By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Sandy Bandu
Mountain Science Research is renowned for designing lightweight and efficient camping gear, and as a leader in stove technology the Whisperlite Internationale is arguably their defining product. Used and pushed to the limit by outdoor enthusiasts for over 20 years, the Whisperlite weighs in at under a pound, and can easily collapse to fit in most pots. Featuring a stainless steel and brass design, it’s also quite durable and more than capable of surviving even the roughest of pack treatment.
Slightly different from the now-classic original, this international model features self-cleaning Shaker Jet technology, which allows it to burn white gas, kerosene, and even unleaded auto fuel. As a result of this upgrade, this Whisperlite is one of the most versatile camping stoves in existence since there’s no need to worry about relying one particular fuel type to operate it. On top of that, it’s got the power to boil a liter of water in just under four minutes. Made to be incredibly user friendly in terms of set-up, repairs, and maintenance, both in and out of the field (though be sure to bring your stove repair kit!), this stove should last for years and years. It it does break down, however, and it’s wide availability makes finding parts for repairs easy. In short, it’s the ideal stove for most backpackers, sea kayakers, or any outdoor enthusiasts looking for the best value in a cooking device where space or weight is an issue.