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Super Light. Super hot.
I simply don't know how many other things can be so light, yet do so much. This stove looks cool and does the job really well.
Snow Peak LiteMax Stove = Great stove
I bought this stove a few months ago and have been out in the mountains on 6 different trips since. The stove is fantastic. It's very light and stable. I like the way it packs down into my SP 600 mug along with a fuel canister, topped with a custom Ti lid. I am so glad I traded in my Jet Boil set-up.
The new set up weighs much less, is a lot smaller and is far more versatile.
I've used many different stoves but THIS one has got to be my favorite. I will always have it with me.
So small! So hot!
Amazing little stove! Folds down to nothing, great for any backpacking trip. Cooks hot so you don't spend forever making meals. Works great!
Even burn all the way, good wind resistance
Don't lose it, it's really small
If You are looking for small and efficient there is no where else to turn, 1.9 oz it really must be 2012 because 1985 aint got shib on this, unless you are going to use a titanium alcohol stove combo, which, mind you, has no simmer, this will out perform most if not all others.
Light, functional, small
Ill 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 Im committed to not bothering to write a review until I feel like Ive really gotten to know a product. I never thought Id bother to write reviews, but Ive recently decided that since Ive 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...
Great ultralight stove. Packs down so small I've almost lost it once or twice. I just wrap it in a bandanna and toss it inside my Snow Peak two piece mess kit, along with a can of fuel. Though I've never had a problem with it, it does appear a bit fragile. I wouldn't handle it like a monkey and expect it to work for long. I make sure to hold the base firmly when screwing it on or off a can.
I've had it up to about 12,500 or 13,000 feet and its always worked like a champ, though I sleep with my fuel in my bag. Now... what Snow Peak needs to start making is a fuel can koozie that's a teddy bear. That would certainly be a little nicer to snuggle with than a metal can.
What are the best lite wght options for...
What are the best lite wght options for lighting this stove?i
I normally carry a mini bic lighter in my kit....but your fire starter flint will work as well.
Do you need to use a windscreen with this...
Do you need to use a windscreen with this stove and if so do you guys sell it? thanks.
The pot supports on this little stove provide enough protection for normal wind gusts...Snow Peak does not make a windscreen for this model. That being said, I have blocked the wind with anything I could find when necessary, but really it has not been an issue for me.
Without a windscreen you will definitely lose a bit of the excellent fuel efficiency of this stove. I would recommend carrying a small amount of aluminum foil in your pack that you can be shaped to act as a screen in any situation. Better to carry some foil than extra fuel.
I just happened across this and I think a warning is in order here. Wind screens are NOT recommended for stove that attach directly over a canister. They can cause the fuel in the canister to overheat and explode! Be very careful how you attempt to block wind when using this type of stove.
I have never used a windscreen with mine, however I sometimes attempt to block the wind somewhat from the side the wind is coming from and leave the other side open so my fuel does not overheat.
Hey guys in a nut shell which is better...
Hey guys in a nut shell which is better this or the giga power regardless of price and weight what is the efficency and pot support like, cheers matt!
Of the two, I like the LiteMax better. Essentially the same performance and efficiency. Grooved pot supports with a minor amount of wind protection built-in, great flame control from simmer to high (I think it's 11,500 BTUs), reasonably frugal with fuel, and roughly a 4 minute boil time per liter. Efficiency diminishes below 25F or so, but that's more a function of the fuel than the stove. Pot support is good up to about a 1.5L, although I've been know to use it effectively with up to a 2.5L. Typical rig is the LiteMax on top of a 4 or 8oz MSR canister with a Primus canister footrest (for $10, get the footrest). Even with lots of stoves, this remains one of my favorites. Hope that helps. Cheers!
Aside from the Snow Peak logo & made in...
Aside from the Snow Peak logo & made in Japan & Kovea Supalite Titanium made in Korea. Does anyone know any facts about the Kovea? Size/ BTUs/ longevity/ etc. They look like the exact same stove to me.
Kovea produces the GST-120 LiteMax for Snow Peak. The Supalite and the re-branded LiteMax are the same stove. Go to Asia, AU, NZ, and it's Kovea that you'll find.
Here are the specs from Snow Peak's LiteMax page- notice it says- "Made in Korea"
Material Titanium, Stainless Steel
Output 11,200 BTU's
boil time 4 min. 25 sec. / 1 liter
Dimensions D 4.9" H 3"
Size Stowed D 2.6" H 3"
Fuel Type Gas Canister
Combustion Type Vapor Burning
Made In KOREA
Weight 1.9 oz
It's also my understanding that the MSR PocketRocket, as well as all MSR IsoPro fuel canisters are made in Korea by Kovea as well.
