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So I don't see any reviews of this here on trailspace yet, and no other reviews anywhere reputable besides walmart and the like.
I was at a super walmart last night for work and when I was done I was meandering through the camping area while waiting on the store manager. I found a Coleman Max Micro (Peak 1?) stove without a box marked for $5. The normal retail was listed as 25.99 for the others still in the box.
Not yet owning a canister stove I decided what the heck it's only $5, so i grabed it and a fuel canister. I fired it up this mornijng just to play with it and made myself some coffee and pancakes on it. It brought my 2 cups of water to a boil in about 1 min 50s-2min i wasnt watching too closely so may have been sooner. The stated time to boil 1 liter is 3.5 minutes.
Stove weighs 6.7oz so heavy when compared to the snow peak giga power, msr pocket rocket etc which run around 3.5oz. But it seems very sturdy which is typical for coleman products in my experience.
I was very impressed with the flame control, you can easily adjust for a low simmer or full blast, and anywhere inbetween. I was able to easily make pancakes this morning on it.
I think this will be a good addition to my stove arsenal I think. I normaly use an alcohol stove and in winter an msr xgk ex, the canister will be nice for those 3 season trips where I want to actually cook.
So my first impression for paying $5 for a stove with a 5 year warranty is I am very impressed! Even if I paid the full price, i would still be equally impressed.
Here after I take it out on a trip or two will post a more detailed review. So have any of you used or own this stove? thoughts?