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Mountain Safety Research (MSR) has been one of the big players in the backcountry stove market for many years with many great stove designs to their name. The original MSR multi-fuel WhisperLite International has been the industry standard in backcountry stoves since its inception in 1969. For 2012, MSR has updated the WhisperLite stove and renamed it the "Universal". There were many improvements made in the creation of the Whisperlite Universal; the main one being that it is now the first stove from MSR that burns both liquid fuel and canister fuel. The refinements, however, don't end there so be sure to keep reading to find out more.
Why would you want a stove that can burn both liquid fuel and gas canister fuel? It basically comes down to your adventure type, your preferred fuel type and your preference of canister verses refillable bottle. Some people prefer canisters of fuel for their convenience. I, in contrast, am a liquid fuel bottle kind of guy simply because of the negative environmental impact of tossing gas canisters straight into the landfill. In addition, on the one hand, canister gas is more compact and provides instant performance when compared to liquid fuel. On the other hand, liquid fuel (white gas, unleaded gas and kerosene) performs better on cold weather trips where reliability and versatility count.