Monthly Archives: February 2012
My new 12 fl oz Heineken cook pot that is! I picked up two if these smaller versions of the Heineken keg can before they disappeared and I’ve been putting a kit together to work with my new favorite tiny pot. So today I’m debuting my new solo cook kit!!!
I had a time and a half trying to find a stove that would work with the very small diameter of the bottom of my Heiny pot. I tried every type of penny stove and coke can stove I could find plans for on the web or come up with myself for months with no success. The issue with most penny and coke can stoves is that it is very hard to make them create a small enough flame pattern and I just kept getting flames that licked all the way up the side. Tealights had the best flame pattern but couldn’t hold enough fuel. I was attempting to make a new stove out of the top and bottom of a giant Monster can when I realized that the Monster lid looked just like a larger version of a tealight stove. So I flipped it over and Voila! It worked. I’m sure that the Monster stove I was originally making probably would work too but the tealight lid was so easy and works so well I just never went back to finish the original stove!
I keep my fuel, stove and tin foil ground protector/heat reflector all together in a ziplock bag and in my pot along with my MSR folding spork. I then keep my pot in it’s cozy and then wrap the pot stand and wind screen around that and it all goes into a medium Ziplock Twist n Lock Container which has it’s own cozy. I am using a modified version of the original pot stand from my first solo kit that is made from the metal mesh top of a one time use tailgating barbecue as well as a tin foil windscreen. I’m hoping to get something more durable really soon to replace the wind screen I’ve got right now.
The little measuring cup that I had been using for my fuel broke recently so I am not 100% sure how much fuel my little tealight holds but I guesstimate it to be about 3/4 an oz. Many people want to know how long a stove burns for or how long it takes, but honestly neither of those things are a priority for me so I have no idea how many minutes of burn time I get or how long it takes to boil but I do know if I fill it all the way to the top it boils my one cup of water every time! My tiny little pot only holds 1.25 cups with room but I find that’s all I really want, not just all I need, but really all I want. Many backpackers want at least 2 cups of water, one for their dehydrated meal and one for their hot beverage. I like both before bed as well, but I hate a hot drink with my hot meal. I prefer to be boiling my water for my hot drink while I’m finishing up dinner, so my little one cup setup works just great for me!
I made a cozy for the ziplock container I use to keep it all together and safe for one reason, to stick my freezer bag in it to keep the heat in and then to wrap the top of the ziplock bag around the top to give it structure and make eating out of a bag so much easier. All in all my little setup does pretty well for me.
- Outer Cozy with lid – .8oz Ziplock
- Twist n Lock Container – 1.8oz
- Heiny Cozy – .5oz
- Pot Stand – .1oz
- Windscreen – .3oz
- Heiny Pot with lid – .5oz
- MSR Folding Spork – .4oz
- Stove, Heat Reflector and Storage Bag – .3oz
Total Weight – 5oz or 145 grams