I was given an opportunity to test out the MSR Dragonfly stove on my latest 12 day trip to Rocklands. We cooked just about every meal on it and it never let us down! The Dragonfly is a very stable stove that is able to hold a large pot, pan or kettle. It is easy to use and very cheap and efficient on fuel too! It can use a variety of different fuels, including Kerosene (benzine), Paraffin, Unleaded Auto Gas and Petrol (apparently it can also use diesel and jet fuel – so basically it can burn anything!)
The Dragonfly feels extremely sturdy as well, the pump feels solid and in general looks and is super reliable. Although being an incredible simmering stove it is really easy to boil water quickly and efficiently for coffee on those chilly mornings!
It is also very compact and folds down into 1/3 of its original size. The priming process is something that I was not used to, this being the first liquid-fuel stove I’ve used it was a very cool experience and not as tricky as it looks! (priming is heating up the bowl of the stove with some liquid fuel so that once the head of the burner has heated up sufficiently the liquid fuel will vaporize and turn into the cooking gas that you use.)
The glove-friendly simmer control is very accurate and you can get just the right amount of fuel out to cook what you need to. The stove only takes 15-20 pumps on a full fuel bottle. The whole system can also fit inside a MSR 2 liter pot for easy storage when you are going hiking and every little space counts. Although this is one of the noisier stoves that MSR makes, I think it boils water faster than some of the quieter stoves on the market. The heat and wind reflectors come in handy when you don’t want to lose any precious heat to the elements.
All in all I think that this is a great stove for anything, be it camping, hiking, climbing or just moving into a new house and missing a stove 😀