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bruce thibeault
(brucetbo) - M

Locale: New England
Suggestions Please: Imusa Cool Touch Cook Pot on 01/19/2013 10:10:05 MST Print View

Ive decided to build a new cookset over the winter months and Im experimenting with the Imusa 10cm mug.

First things first, the handle had to go. Then I made a coozy from some volara foam and lined it with aluminum tape.

My first thought was to add a wire bale but thought the short mug may tip easily while being moved. Instead I cut two tabs from a sheet of cork and used RTV Sealant to adhere them to the sides of the pot at a comfortable handling distance and then transferred the tab stencil to the foam coozy and notched it out so the pot would slide into it.

This works pretty well and I may decide to go with it. The cork stays cool to the touch and I dont have to insulate a bale or use a bandana/pot grabber to handle the pot.

Only down side is that if my stove flares up flames can run up the side of my pot and burn the cork. I dont see this being a big problem but if anyone has a better way to insulate the pot Im open to suggestions.

I thought of self sealing silicone tape but Ive never worked with it. If I wrapped the top 1 1/2 inches of the pot would the tape stay cool enough that I could lift the pot from the stove?

Is it possible to buy small silicone sheets that I could cut tabs from in the same manner I used with the cork?

Maybe something with carbon felt?

Any ideas are welcome, thanks.Imusa 10cmImusa 10cm weight

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Suggestions Please: Imusa Cool Touch Cook Pot on 01/19/2013 10:33:17 MST Print View

What about a silicone wristband? The cork does look better.

bruce thibeault
(brucetbo) - M

Locale: New England
Re: Re: Suggestions Please: Imusa Cool Touch Cook Pot on 01/19/2013 11:34:59 MST Print View

Thanks Ken. I tried wrist bands with my Heineken Pot but they always got uncomfortably hot. I also tried a length of broken resistance band once. That was a bit better the wrist bands but only a bit. I was surprised at how quickly the weight of silicone bands added up... a piece here a piece there and you have a half ounce of the stuff.

Trying to keep this set up as simple as possible, less fiddle factor, miscellaneous parts and pieces. And yes, the cork looks much better. If I decide to go with this set up I m going to make another coozy and cut some better fitting tabs to give the whole set a nice look.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Suggestions Please: Imusa Cool Touch Cook Pot on 01/19/2013 14:02:08 MST Print View

It looks too heavy. The scale shows that it weighs 2.8 something.

--B.G.--

Colin Krusor
(ckrusor) - M

Locale: Northwest US
Pot on 01/19/2013 19:08:24 MST Print View

Nice work. It looks great, and the idea to use cork "stickers" is clever. Why put aluminum foil tape on the inside of the cozy? It doesn't reflect any radiant heat in that arrangement, and the foam is probably strong enough on its own.

Chris Stafford
(chrisman2013) - F
Weight on 01/19/2013 19:29:34 MST Print View

The scale shows 2.8 ounces, which isn't bad at all because that looks to include the weight of the cup.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Weight on 01/19/2013 20:03:21 MST Print View

Chris,

You've been had...

by

-- BG --

humor.

Most of us don't understand it.

But Bob is a knowledgable and helpful person.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Weight on 01/19/2013 20:17:09 MST Print View

No humor intended, Nick. What did you have in mind?

--B.G.--

bruce thibeault
(brucetbo) - M

Locale: New England
Imusa Cool Touch Pot on 01/19/2013 20:46:13 MST Print View

Colin - After the first boil test I set the hot pot on a small piece of foam and got melted foam. Id gladly switch to a more heat resistant foam and eliminate the tape if possible,any suggestions? I considered kapton tape but I had the foil tape already and its much cheaper.

Bob - Clearly there are lighter options out there but this setup with stove, lid, and windscreen comes in at 3.5 oz. Thats a full 2 oz lighter than my last cook set and this one is much easier to use and more durable.

Chris - Thanks, I thought 2.8 oz was pretty good as well, and youre correct that weight includes the cup.

I appreciate the input guys - My goal with this was not to produce the lightest set available but to lighten and simplify my cookset while increasing durability. Ive ordered some more pots and plan on experimenting more with this set up. I'll keep you posted and thanks again.

Hugh Teegan
(hteegan) - MLife
If you want to try silicone - Sugru might work... on 01/19/2013 21:14:04 MST Print View

You could use it instead of the cork - it is heat resistant but you may have to make it thicker so it's cooler to touch.
http://sugru.com/

Colin Krusor
(ckrusor) - M

Locale: Northwest US
Foam on 01/19/2013 22:31:37 MST Print View

Bruce, I'm surprised that the foam melted. Closed-cell nylon foam sheets tolerate higher temperatures, and come in low densities, but they are difficult to find. Neoprene, silicone foam, and nitrile foam tolerate high temperatures but they are fairly heavy.

Have you considered thin polyester fleece? It could double as a hat.

bruce thibeault
(brucetbo) - M

Locale: New England
Re: Foam on 01/20/2013 06:54:05 MST Print View

Colin - I have a bit of neoprene that would withstand the heat of the pot but its 1/2 inch thick so too bulky, heavy, and more than I really need. I may experiment with some 1/8 or 1/4 inch. The aluminum tape doesnt stretch so the coozy has to be cut accurately to fit the pot without sliding off. It would be much easier to get a snug fit if I could take advantage of the stretch factor of neoprene.

Ive never worked with silicone or nitrile foam but I'll look into it. On such a small project the weight difference may not be a problem.

I hadnt considered fleece, great idea though, I especially like the dual use aspect.

Thanks.

Joe L
(heyyou) - MLife

Locale: Cutting brush off of the Arizona Tr
cozy as hot mitt on 01/26/2013 00:25:42 MST Print View

Turn a loose fitting cozy upside down. Partially slide it over the top of the pot to grab it from the stove. Set the pot on the ground or on a flat insulated piece, then push the cozy down until it fully covers the pot for cozy cook time.

This will work with small pots, that your hand can span, but not with quart plus sized ones.

Edited by heyyou on 01/26/2013 00:33:27 MST.

bruce thibeault
(brucetbo) - M

Locale: New England
Re: cozy as hot mitt on 01/26/2013 18:23:58 MST Print View

Thanks Joe, great idea!