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Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2
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Curt Peterson
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/04/2012 19:28:43 MST Print View

Okay - messed around with the Jetboil Zip again today. Very happy with a couple more mods.

New Lid: I like the Ziploc one mentioned in my last Zip post, but it doesn't lock. One of the things I like about the Jetboil is the compact all-in-one factor. This lid locks tight, weighs only 0.2 ounces. Perfect! Got it at Target, but you can buy single lids here: Should work with all of the 0.8 Jetboil pots, by the way.

JB Lid

Burner: I'm just not a fan of the stock Jetboil burner. I tried blending my Gnat with their system, but in the end think I found another way. The main problem was getting the burner at the right height. I also like the security of the Jetboil pot, but not necessarily the "lock" attachment. I solved both problems with a 1/2 hour and a dremel tool. I cut 3 slots that matched up with the Gnat arms. The burner now sits up in the base of the pot and the pot is super secure on the stove without having to "lock". Sweet!

JB Slot

Three interesting things about this setup:

1. As far as I know, this is the lightest Jetboil setup. It could be an ounce or so lighter with the titanium pot, but this setup is only 6.7 ounces complete. Not bad!

2. It's very efficient. I've only tested a few boils, but with the Gnat on a regular pot I routinely get 7-8 grams per pint. With Jetboil I routinely get 4-6 grams. This setup is getting 4-5 grams. There's nothing really magic about the burner on the Jetboil, so this makes sense that dialed down a regular burner would get great fuel efficiency.

3. This makes the Companion Cup a great buy. Assuming you already have a small canister stove, adding a Companion Cup and a few slots that match your stove arms and height, for less than $50 you could have a Jetboil setup that is not only simpler, but significantly lighter.

JB Gnat

I definitely prefer the way this sits on the burner to the stock JetBoil setup. Solid, secure, but not "locked". One more tweak to come. I have an old Java Press neoprene cozy that fits perfect on the JetBoil pot. It's a bit too tall, so I'm going to cut it down. In the end I should have a full JetBoil setup - pot, stove, lid, and cozy for about 7 ounces.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/04/2012 19:45:30 MST Print View

Great job Curt!!!

I never thought of this adaptation. Hmmmm.

What did you buy @Target w/that lid?

And do you think this would work w/a Snow Pead Gigapower stove too?


Curt Peterson
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/04/2012 20:00:46 MST Print View

Thanks, Todd. The lids are part of a set of custard cups at Target. I think it was 4 cups (glass) + 4 lids for something like $5 or $6. I actually wanted the cups, so it was an easy purchase for me. It was a bonus to find out the lids could be ordered individually from the website.

I have a Giga and just put it up to the base of the Jetboil pot. It's actually a great fit. The edges of the pot hit really near the middle of the stove arms, so it should be really secure and there should be little worry about it sliding off. Obviously you'd need 4 slots instead of 3 and you'd have to get the depth right, but I don't see any reason it shouldn't work.

If you do it post up pics. I'd love to see how it works out!

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/04/2012 20:41:08 MST Print View

I appreciate you trying this for me, Curt.

It will weigh more than your Gnat, though :)

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
wow on 02/04/2012 21:29:37 MST Print View

I have never been a fan of jet boils, but this could change that. What is the weight of the pot and heat exchanger?

Curt Peterson
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/04/2012 21:36:10 MST Print View

Naked pot with exchanger - no lid or anything else - is 4.7 ounces. Not titanium light, but not bad, either. Wouldn't take more than a couple days to make up for that in fuel if you cook much.

Kevin Haskins
(kevperro) - F

Locale: Washington State
Awesome work on 02/05/2012 21:01:04 MST Print View

Great job Curt. The cutting edge design feature is the heat exchanger, not the burner. The regulated stove is a great idea too but I see no reason why a enterprising cookpot company (GSI??) couldn't replicate this for general consumption paired with a range of stoves.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/05/2012 23:24:14 MST Print View

Very nice work, Curt. Do you think you would have any problems dremelling (a new verb?) the Ti companion pot?

Curt Peterson
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/06/2012 07:55:30 MST Print View

@Kevin Thanks! Supposedly Olicamp is coming out with a heat exchanger pot that is not only cheap ($30??) but lighter. I can't find anything about timing, but it was at the OR Show.

@Steven Not sure. I have tried to abuse titanium like that before. It's pretty tough stuff, though. I'm sure some of the hard core DIY folks around here will know. Maybe experiment on an old ti spoon handle or something where it wouldn't be a huge consequence if it was a disaster?

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/06/2012 14:01:50 MST Print View

Curt - I am curious abut how this might work with other stoves. Looks like it would depend on the length of the pot support arms. Could you do us a favor and measure the diameter of the bottom of the skirt of the Jetboil pot?

Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
Re: Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/06/2012 15:36:18 MST Print View

"Naked pot with exchanger - no lid or anything else - is 4.7 ounces"

Now that is interesting. A good deal lighter than the Primus EtaPower pot.
And it would go well with my remote canister Gnat too.
Hmm, I'll have to look out for a companion cup...
A quick look reveals they are not much less than a Zip :-(

James Klein

Locale: Southeast
Re: Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/06/2012 20:01:47 MST Print View

Nice stuff Curt, I don't think I have noticed anyone try another stove with the JB cup. Should be of interest to some b/c of increased heat output over the JB burner.

That Olicamp xts pot looks very interesting (don't know if I could burn the money on a JB pot) and it is larger @ 1L.

I have been stove testing lately (winter boredom) and am finding I can duplicate the BPL test results* of the JB system with a simple Al pot, pie pan shaped to just slightly larger than the pot and foil lid for about 5.2oz/$75 total (stove, 1.25Lpot, windscreen and lid). I am still optimizing the "system" but will probably post some results soon enough. If I get my hands on one of these pots I will might pick it up just for comparision purposes.

