain Gear
Taking their classic stove and making a few improvements, MSR's WhisperLite International Stove has been upgraded with an aluminum mixer tube & stainless steel legs to drop its weight by 10% over previous models.

With a sleek, compact design, this stove combines liquid-fuel, kerosene, unleaded and white gas capabilities into a one-unit package. Aluminum mixer tube and stainless steel legs keep weight low and rigidity high. Fuel bottle not included. Made in USA.
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1 Liter Boil Time:3.5 min (white gas) 4.4 min (kerosene)
Auto ignition:No
Average boil time:(White gas) 3 min. 30 sec.
Boil time:[White gas] 3.5min per 1L; [Kerosene] 4.4min per 1L
Boil time (kerosene), 1 L:4.4 minutes.
Boil time, 1 liter (kerosene):4.4 minutes
Boil time, 1 liter (white gas):3.5 minutes
Burn Time:20 oz Fuel / Appx. 110 minutes (white gas) 20 oz Fuel / Appx. 155 minutes (kerosene)
Burn time (max flame):(White gas) 20 oz. of fuel: 1 hr. 50 min.
Burn time per 20 oz. fuel bottle (kerosene):160 minutes
Burn time per 20 oz. fuel bottle (white gas):110 minutes
Cleaning tool:Shaker Jet
Compact:Folds small and fits inside most MSR® pots.
Country of origin:Made in U.S.A.
Dimensions:6.5 x 5 x 4 inches
Field Maintainable:Self-cleaning Shaker Jet™ technology and new, one-piece leg assembly allow fast cleaning and maintenance in the field.
Fuel:White gas / kerosene / auto
Fuel Connector:Brand Specific Fuel Bottle
Fuel Type:Kerosene, Unleaded Gas, White Gas
Fuel Types:Burns MSR White Gas and white gas varieties, kerosene, unleaded auto fuel
Fuel bottle:Varying 8Heat Reflector
Hard Case:No
Heat Reflector:no
Ignition Method:Manual
Improved Multi-Fuel Performance:Burns white gas, kerosene, and unleaded auto fuel.
Includes:Fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff stack.
Light & More Stable:Stamped stainless steel legs greatly improve stability and reduce weight.
Lighter & More Stable:Stamped stainless steel legs greatly improve stability and reduce weight.
Material:Steel and Aluminum
Minimum Weight:11.5 oz. or 330g
Package includes:Fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack (Fuel bottle not included)
Packaged Weight:15.5 oz. or 460g
Packed weight:15.6 oz / 441 g.
Parts kit:No
Size:4 x 4 x 4in. (10 x 10 x 10cm)
Stove Type:Liquid Fuel Stoves
Stuff sack:No
Type:Liquid Fuel
Upc, Ean, Isbn:040818066331
Warranty:Lifetime limited
Water boiled per 1 fl. oz. of kerosene:1.6 liters
Water boiled per 1 fl. oz. of white gas:1.3 liters
Weight:[Min] 11.5oz (330g); [pkgd] 15.5oz (460g)
Windscreen Included:Yes
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MSR Whisperlite International Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Saved my butt.

I love the Whisperlite International. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is I'm hesitant to give anything 5 stars (something could always be better). As some have said it is super easy to use. I too have seen people with no camping experience master it's use and maintenance in no time. It is extremely field repairable. It can be completely field stripped in seconds. There are almost no moving parts and almost nothing on it that can break. If it's not working right then most likely the solution is to tap it on the ground and letter the shaker clean out the jet. People's big complaint seems to always be temperature control. I have no problem with it. With a little practice and ingenuity you can cook anything you want on it at low and high temps. It is possible to simply turn it almost all the way off for low heat (you'll want to watch it to insure it doesn't go out). You can also bend the windscreen in a way that lets you rest a pot a few inches above the stove further lowering the temperature (great for baking). And if you really want then you can always let out a little of the pressure from the fuel bottle and get a low flame that way. The fact that it can burn any fuel is great and has really saved me in the past. Run out of fuel winter camping in the -10F weather of the Wyoming Range? No problem, flag down a snowmobiler and their hi-octane gas will work just fine. Having said that it is truly meant to burn white gas. It will burn any fuel but it will be noticeably dirtier because of it and the jet will get clogged more often. If you spend a very small amount of time learning how to fix it, do your proper maintenance before a big trip, and learn a few tricks on how to get the most out of it then it will last you years and you can cook/bake anything you could ever want while in the middle of nowhere.
mechanicalindian at REI on 02/02/2013

