The Snow Peak LiteMax stove in a simulated 4.0 mph wind.
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We Tested 5 of the Most Popular Backpacking Stoves in the Wind

We tested five of the most popular lightweight backpacking stoves in various controlled wind conditions to see which stove performed the best in fuel efficiency and boil times.

Paul Bodnar      Educational      5/26/2021
Paul Bodnar
Educational
5/26/2021

We tested five of the most popular lightweight backpacking stoves in controlled wind conditions. We tested each stove at 0, 1, 2 and 4 mph, and measured the controlled wind speed with an anemometer.  We tested each stove three times at each wind speed and averaged the value.

The Soto WindMaster was the most fuel efficient.

The most fuel efficient stove in all wind conditions tested was the Soto WindMaster. The Soto WindMaster performed about 6% better on average in fuel efficiency than its closest competitor, the MSR PocketRocket Deluxe.

The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe had the best boil times.

The stove with the best boil times in all wind conditions tested was the MSR PocketRocket Deluxe. The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe performed about 5% better on average in boil times than its closest competitor, the Soto WindMaster.

Soto WindMaster in 1.0 mph controlled wind conditions

Each stove was tested at controlled wind speeds of 0, 1, 2 and 4 mph. 2-cups of 72°F was brought to a rolling boil at an elevation of 5,280 feet in the same (26 ounce capacity) titanium pot.

Five backpacking stoves laying next to each other by a ruler
Left to right: Soto Amicus, MSR PocketRocket 2, Snow Peak LiteMax, MSR PocketRocket Deluxe, Soto WindMaster
Five backpacking stoves laying next to each other by a ruler
Left to right: Soto Amicus, MSR PocketRocket 2, Snow Peak LiteMax, MSR PocketRocket Deluxe, Soto WindMaster

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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.