MSR Pocket Rocket Campstove Review

This review of the MSR Pocket Rocket camp stove was originally written in 2008, two years after I purchased the stove. It’s now 2019 and this little wonder is still going strong. Here is the original review, with a few updated links:
The petite MSR PocketRocket Stove has been my constant camping companion since I purchased it in 2016. Why? It’s got everything to satisfy this minimalist camper’s gourmet needs.

  • Small and light– It’s smaller than a flashlight, and lighter than your wallet
  • Fast– Sets up in a manner of seconds and boils water in less than four minutes
  • Clean and convenient fuel– Uses butane canister gas. No priming!
  • Adjustable flame– From a rolling boil to a gentle simmer

Think this stove is only good for boiling water? Think again. A little practice will see you frying onion in no time.Frying onions on an MSR Pocket Rocket camp stove
If temperature control is your main concern, then this wee marvel isn’t right for you. True: the flame is adjustable; however, even a low setting provides burning-hot heat from the center of its element (rather than spread out across its three prongs). The result is a grilled cheese that’s burnt in the middle but soggy around the edges (I learned this the hard way). Unless you’re boiling water or heating soup, food cooked on the pocket rocket needs to be kept in constant motion to prevent it from burning.
Making a grilled cheese sandwich on an MSR Pocket Rocket camp stove
For the ultra-light backpacker or cycle tourer, the Pocket Rocket is the perfect size and weight. For car camping, it’s a great addition to the campfire for making coffee, tea and porridge while the fire takes care of the toast and sausages. And at a fraction of the cost and size of fancier burners, the Pocket Rocket is hard to beat.

MSR Pocket Rocket Camp Stove
(now replaced with the PocketRocket Deluxe Stove)
Minimum weight: 2.9oz
Burn time per 227g canister: 60 minutes
Water boiled per 227g canister: 17 litres
Boil time, 1 litre: 3.5 minutes