Mar 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm #1256452
Was looking around for a new pot. Usual suspects including the Evernew and Snowpeak 600-900 range pots.
I don't like the fact that these have handles though.
Love everything about the ultra simple Firelite Sul 900 but the fact that it's about $20 more then the next nearest pot at $70. Plus it's out of stock. :(
Then I stumbled on the GSI Haluite Minimalist pot.
It's 600ml and has got the right form factor once you ditch all the accessories and lid.
It is aluminum though, not sure this is an issue but I can't find the weight.
Most amazing of all it's only $23.
Will probably at call GSI to at least find out the weight of the pot only.
It is new, but I've only find one tiny reference to it here on BPL.
Has anyone checked it out or tried it?Mar 14, 2010 at 6:20 am #1586237
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
It is hard anodized aluminum which means you have a natural non-stick surface and no taste carry over.
Don't discount the lid, GSI lids are well designed – the kit has its own cozy so you can use the pot as a mug as well.
They should be rolling into stock soon, they were taking longer than GSI anticipated to arrive.
Most of all it is very affordable….Mar 14, 2010 at 8:37 am #1586264
I also noticed they sell the Jetboil companion mug standalone.
Comes with the cozy which is quite useful and I'm anxious to compare with reflectix seems like great combination.
What's more I'm very curious as to how well the heat exchanger will work with alcohol and other stove types.
At $40 it seems like a great deal.
My only concern is I've found no listing on the weight of the standalone pot. As Tinny from Mini Bull Designs said "I was amazed at how much the pot weighed"… and I don't think that was "good amazed". I think it might be one heck of a heavy pot.Mar 14, 2010 at 10:28 am #1586299
The GSI site says it weighs 5 ounces.Mar 14, 2010 at 10:54 am #1586311
That 5 ounces is for everything included, not just the pot.Mar 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm #1586337
@tippymcstaggerLocale: North Texas
There is a significant difference between "non-stick" and "high-release." (This is just to clarify for others, as I am confident Sarah knows the difference). Hard Anodized interior is high-release. An egg will stick without fat, it will hold fond for deglazing, but will clean fairly easily.
I have the GSI Halulite tall 2 liter boiler and (other than thow-away handles) it has served me well, but mostly for popcorn and deep frying at home. It is too much for 3 season trail use for 2 people.
The Minimalist pot you mention looks like a decent option for most solo uses and some 2 person cooking styles. You could probably be satisfied with it. Options abound. If *all* you want is a 600mL boiler, the Snow Peak ti bowl is half the weight, a touch cheaper. Trail Designs has an even cheaper option, a little bigger, but cheap non-stick.Mar 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm #1586420
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
The newer generations of Halulite has changed considerably over what they produced only 4 or so years ago. It definitely doesn't stick like the first gen pots did. (I had one of the tall boilers back when they came out.)
On the Minimalist, it is plain HAA. If a person picks up the Soloist or Dualist the Halulite actually sports a full non-stick coating.
But, with the Minimalist you won't have much room for actual cooking though – it is really just a water boiler. It is not what I would consider doable for 2 person meals – full capacity is about 20 ounces, so in most cases a safe boil of 16 ounces. 2 cups will do one person nicely if they use 1 cup for food, 1 cup for hot drink.
I wouldn't recommend cheap non stick though for actual cooking. A few dollars more is well spent for the life of the non stick (a tiny bit more weight spent in HAA with a coating is worth it, the heat conducts better).Mar 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm #1586449
It's not minimalist and too heavy.Apr 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm #1599767
The halulite alumnum is quicker to heat up than my titanium pot of same volume water. It has not hotspots.
I didn't try this on a tiny cartridge-stove.
I used my alcohol Super Stove. This stove has the right flame-pattern(the flames do not go up the sides of the pot).
GSI has a remark about the flame-pattern.
Hmm, is that in the instruction with the Minimalist or the Ketalite? I bought both, the day they appeared at REI.
Okay, probably in the instruction with the Minimalist, although both the Minimalist and the Ketalist have silicone: the Minimalist around the edge of the sipper lid, the Ketalist on the bail-handle and the handle for the lid.
Okay, silicone is great. But, it is a real lint-magnet.
I will use a Opsak.
But, really nice of GSI to give us all this at a great price: the pinch silicone pot-holder has a magnet inside to snap to the fuel canister. The smaller 4 oz canisters do fit inside, along with the selection of small folding "mini-stoves" no doubt. Someone else will have to confirm it. The lid seems over much. The lid and neoprene sleeve look likely for FBC cuisine.
I tried it out. It does the job.
I do not use the "foon".
But, hey, GSI is interested in "lightweight backpackers".
That is "a good thing".
I had purchased a Soloist, but it is just too big. I still have it, in case I am "car camping" enroute to backpacking.
If you want to get rid of the lid, see if Jason Klass has a lid made to fit?
In fact, a Trails Design silicone band and a Jason Klass lid might be a happy "kit". I know I want one, just to try it out.
I am happy with Halulite aluminum, a food safe ceramic.Apr 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm #1599777
I have an older GSI Haulite and really like it. The aluminum distributes heat well and the hard coat anodize is really durable and good for non-stick. Its not as quick to shed burned food as true non-stick but by the same token it won't flake off after years of use and put weird chemicals in your food. Combine that with the great price and you have a solid system.
Don MeredithApr 19, 2010 at 7:41 pm #1599795
@rcowmanLocale: Canadian Rockies
22 bucks at MEC, canada only weighs 141g. back ordered to hell along with my la sportiva ganda guide boots.Apr 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm #1599829
@jwmeekerLocale: Southern CA
The pot by itself is 3.4oz, with the lid and insulating sleeve it is 5.5. The pot gripper is .4oz. Would have been nice if they had put measurement marks on the pot but they did not.Apr 20, 2010 at 10:22 am #1600046
Just in terms of not liking the handles on an evernew– they remove in a few seconds, no problems, easily replaceable if desired. I added a wire bail to my evernew by drilling a couple small holes through the rim, but found that life was just easier w/the extra 0.3 oz or whatever by using the normal handles.
The jetboil pot/cup is crazy heavy in comparison, and the tall/narrow aspect loses heat efficiency, particularly used w/another system. I don't know the weight, but the cup + stove weigh just short of a pound.
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