My New Cook kit Arrived!!
We got our new cook kit from AntiGravity Gear in today! AntiGravity Gear sells many products and most of them are from other companies but they do sell their own stoves and pots. They also partner with Trail Designs, making the ever popular Ultralight Caldera Kitchen sets.
We purchased the AntiGravity Gear Mama’s Kitchen 3 Cup Deluxe Solo Non-Stick Cook Set. It came with everything we needed except for the primer pan and fuel bottle. I also added a insulated zip mug to protect the stove and to use as my bowl. It’s not really a needed piece but a bowl and cozy for an ounce was well worth it. I knew the kit was going to be light but when the box arrived I was still amazed at just how light it really was! The box was well packed and everything inside was wrapped in thin brown packing paper so that it didn’t move about too much. The invoice was printed but due to the handwriten notes on it you could tell this is still a small personal company (just the kind I like!).
What was in my box: 3 Cup Non-Stick pot w/ lid, 3 Cup pot cozy, Clamp Handle for the pots, Alcohol stove, Windscreen, 1 oz fuel measuring cup, primer pan, fuel bottle, insulated zip mug. In total it all weighs 10 oz for the whole kit cutting .5 lb off our pack weight! Also the fuel was really easy to find at my local Home Depot in the paint department since denatured alcohol is used as a paint stripping agent. Here are more detailed pictures.
Initial Test: Took it out to the back porch to try. It was very easy to set up the stove, but the fuel bottle is a bit tricky to fill from the can of denatured alcohol I got from the store. Fortunately alcohol evaporates so quickly it really didn’t stay a mess for long. I put the stove toegther and then filled the measuring cup AGG provided as a part of the kit. The fuel bottle is really well designed to work with the primer pan which instructs you to use 15-20 drops of alcohol in it. Alcohol comes out of the fuel bottle in drops unless squeezed making it really simple to not only fill the measuring cup but to also prime the pan.
I set the pot with water on top of the stove, then lit the primer pan with a lighter. It was easier to hear the stove light than to see it as everyone who has used an alcohol stove will tell you the flame is nearly invisible, in fact I never did see it on a backdrop of concrete. The fuel makes a fairly noticeable pop when lit so it was not too hard to hear the primer pan light. There were a few pops that followed and when those subsided to a hiss the stove was lit. As advertized on the website it took about 30-45 seconds to light but it lit every time with no tempermental behaviour at all.
I used refrigerated water that was about the same chilled temp as the water we were getting out of the stream the first week of April. I put approximately 1 cup of water in the pot and .5oz of fuel in the stove. While I waited for boiling I put the fuel I wasn’t using back into the can for safe storage and when I turned around the water was rolling! I don’t think I had my back turned for more than a minute or two. This leads me to believe that a two cup boil in 4-5 minutes is quite reasonable since I was using rather chilly water. I can see us lighting the stove then taking the few minutes it takes to prep our food and having boiling water with no real waiting! That will be a big improvement over the Esbit stove we were using.
My last comment I want to make is about the cozy. The two we have, one for pot and one for mug, weigh in at around 3oz and some people trying to save every single ounce may feel them to be useless. I can respect that but I will say if you’re really looking to save weight I’d take them. The water I had in the pot had cooled off from the boil significantly by the time i stuck the pot back into the cozy and I left it there with pot and cozy lid on top. I came back about 5 minutes later and the water was actually hotter to the touch than it was when it went into the cozy! If you do dehydrated food like Richard and I do, this would be a huge bonus. We are planning on putting our own dehydrated meals together from now on and these cozies will be able to do what the mountain house type bags do for dehydrated meals by reflecting the heat back into the food, but without all the extra and heavy trash.