I'm looking at buying a backpack stove. The two I've narrowed it down between are the MSR Whisperlite
International and the Peak Apex II (it has a detachable fuel bottle etc.). I do know that the Peak comes
with a fuel bottle and one for the MSR is sold seperately. Anyway I was wondering which of these stoves
I like both for the versatility in using different fuels. I primarily am planning on using
White Gas. I have read that it is hard to obtain a simmer on the MSR stove while the Peak stove simmers
and boils well is this true or have you heard of different experiences. The one drawback that I kind of had
with the Peak was the possibility that it was a bit more bulkier. Although it might not be too much more
than the MSR.
Is one stove better or more reliable or easier to light than the other? Do you know if both
work well in colder weather (have heard the Peak rates "fair" and the MSR "good") and stuff? Is one stove
easier to clean and maintain than the other? Is one stove better for the money, packing, reliability, more
stable,etc.? Some many questions!!!
I'd sure appreciate your help!!
Our staff's favorite stove is very close to one of your choices. Rather than the Whisperlite 600, I prefer
the MSR DragonFly. I burns white gas, unleaded auto fuel, or kerosene and has much better flame control
than the Whisperlite. Getting the Whisperlite to simmer is tricky, if not downright impossible. Both MSR
stoves are good in the colder weather. The Apex is no slouch either, but I highly recommend the DragonFly.
The only exception would be if you are going to do a lot of international travel. The additional fuel
options of the Whisperlite would push it to the top in that case.
Here's a link to Jeff Porcaro's review of the DragonFly:
I hope that helps.