Snow PeakGigaPower Stove Auto Ignition

Smaller than other stoves but works harder when it comes to heat output.

Snowpeak GigaPower Stove with auto ignition is an incredibly small, lightweight, and convenient canister stove. Its 3.75 oz weight and nifty push button ignition helped the Snowpeak GigaPower with auto ignition win the Editor's Choice Award from Backpacker Magazine. This powerful little stove produces 10,000 BTUs (most camping stoves are 8-9,000 BTUs). Use this backpacking stove with Snow Peak fuel in temperatures as low as 14°F (-10° C). The Snow Peak Giga Power Stove is designed to stow with a fuel canister in a Snowpeak Solo Combo Cook Set. The Giga Power backpacking stove burns 45 minutes at maximum gas output (10,000 BTUs) with the GP-110 fuel canister. This lightweight, compact camping/backpacking stove comes in a high-quality plastic carrying case. Also available in a titanium version (our item no. SNO0004). **DOES NOT INCLUDE FUEL CANISTER.

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Doesn’t have an O ring.

    Not sure how to connect this stove to a fuel canister without an O ring.

    lightweight. compact. dependable.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    it fits perfectly folded up in my 750ml pot with a small fuel canister and a hankie. I like that it has four prongs instead of three (compared to the pocket rocket). it feels super stable to me. ignition is convenient and has never given me trouble.

    Beats my pocket rocket

      Finer controls and a prettier simmer than my pocket. I use this as a backup to my MSR windburner. Tiny in its case. Light as a lung full of air.

      Dependable and Compact

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I recently purchased this as my first backpacking stove but I've used these many times backpacking with friends. It's always been super dependable whether I'm in humid areas like HI or dry ones like S. UT. I'm going to Salkantay Peru later this Fall and I'll be really interested to know if it will work at 16K ft elevation. I'll let you know.

      Overall dependable, super compact, and easy to use.

      Always lights great

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great for backpacking, I took mine out backpacking for 2 months straight used it everyday for every meal. Worked amazing every time, even when it was windy I never had a issue with lighting up, a wind cover is key for those windy days.

      Thanks for the review, Meg! Glad it worked out for you!

      Auto ignition is great!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is a really nice stove: its elegance and great performance bring a smile to my face every time I use it.



      I've had good experiences with this stove (using regular MSR canisters) from sea level up to about 3000m (10K feet) and in a range of temperatures down to about -5C -- definitely boils a lot faster at lower elevations, but that shouldn't come as a surprise.



      So yeah: all in all, this is one of my all-time favorite pieces of gear. Packs small, igniter lasts a long time, and works great. Highly recommended!

      Solidly built and always lights up

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I used to have the MSR Pocket Rocket but I didn't like it's bulky dimensions. I then happened upon this stove at an REI Garage Sale and i haven't turned back.

      Great craftsmanship, doesn't guzzle gas, and nests very well with a few different cooksets that I use.

      It's always lit up for me and I've never wanted anything about this to change. I really do *love* this stove.

      Ben
      brabinowitz@backcountry.com
      801-746-7564

      auto stove

      auto stove

      Very basic... But good.

        I find it is basically On or it is Off. The flame intensity is very consistent.. Consistent in the fact that it doesn't give you much of a simmering option when it is almost shut off or a real blast furnace when it is on full either.



        The little white plastic box that you store it in is a cool feature and the auto igniter is super useful. Works every time with mine. I was also pleasantly surprised how compact it folds up and yet how stable it is when opened up, screwed down on a fuel canister and has a pot on it.



        I have to admit I got mine used because yet another REI member decided to use it and return it. How do you go wrong at $4.97..? You can't. This thing will be used as my teapot stove at the job site this winter.

        The stove to get.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        All through high school while backpacking with my dad, we used this stove. Always worked, always lit easily, and boiled water quickly and efficiently. It NEVER once let us down. Now, 8 years later, I'm finally backpacking again, and I've bought my own. It's the same stove, same design, same miniscule package and ease of use, and same dependability. It just works, and it works well. I'll be using it for a long time to come. I prefer it to analogous MSR stoves for reasons of stability of the pot, simplicity, and build quality. Try it out, you won't be disappointed.



        However, only runs on isobutane canisters, so if you need another type of fuel, it's not the most versatile.

        Everything a canister stove should be

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is the light stove I never worry about (the heavy one is a whisperlite international by MSR). If I'm just heading out overnight or car camping, I'll throw in a large partially used MSR canister, a small gigapower fuel canister, and a pot or two. Hasn't rusted in the NW or NE or Europe or parts of Asia with questionable fuel. Lighter always works, even in the cold. A couple years ago on a three week trip to the Tetons with 5 others, I failed to pack the big gas two burner, and we cooked on this. A big fry pan is tricky to balance, but almost everything else can be cooked on the the giga power.

