Dan Yeruski and I have been working together to try and put together a compact, light weight, and simple. it started as a Lite Trail 550 solid fuel cook kit. The kit originally came with a ti-wing stove, windscreen, paper clips (to keep the windscreen together), and 550ml ti pot. I was hoping to simplify this kit with a Caldera Cone and replace the ti-wing stove and windscreen with a Caldera Cone that fit in the pot. Because the 550ml ti pot doesn't have the squatty dimensions getting this to work would be a challenge.
This is where communication with Dan Y came in. I contacted him about putting ridges on ti pots which he was able to do quite magnificently. Some simple testing with a home made Cone seemed to indicate proof of concept. link to video The ridge on the pot could support the pot on a cone, and a cone could be made to fit in the pot.
Time for pictures!
Here we have the pot with the ridge appropriately placed to support it off the ground for use with Esbit.
The cone in the pot.
Things are going good so far so I get two cups of cold tap water in the pot, Dan Y's new Esbitlite stove, and the cone.
Then came the rather disappointing realization that the cone wasn't completed at the top, which meant I would have to use ti stakes to support the pot. I don't know if I miss-communicated with Rand at trail designs or he misunderstood what I wanted. Either way the ridge now proved to be a useless modification. Ti stakes were added and tested proceeded.
All things considered the testing went well. The Esbitlite stove worked well to heat the water without leaving a bunch of gunk on the bottom of the pot. It was easy to wipe off. It's too bad about the misunderstanding between what I wanted and what I got in terms of the caldera cone and the its inability to be used with the ridge. The whole package does pack up nicely and everything I want still fits in the pot; the cone, the stove and a few tabs of esbit.
Until next time,