My latest portable camping stove is the Snow Peak GigaPower (manual version). It is referred to as the ‘manual’ version because this model does not come with the automatic igniter. Truth is, I never did go out looking for a stove. This one just popped up on an online auction site at a really good price. Snow Peak GigaPower is an iconic stove for backpackers, especially among the ultralightists (is there such a word even?). With the company’s history originating from Japan, I am expecting some quality stuff from this brand name
To date, this old, classic and collectible Optimus 8R stove is probably the most vintage portable stove I have ever owned. I have always had a thing for old camping stoves and this 8R has certainly made my collection much nicer in many ways. And to have the privilege to own one in this condition is definitely a big bonus. Here are some pictures of the actual stove.
Here is a good looking US Army M1950 Squad Stove that I scored on a recent walk around a swap meet. A complete unit consists of the stove and a top and bottom aluminium canister which works as cooking pots. This unit was missing the top aluminium pot. Nevertheless, I still think it is a good score, considering they are kinda hard to find and pricey (on ebay). For the small sum I paid, this I think is a good score.