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Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Heineken Cone on 11/17/2007 09:06:50 MST Print View

Here are some pics of a cone I made for my Heineken pot. It is made out of aluminum flashing (slightly heavier than what I would like, but all that was available at Home Depot.) Patterned after the Caldera Cone by Trail Designs.

cone flat

Assembled cone

Design criteria:
1. Supports the can
2. Effective windscreen
3. Improves boil times
4. Fits COMPLETELY inside pot
5. Easy to assemble and disassemble
6. As light as possible (Duh!)

I own the great Trail Designs cone for my Evernew 1.3 pot and love it, but I wanted something smaller and lighter for solo camping. Since they tune each cone to specific pots and Heineken Beer can is not on the list, I decided to make one myself.

I used a large sheet of paper, aluminum flashing, scissors, Heineken Beer can (empty), and 1/16th inch fiberglass wick. First, I wrapped the can with the wick down about 1 inch from the upper shoulder.
Tinny's instructions

Then I made a paper cone, This was a lot of hit and miss. Since I wanted it to fit in the can, the height of the cone was constrained. This limitation gives a steeper angle to the cone, but it seem to work. After I got the paper template made I traced it out on the flashing, decided that I could connect the two ends with a slightly overlapping slot and tab join, and cut it out. The slot and tab worked, sort of, but kept slipping so I happened upon making a Z bend in the upper tab and that worked perfectly.

Z tab

The bottom tab was left straight. Then using my Caldera cone as a template, I marked in a number of air slots at the top and bottom edge. Using a 1/4 inch drill and Dremel tool I incrementally added slots and then checked boil times and stove function. Frankly, I was getting tired after a while and sort of ended up with 7 air slots on top and six on the bottom.

Cone--30 gm
Pot with wick insulator--42 gm
Stove--13 gm
Lid -- 7 gm
Total--92 gm (3.25 oz)

Boil Time (16 oz of 60 F water to 212 F using thermometer) = 9:45
Fuel Use : 16 ml to get to boil

Other Stuff. I used my own version of the Trail Designs 12-10 stove as well as an official version. with same results. Other stoves I tried didn't work as well or didn't work at all. The cone DOES fit in the pot.

cone in pot1
cone in pot2

This is because I use the bottom wrap of the wick insulator as the "rim" that the cone supports. I know- a wire pot stand and a foil wind screen weigh half of what my cone weighs, but the flashing I have is heavier than the Trail Designs stuff. I have not done enough experimenting to tell if this is optimized or not.

Hey! Bottom line is that it was fun to do. So, I'm headed out for an overnight to test it out. Back tomorrow.


Edited by markhurd on 11/17/2007 09:09:04 MST.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Heineken Cone on 11/17/2007 09:27:07 MST Print View

This is very slick. In fact, you have inspired me - I'm putting this on my list of "things to make". Be sure to let us know what the field test results are.
A little of topic, but I have been through many can openers, and while they do work, none of them open the heiny very nicely. Which opener did you use for those results?

R Alsborg
(FastWalker) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Re: Heineken Cone on 11/17/2007 11:02:09 MST Print View


Could include a copy of your template for the Heineken Cone


Ryan Longmire
(longmire) - MLife

Locale: Tejas
Re: Re: Heineken Cone on 11/17/2007 13:01:01 MST Print View

I have used the Good Cook brand safe cut can opener as seen here:

Edited by longmire on 11/17/2007 13:06:02 MST.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Heineken Cone on 11/17/2007 15:23:29 MST Print View

That may be the ultimate Heineken answer, maybe in titanium. I doubt that oven liner would survive. Gotta make one. Anxiously awaiting your template.

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Re: Heineken Cone on 11/18/2007 08:49:48 MST Print View

Ok, back from my overnight. Temps were mild in the 60's and 70's. Altitude: 1200 ft. The cone worked great. Boil times were around 7min on a little less than 1/2 oz methanol. This is because my starting water temp was more like 72 F . (My test temp is 60 F.).

