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Trail Designs Caldera Keg-H (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)

Heineken beer can based Caldera system capable of cooking for two people.

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by Alan Dixon and Alison Simon | 2009-07-28 00:09:00-06

Editor's Note: This article was opened to the public on July 22, 2010. To subscribe and see Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010 articles as they are published, click here.

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5.9-ounce Trail Designs Caldera Keg-H System as field-tested.

One of the new products Trail Designs showed at us was their Caldera Keg-H cooking system:

  • Light: At 3 ounces per person and capable of boiling 2.5 to 2.75 cups of water, the Keg-H may be the lightest complete two-person-capable alcohol cooking system on the market. It is almost half the weight of the similar boil capacity Trail Designs/Anti Gravity Gear 3-cup Caldera Kitchen (approx 5.7 ounces per person).
  • Fuel efficient: We cooked for two people (5 days, 4 nights) on 8 fluid ounces of fuel.
  • Compact: The whole Keg-H system is just slightly larger than a standard 24-ounce Heineken beer can.
  • Easy to use: We found the Keg-H system as easy to use as the AGG 3-cup Caldera Kitchen; possibly easier, since it requires no pot holder.

After the Show, Alison and I had an opportunity to field test the Keg-H system on a five-day backpacking trip at 11,000 feet. While a smidge less fuel efficient than the AGG 3-cup Caldera (our reference standard for an alcohol system), it did quite well. We cooked for two people, 5 days and 4 nights, on 8 fluid ounces of alcohol; with the weight savings over the AGG 3-cup Caldera system, you can easily carry more fuel and come out ahead on boils per trip. The Keg-H will probably be our couple's cooking system in the future, and may well be Alan's solo cooking system as well. It retails for $60.00.

System Weight as Field Tested - Caldera Keg-H for Two People
Item g oz
Trail Designs Caldera Cone 26 0.92
Trail Designs Stove 15 0.53
Self-supplied 8 fl oz fuel bottle + fuel measure 31 1.09
TD Heineken pot w/bands (cup for one person) 41 1.45
Lid 6 0.21
Self-supplied Glad 14-oz bowl (cup for second person) 38 1.34
Bag 10 0.35
Total Weight 167 5.89
Weight per person 84 2.95

Fuel Consumption per day 11,000 feet (50-60s F evening, 40s F morning)
19 ml PM boil 2 cups for two-person freeze dried meal
15 ml PM heat 2.75 cups treated water for two-person hot chocolate
26 ml AM boil 2.5 to 2.75 cups hot water for two-person tea
60 ml Total ml alcohol per hiking day (2 fluid ounces)

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 Keg-H System Weight as purchased from Anti Gravity Gear
Item g oz
Standard Caldera Cone 26 0.92
Stove 15 0.53
5 fl oz capacity Fuel Bottle (note smaller capacity) 18 0.63
TD Heineken pot w bands (cup for one person) 41 1.45
Lid 6 0.21
Anti Gravity Gear Cozy 18 0.63
Anti Gravity Gear Cup (cup/bowl for second person) 38 1.34
Anti Gravity Gear Bag 10 0.35
Total Weight 172 6.07

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The Caldera Keg-H system packed.


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"Trail Designs Caldera Keg-H (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)," by Alan Dixon and Alison Simon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/orsm09_caldera_keg_h.html, 2009-07-28 00:09:00-06.

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Mark Ryan
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Keg-H VS Keg-F on 11/12/2010 12:20:10 MST Print View

Which do you think is a better setup? The Trail Designs Caldera Keg-H & F setup seem to be very similar. Anyone have an opinion which is a better setup?

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