M Snow Peak GigaPower Canister Stove REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
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Article Summary:The Snow Peak GigaPower mini-canister stove is available in four configurations (with or without titanium components, and with or without auto-ignition) to meet most users' preferences. It collapses to a very compact size. The stove has four pot supports (rather than the usual three) that fold out to provide a stable, flat, grippy surface. Lighting the stove with the piezoelectric igniter on the auto-start model often requires several tries, and the igniter is cumbersome to operate with gloved hands. Although the burner provides good flame spread, it requires several re-adjustments to get the stove to the desired flame level. The GigaPower performs quite well under calm conditions, but I found it very sensitive to wind. Using a windscreen improved its performance, but there was still impairment by apparent turbulence within the windscreen used in laboratory testing. I found the stove quite capable of melting snow, cooking a complex meal, and frying pancakes. However, the stove's flame creep required several adjustments of the controller to obtain a constant flame. Overall, the GigaPower is a good value and a capable performer if used with wind protection.
- Stove ID
- Accessories Included
- USABLE FEATURES
- EASE OF USE
- COOKING PERFORMANCE
- HEATING EFFICIENCY
- TABLE: Summary of Boil Time and Fuel Consumption Data
- TIPS AND TRICKS
- RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT
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