MYOG – Pot Cozy

Okay so I was trying to get all of my most recent MYOG all together for one big post but the stoves are taking longer than I expected.  So I’m putting up this pot cozy I made in the meantime.  The good news is everyone can look forward to a fairly detailed series of posts on home made alcohol stoves!  But without any mroe adieu here is the pot cozy I made for my 830ml Snow Peak Mug from the Hybrid Cook Set.  I made it out of Reflectix Insulation that I got from Lowes.  I went to Home Depot first but they not only didn’t have it but they looked at me like I had to heads, so I wouldn’t reccomend going there.

I used basic duct tape Instead of measuring my pot I went ahead and laid my pot on the Reflectix cut a strip the height of my pot and then wrapped it around the mug, removed mug then cut and taped the two edges together.  I then cut out and taped the handle hole.  Now the biggest thing I’d like to say about taping the bottom on, The Reflectix is a bit thick  and if you don’t account for that in the height of the sides you can find yourself with a cozy that is just a little too short.  To solve this problem I found leaving a little extra on the bottom to nest the bottom disk in and then also have the top come up ever so slightly over the top too gives you a little extra to work with that if you feel is too high you can shave off instead of living with something that is not quite right.

The next thing is to cut a circle and tape it to the bottom.  How you do it is not really that important but I did it by putting a circle of tape around the bottom of the side and then cutting little tabs to tape down along the bottom, whatever works for you.  I will say that the Reflectix is really receptive to duct tape and needs very little encouragement to stick so I found you don’t really need to put any tape on the inside to get the bottom to stay put.

Gotta say I love the way this works and it was really great to be able to have a problem and fix it myself.  It was easy and fun to make and only weighs 1 oz.  Also, I got enough Reflectix in the one $12 roll to make as many things as I want out of it, That plus already having the duct tape I probably only spent .50 for this whole thing.

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About Joslyn

My name is Joslyn and I primarily hike with my husband Richard. We live in Northern Arizona with our dog, Jäger and love camping and hiking. We are continuing our adventure in backpacking inn this our second year and as always, striving towards going Ultra Light.

Posted on 17/05/2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I recently made a pot cozy out of some materials but in the end it is too heavy for me to actually use, at least backpacking. I did not get the reflectix since the cheapest roll I could find was about $35. Instead, I bought some bubble packaging and some silver duct tape. I taped over the bubble wrap with the tape and then cut out my pieces and taped them all together. I made it for my 0.9 L Evernew cook pot. It is complete with a lid with a lip so that it seals in the entire pot effectively, however, it all weighs somewhere around 3 oz or so! I figure the reflectix would be lighter than all that duct tape, but oh well. It was fun to make, and I can always use it car camping!

    • Yeah, I think the Reflectix probably is lighter since mine came out at 1oz. I saw someone who had made a thinner, lighter one out of a cheap sun cover for a car windshield that I want to try.

  2. Nice work. You can shave a little more weight by using the metallic tape in the HVAC section of most hardware stores. Also, look into the cheap blue foam in the camping department at any department store. It comes in two thicknesses depending on your needs and can be glued together using Barge cement. It tends to last a little longer than the reflectix coozys.
    I really like that you have a MYOG section!

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