How to Clean a Backpacking Stove (MSR Whisperlite)


Outdoors Gear School and Maintenance Tips


A well-working stove can make the difference between a warm meal or a night munching dried ramen. Follow these steps for a thorough stove cleaning. NOTE: we do not recommend this method on a stove unless it is similar in construction to the MSR whisperlite (e.g., canister stoves would not benefit much from this technique).


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Following your stove instructions, disassemble completely. Discard any plastic parts that may melt under heat, we just want to work on the metal pieces.

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Wipe off as much residue and soot as you can, then place into a pot of near-boiling water. Leave in for ten minutes, scrubbing as necessary.

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Dry completely and continue wiping off residue and soot.

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Clean the stove's line, as you would normally for intermediate cleanings. Continue to wipe residue and soot away.

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Clean the shaker jet pin as normal.

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Dry the larger pieces (esp. fuel lines) in an oven set at 115 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until COMPLETELY dry. Lightly oil all parts and reassemble. Make sure to test it out before your next trip, but your stove should be as good as new.