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MSR Dragonfly Review

4/5 | Overall Rating

The MSR Dragonfly Portable Camping and Backpacking Stove is a reliable, versatile and collapsible stove, perfect for gourmet backcountry cooking. This stove allows you to create a variety of different meals quickly and efficiently.

The stove offers an assortment of different features to make cooking meals while camping a breeze.

The stove can easily handle pots and pans up to 10” in diameter and has heat and fuel controller valve, giving you complete control over heat and fuel usage.

MSR Dragonfly Stove Review

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At $139.95 (on REI, Backcountry, Moosejaw and Amazon) the The MSR Dragonfly is slightly more expensive than other stoves on the market, but you get what you pay for. The MSR Dragonfly is a little more on the bulky and heavy side, making it more suited to being a basecamp stove than a backpacking stove.

The MSR Dragonfly has a boil time of 6:05 minutes (1 litre), a trail weight of 14.1oz and a packed weight of 18.2oz and when collapsed bears a dimension of 7x7x7.

It is extremely stable and well designed. It allows for excellent control and handles low simmers and big pots better than many of the other camping stoves on the market.

What we like
  • Works efficiently in any weather situation, no matter how cold.
  • Can hold a large-size pot through pot-support and a stable base.
  • Heat controller and fuel controller valves, gives you complete control over flame and fuel usage. Also allows for great simmer control (an advantage many camping stoves do not offer).
  • Allows for multiple fuel types to be used, meaning you will never be in a situation where you don’t have the correct fuel for your stove.
  • Field maintenance is easy.
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    High quality construction.
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    Easy to use.
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    Comes with a windscreen and a nylon shack making it easier to transport when collapsed and protect against the wind when in use.
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    The manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty.
What we dislike
  • A bit heavy and bulky, not suitable for backpacking or those hiking/camping solo.
  • Loud when on high, making a bit of a conversation killer.
  • Pot sits too high above the flame.
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    Burns through fuel quickly when on high.
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    The fuel tank is not included.

Key Features

Pot Support

The stove contains three separate pot-supports in three different corners making it ideal for holding medium to large size pots firmly.

It can hold pots and pans up to 10” in diameter. The supports inhibit the pot from falling off the stove, even in unfavorable weather conditions, this not only prevents your food or water getting spilled, but also protects you from getting burnt by any falling liquid or food, making it safer to use.

Multiple Fuel Applicability 

The stove is able to run using diverse types of fuel including white gas, kerosene, jet fuel, auto, unleaded gas and diesel.

These fuels are cheaper than using propriety propane or butane. They are easily available , meaning that even if you run out of fuel it is easy to find more, no matter where you are in the world.

You are able to decide which fuel to use, based on your requirements and resources.

Precise Heat and Flame Support

The heat controller valve allows you to control the flame, therefore gives you control of the temperature at which your food cooks. It can create either high-level or low-level flames, giving you complete control.

The ability to create a simmer is a function of the stove that seems to be the biggest winner and one of the top reasons to purchase the product. There is also a fuel controller valve which allows you to dictate your fuel usage, perfect if you’re trying to save fuel.

This feature also allows you to cook a variety of different meals which is perfect if you are camping for a longer period of time or if you are catering for a larger group.

Fast Heating Feature

The stove works very fast all the time, no matter the weather. It is important to have a stove that works quickly and efficiently as you would want to get cooking out of the way, so you can concentrate on the other tasks that come with camping.

Foldable / Compact Size

The stove can be folded to make it more compact, this makes it easier to fit inside your pack. The stove also comes with a nylon shack, this helps you carry the stove safely and conveniently.

Key Takeaway

Due to its bulky and heavy build the MSR Dragonfly is more suitable to base camping than backpacking. It is a reliable and versatile stove perfect for creating gourmet backcountry meals for the entire group.

It is a high-quality stove that you can rely on to heat up, even at the lowest of temperatures. The amount of control you have over the flame and the fuel usage is unprecedented.

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