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Description

Perfect for large backpacking groups and climbing parties in the backcountry, the MSR DragonFly Stove offers big performance, cooking versatility and is little and light compared to other camping stoves. Extra wide pot supports will easily hold a 9-inch pot while it efficiently boils water – check out the boil time and burn time stats below, you’ll be impressed. While it roars like a jet engine to boil water, it also has a dual-valve design for flame control, allowing it to simmer sauces gently, keeping the charcoal flavors in the campfire where they belong. Any global vagabond will love the versatility of this liquid fuel stove -- when white gas is hard to find, fill up your bottle with kerosene, unleaded gasoline, diesel and even jet fuel. From melting snow for a party of 5 to frying eggs to bringing that alfredo sauce to a gentle simmer, the MSR DragonFly Stove is sturdy, stable and already a favorite of guides and trip leaders the world over.

Specifications

  • Package includes: fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack (fuel bottle not included)
  • Flame Control: dual-valve design enables it to deliver precision simmer-to-boil control with a simple twist of the flame adjuster
  • Extra Wide Pot Supports: three wide pot supports hold larger (up to 9-inch maximum diameter) MSR® pots or fry pans for group cooking
  • Multi-Fuel: burns white gas, kerosene, unleaded auto fuel, diesel, and jet fuel
  • Compact: folds to 1/3 of its working size and fits in a 2-liter MSR pot for easy storage
  • Efficient: suspended burner cup enables the stove to burn hot and strong while reducing heat lost to the ground
  • Field Maintainable: Shaker Jet™ technology and smart engineering allows complete cleaning and maintenance in the field
  • Made in USA
  • Performance at sea level in 70F conditions:
  • Burn time (white gas) per 600ml / 20 oz. of fuel: 126 minutes
  • Burn time (kerosene) per 600ml / 20 oz. of fuel: 153 minutes
  • Burn time (diesel) per 600ml / 20 oz. of fuel: 136 minutes
  • Boil time (white gas), 1 liter: 3.5 minutes
  • Boil time (kerosene), 1 liter: 3.9 minutes
  • Boil time (diesel), 1 liter: 3.5 minutes
  • Water boiled (white gas) per 100 ml of fuel: 5.3 liters
  • Water boiled (white gas) per 1 oz. of fuel: 1.6 liters
  • Water boiled (kerosene) per 100 ml of fuel: 5.7 liters
  • Water boiled (kerosene) per 1 oz. of fuel: 1.7 liters
  • Water boiled (diesel) per 100 ml of fuel: 5.7 liters
  • Water boiled (diesel) per 1 oz. of fuel: 1.7 liters
  • Minimum configured weight: 14 oz, 395 g
  • Packaged weight: 18 oz, 510 g

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

24 Reviews

Pros
  • Build quality: 4
  • Ease of use: 4
  • Performance: 3
  • Great design: 2

Cons
  • very loud sounds like a jet engine: 1
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

24 Ratings & Reviews

Great for Motorcycle Camping
November 10, 2003

I like primitive camping of sort as this is the best addition yet. I camp off my motorcycle,and now i can use the unlead fuelout my bike to run my stov4 and yes the AutoStart Stove Igniter will mount on the inlet tube of this. Screw off the neddle flame adjustment then put in on the line the srew neddle valve back in line to burner bend end of lighter to 45 degree downwards to ark off bottom. Lights in wind now :) NO MATCHES! You will see the end of the lighter sides in slot when stove is opened up it falls in place. I can send a pic if you can't figure this out.

Speedy boil times and super flame control.
May 18, 2005

I ahve used this stove for 2 years with absolutely no problems. The only real maintenance I've done is replace one fuel line filter. On cold winter trips the stove is easily used with gloves. It is loud when turned to full burn but it's a small sacrafice when the snow is flying and you've got a hot drink in mere minutes.It's also a little bulkier than some stoves but unlike hiking partners I have never spilled my dinner because the pot supports were inadequate. If I ever have to replace this stove I won't even consider another model, this stove has never failed and I wouldn't risk investing in any other stove.

ueipwiwi
January 13, 2010

Very nice site!

Light, Hot and Strong!
March 13, 2010

I purchased two of these for car camping and backpacking and they are brilliant. They pack down small, open up big to be very stable and are incredibly hot. They also burn for a very long time on a small bottle of fuel. I'd never buy anything else after having these.

Almost perfect
June 27, 2003

As it's used for jungle trekking in Borneo (actually East Malaysia) I needed something that runs well on any fuel and as light as possible. I tried another brand that had a built in steel reservoir, great flame, economical but too many hard sharp edges in the rucsack and too heavy. The Dragonfly has been the perfect replacement, seriously light and compact, came with little repair kit/spares for field servicing (instructions not waterproof though) and yes, it's noisey (keeps snakes away!) but works a treat. The flare up when cold is because it uses a little spurt of liquid fuel, my old stove just wouldn't light after being caught in the rain, the DF doesn't care, it lights. It's squat, stable, you DON'T burn your hand on pots adjusting the flame, a very well thought out product. Just leave it on minimum for a mo to warm up before cranking it, or you WILL get a big yellow flare. Leaks? Not been a problem after 6 trips :o) Only needs about 10 or 15 easy pumps, there's no need to break it!