I found an added benefit of the cone. It works as a pretty good insulator. I boiled enough water for my freezer bag meal with about a cup extra for tea after dinner. I poured the water into my meal for rehydration leaving a cup in the pot. Seventeen minutes later I was ready for tea and the water in the pot was still hot enough to brew a good cup. I left the cone on the can the whole time and I think the cone and air space between it and the pot act as an insulator.

Steve: The can opener I used is the Good Cook brand Safe Cut can opener. The one Ryn has pictured above. It is a side cut can opener. It splits the seam around the top of the can along the side not the top. Works great, no sharp edges, and I've seen it or knock-offs at our local supermarket for about $5-$7. Also, available on the web.

Template coming up later - but I've gotta get a shower first.


Edited by markhurd on 11/18/2007 14:27:29 MST.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Insulating value of Heineken Cone on 11/18/2007 10:12:28 MST Print View

I found an added benefit of the cone. It works as a pretty good insulator.

I respectfully submit that in Mark's locale (southern Texas) the primary need for insulation is to keep the can's original contents cold until it has been properly disposed according to the brewmaster's intent! (burp)

Mark, where in TX are you? I lived in the "Golden Triangle" for a few years as a youth.

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Insulating value of Heineken Cone on 11/18/2007 10:23:33 MST Print View


Ok, so this cone thing can potentially insulate both ways. I will obviously have to do further extensive testing:-)

I live in San Antonio. Not quite as hot and humid as your old haunt, but still warmer than MN. Having lived in Northfield, MN for a couple years I feel your pain. Where in MN do you live.


Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Insulating value of Heineken Cone on 11/18/2007 10:41:39 MST Print View


What type of material did you use to wrap the can pot? The video didn't mention what the wrapping was made of.

Lance Marshall
(Lancem) - F - MLife

Locale: Oregon
DIY Cones on 11/18/2007 11:12:57 MST Print View

Mark, Awesome design!

For what it's worth, here's the spreadsheet I used for designing some cones. Once you have the dimensions it's pretty easy to create a template with a straight edge, square and tape measure. Add some length for overlapping the ends. Swing additional arcs to line up air holes.

Cone spreadsheet
cone template

cone flat

Here's the method I used to 'stitch' the ends together using a piece of wire or a tent stake:
cone stitch 1cone stitch 2

Edited by Lancem on 02/01/2010 12:07:08 MST.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Insulating value of Heineken Cone on 11/18/2007 11:14:56 MST Print View

I'm in the Twin Cities.

Having lived in Northfield, MN for a couple years I feel your pain

On the contrary, I prefer the MN climate to that in S.E. TX. But having heard rumors that water has actually been observed evaporating in San Antonio (unlike Port Arthur), I'll admit that your experience is likely different from mine:-)

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Re: Re: Insulating value of Heineken Cone on 11/18/2007 11:32:02 MST Print View


The material is 1/16 inch round fiberglass wick for oil lamps. Available Here .

Nice because it doesn't burn, insulates well enough to let you pick up a can of boiling water without getting burned, and is relatively light. I've had no problem with the fiberglass "itch" one gets from handling fiberglass insulation. The fact that it is braided may help. Also, it gives you about 6 or 7 feet of cord you could use if needed, although I don't know how strong it is.


Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Re: Insulating value of Heineken Cone on 11/18/2007 11:42:44 MST Print View

(Truth be told- I prefer the MN climate also, but job and spouse keep me here- Oh Well.)

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: DIY Cones on 11/18/2007 11:53:38 MST Print View


Thanks, but the design credit should go to the Trail Designs folks. I just modified it to my needs.

Wow! Nice work yourself. Do you make these commercially?


Kyle Purcell
(dufus934) - F

Locale: North Texas
Re: Heineken Cone on 11/18/2007 13:51:21 MST Print View


I see that you have the fiberglass wick around you Heiney Pot. I was wondering where you got the wick from (internet, local store, etc)? I have been searching for something like that, but have been unsuccessful locally, and haven't found an internet site that I'm pleased with yet. Sorry, I know this isn't the center focus of this thread, but I've been wondering this for awhile. Thanks for the help!