        Is it normal for the pot supports to glow...

        Is it normal for the pot supports to glow orange when the stove is running?

        Best Answer

        yes.

        mine does.

        Awesome

          I am not able to compare this stove to any others as I have not owned any others but this one is very nice. The pot sits firmly on the four arms and the ignite is nice so I don't have to worry about using a lighter or matches (even though I carry them just in case). I have not 'needed' to use the windscreen yet but still use it to focus the heat, works very nicely. Boiled my two cups of water quickly. I have a GSI dualist set and the stove and fuel fix nicely inside.

          Apostle Islands (Ironwood Island)

          morning coffee

          Apostle Islands (Ironwood Island)

          great stove, well worth the money. this stove is really compact and really strong. it proformed well past my standards

          great stove, well worth the money. this stove is really compact and really strong. it proformed well past my standards

          Great stove

            This stove is the epitome of lightweight and packable. Super hot yet easy to control the flame. The Auto ignition could be a little more reliable. after a few trips it became a test of perseverance to get it ignite :) However, before my next trip I cleaned the igniter and did some "service burns" and this helped out tremendously. If you dont use it you lose it :) Anyway. This is much better than having to use a separate refillable fuel bottle. Great product! Oh yeh......get the windscreen!

            Great stove, particularly with the windscreen disc

              I’ll preface this review with my cut and paste statement that I work as a backcountry backpacking guide in Yosemite National Park. Nearly all of the products I take the time to review have seen at least a half a season, if not more, of use... and I’m committed to not bothering to write a review until I feel like I’ve really gotten to know a product. I never thought I’d bother to write reviews, but I’ve recently decided that since I’ve spent so much time over these last many years reading reviews, and finding a tremendous amount of value in articulate and well-informed opinions, that I wanted to give back to the community. So, with that being said, here we go...

              I still own this stove, and the disc windscreen that goes with it, but I've retired it for the most part, and have turned to the Snow Peak LiteMax. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but they are similar enough that either one is a great choice. My preference is with the LiteMax, only because I'm a gram weenie.

              This stove is bit better at getting to a boil more quickly, and using fuel more efficiently, mainly because of the available windscreen. I wouldn't bother going with this stove if you're not going to buy (or make) a windscreen. But, for God's sake, if you're going to make one, please know what you're doing. Isolating heat from the fuel can is key. Just buy the Snow Peak screen for this and you're good to go.

              The auto ignition is convenient, but shouldn't be an excuse to not pack a lighter or matches. I've never had an issue with it, but I've never had it down to anything below the low 20s or high teens.

              Another advantage of this stove, aside from its efficiency with the windscreen, is its stability with slightly larger pots and pans. The LiteMax uses three very small folding arms. With anything other than a smallish mug you have to really watch it. This stove, having four arms that are slightly larger, means it accommodates larger pots and pans. I wouldn't plan on throwing a full size pot with a gallon of water on this, but you could conceivably cook for two on this stove. The LiteMax can't handle that.

              In short, if you're just boiling water for you for some oatmeal or dehydrated meals, and are like me and count ounces, grab the LiteMax. If you want a little more stability and efficiency, and the capability to use *slightly* larger cookware... pick this up. You won't lose either way.

              Best Stove I Know

                I just bought a second one of these (first one remains with my equipment in the US, this one with my equipment in Russia). I just don't think there is a better stove out there. I have had problems in extremely cold weather (below -20C) getting the auto igniter to work. Obviously spark gap is affected by temperature and I couldn't keep my hands warm outside of gloves to adjust it properly. But I always carry matches and that solves the problem of extreme cold.

                Best Stove I Know

                  I just bought a second one of these (first one remains with my equipment in the US, this one with my equipment in Russia). I just don't think there is a better stove out there. I have had problems in extremely cold weather (below -20C) getting the auto igniter to work. Obviously spark gap is affected by temperature and I couldn't keep my hands warm outside of gloves to adjust it properly. But I always carry matches and that solves the problem of extreme cold.

                  Best Stove I Know

                    I just bought a second one of these (first one remains with my equipment in the US, this one with my equipment in Russia). I just don't think there is a better stove out there. I have had problems in extremely cold weather (below -20C) getting the auto igniter to work. Obviously spark gap is affected by temperature and I couldn't keep my hands warm outside of gloves to adjust it properly. But I always carry matches and that solves the problem of extreme cold.

                    Test on Christmas morning

                    I wanted to see if our 9 year old could easily light and adjust this stove before he got out in the woods with it.