MSR DragonFly Stove

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the MSR DragonFly Stove and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 84 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.6 stars 
Expert Rating: 3.2 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 788

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Shaker jet can be used to clean out carbon build-up.
  • Boils quickly using white gas.
  • Well-built and durable.
  • Temperature control is easy to use.
  • Stable platform.
  • Decent fuel efficiency.
  • Performs well in cold weather.
  • Variable flame control for simmering.
  • Versatile due to different fuel options.
  • Durable, with reports of being used for over 10 years.
  • Canister is easy to control.
  • Fast at boiling water.
  • Easy to repair.

Expert Reviews

  • Great simmer control.
  • Stable base for large pots.
  • More efficient than smaller canister stoves due to windscreen protecting flame.
  • Comes with a windscreen and nylon shack making it easier to transport and protect against wind.
  • Comes with small-parts kit and stuff-sack.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Very noisy.
  • Heat reflector could be more substantial.
  • Not the lightest or most compact.
  • Hose is somewhat inflexible.
  • Some reports of plastic pumphouse cracking.
  • No versatility with pot and pan size.
  • The pump and fittings are different than other MSR stoves.

Expert Reviews

  • Heavy and bulky.
  • Less reliable than other liquid fuel stoves on long trips.
  • Pot sits too high above the flame.


The MSR DragonFly Stove is an ideal choice for those looking for a durable, fast, multi-fuel, easy-to-use, and well-built stove. The heaviness may not make this the best option for backpackers, but the versatility and simmering abilities make this a top choice for campers.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3.