I just finished Andrew Skurka's new book and really enjoyed it. I was surprised to read that he thinks a beer can pot "wasn't durable enough to even last for a week long trip" and "the tall Foster cans had a horrible fuel efficiency". I surly respect Andrew's experiences, knowledge, and opinions, however, I also respect the members here and the beer can pot seems pretty popular here.
I am looking at the Caldera Cone / Beer can setup (alcohol or Esbit to be determined after some trail and error) and was hoping to get some feedback to the questions below from those using this set-up for week or multi-week outings.
1) If treated with the same care as our other SUL gear, how durable is this setup for multi-week outings?
2) Assuming most are not using the heavy caddies sold with this set-up, how to you protect / transport you cone / beer can?
I currently use a MiniBull Mini Atomic, a smaller beer can pot from Tinny, and his plastic caddie system to carry them. I only boil water once a day for dinner and it is less than 2 cups. This setup has been used on several 5-7 day trips, however, I am planning a longer trip this fall. My trips don't compare to many of Andrew's in terms of isolation and duration, however, they are in wilderness type places like the Winds, JMT, etc. I can understand the logic if one was not going to see a road / person / or town for 30 days or more, yet, I find it hard to believe all those using the cone / beer can setup on this site are doing weekend hikes or having to bail on longer trips from beer can pot failure.
Thanks in advance,