Classic Camp Stoves: MSR Windpro

The Windpro is a go-to for backcountry chefs because of its exceptional flame control and pot stability.

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The Windpro is a nice canister stove, but the canister is connected by a tube protected by a braided steel covering. It has the advantages of an XGK (good heat output) but with controllability. The Windpro comes with a heavy foil windshield, as do most MSR stoves. It’s a low-tech but highly efficient way to keep the heat in and the wind out.

The base of the stove is a triangular wire base that pivots so that all the legs are next to each other for storage. The base is wide enough so it’s a pretty stable platform, but it doesn’t do the best in sand, so you’ll want to put it on something firm to cook. I’ve used tuna can lids to great success. Wrap the tube loosely around the burner and it all fits in a smallish bag. It is the most compact of the stoves after the Crux.

The best feature of the Windpro is its controllability. It is as good as the Coleman 502, maybe even a bit better, and I found it to be exceptionally good for sauteing easily-burned items like minced garlic. You can actually cook with this stove, not just heat stuff up.

Decibels: 48
Fuel: Isobutane Canister
Time to Boil: 2:58
Oatmeal Index: Sweet nourishing gruel

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Optimus Crux with Elektra Cookset

Simplicity and extremely effective, this is a very nice stove and an exceptional value.


Svea 123

Indestructible: if I dropped it off a 50-foot cliff, the Svea would light right up.


MSR Reactor

It has the fastest boil time in the bunch, saving fuel on an extended trip.


Kelly Kettle

Fueled by twigs, grasses, and driftwood, the Kelly Kettle made something out of nothing.


Emberlit Original Stove

It slides together easily, and the workmanship is excellent.


MSR XGK

One of the best stoves out there for frosty temps.


Coleman 502

They last forever with proper care.