Built to last

I purchased the predecesor to this model and have had it for about a year and a half. Over this period, the whisperlite has been on every trip into the backcountry and performs amazingly. While I am not a backcountry gourmet, I have used the stove for more than simply boiling water. Over the last couple of trips, I have finally learned how to simmer with the stove and this has opened up my meal options considerably. (there was a learning curve). The major selling point for me was the ability to burn several types of fuel. I have not had the opportunity to use alt. fuels, but I like that I have the option when the occasion arises. This little stove is easy to light with some at -home practice and is very intuitive to use in the field. I currently use the 22oz. canister but will soon purchase the 11oz as I have come to realize it will suit my needs better. All of my trips to date have been 2-3 nighters and the larger bottle is too large for these adventures and would be better for longer trips. I got a great deal on this stove I guess because the newer model was being rolled out and couldn't be happier. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because of the simmering issue. It does take a bit of attention to accomplish, but for me, totally worth the "trouble". I know there are lighter options on the market and this is a pretty serious stove for backpacking trips but me and the Mrs. like to eat good on our trips and the Whisperlite International has been our culinary savior! If you have been on the fence about this stove, and are a "foodie" at heart, just go ahead and buy this stove, and don't look back! I didn't. Happy trails!
a-cosmonaut at REI on 03/03/2013

Great Stove

To me, this stove is the gold standard, especially for the price and the size/weight. Durable, powerful, and reliable. My dad has had the same one since the 80s and it is still going strong, and I will soon be buying one of my own. Can't recommend it enough. Couple of things:

-The priming/lighting process is not at all difficult if you take the time to learn it right. I volunteer as a guide for a backpacking program for college freshmen and I see kids who have never been in the woods before pick up the process in no time.

-As others have said, this stove can roar once it gets going. Great for boiling a pot of water fast. Not always the easiest for simmering, but if you get a good pot gripper and hold the pot a couple inches above the flames you can moderate the temperature fairly well.

-Sometimes you do have to maneuver it a little bit to get it to sit flat on the ground with the fuel bottle attached. This being said, I've heard the new leg design has fixed this issue (remember the one I've been using is around 30 years old).

-Design is simple and easy to understand, making field repair a breeze. Keep up with the recommended maintenance between trips and it will love you forever.

This stove is just a champ. My dad and I have made dinner in the rain with it, dropped it, and otherwise thoroughly abused it, and it still works great. Couldn't give higher praise to a product.
Shane Loomis at REI on 06/06/2012

Terrific for long, cool-weather trips

This is, in my opinion, still one of the best all-around backpacking stoves. After using an ultralight butane-canister stove almost exclusively for a few years, I've gone back to my whisperlite for trips where I can expect cooler weather or that's longer than a few days.

Yes, this stove is heavier than a small butane stove, but you more than make up for the weight difference once you're out more than 4 or 5 days, since you're not also lugging multiple, heavy butane canisters (for a given volume, the whisperlite's fuel bottle is much lighter than a canister). Also, after having butane stoves fail to bring water to a boil several times on chilly, breezy days, I appreciate the bomb-proof reliability of the whisperlite in cool weather and the ability to use a windscreen.

On short solo trips, I still use a butane-canister stove, since it is so light and I can use techniques to keep the canister warm for a short amount of time while cooking. But when I hike with a partner and expect cooler wether, the Whisperlite is simply unbeatable for reliability, fuel economy, and (even!) weight.
Deschutes at REI on 03/03/2013

Excellent!! Never went hungry

I bought this stove for multi purpose use while hiking/back backing around South America for a year. It has turned out to be a brilliant choice.

It is very light and packs up small, which is perfect for travelling around light, with just a small 40L back pack.

It cooks brilliantly and rapidly, although the only down-side is the temperature is difficult to control! Once you get accustomed to starting the stove it starts with ease time after time and cooked meal after meal on a small amount of fuel. The multi-fuel option is great too when travelling around places where the only options are gasoline and you don't end up creating unnecessary rubbish with gas cannisters.

The only down-sides were the slight pain in starting the stove (but this is more due to the problem of using liquid fuel) and the lack of adequate temperature control: I could not get anything other than full bore, which was not really a problem if you only require a quick meal.

I highly recommend this stove and would happily buy another one.
Kiwi Tom at REI on 03/03/2012

Great Stove!!!

This stove is simply wonderful! I use it almost on a daily basis to make tea, hot chocolate, etc. it's just as good in the backyard as it is at 10,000 feet.

The unit is much more stable than I was intending judging by other reviews but I had no problem setting this thing up on rocks in the mountains.

The stove also simmers quite well if you do a little homework. All one has to do is release pressure after getting it nice and hot, pump three times and the flame emitted is just right to simmer!

The only con is that it takes a rather large pot to fit it in, if you want a pot to keep the stove protected in your pack don't even bother looking at ultra lightweight one person pots. Some one liter pots marginally fit the stove but if you want a full fit you will be looking for about 1.5L pots.

Bottom line, this is one quality stove!
J Carne at REI on 09/09/2013

Should've bought this stove years ago

This stove lives up to its reputation. I've been using the pocket rocket system for close to ten years now. After my adventures got me into ultra peaks a couple years ago, I learned the hard way at Mt. Shasta base camp that pressurized canister systems just don't work well at high elevations. It took nearly a full canister to boil down a liter of water, with little options to cook my dinner. The stove's ability to use multiple fuels makes it super versatile. I recommend using white gas, but being able to use automobile gasoline is a great option if you're in a bind! This system is tried-and-true as other reviewers have commented! As for the the review stating that the system was too complicated, and the reviewer almost lit himself on fire, I just don't see how with this stove appearing to be nearly "idiot proof". As always, REI's free shipping got me my order delivered in two days. Bottom line, this stove is worth every penny!
MonsieurHuot at REI on 09/09/2013

Great stove

This little thing will use any liquid fuel (maybe not alcohol) so you can find fuel almost anywhere. Best thing is you can always bum some fuel if you run out; you can't do that with canisters. And the fuel tanks are re-useable!