Very informative! Thanks Phil!
This stove has been very stable while cooking and produces good even heat.
UL - Master
Coming from the PNW I have been a MSR loyalist for 20+ years. Not anymore! I bought this little beauty for an unsupported fastpack across the island of Hawai'i (The Big Island Traverse). It is tiny and light as can be. It was basically stable and with careful pot/mug placement I had no spillage issues. Burns hot and I saw no noticeable changes in performance just under 14,000. It is well built, sturdy and should last for years to come. A perfect UL stove.
Just wondering what the largest / heaviest...
Just wondering what the largest / heaviest size of pot / pan is that can be used with this stove?
Will it take a 3L pot?
I feel a 3 liter pot for this one/two person stove is too heavy which weighs 6 + pounds. When you factor in the heat, you're asking for trouble! In fact I wouldn't use an on the top canister stove for any pot more than 2 liters @ the very most. It's mainly designed for a 1 to 1.5 liter pot & an 8 inch fry pan. A remote canister or liquid fuel stove would work better for your needs.
I have only used a 650 ml mug, but can see issues with the weight of a 3 L. Would love to see if it works.
Curious to know why straight propane isn't...
Curious to know why straight propane isn't used in canister stoves if it works better in cold weather? Also, is propane available in a short cannister (reletive to the Coleman 16.4 oz size) with the "propane style" threaded connection commonly used for propane utility torches, Coleman lanterns and so on?
Short answer, the relatively high pressure of propane,
which results in the need for Heavy Steel Canisters.
The 16.4oz size is currently the smallest 100% propane canister available that uses the threaded connection you're referring to. Anything smaller would be impractical. FYI, look for the Iso blended fuel to use with the LiteMax stove. You'll achieve better cold temperature results.
For a UL can stove, this is the way to go!
My kit contains this guy, a 450 cup, a Trek 700 and folding utensils. With a can of fuel, it all fits in the mesh sack that came with the Trek 700 and weighs 17 oz. total. In the Texas parks, mostly sub 1k ft, this guy has never failed me yet.
Great little stove
This disarmingly small stove was recommended by a friend who runs an outfitting shop, and she was right, it's about as light as you can get! I keep it and a canister inside my GSI Dualist kit, and it's a perfect fit. Just put it in the bowl on bottom, and put the canister on top of it, viola! The only pitfall for this handy little stove is that it does not have a self-contained ignition source, so make sure to bring your fire making device of choice.
WOuld be using this in the Olympics (WA)...
WOuld be using this in the Olympics (WA) and was wondering how this stove works at higher elevations (5000+ft) and colder tempatures. Have an old wisperlite and works great, just looking for something lighter and that simmers. Not sure if Im a fan of canister stoves.....Can anyone onvence me canisters stove are the way to go???....
First let me offer that 5000 ft isn't an especially high elevation, despite the local relief. That's a little lower than the elevation of Denver and a lot of the surrounding flat region. Most canister stoves shouldn't have trouble with that altitude.
How cold do you want to use your stove? Performance will vary a little with the fuel you use, but a good rule of thumb is that the stove should be fine above 32 degrees F. For colder temperatures you will want a lower mix of n-butate and more propane.
To Geoffrey Buck., thanks for the help,...Ya 5000-6000 ft isnt that hi just not famiialr with canister stoves, have had an msr whisperlite for like 10+ years and has treated me well. A bit hesitant on switching to canister but do want a lighter setup. As far as cold its not that cold around here (WA) but not sure what canister stoves are really capabale of. Temps I would be in are probably like at the lowest 20 degrees F. Thanks for your help and advice.
I would just like to add I've used this stove at & above timberline, 11,600ft., many times for the last two summers & it works just fine. As far as temperature is concerned, like most other canister stoves with the exception of the Soto OD-1R http://www.sotooutdoors.com/od-1r.html, it's performance is diminished below freezing & falls off noticeably at 25. Even using an isobutane fuel blend doesn't help much.
I am a recent convert. I have used the same Whisperlite for 20+ years and was looking to update my kit. I am stoked I made the leap. This stove out performs my old stove on all fronts! No performance issues at 14,000 and 30 degrees. Canisters are clean and easy to use. I was concerned about the waste, but most places have the capability to recycle these. Just drain them and puncture.