Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Stoves for cycling ?
Recently I've been looking at a suitable stove to fit into a Carradice touring bag to take on day or overnight trips and pictured above are two stoves that that are both made in Japan that I like. Pictured above are the products in question, first up is the Snowpeak Giga Stove GS-100 which is made from stainless steel, aluminum & brass and is it's size is 4-1/8"diam x 2-5/8" with a total weight of 3.25 oz and has an output of 10,000 BTU's . This stove caused a sensation when it was released in 1999 as the best compact canister stove on the market for it's weight & reliability. In the center is pictured a Snowpeak solo cook set which is designed to hold a gas canister & the giga power stove to make an all in one compact unit which takes up very little weight and for me another good point it's a locally made product as Snowpeak is made in Sanjo City located not far from Niigata city where I live and all their products carry a lifetime warranty which is rare to find these days. On the far right is a totally different type of stove altogether ,The Manaslu No.96 backpacking stove with #200 burner. The ideal solo stove for all seasons, one fill will last approx 1 hour 15 minutes & the tank capacity 0.2 ltr., empty weight with pouch 920gms, stove weight 650gms. As you can see these are two very different stoves indeed, one being super lightweight and the other a very traditional heavy brass kerosene stove which is what cyclists back in the 1930s - 1950s would have carried in their touring bags. My final decision my be influenced by price as the Manaslu is almost twice the price of the Snowpeak and takes up more space in a saddle bag.