The only downfall is this stove cannot use the canister fuels. (NB- that is why I got the Universal of this model. Then there seems to be no fuel you cannot use now.)

This was my first stove and it served me well. Easy to maintain. With the revised legs, it is also pretty darn stable too. Better than the old version.

Others may say this stove has poor temp controls. True, but you can fiddle with it and simmer almost as well as the canister stoves. The trick is in how you pressurize the fuel tank.

Highly recommended if you want an "all in one" stove for fuels.
Big DP at REI on 03/03/2012

Good Gear That Lasts

I have an older version of the MSR WhisperLite International. I was given this stove as a gift 15 years ago and this stove is still just as reliable as the day I bought it. It goes in my pack every time I camp whether it is on my own for 2 days or with a group for 6 days. I have used it with white gas, kerosine, diesel fuel, and just for kicks I even used Jet A fuel from the airport. Kerosine and the other heavier fuels will have a lot of carbon build up, and will require cleaning more, but this stove still runs great. This stove is easy to clean, and the shaker jet helps clear carbon from the nozzle.

I have replaced the fuel pump once, about 5 years ago (after 10 years of use) because the plastics and rubber seals started to degrade.
Pyromancy5 at REI on 12/12/2012

Great Little Stove

I live in MN and enjoy winter survival camping. Often times I snowshoe into remote areas to go ice fishing and camping. I needed a stove that was portable, light weight, and would work even in the coldest environments. This stove fits the bill. I own two of these stoves and they have never failed me on my winter camping adventures. unlike other backpacking stoves that use pressurized fuel canisters(that must be disposed of after use), this stove utilizes a fuel canister that is reusable and is pressurized via a hand pump. In cold weather, -20F to 10F. the pressurized fuel canisters of other stoves lose pressure and are unusable while this stove burns strong because you create your own pressure in the fuel canister. If you are into winter camping/backpacking this is the stove for you.
ColdCamper99 at Cabelas on 01/01/2013

Negative Reviews:

MSR or Cascade Designs

My O-ring needed to be replaced for this stove, but MSR/Cascade Designs did not keep O-rings in stock for it. (Mine is 5 years old.) They required me to buy a whole new pump assembly for $35 when I just need one O-ring.

The stove is much too complex for a company that will not stand behind their parts to even CHARGE me for a simple O-ring.

Also, on the phone they stated the rings are made of "nitrile" and made it sound like it would be hard to find. I contacted the nearest auto supply store and they said they have various sizes in nitrile. Will try to check it out today.

Seems MSR is more concerned with selling new products than providing service to former customers.

Check out a Jetboil or other brand.
salaam at REI on 08/08/2012

Good stove, when your tank is mostly ful

The stove works great and as expected with a mostly full tank. It becomes problematic when your tank hits 3/4-1/2 full. It becomes harder to pressurize and difficult to keep going. If it's your morning coffee you're trying to heat up with it, you're going to have a rough time. I will do so digging to see how people cope with it, because I have found it hard to pressurize no matter how often you pump.
linuxpng at REI on 10/10/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Superb stove, easy to fix, but...

So many times I have tried to fly with empty fuel containers, both new and previously used. The airlines takes them away from me, even if the fuel containers are brand new, never used. Once, they took the entire stove pump assembly, which was brand new and in the box. They claimed it could have had fuel residue on it. It was brand new. Basically, this isn't a stove you can travel with internationally, as I have done many times with my primus stove. The fuel bottles, empty and washed or even brand new, are NOT acceptable to the American transportation authorities.

My other comments are that it's incredibly powerful, doesn't hog fuel, and it is normally stable, though the integrated units (jetboil) look pretty good to me. The fuel is easy to get, and I liked that the international model could accept any fuel.

Yes, I too would like better heat control, especially a "simmer" feature, but I don't think the valve mechanism is that sophisticated.
La Politesse at REI on 07/07/2013

Not bad with some practice

I have used the WhisperLite International Stove only a couple of times since my purchase, once on an overnight backpacking trip and once while car camping. I quickly learned what I did and did not like about the unit. First, the likes; easy to bundle, sturdy structure, fuel versatility and great heat output with throttle full open. Unfortunately, the downside; difficult to create a 'simmer' setting near with the valve (either seems to be at medium or cut off), a large surface is needed to support the fuel canister and the stove, somewhat difficult to light with a lighter (definitely recommend a match).
rab2638 at REI on 08/08/2013

Too Much Work For Me

Probably a very good stove. However, after watching videos and reading the instructions; I thought lighting was too complicated for me. I want to light and go.

I also found that the stove was too difficult to stabilize. I didn't even try to use it. I returned it, and I will probably get a Pocket Rocket.
Rooster at REI on 06/06/2013