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The tiny, featherweight Snow Peak GigaPower stove is barely noticeable in your pack. Strike a match and you're instantly cooking with 10,000 BTU's of heat.
No more pumping or priming, collapsible stove screws onto Snow Peak or MSR isobutane cartridges or Primus butane/propane canisters
Performs well in cold temperatures and can be reduced to a true simmer for actual cooking, not just boiling water for freeze-dried foods
Fold-out wires provide support for most sizes of cooking pots; stable stove base allows cooking on varied surfaces
Snow Peak GigaPower stove comes in a plastic box for easy packing; size specifications are based on storage box
Weight includes stove, not the canister
This little stove is lightweight, compact and a breeze to operate. Pre-pressurized butane/propane canisters never needs pumping or priming (fuel canisters purchased separately). Its long, wire control lever lets you adjust the flame from a rapid boil to low simmer—an essential feature for serious outdoor gourmets. Please note: We may not ship stoves to addresses in Japan or Korea.
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Rated 5 out of
Best Compact Canister Stove Out There!This is a great little canister stove, the best out there right now in my opinion. I've used a pretty wide range of stoves out there, from the super minimalist homemade pepsi can stove, to the MSR Dragonfly. I should say that I'm not the biggest fan of canister stoves, as sometimes it's difficult to find canisters for them, but it is getting easier. I also wasn't a fan of disposing of them, but recycling programs have gotten a LOT better over the last few years, so disposal is no longer an issue.
It took me by surprise at just how economical this little stove is. It boils water quick and uses very little fuel in the process. I can make a 4oz canister last all weekend with three people cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Lighting the stove is super easy, which makes me wonder why people fool with the piezo version. I guess it's a little more convenient, but I always carry a couple lighters with me anyways. Keeping the stove lit can be a challenge in higher winds, but it takes a pretty good gust to blow it completely out. With a little finagling of gear or some rocks to block the wind, it performs fine. There is also a wind screen available for purchase that fits this specific stove, but the wind hasn't been a big enough issue for me to warrant purchasing one.
Stability wise, this is about as good as it gets for a canister mount compact stove. Are there more stable stoves out there? Yes, but not in this particular form factor. For added stability, you can purchase the little supports that pop on to the bottom of a canister. Personally, I've never had an issue with stability and I've used this little guy on some pretty sketchy ground. The fold down supports are pretty burly for such a compact stove and will not give a bit under a reasonable load. What I like especially about the supports on this stove, is the fact that they'll accommodate such a wide range of pots and skillets. You could literally cook with a steel coffee mug all the way up to a 10" skillet. Much larger than that and you would be really stretching the limits of stability, but it's still doable as long as great care is taken. I personally use my MSR Titan Kettle 100% of the time, and it works better with this little stove than it did with my old MSR Pocket Rocket.
As far as cold weather performance, this is where the performance of canister stoves tend to suffer. I've operated my little Giga Power Stove well down into the 30's (f) with no issue other than frosting of the canister. It's been noted for pretty much all canister stoves, that you should try to keep the canister warm by sticking it in your tent with you for a while before use. You can also stick it in a jacket pocket to warm it up a bit if you think it will have problems. I personally have not had to do this, and don't anticipate having to unless I'm using it in the snow or temps below freezing.
As far as ways to improve this little stove, I can only think of one thing, flame/temp control. You can adjust the output reasonably easy with the knob/lever, but the actual footprint or size of the flame does not really change. This means that if you're trying to evenly simmer something, such as when cooking eggs, you have to be very attentive and move the skillet or cookpot around to avoid scorching your eggs in one spot. This is a VERY minor complaint though, and honestly most people usually only use these little stoves for boiling water for freeze-dried or dehydrated meals. It can be worked around relatively easy, so it's not really a big issue, just worth mentioning. To be fair, I haven't really found another super compact canister stove that does much (if any) better.
All things considered, I definitely recommend this stove for anyone looking for a compact canister stove. For around $40 pricepoint, I think it's the best option out there. It folds down compact in its own little hardcase and can be neatly tucked away, you'll never even know it's there!
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 5 out of
Great Stove!Great little stove. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of
Hiker boy from
Good stoveThis stove is amazing. It is great for cooking with a light pot. Very small and compact.
Date published: 2014-03-21
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