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MSR Dragonfly Stove

Item #: 87730

Our Price: $139.95

A multi-fuel expedition stove with a fully adjustable flame, from a slow simmer to a rolling boil. Burns kerosene, white gas, aviation gas, naptha, auto gas, diesel #1 and Stoddard solvent. Self cleaning shaker jet. Boils 1 quart of water in under 3.5 minutes, with white gas, just under 4 minutes with kerosene. Burn time 126 minutes (white gas) 153 minutes (kerosene) with a 22 oz. bottle. Windscreen and heat reflector included. Folds to fit inside your cookset. Bottle not included. Stuff sack is included.
  • Dimensions: 3.5 in. x 5 in. x 6.25 in. (8.9 cm x 14.7 cm x 15.8 cm)
  • Wt. 17 oz (481.9 g)
  • Stainless steel aluminum
  • Includes: windscreen heat reflector and storage sack.
  • Burns kerosene, white gas, aviation gas, naptha, auto gas, diesel #1 and Stoddard solvent.
  • lightweight and durable

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MSR Dragonfly Stove
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great temperature control (19)
  • Good power output (18)
  • Stable (16)
  • Easy to light (15)
  • Compact (11)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (5)

Best Uses

  • Backpacking (19)
  • Hiking (14)
  • High altitude (8)
  • Car camping (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (11), Avid adventurer (8)
    • What Is Your Gear Style:
    • Comfort driven (11), Survivalist / minimalist (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

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5.0

Perfect Stove for Me

By Out all year

from Boise, Idaho

About Me Avid Adventurer

Pros

  • Easy To Clean
  • Easy to Light
  • Great temperature control
  • Powerful
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking
    • High Altitude
    • Hiking

    Comments about MSR Dragonfly Stove:

    I was looking for a stove that would serve my needs year round, and decided on the MSR Dragonfly. My other choice was the XGK EX stove which is slightly lighter and a little more compact. I chose the Dragonfly mainly because of the temperature control. I'm heading away from just boiling water for freeze dried meals to actually cooking a little. This stove has been perfect for that. Also, since I hike in the winter months as well, I wanted a cold weather performer. After trying numerous canister stoves that promise "improved" cold weather performance I have become strictly a liquid fuel user. Plus, I do not like the waste that is generated from used canisters.

    Regarding Bulk and weight:
    Yes the stove is bulkier than other stoves on the market, however, I have never had to leave anything home due to space constraints in my pack.
    Yes, the stove is heavier than other stoves on the market, but I wanted something that could take some abuse of use and be field maintainable.

    If you are minimalist, you should not even be reviewing this stove. It's obviously not for you.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    great buy for Boy Scouts

    By T6

    from knoxville tn

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great temperature control

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking

      Comments about MSR Dragonfly Stove:

      great buy for a scout troop

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Comfort Driven
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Rock solid, though heavy, stove

      By Scouter Jim

      from SE Michigan

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Bullet-proof
      • Great temperature control
      • Powerful
      • Stable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Canoe Treks
      • Car Camping
      • High Altitude

      Comments about MSR Dragonfly Stove:

      Our Scout troop owns a number of these. They are heavy duty, very stable cooking platforms for Scouts to use. They can be a bit tricky to light, but after a couple of practice 'lights', even the youngest Boy Scouts can light them with no problem.

      On full, you'll look up for the approaching jet, but they heat water as fast as anything else out there. You can also adjust to a low simmer to do some real cooking.

      It burns just about any liquid fuel, and will light and stay lit in extreme temperatures.

      It's a bit heavy for my taste, but if you're looking for a tough, stable, all-season stove, this is the one.

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Minimalist
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      WILL fit in a 1400 snowpeak Ti pot!!!

      By newbie

      from anywhere but here........

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about MSR Dragonfly Stove:

          Was able to remove the 2 small disks that hold the "burner" to the base. Once removed, the windscreen, stove, pump, and maintenance kit all fit nicely in my 1400 Ti pot. Added bonus is the pot fits perfect in the supplied MSR bag and is a big improvement over the fishnet bag supplied by Snowpeak.

          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Comfort Driven
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Pretty awesome

          By Sideshow Bob

          from MN

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Light
          • Great temperature control
          • Powerful
          • Stable

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking
          • Car Camping
          • Hiking

          Comments about MSR Dragonfly Stove:

          Sure it's a little heavier, a little bulkier, and a little louder than some (think: Nova), but the temperature control for a multi-fuel backpacking stove is pretty much unmatched. At simmering levels, it's plenty quiet, too. The plastic parts concern me a little, but I've had no mishaps yet. Seems like a great buy.

          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Minimalist
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Too much cost for being average.

          By RDR1504

          from Twin Falls, ID.

