Thru-Hiking 101: 4 Popular Fuel Canisters Compared

We analyzed the differences between the MSR IsoPro, Snow Peak Giga Power, OLicamp and the Jet Boil Jetpower fuel canisters to see which performed the best.

We analyzed different brands of canister fuel. We looked at the  MSR IsoPro, Snow Peak Giga Power, OLicamp Rocket Fuel and the Jet Boil JetPower fuel canisters. For the analysis I used full canisters (220 to 230 grams) and a new Soto Amicus stove.

Fuel Canisters

For this test I heated 2 cups of room temperature water (72° F) to a boil (elevation of 5280 feet) using the maximum heat setting. I repeated this process three times for each brand of fuel and then averaged the values.

amicus stove

All the canisters tested boiled water in about 1 minute and 50 seconds (110 seconds) with an average consumption of 8 grams of fuel per boil. The MSR IsoPro brand performed on average one second better but the difference was not significant (<1%). 

Fuel Canister Boil Times

I believe the biggest decision in selecting a canister is determining the size not brand. The smaller fuel canisters (100 to 110-gram fuel weight) have a weight savings of around 170 grams (6 ounces) over the medium sized fuel canisters (220 to 230-gram fuel weight). But these smaller fuel canisters are almost double the cost per gram. If money isn’t a concern, then I would recommend the smaller lighter weight canisters. For the cost sensitive hiker, the medium sized canister provides a lot of value without adding too much weight. 

Fuel Canisters

CONCLUSION:

MSR IsoPro, Snow Peak Giga Power, OLicamp Rocket Fuel and the Jet Boil Jetpower fuel performed about the same.

Fuel Canisters