User Review: Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $49.99
I've had this stove for five years, and it's never let me down. I work in the mountains, and it goes with me in my travel kit, then pulls duty on backpacking and motorcycle camping trips. Keeping the canister warm in the sleeping bag is a must on nights below freezing, and a stand-up wind block is nice, as is the accessory windscreen from Snow Peak.
- Small size
- Quick boil time
- Sturdy construction
- The self-ignitors don't last that long
- Burns a lot of fuel in temps below 40 degrees-F
I bought this stove initially to use on motorcycle camping trips. It packs ultra small, lights easily, and is pretty frugal on fuel in most conditions. I liked it so much that it replaced another stove that I carry in my work truck for emergencies.
It's been on 50-60 bike camping trips, a few overnight pack trips, and countless day hikes. It's never once failed to light or do anything but an excellent job. The flame is very easily controlled, and this is my go-to stove for cooking things that need a lower flame, such as rice. It'll simmer better than any stove that I've owned, which is a nice plus when I'm cooking something other than a dehydrated meal.
The stove will usually boil a quart of water in 3- 4 minutes, depending on altitude, ambient temperature, and wind. I've never had it blow out due to wind, and the excellent Snow Peak windscreen does wonders for reducing fuel usage and boil times.
A small canister of fuel will usually last an entire 2-night weekend trip for just boiling water. I've used this stove on family car camping trips, and a large canister still had a bit of fuel left after 5 days of cooking all kinds of meals in Sequoia National Park.
This is a tough little piece-o-gear. It's never shown any signs of wear and tear, despite being used over a hundred times or more. I've just ordered a rebuild kit in anticipation of the upcoming outdoor season, but I have not noticed any degradation of the stove's performance in the entire time that I've had it.
Other stoves may boil more quickly, some have whiz-bang features, and some are really cool, but if you want a dependable workhorse that does it all for a great price, then this is the one.