The MSR Whisperlite Universal has been developed from the MSR Whisperlite International, which has been the mainstay of backpackers who needed a petrol stove that would perform in the toughest of conditions anywhere in the world. The advantage of the new Whisperlite Universal is that in addition to burning Coleman fuel, petrol and paraffin, it also burns gas, so no matter where you are this stove will perform well. On first appearances it does resemble the £100 MSR Whisperlite International, as it has a fold-out burner that connects to a fuel bottle via a feeder pipe. But you now get the option of changing the fuel line jets to accommodate a gas cartridge being fitted to the fuel line. The fuel line has also been specially developed to allow the gas cartridge to be used in the inverted position, which improves performance, particularly in cold weather. The low profile of the burner coupled with its 19cm diameter pan support means you can use large pans on it too. The result is the MSR Whisperlite Universal – a stove that can be used anywhere on gas as well as liquid fuels, making it the ultimate stove for when performance really matters.
Fuel type gas, Coleman fuel, unleaded petrol, paraffin
Includes windshield, inverted gas canister support, liquid fuel pump
Packed size 17x10x12cm (plus fuel)
Weight 500g plus fuel
The MSR Whisperlite Universal stove is the best for performance among those we looked at.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 201