More than happy with this stove...
April 02, 2006

I've been more than happy with my MSR Dragonfly. It's the only stove I've ever owned, but please don't let that discredit my opinion. I've read every review on just about every liquid fuel stove out there and it seems like the only credible negative to the Dragonfly is it's weight (the other one being the noise, who cares, helps you find camp while your out "relieving" yourself in the woods). I drive a Jeep Liberty CRD (it's a diesel so I wanted a stove that could run on diesel also for that just in case moment). The flame control is amazing on this stove, I can melt snow in a matter of seconds or boil enough water for coffee, freeze dried meals, or purifying in just a few minutes. My only question about the stove is what is the purpose of the cotton that comes in it? I've left mine in and see no downside, I'm guessing it's to absorb fuel and allow a smoother burn (similiar to an alcohol stove) but I'm not sure.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
s24o

Easy to use
October 13, 2010

Unlike the whisperlite stove, the dragonfly has given me no issues. It starts easily and what I like the best is that it will easily maintain a low flame for simmering.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
zhouxingchi
top25Contributor

from Los Angeles CA
35-44 yrs

Super Stove
May 01, 2011

I used this stove this past week for the first time and it was great. I went backpacking for a whole week, and another group with us had the whisperlite, and the dragonfly was obviously so much easier to use than the whisperlite. It's heat is so much more adjustable, and therefore uses much less gas than most other stoves. Also, the stand is much easier to use, causing far less spills and more stability than the whisperlite. It heats water much faster and is more user-friendly. I definately recommend it!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FuzzyB
from OKC, OK
35-44 yrs

Great Stove
April 01, 2011

I bought this stove for a through hike of the Ozark Highlands Trail. It has been a great stove for both base camp and on trail use. It may be a little on the heave side when compared to the Pocket Rocket, but it's added versatility of fuel source more than made up for its size. In field maintainability wasn't overly difficult, and the shaker cleaning made routine cleaning a snap. Overall I thought it to be an awesome stove for base camp use, and a good choice for a multi-day through hike when cooking for multiple people.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

As near to perfect as it gets
August 05, 2008

I've logged over 5K miles backpacking and own many stoves. If I had to choose one this would be it! Sure it's a bit noisy. One tentmate on a winter snoeshoe trip in WA complained about the noise, but loved the quesadillas it made!I can bake a pizza easy with my outbake oven or let it roar when I need a fast boil! Even when I go lite weight this stove goes with me. On a long distance hike food is very important! When I figure burn time vs weight ratio I'll take the Dragoonfly over even an pop can alcohol stove. I like coffee & a hot breakfast in the am. The burn temp & boil time of alcohol requires so much fuel.

Great stove
July 22, 2007

I live in the Philippines (tropical weather). I took this stove out camping near the sea and it works very well. good flame control. The stove can boil water pretty quick and it can be brought down to a very low simmer. I cooked rice for three people using this stove. I hear a lot of people saying that it is really loud. It is loud but it doesn't bother me. I like having that sound because you know you have a fire going there,not just fuel spilling all over the stove. The only down side to it is that a slight breeze will make the fire flicker even when on full blast. So the windscreen has to be used all the time. Over all... I like the performance of the stove and great service from altrec.com. I would recommend this stove.

Got a keeper here.
November 18, 2008

This stove is very powerful. I love the shuttle launch sound everytime I fire up this puppy.

I'm happy
December 04, 2008

I expected just what I got. I wanted stability (no fear of boiling pots falling over), clear instructions, engineering "common sense". Great service from Altrec - quick response. This will be a great stove for my needs in the BWCA.

The last stove you ever need
August 03, 2007

I have been using this stove in the Pacific Northwest for many years without a problem. It is a little loud but the benefits of an all around great stove make up for this.

Cranking stove!
April 21, 2008

I've done my share of back country trips that require some lightweight and rugged gear. It was hard giving up my Svea stove but I am glad that I did! This stove clearly out performs other backpacking stoves. Very stabe, easy to operate and compact. You can't go wrong with this one!

Great stove - well worth the money!
August 20, 2010

I took one of these on my New Zealand trip 10 yrs ago for 9 months much of the time I was camping. Its a great and versatile stove. Since you can burn many types of fuel, it makes it easy to find fuel if white gas is not around. Can simmer or crank it up for whatever heat you want. A trick I learned is take a bandana and wet it, throw it over the top while its boiling water - heats up very fast and saves fuel. I just bought another one for car camping w many people. It doesn't take a lot of fuel and that's nice when you cant carry a lot of fuel. - I had the Whisperlite prior to this stove... I had many problemss with it, not reliable at all, this Dragonfly is far superior!!!

