Here we go. Weight of this version is 27.8g
Yes, I know, it's an increase, but this one is actually food-safe/non-toxic.
Weight can be reduced, and that will be the focus of the next version. For this version I just had to source materials that I knew were safe to use with hot liquids, and the carbon fiber press rod, was decidedly *not*. I tasted a brew I made with it, and it had a real poisonous taste.
The press rod from mark-II is the main weight gain here, it's kind of thick aluminum from an old percolator.
The reinforcement filter-plate is also from a percolator. I used stainless steel wire around the edges of the plate threaded through the filter screen to secure it, to the plate. Because the fit is very tight, without these anchors, the screen would separate from the plate when raising the assembly, causing damage to the screen.
The filter screen is a stock Bodum screen from a 12c press, easily acquired, and in my experience, these screens are many times better than the standard weave versions on other presses.
The whole thing is secured by a SS screw at the bottom.
I used this thing every day over the past week while out in some pretty nasty weather. I just heated water in the pot until it was just about to boil, threw a bunch of grind in and stirred. Then I covered it to steep with a heavy weight merino sock coozy around the pot. Coffee from this thing kept me sane under some crappy circumstances.
The stove I use is a RoF type wick stove made in the same style as Zelph's Fancee Feast, I just used a smaller diameter Al bottle so the aspect is more suited to the SP 700.