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Pros

          • Easy To Clean
          • Easy to Light
          • Great temperature control
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful
          • Stable

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking
          • Hiking

          Comments about MSR Dragonfly Stove:

          If it wasn't a gift, I would not have purchased this one. But I do like the temperature control (simmering capabilities) of this stove. Fuel consumption is good. Large MSR fuel bottle lasted 4 days cooking 3 meals per day for 2 people and melting snow for water. Stability is good. It is a little bulky. I got this stove about 4 years ago, 1st year it worked great, performed as expected, mid way through the next year, the stove started having problems, the stove would loose the fuel supply and burn out, the pump quit working, I had to purchase a new pump and install all new O rings, which are supplied with the stove. 3rd year it worked ok. 4th year I had to purchase another pump and install new O rings. Maybe this has more to due with where I store my stove when not in use, (basement), the air in Idaho has very low humidity. Could be drying out and shrinking the rubber O rings. But, I think any stove of this type would have the same issues. I now carry an extra pump and O ring kit. Also when using the stove during a 2012 winter pack trip near Stanley, ID. Temps ranged from -10 to about 35 in February, altitude of about 7000 ft. it to took a little longer to boil 4 cups of water, about 6 1/2 minutes, at least for the breakfast meal. Summer time it works great, 3-4 minutes for 4 cups. I think I am going to purchase the MSR pocket rocket for my next stove. It's 1/2 the cost of the Dragonfly and way more compact. I would recommend to a friend if he doesn't mind carrying spare parts.

          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Comfort Driven
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          the absolute best backpacking stove

          By Dr. C

          from Winter Garden, FL

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Clean
          • Easy to Light
          • Great temperature control
          • Lots of heat
          • Powerful
          • Stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Hiking
            • Scout groups backpacing

            Comments about MSR Dragonfly Stove:

            I have taken 3 treks to Philmont with this stove, it is very easy for the scouts to learn to use, safe to light and has a very stable base, very important when boys are jumping around!

            • What Is Your Gear Style:
            • Minimalist
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            The only stove for groups of 2 and more.

            By Jeff

            from NY USA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Clean
            • Easy to Light
            • Great temperature control
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful
            • Stable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backpacking

              Comments about MSR Dragonfly Stove:

              This Stove is great if you are cooking for more than just yourself. I have the whisper Light but I got tired of the burn on the bottom of the pot. This makes a great simmer. More control.

              • What Is Your Gear Style:
              • Minimalist
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Still The Best All-Around Stove

              By Tom 'The Boyscout'

              from Huntington, NY, USA

              About Me Environmentalist

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Clean
              • Easy to Light
              • Great temperature control
              • Lightweight
              • Multi-Fuel
              • Powerful
              • Simmers
              • Stable
              • Works in Wind and Rain

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Backpacking
              • Car Camping
              • High Altitude
              • Hiking
              • Trekking
              • Wind and Cold

              Comments about MSR Dragonfly Stove:

              This is to my knowledge, the best all-around stove available anywhere, period.
              I've been backpacking since 1980, and I've used nearly every stove imaginable. All manner of canister and white gas stoves.
              This one, IS THE ONE.
              Q: When you're cold, wet, tired AND hungry-
              How much do you really care about 8 oz.?

              Calling it bulky to me, is almost silly. No, it doesn't fold down to a pack of cards. But the extremely stable legs fold & snap securely around the center. It lives in my 2 liter cook pot in the pack. Exactly how is that bulky? The steel leg supports will easily deal with a HUGE pot without tipping. The Whisperlite & others, not so much.

              I've used it in every possible set of conditions, and it always, repeat, ALWAYS works exactly the same. Yes, my Whisperlite is lighter and the new MSR offering is lighter still by a few ounces,
              BUT, over the years I've learned there are four things you NEVER scrimp on. Save the ounce-shaving for everything else:
              1. Stove
              2. Boots
              3. Parka
              4. Pack
              Similar to another reviewer, over the years I've helped more people than I can remember to make dinner in the rain, in the wind, in the cold. For a giggle, when camped at a tent-site, I often watch others set up their 'whatever-stoves' as I set up mine. I am ALWAYS the first one with a boil... ALWAYS the first (and sometimes the only one) ACTUALLY EATING.

              The 'cone-in-a-cylinder' design gives you a built-in windscreen. I rarely use the outer tin windscreen, other than in near gale-force winds. All the other stoves (whisperlite included) have an 'open burner' design, like a kitchen stove.
              Critically different, this 'rocket stove' shoots the flame straight up at a small defector which spreads it out. With the Whisperlite & similar stoves in 10+ mph wind, I must use the wind-shield. This stove was actually built to deal with wind. I'll 'give you' the 8 oz. and 'take' the reliability.