*have yet to pull out a box fan to simulate the mild wind test but it is in the plans.

***Update, I checked and actually my 5.2oz system costs about $60 not 75....$50 for the gnat, $10 for the stanco pot and $1 for the windscreen pie pan.

Edited by jnklein21 on 02/07/2012 19:34:55 MST.

Curt Peterson
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/07/2012 08:41:56 MST Print View

@Paul - The outer edge of the base is about 3.5". Inside edge is about 3". Should fit most small stoves pretty well.

@Stuart - Yep - the price difference isn't that great, which is why I think the Zip is the best deal in the Jetboil lineup by far. Consider that it's around $70 and the two Sol setups are $120 and $150. I have seen the Companion Cup for around $35 occasionally, but it was worth it for me to get the Zip because I had no experience with a Jetboil and wanted to play with it a bit.

@James - I'm really interested in that XTS. Especially if the weight is accurate. The blurb I saw had it under 4 ounces. From the pic, it looked like it had some big heavy handles and surely the lid could be lightened. A little hacking on that could yield an interesting 3 oz heat exchanger pot. I'm not sure how that's actually possible, so I'm skeptical of the weights already. Haven't seen anything about release date or where it will be available. Have you?

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/07/2012 09:30:30 MST Print View

Curt: Nice job. You've got me sold.

I've toyed with the idea of duping jetboil-style corrugated fins for the bottom of a pot but (1) you can already buy jetboils off the shelf and (2) the jig is maybe a little more involved than for the other styles of fins I've fabbed.

But with the simpler the way you've fitted the pot to the burner, it would be easier to do a jetboil-ish style HX on a Ti pot. My fins wouldn't be a light, but they could be better at heat exchange. And a flush skirt (instead of their formed skirt) would be easy to do at home.

If anyone doesn't have a dremel to do this hack, there are abrasive wheels that fit in an eletric drill. I'd suggest having a second person hold the drill tight to a workbench so that the position of the spinning wheel is fixed. But you could also cut those three notches with a file then smooth off the corners with sandpaper/emory cloth.

James Klein

Locale: Southeast
Re: Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/07/2012 19:31:57 MST Print View

Yeah, I saw 3.7oz and the same heavy handles. I think it is possible. The 1.25L pot Al pot I have is 2.5oz.

I haven't seen anything about the release date...hadn't noticed it till you mentioned it.

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/07/2012 20:38:12 MST Print View

After your mods, does the pot still work with the jetboil burner, in the sense of, does it still lock on?

James Moughan
Re: Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/07/2012 21:10:49 MST Print View

The Olicamp pot looks identical to the Fire Maple FMC XK6, which is advertised as 221g including the lid. I think Olicamp are being a bit optimistic. You can buy them already on eBay.

Edited by jamougha on 02/07/2012 21:11:43 MST.

Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
A note on HX pot efficiency on 02/08/2012 06:21:34 MST Print View

A US pint is 473ml. Heating this much water from 10C to 100C requires 178.2kJ. Another 10.5kJ is required to heat a 130g Al pot by the same amount. Dividing the total by the net calorific value (LHV) of the propane/butane mix at 49.5kJ/g reveals that the absolute minimum amount of gas required is 4.1g.

But the heat transfer efficiency can never be 100% in reality. What is the efficiency of a HX pot? I don't know an absolute value, but an optimistic 90% would imply that 4.55g of gas would be required. A more likely 80% would imply 5.1g gas.
The only way to heat 1 pint to boiling using only 4.0g gas would to start with water at a temperature of at least 20C

BTW, the efficiency of a convential (non-HX) pot is 40% to 50%

Curt Peterson
(curtpeterson) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Jetboil Zip Hacks ... Part 2 on 02/08/2012 08:37:03 MST Print View

@Paul - Absolutely. It works just as before with no compromises. The slots I cut end up sitting down inside the JB base, so when it's locked on there you can't really even tell it's been modified. Not that I care, though. Hard to imagine using the stock setup now :)

@Stuart - I don't doubt your numbers at all. My scale only does 1 gram increments. I boiled 4 pints and then weighed the canister after each boil. Each time the total went down either 4 or 5 grams. Could be a sketchy scale, but it's pretty accurate for my other stuff and my numbers matched up pretty close to Will's super test here at BPL. All I care is that it's more efficient than my Gnat on a regular pot. I used the same scale and protocols for those tests, so whether it's 4 or 10 - I'm confident it's less going this way than my previous setup. Plus it's just fun to tinker :)

Edited by curtpeterson on 02/08/2012 08:43:09 MST.

James Klein

Locale: Southeast
Re: A note on HX pot efficiency on 02/08/2012 08:52:29 MST Print View

I had been assuming Curt was bringing room temperature water to a boil. That matches up with what I would expect.

Regarding JB style HX and its effect on efficiency...I hadn't really bought into the HX as in improvement until testing bore it out. I can't imigine the fins do much to increase the temperature of the bottom of the pot, therefore they couldn't do much to increase the heatrate thru the pot.

At this point I am guessing that the improvement comes from keeping the hot gases in contact with the pot longer. The heat rate throught the pot isn't really changed just the of rate of fuel consumption required to maintain it.

On specific efficiency figures - I am finding:
-standard pot with gnat and no wind: efficiency of ~%50(up to %60 with a slow burn)
-Add enveloping pie pan to above: efficiency of ~%85.

I am still interested in a HX type pan b/c of the drop in fiddlefactor and increase in ruggedness over my current setup.