Using an MSR Pocket Rocket Stove with Propane. My Emergency Backup Stove Setup

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After having some difficulty with the built-in stove in my campervan, I decided to buy a backup or emergency stove.
After looking over all the options, I bought an MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Stove from REI. This is a stove that is popular with backpackers because of its small size and great build quality.
The MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe works very well for me. It is simple and efficient to operate. Although, It does have a couple drawbacks.
First negative with this stove is just how unstable it is with a heavy pot sitting on top. The stove has a tendency to tip over. Which would be potentially harmful. While there are supports that are sold for these stoves, I decided to make a simple stove support with items I already had on hand. My homemade stove support isn’t perfect, but it does make the stove much less likely to tip over.
The other small issue with these types of backpacking stoves is the proprietary fuel canisters they require. The Iso-Butane fuel canisters can sometimes be hard to find as well as being rather expensive.
Not wanting to be forced to use Iso-Butane, I found an a propane adapter that allows 1# green propane bottles to be used instead. The adapter is a KOVEA LPG Adapter Lite.
As it turns out, Propane is very similar to Butane and Iso-Butane. And I have found the stove works perfectly on Propane. I really like having the option to use more than one fuel source. Which could potentially be helpful during an emergency situation.
The Kettle is a stainless steel Snow Peak Kettle #1 and is .89 Liters capacity.
All of the items I bought at a local REI store because I had a dividend to use as well as a coupon. This ended up being a great deal for me as I only spent $44 out of pocket for all three items.
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