I have a white gas stove that I have used for years during winter backpacking trips. It has never failed to work, but it is heavy and messy. I have been looking at Canister Stoves or a modified canister stove system to replace my white gas stove for winter trips.
Recently I have read many articles (primarily on Backpackerlight.com) about using canister stoves for winter backpacking. Sounds good to me with less mess, only one stove instead of two (or four), and alot less weight. Many of the articles discuss inverted canister stoves or modifications to canister stoves that would allow you to invert them safely. One particular article discusses using the Burton canister stove stand adaptor with specific homemade modifications, with stoves like the Snow Peak Giga or MSR Pocket Rocket. The modifications would allow you to use this type of stove during the winter with the same eefficiency and reliability as a white gas stove. Again sounds goo, but has anyone out there done this without blowing themselves up?
I have used the Colmen Powermax stove and it works great, but Colman is discontinuing this model (and at some point the fuel canisters per the manufacturers factory rep..). Also, I was looking to lighten the load and the Colmen is about 8oz heavier than the modified Snow Peak system... (but still much lighter than most white gas systems).
Has anyone used the modified system or any other inverted canister stove during the winter (typical 10 to 20 deg. F)that they would recommend??