Kitchen for Two for under 10 ounces, September 2006
Em and I have been using the following cooking kit for a while, and since
it's a big improvement over my previous kit (click here
for details) I thought I'd add a page showing the specifics. For
information on how to make the alcohol stove or windscreen please see
the previously mentioned article. The weight of all of the items
you see below, except for the water bottle, is 9.4 ounces.
||The bag contains the pot, lid, cozy, stove,
matches, etcetera and is stored within my backpack.
The windscreen/pot stand is aluminum flashing which
is wrapped around the 1 liter water bottle with a Velcro
band and is stored in an external pocket. The weight of
the water bottle is not part of the total kitchen weight.
The fuel container is a Platypus Lil' Nipper which I also
store in an external backpack pocket, just in case it leaks.
||Opening the bag we see the
spork and pot support, stainless steel bicycle spokes, on top of
the lid. I used to use 1/8" diameter steel rods which
were very heavy and rusted. Your local bike shop will sell
you a spoke for about $1.
Within the pot I have a water (not denatured alcohol)
measuring cup with goodies inside that are described in the
Outside of the pot is the cozy. It is made out
of bubble wrap sandwiched between aluminum foil (the brand name
is Reflectix, I think) and held together with aluminum tape.
||The water measuring cup was made from a water
bottle and holds the following items:
> RedBull alcohol stove
> alcohol measuring cup (get it from a cough medicine
> wood matches (about 20)
> aluminum foil heat reflector
||The stove and windscreen has been
assembled. One need only put a bit of alcohol into the
stove, light it, and put the pot on.
||Here we see the pot on the stove. My
cookery of choice is an Evernew 0.9 liter titanium pot with a
non-stick coating. It is big enough (barely) for chili-mac
for two and small enough for one. The annular space
between the pot and windscreen is very small, approximately
1/4". With this setup the handles never get too hot
||Once most items are brought to a boil the pot
can be removed from the stove and placed in the cozy where your
dinner will continue to cook. During this time, I put the
windscreen back around the water bottle and place the stove,
alcohol measuring cup, matches, and heat reflector back in the
water measuring cup.
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