Editor’s note: Some stoves burn too hot for this design and material. The titanium wire softens and bends if overheated. We are currently working on a redesign of the Z-stand potstand using BPL Titanium Alloy UltraRods that is suitable for hot burning alcohol stoves.
Backpacking Light Titanium Alloy UltraRods are certainly thin – and light.
We’ve received a number of comments from those that have purchased them that they won’t support a heavy pot of water when using some designs for wire-type pot supports, including the Z-Stand Pot Stand Design published here earlier.
But don’t write them off for light duty work just yet!
I modified the Z-stand design specifically for use with UltraRods. The modification allows the stand to easily support a 1.3 liter cook pot that is full to the rim with water (see photo) yet weighs only 0.15 oz (4.2 g).
Our original Z-stand design has three vertical supports connected by two diagonals. The diagonals add support to the three verticals. When using such a lightweight titanium wire, the two diagonals do not provide enough support for a full size pot: Our modification adds a third diagonal, and using our 1/16" UltraRods weighs in at a scant 0.15 ounce (4.2 g).
To make your own, use the same technique as the original Z-stand design, but don’t cut after creating the third vertical. Instead, make an additional diagonal bend towards the first vertical. Once the diagonal meets the vertical, bend and spiral the diagonal around it. Trim with wire cutters.
With the right materials, we’re only limited by our imagination!