Great Gas stove
January 09, 2009

I have use this stove to camping, and it's boil 1 liter water so fast. It can take a 2.8 liter pan

Stove has personality
April 02, 2002

A great workhorse but one that requires a lot of fuel. At sea level it works great at all settings, but at altitude and in below freezing conditions has always performed less than stellarly. Even with new, clean fuel the stove has a propensity to flareup when cold. After a couple of years and a few trips, the stove pump started leaking fuel between the housing and the regular, which couldn't be fixed by changing the O-ring. Can't be beat though as a stove for the gourmand.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
NYskiMom
top100Contributor

from New York
35-44 yrs

Fantastic stove, but loud
May 21, 2011

I have both the DragonFly and the WhisperLite International stoves. Both are really great stoves, highly recommend either one. I've owned the WhisperLite since 1998 and it is still working well, and the DragonFly I got in 2009. The DragonFly is definitely the more powerful stove, as the design better funnels the fuel and the flame. You can see the improved efficiency even when you are just priming the stoves. The Dragonfly boils pots of water more quickly than the WhisperLite. The adjustable flame control is great, which the original fuel pump for the WhisperLite lacks. The one big con is that the DragonFly is quite noisy. Sounded especially loud in the still of the morning when I wanted coffee -- no enjoying the chirping birds and waking forest! Not a deal breaker for me, but yes it really does sound like a jet engine compared to the WhisperLite. At a lower cost, the WhisperLite certainly has its merits. Personally though, if I had to choose between the two, I'd go with the DragonFly as the noise doesn't bother me too much and its more efficient and faster burn.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

Works Great So Long as You Follow Directions!
August 19, 2005

Stove setup was very easy. I used kerosene (which is a bit slow to light) to fuel the stove. The first time I used it I made a [stupid] mistake by not adequately pressurizing the fuel bottle which caused kero to trickle out creating a "bonfire". It looked like my stove was going up in flames but after shutting everything down and letting it cool off, I tried it again and got it right. I must say I had no problem with the stove even though it was absolutely caked with kero soot. My only question/problem is this: why doesn't MSR have some sort of way to latch the windscreen together? Or do they and I'm just not seeing it? I was thinking of either using a paper clip to secure it or buying some velcro and attaching it to the windscreen. I'm not sure that will work but I guess it doesn't hurt to try.

top250Contributor

Just meet the needs for rice cooking.
November 16, 2009

I used to cook rice while camping. To make it a good meal, you'll have to use a stove that could well control its flame. This stove is just the one I'm looking for. It do have excellent flame control, which make it a better choice for me than the XGK EX stove.

Great product!
May 24, 2000

This is the first backpacking stove that I have ever owned. When I went into a backpacking store and was looking for advice, the Dragonfly was recommended to me. He said that this is the most popular selling stove. Anyways, I love the way that you can control the flame on it. I like to do more than boil water, so I thought this to be an essential characteristic. I have only used white fuel, so I don't know how any others work. It's easy to start, it's lightweight, very compact, and it's easy to store. I have had no problems with the pump. The only drawback to the whole thing is that it is kind of noisy. I knew this before I bought, and it doesn't bother me that much, but others just can't handle it.

Best Stove Ever
May 05, 2006

I've used many. The only knock is the roar. But it's not called a "whimperlight", for God's sake, "dragon" is in the name. What did you expect? This stove has worked for me for 7 years. I had to fix it once, and that was incredibly easy, I did it in the field with no problems. A true gem, easy to operate and quick to boil. Best stove ever.

Definitely worth the money!
March 01, 2006

Pros: 1. Takes pretty much any combustible fuel (white gas, kerosene, unleaded auto fuel, diesel, and jet fuel) so you have freedom of international travel 2. Super fuel efficientused it on 2-night trip @ hight altitude & must have melted ~10 liters of snow/ice on an 85% full 22-ounce bottle & there was still a good quarter of white gas left at the end of the trip 3. Diameter of stove legs larger than most stoves (~ 6.5 inches) so pot/stove stability not an issue Cons: 1. Definitely will wake up the neighbors (or bears)roars like a rocket! 2. A little over a pound (vs Snow peak giga, MSR simmerlite & smaller models @ ~ 3ounces to half a pound) 3. Needs primingnot that big of a deal but Im testing out the Jetboil, which doesnt need priming at all, so just a comparison Tips: 1. Keep fuel bottle constantly pressurized while cooking (if flame begins to flicker/sputter while cooking, just give the bottle a few pumps even while the stove is on to restore flame consistency) 2. Use the heat reflector/wind screen. I used to not carry them, but noticed a big improvement on cooking/boiling time, fuel conservation & heat distribution, especially when using bigger pots (ie 2-liter pot; w/o it, you get uneven heating on pot sides & areas not in direct contact with stove legsunless you want to sit there and stir it all night. I just use the reflector + screen now & let it simmer while setting up camp) 3. Shake the stove after each usethe shaker jet cleans out any debris build up. Ive had my stove for 2 years, & it hasnt required any maintenancegood as the day I got it. 4. Buy generic white gas (Colemans @ Wal-Mart) since the MSR brand gas is marked up almost twice has much!

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