              To clean it you shake it a couple of times and an internal pin cleans the jet. That's it. On full blast, yes it earns the jet engine quality everyone talks about... big deal, the stove's on for 2 minutes to boil water, & it Simmers quitely.
              It also lights in the rain, and burns practically any kind of fuel, a HUGE plus for out-of-the-USA trips where white gas is often not available.

              There is a small learning curve to light it, but after 4 or 5 tests in the backyard before your trip, you'll never think of it again.
              I will probably pick up the new uber-lite offering from MSR for summer weekend trips when I KNOW the weather will be good, but for any of these situations: a 3-plus day trip, changeable weather, hiking with wife-kids-newbies, altitude, winds and/or cold ...
              I'm packing the Dragonfly.

              • What Is Your Gear Style:
              • Comfort Driven
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              4.0

              Great first run

              By Pepper

              from Clemson, SC

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Light
              • Great temperature control
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful
              • Stable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backpacking

                Comments about MSR Dragonfly Stove:

                Heated chili for 10 in a stew pot from a par-frozen state in 40 deg. w/ wind. A bit slower than heating a pot of water; but, I was very pleased.

                • What Is Your Gear Style:
                • Comfort Driven
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                • Q:

                  What is the maximum diameter/size pot recommended for this stove.
                  Asked on 8/31/2013 by dave

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The MSR Dragonfly Stove can accomodate up to a 10-12 inch wide pot.

                    Answered on 9/3/2013 by Bob from Campmor
                • Q:

                  I'm looking for a dependable cold weather stove. Will this operate down to 0 degrees if necessary?
                  Asked on 12/8/2012 by Debbie-AT section hiker from Miami, Fl.

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Below zero it will operate. Very good for deep winter.

                    Answered on 12/12/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                • Q:

                  Is there a specific cookset that the MSR dragonfly stove will fit inside, or a minimum sized pot that you need for it to fit in?
                  Asked on 12/4/2012 by bbecker from LI, NY

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Toy could use the MSR Alpine Cookset
                    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___80086
                    A thing to consider though, The dragonfly stove may leak some fuel and this would put fuel into your cook pot. A better solution is to store food in the pot and pack the stove separately.

                    Answered on 12/6/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                • Q:

                  Can you use gasoline with this stove?
                  Asked on 1/26/2012 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Yes auto gas will work in the dragonfly stove. The dragonfly stove uses a variety of fuel.

                    Answered on 1/27/2012 by Steve from Campmor
                • Q:

                  How many meals could you make with an average cook time of 20 minutes. With a 22oz bottle.
                  Asked on 12/31/2011 by Paul the Scout from Binghamton, NY

                  2 answers

                  • A:

                    Not a direct answer, but I find that I use about 100 ml of fuel per day. This includes boiling 1.5 liters of water for breakfast and cooking dinner. My dinners usually require bringing 1.5 liters of water to a boil, then simmering about 10 minutes. I usually include an extra 100 ml of fuel on a 4 day trip for a buffer.

                    Answered on 11/28/2012 by Walkin Bill from Gainesville, GA
                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Burn time 126 minutes (white gas) 153 minutes (kerosene) with a 22 oz. bottle

                    Answered on 1/2/2012 by Betty
                • Q:

                  Will it fit inside the alpine stowaway 1.6L pot?
                  Asked on 6/30/2011 by Lefty from IA

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    No the dragonfly will not fit inside a 1.6 L stow away pot.

                    Answered on 7/1/2011 by Steve from Campmor
                • Q:

                  Does it have an auto igniter?
                  Asked on 6/4/2011 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The MSR Dragonly Stove does not have an auto igniter.

                    Answered on 6/6/2011 by Bob from Campmor
                • Q:

                  Will it burn alcohol?
                  Asked on 4/19/2011 by upsprofessor from Frankfort IL

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    No, The MSR Dragonfly Stove does not burn alcohol.

                    Answered on 4/19/2011 by Bob from Campmor
                • Q:

                  j\is the pump included with the Dragonfly Stove?
                  Asked on 8/5/2010 by Papajim from Estes Park Colorado

                  3 answers

                  • A:

                    Yes a pump comes with the stove, spares can also be purchased separately. You WILL need a fuel bottle. I have the medium sized one which is good for 3-4 days with my cooking habits (burns 2+ hours)

                    Answered on 8/11/2010 by DarthGarry from Albany, NY
                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Yes the pump is included with the dragonfly stove.

                    Answered on 8/6/2010 by Steve from Campmor
                  • A:

                    Yes.

                    Answered on 9/25/2010 by Backcountry Ed from Quinton Virginia
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                Weight w/o Fuel 17 oz 481.9 g
                Dimensions 3.5 in. x 5 in. x 6.25 in.
                Fuel Type(s) All liquid fuels
                Avg. Boil Time 1 qt. - 3.5 min
                Fuel Capacity 452g
                Burn Time 2 hrs.
                BTU's -
                Suggested Use(s) backpacking/ expedition

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