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I'm buying my first stove. I made alcohol stoves out of soda cans in the past, but I don't really like them. I want a stove that boils water fast and is lightweight. I'm not really a "gourmet" cooker. I usually just buy dehydrated food and throw it in some boiling water.

I've eyeing the MSR Pocket Rocket or the Mircro Rocket. Remember I basically just need the thing to boil water for coffee/tea and dehydrated food. Will either of these do the job?
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Sure but also check out the Snowpeak Gigapower stove as it has 4 pot supports instead of 3. Check out ebay for stoves like the pocket rocket  and gigapower as they usually go for around $20-25.00.
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I've done dozens of stoves over the years and I've always gone back to the PR. All I need is a simple, reliable, ultralight blowtorch to boil water as fast as the laws of physics allow...

To save the one ounce for the plastic case, I just roll the PR up in my aluminim foil wind-screen, and stuff it into a Heineken "barrel" can, (one ounce,) which is my only cookpot.

Fast, cheap, and all you ever need to just boil water...
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You might also want to check out the Gigapower Lite Max.  Bigger pot supports than the standard Gigapower.  Higher BTU's, too.  Weighs less than 2 ounces.  Just got mine.  Love the size and weight, but I haven't had an opportunity to use it yet.
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I know there are a lot of good stoves out there but for years I've used the MSR Whisperlite and the MSR Pocket Rocket.  Neither one has ever failed me and I think I"ll stay with them.  JMO, of course.

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I've eyeing the MSR Pocket Rocket or the Mircro Rocket. Remember I basically just need the thing to boil water for coffee/tea and dehydrated food. Will either of these do the job?

Yes, they will.  Either will work, but the MicroRocket is stronger, more compact, and lighter with no loss in pot stability.  I have a very strong preference for the MicroRocket over the older PocketRocket.  I've got a post up on my blog that does some comparison of the two if you're interested:  The MSR MicroRocket.

Someone else mentioned the SnowPeak LiteMax which is also a good stove.  The Kovea Supalite is basically the same stove, but is typically cheaper.  Kovea makes stoves for other companies.  Kovea is the company that actually makes the LiteMax, PocketRocket, and MicroRocket.  

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The Optimus Crux has been good to me when I've had occasion to use it.
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Im a water boiler too. I have a reactor and it works great, but if you're a solo hiker it may be overkill for you.
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Im a water boiler too. I have a reactor and it works great, but if you're a solo hiker it may be overkill for you.

What size Reactor do you have?  I just picked up the new 1.0L version.  It's really pretty nice and highly windproof.


1.7L version,  left.  1.0L version, right.

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I decided on the Pocket Rocket, and just received it in the mail. I tested it out and it boiled 2 cups of water in my titanium pot in less than 2 minutes.
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Good choice.  You will be happy with it.
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I like my jetboil. For boiling water it is great!   The indicator cover is nice, light, all in one design, fast and stable.  It is also not a big fuel eater and decent in the wind for the most part.   You cannot simmer with it but as you stated you are merely looking for water boiling.   In my opinion and considering this comes with everything it is a great value and not just for beginners.    My pick and I have a ton of this stuff.
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I love my PR. It's my most used stove, but I need to check out the Micro.
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