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Snow Peak LiteMax canister stove

Postby ERIC » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:46 am

I'm in the market for a new 3-season stove. Only saw brief mention of the LiteMax in other threads; just wondering if anyone here has one and if they're happy with it.

Love the weight, and the price isn't too bad either.

Is there another canister stove I should be looking at instead?
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Re: Snow Peak LiteMax

Postby markskor » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:07 am

Eric,
Price is good and weight is amazing, but...
I prefer a remote canister (5 oz heavier) that sits lower and thus has better stability...
Wind issues, ease of tipping, ability to cook trout, and being able to invert the canister - all come into play here.
just my 2¢
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Re: Snow Peak LiteMax

Postby ERIC » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:50 am

markskor wrote:Eric,
Price is good and weight is amazing, but...
I prefer a remote canister (5 oz heavier) that sits lower and thus has better stability...
Wind issues, ease of tipping, ability to cook trout, and being able to invert the canister - all come into play here.
just my 2¢
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That's a good point about the stability issue. Wind is something that I am concerned about, but curiously enough, hadn't given much thought to as it relates to stability. I read somewhere that wind can be an issue trying to keep the LiteMax lit, and more importantly, burning efficiently. Was planning on also picking up a GigaPower Windscreen (which not surprisingly, itself weighs more than the stove) if I were to purchase the LiteMax.

It's a bit more expensive and heavier option (~7oz), but how about the MRS WindPro?
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Re: Snow Peak LiteMax canister stove

Postby trav867 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:12 am

I use an MSR pocket rocket (3oz)that works just fine. I pretty much only use the stove for boiling water, so stability isn't a huge issue, but I always buy the wider 4oz MSR (or similar) canisters rather than the snow peak giga style narrow and taller ones.

I carry a piece of aluminum foil for a windscreen- I know that with canister stoves it's important to block the wind for efficiency but also to keep the screen far enough away from the stove (probably even just a few inches) that heat doesn't build up around the canister.
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Re: Snow Peak LiteMax canister stove

Postby markskor » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:31 pm

"How about the MSR WindPro?"
My current choice for 3-season camping. I like that the tightly enclosed windscreen does not surround the canister, thus preventing the canister from absorbing heat like on the pocket-rocket types..
On cold days, inverting the canister helps in increasing pressure...rock solid stable too.

FYI, I cooked OldRanger's 3-pound lunker over it using my 10-inch titanium fry pan...Individually seasoned slabs of meat, oiled and spiced, wrapped in tin foil...exceptional!
Try that with a top-of-canister stove.

Oh, the folding stove easily fits in my cooking pot, along with my spinning reel, potholder, scrubber, bic lighter, and bear rope.
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Re: Snow Peak LiteMax canister stove

Postby maverick » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:29 pm

Hi Eric

I too use the Pocket Rocket, and have not have had any major issues with it, and
there are plenty of rocks to use as a wind block.
It also depends on what you are cooking, if you need something more than just
for boiling water quickly for a freeze dried meal, than get something else.
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Re: Snow Peak LiteMax canister stove

Postby hikerduane » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:28 pm

Young Grasshopper, check out burner head size and shape too. Some are designed for different sized pots. BTU output may or may not be a factor. I see the Litemax puts out 10% more btu's than their other stoves. I have the Pocket Rocket too, I usually only boil a small amount of water, so stability isn't an issue, but maybe should be a consideration if cooking other things.?

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Re: Snow Peak LiteMax canister stove

Postby rlown » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:39 pm

Any reason there seems to be a preference to canister stoves vs. dual fuel stoves? Just asking; might have been covered before. What happens to the canister when you're done with it?
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Re: Snow Peak LiteMax canister stove

Postby freestone » Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:54 pm

Mostly into the landfill.
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Re: Snow Peak LiteMax canister stove

Postby freestone » Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:21 pm

I did a brief search on disposing nonrefillable gas canisters. some sites suggest puncturing the can first, then taking it to a recycle station. I am not sure that is a good idea. I also read that REI will take your canister back and dispose of it properly with out first being pierced. I visited their website but could not find this offering, however, I do not doubt the claim, their return policy is very liberal and responcible.
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Re: Snow Peak LiteMax canister stove

Postby ERIC » Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:34 pm

Good feedback everyone. Thank you.
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