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Snow Peak GigaPower Stove with Piezois rated4.76out of5by25.
Rated5out of5byCC RiderfromSuper Compact - Great PerformanceI've used one of these consistently for about three years and it does everything well. It's a great, reliable piece of gear. The Piezo starter works well, but does seem to work better with higher quality fuel. The fuel/temperature control is excellent and it can be easily adjusted to a mere simmer. The stability is dependant on the fuel cannister and the surface it's placed on. For larger pots, it can be a little iffy, but it does work. It doesn't have good wind resistance, however this has been true with practically every camp stove I've ever used. The best feature is its extremely compact size. It packs into this tiny little plastic box which is about the size of two small match boxes. For those concerned about space and weight, this is the perfect stove.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated5out of5byxxfromSnow Peak GigaPower StoveHave only used it once for an overnight backpack trip with the scouts. Extremely easy to setup and use. Especially with the ignition. Heats up very fast. Good support with the four prongs compared to stoves with only three. Looking forward to many more uses.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated4out of5byBennett PrescottfromBest Pot Supports In A Compact StoveThis stove really does it all. Tons of heat output, extremely compact size, and very well built. The pot supports fold out to be quite large, capable of supporting everything from one mug to a full size pot you might use on your range at home. Great heat control, too, I am able to get a consistent simmer easily. No problems lighting with the piezo igniter. I can't imagine doing better for all purpose use, the stove excels at everything from making a mug of tea at the summit to cooking for groups on extended trips.
The only flaw with the stove is its poor wind resistance. You can get a Snow Peak wind shield, which mostly solves the problem and helps keep the heat on your pot even in zero wind, but it is quite large. It will fit conveniently under a 220g fuel canister, which is great, but if you're trying to pack small you pretty much can't take the wind shield. Without it more than a mild wind will significantly increase your boil times. The price you pay here is not so bad, honestly, but if you are likely to be out in nastier conditions definitely get the shield. Without it, the stove packs extremely small - for quick trips I just put it in my Snow Peak 600 mug with a fuel canister, which gives the capability of many "compact" all-in-one water boiling stoves in a much shorter package.
All that said, if you don't need a general purpose stove and just need to boil water, e.g. you're never going to put a pan on this thing and try and make anything more complicated than pasta, you may want to look elsewhere. Highly wind resistant stoves like the MSR Reactor are much faster in inclement weather and more compact than bringing this stove and a cookware set. If you're a comfort hiker like myself who likes to keep efficient but isn't going out if it's below 30 or likely to be rainy and windy, you would be hard pressed to do better than the Snow Peak GigaPower.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated5out of5bybig ed4001fromSuper compact good heatI primarily use this stove as a back up. I love the fact that it packs up super small in its plastic case. This stove is also very stable with a nice cooking surface. This stove has worked for me at higher elevations with no problems. I use a jetboil full time for cooking but I often end up using this stove because it's so small and convenient. If your style of backpacking is minimalist then this is the perfect stove.
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated5out of5bysspruiellfrom10 years and counting!I bought this stove over 10 years ago and have used on weeks long trips to the Grand Canyon, Zion NP, backcountry trips in Yosemite NP, Sequoia NP, a Mt Whitney summit, multiple trips to Wheeler Peak (including 10 degree lows) and Gila Wilderness in NM, multiple trips to Rocky Mountain NP in summer, fall and spring, Royal Gorge area, and Pikes Peak in Co, as well as a recent week long trip to Big Bend NP in TX. It has been one of most treasured gear investments for Backpacking. I have never had a failure, but do put fuel canisters in my sleeping bag or next to body on frigid mornings. My Son has the Titanium stove and we enjoy comparing notes on the incredible Snow Peak products (includes lanterns and flasks)!
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated5out of5bygonehiking43fromgood stoveThis is my first backpacking stove. Spent a lot of time researching stoves. Decided on this stove based on its specs, use of an available factory windscreen, and positve reviews. Pleased with first time use as the stove lit with one click of the igniter and was up and running. And I was able to regulate the flame easily and not have to worry about the burner going out or not having enough heat to cook efficiently. Also the pot supports work well with my cookware set up (Snow Peak Trek 900 and 600 Mug). Seemes to be a nice stove and packs up small.
Date published: 2013-11-14
Rated5out of5byjrtrussfromPerfect for car camping too!We used this on our last trip 10/31/2013 to Colorado Bend State Park, Texas. We did not have electricity so we needed a stove. I am not a fan of large bulky camping even though we are car camping with the family. This stove is great for coffee and we bought another one to cook our meals. We loved the convenience.
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated5out of5byStanley LawfromNine years later - THE Long term reviewIt's funny how time flies. I was in the market for a MSR Dragon Fly in 2004 and hey wait, it's now 2013! So yes, I was looking to buy a Dragon Fly from his British Bloke moving back to London and he was selling all his backpacking gear. He had it all, the Dragon Fly, sleeping pads and bags, an ultralight tarp, and even a slew of canister stoves. The tiniest one, immediately, drew my attention.
My introduction to the GigaPower GS-100A Self-Igniting Butane Canister stove by Snow Peak.
Through out the years, this has been one of my standard stoves when camping, backpacking, and hiking. I'll use it for my REI non-stick frying pan to make delicious eggs overeasy, perfect Omelettes that Gordon Ramsay would squeal in delight because "it wasn't entirely rubbish", even hot corned beef hash with country fried potatoes in a skillet. Just make sure you turn it down a little when you make french fries or donuts. Don't want anything to get burnt~!
This stove is one hot son of a gun.
Outputting 10,000 BTUs of goodness, this actually beats out my home range by a full 2,500 BTUs. It's impressive to me (please don't steal my thunder).
The wind screen, while difficult to pack, is essential in the operation of this stove. It'll concentrate the flame and make sure the bottom of the pot, or pan, that you use stays completely hot. I found that it was slow to boil any sort of water without any wind screen. Obviously a windscreen around the entire unit would be great, but it runs the risk of overheating your fuel canister to the point of explosion, so don't do that!
If you have are fortunate enough to have a Remote Canister Adapter for this stove, use as many windscreens as you'd like. I have a Primus ETA pot to go along with this for fuel efficiency heaven. If you turn the stove on and then turn it down to about half, you'll match the output of a Jetboil and get very similar boil times. Just make sure you fashion some sort of neoprene cozy around the pot too!
The plastic case is nice as a protective cover, but you need to keep in mind you need to open the valve ever-so-slightly to get the stove to fit into the box. I've forgotten enough times and gotten a blast of odorant straight to the sinuses. It wasn't pleasant, but I wasn't in any real danger since there were not any open flames around.
However, this might not always be the case.
The stove also takes its time in colder temps, so make sure you have something to keep that tank warm when cooking like stuffing it down your pants or submerged into a pot of 60 degree water.
Other than that the past 9 years have been a blast. This stove still looks new and works great, I look forward to the next 9!
Date published: 2013-11-06
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Snow Peak GigaPower Stove with Piezo Customer Reviews