MSR Drangonfly Multi-Fuel Stove

This is one of my all time favourite stove. Previously I owned the MSR Whisperlite Internationale for 8years. I decided to switch to this stove because of it capability to simmer which is good for slow cooking. My initial intention of getting a multi-fuel stove was for my bike touring. I was never afraid that I will ran out of fuel for my stove. In such cases, I would just syphon petrol from my bike tank. Both of these stoves are able to use various kind of fuel, from diesel, unleaded petrol, white gas and kerosene. Making them the ultimate stove for world travelling.

The package comes with a stove, fuel pump, wind shield, repair and maintenance kit and set of instruction in various languages.  The fuel pump is made of plastic but an upgrade version from the first stove I had before, it felt more durable and the flow valve had change to brass material.

The MSR Dragonfly stove does not come with a fuel bottle so you will need to purchase a separate bottle for the stove. The fuel bottles are made of aluminium and they come in various sizes 11fl. oz., 20fl. oz. and 30fl. oz. A 100g of fuel would burn around 25 to 30mins. A big bottle of fuel 30fl. oz. (892g) would give you an estimated continuous burning time of 24 to 30hrs depending on flame setting. Given 1 hour of usage a day, you can go on almost 3 weeks with just one big bottle of fuel. 100g of fuel would burn 6 to 7L of water thus a 30fl. oz bottle could boils almost 50lts of water. This calculation is just an average and it still depends on the fuel type and flame setting.

Gasoline wights around 728g/L
1US fluid ounce = 29.57g

I hardly use the repair and maintenance kit. The kit comes tools for opening various part of the fuel pump and stove, a exchangeable jet nozzle for use on different fuel. I have added few items like a small brush to clean the carbon deposit. Basically with this kit you can strip the whole stove kit. To give you an idea on the  maintenance of this stove, you can view here from another fellow blogger.

The setback on using multi-fuel stove is that they are more bulkier, heavier, expensive, needs to clean the stove if you use low graded fuel and you will need to preheat the stove thus slow start up. However the one one condition this stove does best is it accept various kind of fuel. It is not the best environmentally friendly stove but it beats throwing away empty Butane canister otherwise you might want to consider a wood gas stove.

Update 2016 May

I have sold away this stove and make way for Elderid Hexon Stove with Vargo Titanium Wood Stove


  1. Hi there,

    thanks for the review. I haven't seen the Iwantani foldable stoves which you described on another page, though I have seen its gas canisters everywhere in Taiwan.I'll keep an eye open for it.
    Would you know why the prices for hiking/camping gear are so high in Taiwan? Typically, they are 50-100% higher than in the US. I do know that manufacturers keep prices low in order to get into the large US market, but I see the same thing wrt Canadian prices as well eg Arc'Teryx is far more expensive in Taiwan! And to think that much of this stuff is manufactured in Taiwan and China!
    So what is going on? Are the shops gouging the Taiwanese upper class? Import duties cannot be that high -- and they certainly shouldn't apply to the Taiwanese-manufactured items.
    I always try to shop locally, but paying double is out of the question! However, some brands (eg Arc'Teryx) refuse online, foreign sales; so I can't even order online.
    The MSR stoves are a perfect example of this curious mark-up! I think I'll go with the beer can stoves you described elsewhere!

  2. You are right about the hiking gears prices in Taiwan, they are extremely ridiculous. My MSR stuff I got it from Singapore from a friend who owns a camper store otherwise previously online from REI. I am planning to discuss the possibilities of bring in MSR products. There is currently no MSR distributor in Taiwan. I did understand from a local camping store source that the MSR product you see in Taiwan are being purchased by some guy living in US and he sends the product from US to Taiwan thus the extreme mark up.

    I suggest we forget top brand like Arc'Teryx, they are way to expensive even buying directly from US. The local brand Atunas do have interesting clothing and yes they are expensive but not to an extend. One hint, if you ever visit Vietnam or China, get it from there. You might think they are imitation but in actual fact they are from the same factory. Otherwise get it from REI, they are coming out with their own product and yes they do ship to Taiwan.

    I will do a write up immediately on the Iwantani foldable gas stove, was on my list for a long time.

    BTW thank for the comment

  3. Hi again,

    > the MSR product you see in Taiwan are being purchased by some guy living in US and he sends the product from US to Taiwan thus the extreme mark up.

    This is precisely what I suspected was happening! It is @$%@#ing outrageous! Why are people putting up with this! The kind of people who patronize such stores typically can surf the Internet in English, so they ought to know better! Why would they support this behavior? There are lots of such shops thriving with no shortage of customers!
    Yet another way it does not make sense, is the arrangement's support by MSR: if MSR limits sales to Taiwan, then they are supporting this guy. If so, then he is their Taiwanese distributor. This means that he is getting huge discounts on the MSRP -- not to mention the possibility that his shipments can arrive from the point of manufacture (which may be Taiwan or China). (Most MSR stoves are made in the US, but their tents are made in Taiwan!)
    Hiking gear ought to be dirt-cheap in Taiwan: we are close to the point of manufacture, and the cost of living (and running a business) is low here in terms of the US Dollar's value.
    As for Arc'Teryx, I love their well-built quality! I'll gladly pay their Canadian prices. :-) I *will* look at Atunas, though: *if* they make to the same quality, I will definitely support local brands. After all, they likely do the manufacturing for the foreign brands anyway.
    Thanks for all the info.

  4. hello. i am getting ready to head over to taiwan with my msr whisperlite and was wondering if you knew of a good place to pick up some white gas in taipei? thanks!