Feb 9, 2010 at 6:52 am #1255030
the pot is the bud light can. the windscreen is the cut down fosters can. and the stove is the cat can. right at 1 ounce. the way I see it boiling water is boiling water, and this ultra light 1 ounce system works for me since most meals i make on the trail usually call for 2 cups or less.
Everything fits into each other and wraps inside a bandana, finally secured by an ultra fat rubber band thus finally weighing 2.2 ounces. hope you like it. comments and random jibberish welcome!Feb 9, 2010 at 7:00 am #1571536
@halpottsLocale: Middle Tennessee
I like it Kyle. Super light, but probably likely to get crushed along the way. Google "Caldera Cone Keg H" and you can see a similar version with an anti-crush case. I think total weight is 6 or 7 ounces. It's a good stove for boiling water but I have found if I don't use the case the windscreen tends to get seriously banged up in the pack.Feb 9, 2010 at 7:09 am #1571538
Tim MarshallBPL Member
never mindFeb 9, 2010 at 7:36 am #1571544
Hal- Thanks, I usually keep it on the outside of my Ohm and it's usually fine. It has fuel in it and fork and it usually stays pretty in tact from my experience. Maybe I'll look for some sort of casing like you suggested in the future.
What do you mean "never mind"?Feb 9, 2010 at 9:31 am #1571603
Tim MarshallBPL Member
i had a comment but answered my own question, so never mind.
-TimFeb 9, 2010 at 9:41 am #1571608
I'd just be worried about the jagged edge. Can you smooth it down or fold it over? No need to invite gushing wounds in the backcountry.Feb 9, 2010 at 9:54 am #1571614
Alright. And yea, I cut the edges in a curved way so that they wouldnt poke, but still maybe slice? But I think it is very unlikely. Fair trade in my opinion for the weight. It was just kind of an idea floating around in my head. You could also not even take the Fosters windscreen and just use aluminum foil?Feb 9, 2010 at 9:57 am #1571616
The Foster's windscreen would be much more durable than aluminum foil, but its just the whole sharp edge thing. The only sharp edge I have in the backcountry is my knife. But, ya can't beat the weight and price of your setup!Feb 9, 2010 at 9:58 am #1571617
Yea, I appreciate it. I guess I'll just have to be SUC in the backcountry =(Super Ultra Careful). :)Feb 9, 2010 at 10:01 am #1571618
I like it a lot, especially if you've got a method down that protects it. It also seems like each of these components is fairly reliable even if (moderately) damaged. Everything can pretty much be bent back into usable shape in the field given the simplicity. That counts for a lot.Feb 9, 2010 at 10:04 am #1571620
I do have a question though…
That can is gonna be hot! How are you going to pick it up?Feb 9, 2010 at 10:10 am #1571625
Thank you Nicholas.
Travis- why, my multi-use bandana of course!Feb 9, 2010 at 10:11 am #1571626
Ah, just making sure you've got a plan! : )Feb 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #1571627
OH yea, learned that lesson the HARD way. :/Feb 9, 2010 at 10:17 am #1571629
Yeah, the first time I used my titanium cup as my pot, I learned a lesson or two. The handles weren't too hot, but I just didn't think about the rim where I put my lip on. OUCH!Feb 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm #1571717
george carrBPL Member
@hammer-oneLocale: Walking With The Son
Since you gave a choice I was going to go with random gibberish, but decided on a comment instead.:P
Perfect dirtbag hiker setup. Simple design, don't worry about dents, low budget. I like it.Feb 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm #1571724
George here makes some mighty fine-lookin' stoves. I just ordered his Gram Weenie. Worth a look at least, and here's why:
I went looking for an alcohol stove that would work well for my Snow Peak 450 mug. Its small in diameter, so most stoves would shoot the flames out over the sides, like in your picture. (not tryin' to diss your setup BTW). The Gram Weenie seemed to fit the bill.
Like I said, I'm not trying to take away from your DIY project, but just throwing more options out there. Here's the link to the thread I started:Feb 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm #1571742
Troy AmmonsBPL Member
If you want a short 24oz fosters can, with more of a freindly cup lip, a good way to do it is cut it down and epoxy on a 24oz Heineken can top.
Fit over it perfectly for a 2 cup boiler.
Also fits inside a short country time lemonade container which makes it crushproof, but the container is a bit heavy. It does however work for a cup, measuring (lid is marked) and for bag cooking food inside.
Here is one I made a while back. I made this one upside down so it would fit into another type container, but it will fit in the short country time lemonade container with the normal fosters bottom.
Thats silicone rescue tape around the top of the can.
This entire rig weighs 4oz less the fuel bottle
and less the two face to face cups with the yellow ring around..Feb 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm #1571771
@xpatrickxadLocale: Upper East TN
It looks like you've got a solid system set up for you. I dig it. At first I was thinking I'd kill myself on those edges (knowing thats about how pretty of a job I'd do as well) but since you wrap it up in a bandana when you're not using it seems like you have it worked out.
I'm into itFeb 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm #1571818
Thanks everyone. I've heard of the lemon aid container as a case. I prefer my bandana though. Maybe I'll use a modd pringles can? anyway, here are some more pics to confirm.Feb 12, 2010 at 6:48 am #1572954
Kevin BeedenBPL Member
It's easy to get a nice, smooth edge to a cut-off can.
Rather than hacking away at the can with a knife, or even using scissors, I find the easiest way is to simply score with a sharp blade (Stanley or craft knife), and then tear along the score line.
Have a look at my article on making alcohol burners for photos.Feb 12, 2010 at 7:30 am #1572972
Jared DilgBPL Member
Nice article Kevin! I know that design has been shown all over, but your photos and personal techniques were appreciated.Feb 12, 2010 at 9:23 am #1573005
Kevin BeedenBPL Member
Glad you liked it, Jared. As I said in the article, it's not new, and I don't claim any novelty for the methods, but I was trying to collect them in a clear, concise article.
As always, I found things I'd improve in the method, and my description, after the article was published. One problem of being an obsessive-compulsive perfectionist…Feb 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm #1573045
@timoaLocale: Finland, Espoo
Do not use drill, use your hands to make hole.Feb 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm #1573225
Thanks Timo. I tried your method of cutting the top off of a 24 oz. beer can. Works well for pasta dishes I've found.
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