P.S. Awesome cone. Thanks for the info on where to get the aluminum. I think I will get some and give this project a go.

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Re: Heineken Cone on 11/18/2007 14:21:51 MST Print View


1/16 inch fiberglass wick at this link WickStore.

Also Tinny at MiniBull Designs will sell it along with a Heineken can -scroll down to Heineken pot 24oz. kit: MiniBull.


Rand Lindsly
(randlindsly) - MLife

Locale: Yosemite
Beer Can Caldera on 11/18/2007 20:17:37 MST Print View


Mark sent me a private mail on this subject. I thought that rather than responding privately, I would cover the salient points here for everybody.


It was very thoughtful of you to consider whether or not you
were infringing on our intellectual property and contact us to make sure. Yes, we applied for the patent for our Caldera Cone over 2 years ago and expect it to be approved soon-ish. Patent Pending comments are sprinkled around the website and are now being stamped into the cone itself. Let me know where on the website you were looking and I can add it to that area as well. We have devoted a lot of time, money, tooling, and design expense to develop the Caldera system. While we would prefer people respect our efforts and not publish plans to copy our system, we also come from the same community as you and expect a certain amount of curiosity. So long as DIY efforts are directed toward personal curiosity....and not general or commercial gain....I doubt we will have many issues.

Now, to the beer can Caldera. So you know, we have been developing this for a while and prototypes are currently in the field being tested. I am including pictures of an early version below....our current model has evolved from this a bit. As you can see, on this prototype we chose a slightly different design parameter over Mark.....that is for more of the Fosters can to be inside the cone while cooking, at the expense of the cone sticking up a little taller in the packed state. Also, the dovetail closure has a larger "handle cutout" than normal because of the geometry issues dictated by needing to feed one dovetail into the other. As I mentioned, these variables have been tweeked somewhat and our latest design packs more into the can and the dovetail cutout is less severe.

Our ultimate plan is to have a kit not dissimilar to what you see here that includes the Fosters can, Caldera Cone, lid, stove, and fuel bottle. Still playing around with the cozy and packaging options....and how best to source large quantities of Fosters cans. In the mean time, we would be happy to make our latest version of the cone and stove available to BPL readers in support of your DIY work up how best to build the can, lid, wicking, packaging etc.....and we can work a deal on the cone and stove.

Let me know if there is any interest in that, and I'll work up some sort of deal with my partners and let you know!

Rand :-)

fosters 1fosters 2
fosters 3
fosters 4

Edited by randlindsly on 11/18/2007 20:39:31 MST.

Pamela Wyant
(RiverRunner) - F - M
Awesome on 11/18/2007 20:44:41 MST Print View

I want one!

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Beer Can Caldera on 11/19/2007 17:27:17 MST Print View

Thanks for the reply. And of course nice work on the beer can Caldera Cone, I guess I should have waited. Anyway, I would like to ask 2 questions and give one comment.

1. Why Foster's and not Heineken? I know the Foster's has slightly more volume, but with the ridges I think the Heineken can is stronger and in my limited experience more readily available (like all the grocery stores and convenience marts around here carry Heineken. Foster's is much rarer. Maybe the cone will fit both?

2. Is there any reason not to cut off the bottom rim of the pan of the 12-10 stove; at least flush with the edge of the stove so that the stove fits completely inside the can?

3. I assume the cone is taller than the can for reasons of thermodynamic efficiency, but it sure is nice to be able to stow everything in the can.

Once again thanks for your generous input.


P.S. I would be interested in helping you with this latest cone if I can.

Brian Barnes
(brianjbarnes) - M

Locale: Midwest
RE: Beer Can Caldera on 11/19/2007 18:20:52 MST Print View

Rand, I too would be interested in a cone/stove! Brian

Edited by brianjbarnes on 11/19/2007 18:21:52 MST.