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Trail Designs Caldera Stove

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4.88 / 5 (24 reviews)

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Jeffs Eleven
( WoodenWizard )

Greater Mt Tabor
Just puttin my name on the list on 01/11/2010 16:58:38 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

This thing is awesome. There is nothing I can say that hasn't already been said, save some anecdotal story attesting the overall prowess displayed by that thar stove... Yep

John Roan
( JRoan )

Trail Designs Caldera Keg-H & Ti-Tri Keg-H on 11/19/2010 17:35:04 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

My rating is actually 4.5 out of 5 (not an option in the drop down box).Caldera Keg-H and Ti-Tri-H

I really like both units, but I lean towards the Ti-Tri Keg-H system because of its more durable titanium construction and because of the wood burning option. I neglected to mention earlier, but it weighed the same as the aluminum cone at 0.95 ounces, until I added the 0.10 ounce removable door. I gave a rating of 4.5 for both units for two reasons; 1) While the Heineken can is more durable than say a Fosters can, I'm still concerned that it won't last through a several month hike. This of course could be remedied by sending a few extra cans in advance with your mail drop packages. 2) The aluminum cone it is not all that durable, and with the titanium cone, I had to add the removable door to get the unit to be more efficient. (Russ did warn me that this narrow/tall system would be less efficient than a wide/short one). Yes I'm being picky, but a rating 4.5 out of 5 is almost perfect! If your goal is to carry the lightest, and in the case of the Ti-Tri most flexible stove system possible, one of these just might be right for you!

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James Marco
( jamesdmarco )

Finger Lakes
Efficient, efficient, efficient on 12/07/2010 03:50:39 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Great little piece of gear. Light, easy to use, miserly on fuel. Keeps the heat in on the pot and does a great job of boiling water.
I will complain that it does not let enough heat out sometimes...on a cold morning, it is nice to have some warmth for my hands...well, not a complaint, really. That heat will make me coffee in less time than it takes to pack up my bag.
Really well done, but for mine, I find the burner a little to close to the stove for optimum use. (I use a grease pot model.) An extra 1/2" of space works slightly better. The handle holes are probably not needed. But, as a manufactured item, I expect some generic features.
The great efficiency really impressed me, though. Save fuel, save weight...simple. The cone does this besides being a windscreen and pot stand. A true UL piece of kit.

Mark Verber
( verber )

San Francisco Bay Area
best trade off of weight and usability on 01/01/2011 11:02:04 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I am using the UL Caldera Cone with a MLD 850 pot. I use both alchohol and esbits, though I am using esbits more than I expect to.

There are more fuel efficient / lighter stoves like the Ion. There are stoves that will boil your water faster. But there aren't any stoves which combine decent efficiency, compact size (in the case of the UL version which can fit inside the pot), wind protection, and the ease of use of the Caldera Cone. High recommend it.

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