Finally a compact Caldera Cone Stove System!
The Trail Designs (TD) Caldera Cone system is arguably the most stable, fuel efficient, wind resistant and stable alcohol stove system on the market. But until now aficionados of the Caldera system had to deal with the thorny problem of packing the Caldera Cone into a compact space. The root of the problem is that the tall, springy and somewhat delicate Caldera Cone doesn’t come close to fitting into the cooking pot.
Enter George (Tin Man) Andrews of AntiGravityGear (AGG), the packaging guru who created the wildly popular Momma’s Kitchen. George applied his packing genius to the Caldera Cone for the AGG 3 cup pot to create the Caldera Kitchen. The beauty of the Caldera Kitchen is that it packs an entire two person kitchen including the Caldara Cone into such a small package.
The complete Caldera Kitchen.
Caldera Kitchen contains (clockwise form back left):
- a 4 cup covered zip-loc container with insulated cozy
- new asymmetrical Caldera Cone
- cozy for the AGG 3 cup pot
- 8 fluid ounce fuel bottle, pot holder
- AGG 3 cup nonstick aluminum pot with lid
- TD 12-10 alcohol stove (on top of pot)
- 2 fluid ounce graduated fuel measuring cup
- and under it all a green silnylon stuff sack.
The entire Caldera Kitchen weighs approximately 11 oz. Without the insulated cozies it is around 8 ounces. If you take out the pot holder it is down to only 7 ounces. That’s less than the weight of many backpacking pots alone.
The real beauty of the Caldera Kitchen: It packs into this compact shape. (The cone, fuel bottle, fuel measuring cup and pot holder all fit into the 4 cup zip-loc container!)
Other advantages of the Caldera Kitchen are an insulated 4 cup container large enough to re-hydrate a two person meal with room to stir. The meal hydrates better and is much hotter after the usual 10-20 minutes necessary to fully hydrate a freeze dried meal. To re-hydrate food this well you’d normally need to use extra fuel to simmer the meal a number of minutes after a boil. With the meal re-hydrating, the pot is free to boil more water for a hot drink. (I usually have a hot drink while the meal re-hydrates.) The insulated 3 cup pot is also an excellent container to brew hot tea or coffee. The cozy keeps the water hotter much longer than an un-insulated pot which improves both tea and coffee brewing and keeps the drink much hotter. Once brewed, one person can drink out of the insulated pot and the other out of the insulated 4 cup container.
The Caldera Kitchen should also be available for Evernew or Vargo 0.9 Liter titanium pots (left), and the Backpacking Light 500 ml pot right (right). The AGG 3 cup Caldera Kitchen is center. It is possible but not certain that there may also be a Caldera Kitchen for the BPL 550 ml pot.