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Joshua B
(leukos) - F

Locale: Chicagoland
Silicone Funnel on 03/29/2012 14:13:41 MDT Print View

I'm sure quite a few of you have made use of silicone funnels, but I couldn't find a dedicated thread on it, so here is what I like about them:

Silicone funnels usually come in a three pack. I've seen them at Walmart and Target as well on amazon.com. Being made of silicone, they are flexible, heat resitant, and multi-purpose. They pack flat and usually ride in my cooking pot. Of the three sizes, I usually carry the smallest when solo, but in a group I prefer the medium size. The large one stays home in the kitchen.

So the smallest silicone funnel comes in at .7 oz.

funnel


The medium comes in at 1.4 oz. Weight may vary based on the brand you buy.

larger funnel


The medium sized funnel can be used as a pot lid (avoid direct contact with flames):

funnel as pot lid



Being silicone, heat resistant to about 450 F, and grippy, they make a great pot grabber:

funnel as pot grabber



Any round or conical object made of plastic, rubber, wood, glass, metal, or stone wedged into the hole of your silicone funnel will create a water tight seal and allow the funnel to work as a bowl or mug. Being silicone, it handles hot liquids very well if you exercise caution:

funnel as a mug or bowl




And it goes without saying that a funnel is great for filtering water into your water bottle and for brewing coffee (tip: I keep a small noseeum mesh ditty bag in my cook pot, if I put this in the funnel first, then the paper filter over it, I get much faster results when filtering water or brewing coffee):

water filtering and coffee


I'm sure there are lots of other uses as well.
I could imagine a funnel being used as a drip line for a tarp or hammock.
A funnel not used for ingested liquids can be used for fuel or in conjunction with a pee bottle.
I suppose it could work in place of a brush for scrubbing clothing or calluses on your feet.
In a creek, I suppose you could catch crayfish with it (though I would probably use my headnet for that).
A kazoo...
I digress :)

Edited by leukos on 03/31/2012 06:14:29 MDT.

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
Nose cone on 03/29/2012 20:37:32 MDT Print View

"Shug" would put one end in his nose and use it to flush out his alergies. :-)

gunther kirsch
(goonch92) - F

Locale: Northern California
Nice! on 03/29/2012 22:43:50 MDT Print View

Good one!

this will replace my current lid... and other items

whitenoise .
(whitenoise) - F
Brilliant on 03/30/2012 16:05:53 MDT Print View

Awesome multi-use concept. I like it a lot. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

. .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Silicone Funnel on 03/30/2012 16:50:56 MDT Print View

Now I don't have to keep waiting for Snow Peak to come out with a Ti Sippy Cup for jr.

Tim Anderson
(tim@bikeswitzerland.com) - F
other sorts of silicon pot grabbers on 04/15/2012 04:46:13 MDT Print View

I've used a Silicon disk (I think it was a drain stopper) as a lid for a 450ml Vargo Ti cup stripped of it's handles.
It has a nub in the middle so you can grab it.
Thanks to your post, I just thought about drilling a hole through the nub and it could then become a funnel as well.
lid, pot grabber, funnel.
I've also used silicon funnels before, and trimmed the spout, as well as cut out a bit on the top so that it bends and fits better over the edge of my 1.3l pot

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Silicone Funnel on 04/15/2012 07:04:13 MDT Print View

I like it! Extra points for thinking outside the box :)