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Backpacking Light Firelite SUL-500 Cookpot

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4.83 / 5 (6 reviews)

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Jason Shaffer
( PA_Jay )

on the move....
Bozeman Mtn Works Firelite SUL-500 Cookpot on 01/17/2007 11:17:57 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Since so many people have been disappointed by the fit of the lid, I guess I must have just gotten lucky. Mine fits perfectly: not so tight that I can’t remove it without disturbing the pot, not so loose that it pushes inside the pot when packed, etc. The little triangular lid holder stands up nicely as well. I’m picky about these details since I often cook breakfast an arm’s length from my bivy, where a spill could be a real bummer. I’ve returned other pots because of ill fitting lids, and I never much liked the foil lid I made for my Snow Peak cup, so this has been great. Also I haven’t missed not having a handle at all. Once I did pack synthetic gloves instead of my wool ones without thinking, and singed them slightly on the pot. No big deal.

Once the manufacturer solves the issues that other people have had, this cookcup will be a winner: perfect volume for boil-in-a-bag meals, packs small and light, and reasonably durable.

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Nathan Moody
( atomick )

San Francisco Bay Area
Suprisingly Successful on 07/13/2007 18:58:59 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

If you told me six months ago I'd be ordering a cookpot smaller than 700ml and with no handles, I'd have told you that you needed professional help. But now, as reforming Jetboil user to alcohol convert, I'm mighty impressed.

I bought the FireLite SUL-500 for use with two other pieces of gear: the Trail Designs Caldera Cone alcohol stove system and my Leatherman Squirt P4 as a pot lifter (the "P" indicates pliers and not scissors as the main tool).

In this configuration, it's wildly successful, boiling 450ml of water in about 5 minutes at sea level in benign conditions. I've found that I can get this much water to a roiling boil without it spilling over.

The pot itself is quite flexible, suggesting that filling it with material to prevent it from being crushed is a good idea...and should be stanard proper packing practice, anyway. The lid, of which I have the second generation, seems fine; it sits perfectly with no resistance when lifted. Aesthetically the lid's finish is quite different from the muted and tasteful warm gray of the pot itself.

But with form taking a huge presence over function, the SUL-500 has exceeded my expectations in terms of weight, functionality, and size.

Edited by atomick on 07/13/2007 18:59:32 MDT.

Doug Johnson
( djohnson - M )

Washington State
Firelite SUL-500 mug on 07/17/2007 09:33:31 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I've found this mug to be well-sized for solo trips and after a lot of field use, it's proven to be very durable.

My first gen pot came with the sloppy lid but BPL was very quick to replace it and did so for free. Wonderful service!

I have the no-handle version and I've found that I don't miss it much at all.

Best thing- this pot is wicked light!

kevin davidson
( kdesign )

Mythical State of Jefferson
I'm just padding my BPL ranking... on 07/17/2007 12:55:00 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

...but I do actually own one of these puppies, so I'll chime in. It's thin, thin, thin and I could squeeze a significant dent into it, in my hand. You don't get this extreme level of lightness for nothing. It's much, much more durable than a heine or foster's pot, to be sure-----but make sure you pack the can full of goodies to stiffen the pot when packing.

Handles are déclassé in the SUL world, now, don't you know. :-)> You now have one more multiple use for bandanna or gloves.

The only slightly bad thing I can say about the pot is that my short handled spoon will not fit within while the lid is on. A little taller size...

Now, to lighten that lid, by removing it's wee handle... where's my drill? and to provide a place to lift the lid w/ the end of my ti spoon and allow the same spoon to reside within while packing.

Weight, stock w/ lid is 1.85 oz.----under spec weight of 2.19 oz.

Are we hard core, yet?

Edited by kdesign on 07/17/2007 13:03:10 MDT.

John Haley
( Quoddy )

New York/Vermont Border
Yes. it's very light on 09/07/2007 13:51:17 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have the new 550 version. I purchased it with the handles since it was over $9 cheaper than the handleless on BPL (other sites have them at the same price), and on the BPL scale weighed only .3 oz more. Just big enough for boiling the 2 cups I need on a regular basis and is sized perfectly for my FeatherFire stove.

Adrian B
( adrianb )

Auckland, New Zealand
The perfect solo pot? on 09/04/2008 04:01:56 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

(This for the SUL-550, no handles)

The Firelite SUL-550 is stripped down to the most minimal features: the pot + a lid, with a metal thickness that you wouldn't want it any thinner, but thick enough you don't need to worry about pancaking it.

It's a perfect volume for boiling water for solo meals. The lid fits perfectly. The squat shape is efficient on a flame. The edges are rolled making them comfortable to drink from. I've never missed the handles.

This pot is probably the closest-to-perfect piece of gear I own. Barring some revolution in metallurgy I can't see how it could be improved upon.

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