I really went thru this excersise last year when debating the pros and cons for cooking on the SHR. I wanted to eat well, and have the flexibility to do a few different things. I had to decide to use either my gram weenie that I made, or my Snow Peak Litemax cannister. Here are my parameters for use: I wanted hot breakfast EVERY morning. Sometimes I'd like to have tea with my breakfast. I wanted a hot, but simple meal at night. I wanted to be able to occasionally have a hot drink before bed.
When I did my SHR schedule I came up with needing 8 days of food/fuel before my re-supply. After about the 5 day mark, the volume of alcohol for my gram weenie disqualified it. The cannister was my only hope. I further enhanced my cannister by doing two things. 1) Customized my cook kit, & 2) Adapted a custom cooking style.
Here's the details:
I needed at least a cooking pot/bowl/cup that would hold 2 or more cups. I went to Wally World and bought a IMUSA alum 2 1/2 cup mug for $1.97! OH YEAH! I built a custom cozy for the cup, and included a top. I also cut out a top for the cup out of a basic aluminum pie plate. The old thin throwaway kind. I now had a full cook kit that only weighed about 4oz.
I used my cannister stove to "boil" water, and as soon as the water started to boil, not really a rolling boil by any stretch of the imagination, I would shut the stove off, add my ingredients, and IMMEDIATELY drop the cup into the cozy, and shut it in with both tops. I waited about 10 min for the easy stuff, and about 15 or more for the more complicated stuff, and then would remove the lid, stir again, and it would still be so hot as to need blowing on before eating. It worked amazingly well!
At the end of 8 days, I still had not used an entire 3.8 oz cannister of fuel! I had all I needed and then some. Now I know I can go that long and still eat well, and have some luxury items to cook as well.
Final conclusion, THE COZY!!! ITS THE REASON EVERYTHING WORKED SO WELL. CHEAP AND EASY TO MAKE, A REAL LIFESAVER ON FUEL.