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AntiGravityGear Caldera Kitchen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Finally a compact Caldera Cone Stove System!

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by Alan Dixon | 2007-08-11 00:00:00-06

Finally a compact Caldera Cone Stove System!

The Trail Designs (TD) Caldera Cone system is arguably the most stable, fuel efficient, wind resistant and stable alcohol stove system on the market. But until now aficionados of the Caldera system had to deal with the thorny problem of packing the Caldera Cone into a compact space. The root of the problem is that the tall, springy and somewhat delicate Caldera Cone doesn’t come close to fitting into the cooking pot.

Enter George (Tin Man) Andrews of AntiGravityGear (AGG), the packaging guru who created the wildly popular Momma’s Kitchen. George applied his packing genius to the Caldera Cone for the AGG 3 cup pot to create the Caldera Kitchen. The beauty of the Caldera Kitchen is that it packs an entire two person kitchen including the Caldara Cone into such a small package.

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The complete Caldera Kitchen.

Caldera Kitchen contains (clockwise form back left):

  • a 4 cup covered zip-loc container with insulated cozy
  • new asymmetrical Caldera Cone
  • cozy for the AGG 3 cup pot
  • 8 fluid ounce fuel bottle, pot holder
  • AGG 3 cup nonstick aluminum pot with lid
  • TD 12-10 alcohol stove (on top of pot)
  • 2 fluid ounce graduated fuel measuring cup
  • and under it all a green silnylon stuff sack.

The entire Caldera Kitchen weighs approximately 11 oz. Without the insulated cozies it is around 8 ounces. If you take out the pot holder it is down to only 7 ounces. That’s less than the weight of many backpacking pots alone.

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The real beauty of the Caldera Kitchen: It packs into this compact shape. (The cone, fuel bottle, fuel measuring cup and pot holder all fit into the 4 cup zip-loc container!)

Other advantages of the Caldera Kitchen are an insulated 4 cup container large enough to re-hydrate a two person meal with room to stir. The meal hydrates better and is much hotter after the usual 10-20 minutes necessary to fully hydrate a freeze dried meal. To re-hydrate food this well you’d normally need to use extra fuel to simmer the meal a number of minutes after a boil. With the meal re-hydrating, the pot is free to boil more water for a hot drink. (I usually have a hot drink while the meal re-hydrates.) The insulated 3 cup pot is also an excellent container to brew hot tea or coffee. The cozy keeps the water hotter much longer than an un-insulated pot which improves both tea and coffee brewing and keeps the drink much hotter. Once brewed, one person can drink out of the insulated pot and the other out of the insulated 4 cup container.

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The Caldera Kitchen should also be available for Evernew or Vargo 0.9 Liter titanium pots (left), and the Backpacking Light 500 ml pot right (right). The AGG 3 cup Caldera Kitchen is center. It is possible but not certain that there may also be a Caldera Kitchen for the BPL 550 ml pot.


"AntiGravityGear Caldera Kitchen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)," by Alan Dixon. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2007-08-11 00:00:00-06.


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Adam Kilpatrick
(oysters) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
SUL 550 pots on 09/15/2007 23:46:16 MDT Print View

I am wondering, the new 550 versions of the firelight pots, will they fit in the Caldera Cone system made for the 500 pots?

I am considering getting that combination, but the caldera cone will be pretty much worthless to me if the pot wont fit.

I will be looking at the pot with handles. Ill probably also get the full kitchen



Rand Lindsly
(randlindsly) - MLife

Locale: Yosemite
Caldera 500/550 on 09/16/2007 00:32:05 MDT Print View

>I am wondering, the new 550 versions of the firelight pots, will they fit in the Caldera Cone system made for the 500 pots?

The answer is....not really. While the diameter of the 550 pot is the same as the 500.....and will be held snugly and hang off its lip.....the 550 is taller than the 500 and as a consequence it is too close to the stove and really hurts efficiency. can shove the two together....but you likely won't like the way it runs.

Hope that helps!

Rand :-)

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Flipping the Lid on 09/17/2007 10:18:53 MDT Print View

"I don't remember mine coming in a solo red cup, but yes, "

I think they package it in the red "solo" cup (think the kind you buy 20+ for 6$) when ordering it SANS kitchen.

Ken Charpie
(kencharpie) - MLife

Locale: Western Oregon
Great Kitchen set! on 11/12/2009 20:40:07 MST Print View

I've used my Caldera Kitchen for the AGG 3 cup pot about 10 times now. It's a great setup and everything packs together very nicely.

The stove works flawlessly and is far more efficient than any of my homemade alcohol stoves. The system seems impervious to wind.

One of my hiking buddies has mentioned that the size seems to be a drawback if you're limited on pack space. It seems small enough to me; especially considering that it contains EVERYTHING (pot, lid, cup, cozies, lighter, fuel, stove, windscreen). I love it.

Perfect all-in-one system for me.