OLD (Left) 7.3 oz NEW (Right) 4.5 oz 550 mL
5 3/4 x 3 1/2″ 4 1/8 x 3 1/2″
holds 4 c. (32 oz) w/ 1/4″ room holds: 2 c. (16 oz) w/ 1/4″ room
Walmart Aluminum Grease Pot: 2.7 oz
Lid: .9 oz
Soda can stove w/penny & Part of Fosters can priming pan: .5 oz
Home-made Alum. Collapsible “Caldera Cone”: 1.8 oz
Cozy: 1.0 oz
little green scotch pad: 0
TOTAL: 7.3 OZ
LiteTrail Titanium Cookpot: 2.0 oz
Lid: .6 oz
Soda can stove w/ Alum. “penny” & Alum. foil priming pan: .4 oz
Home-made Aluminum windscreen/stand: .8 oz
Cozy: .7 oz
little green scotch pad: 0
TOTAL: 4.5 OZ
The old pot is huge and could serve a couple well, way too big for me and often causes me to heat more water than I need. I really don’t like how it fits in my pack with my other gear (shapes/sizes). Aluminum freaks me out, it’s bad to cook in and coupled w/ flouride in tap water is linked to causing Alzheimer’s.
What else may Change?
I will probably remove the handles on the pot and adjust the windscreen/stand accordingly. I really don’t think I need them as I slide the pot in my cozy to insulate it. My old pot doesn’t have handles. I will do some tests with a smaller stove- the skinnier Red-Bull type can may work fine for this setup! I’ll try thinner aluminum from the craft store to replace my Home Depot Aluminum flashing windscreen/potstand. But it probably won’t be durable enough. Most importantly, the WAY I eat will change. I will more often do freezer-bag meals, which works just like Mountain House meals. This will avoid having to clean the pot and provide the volume I will need to rehydrate big dinners. I never-ever “cook” in the pot anyhow. Even to boil the mac-n-cheese noodles, I boil water, add noodles, then let it simmer in the cozy (Learn more from Erik the Black and Stick Blogs). So, meals will be in the freezer bag. I put it in the cozy and fold the edges of the bag around the edge, add boiling water, stir, add cover and wait. This way I can have coffee or tea in the pot while the food is in the baggie. No need for another container.
How about Fuel?
I will find a squat/wide container for fuel. (I prefer HEET to denatured alcohol & NEVER keep my lighter in the cook kit- residual moisture dampens it) so I can keep the fuel inside the pot as well! I currently use a 12oz mini coke plastic bottle (well-labeled!) to hold fuel. The HEET bottles absolutely always leak. If an 8 oz stubby water bottle doesn’t fit inside the pot, I’ll find something that does. Very compact!
Why the heavy cone-style windscreen/potstand?
I like how reliable and durable it is. This new model is very different. I have needed to use my stove in crazy high winds, and this cone style is the best. Having lots of holes on one side (lee side) and less holes on the windward side. Keep holes all around near the base of your pot to circulate the heat.
NOTICE the little aluminum prop “leg” on the left! It works great, I will keep two of them in the kit, though only one is needed, and throw one in resupply packages. The windscreen/stand hold up the pot under the handles and by that leg.