As some may know, I enjoy tinkering around with different stove and cook pot combinations. In the past I have posted about a few different set-ups, and yet again, today I am posting about another one. This one is not necessarily “SUL,” or maybe not even “UL,” but that doesn’t really matter. What does matter, is that this is a kit that I have found works well together, suits my needs while on the trail, is durable, efficient, and ok, in my opinion, lightweight!
So, I will just jump right into it and tell you what the cook kit consists of…
My drinking cup is the MLD 475 ml titanium mug, and has a cut down can cozy around it to keep the titanium cup from burning my hands when it is filled with a hot beverage. There is also a silicone Hot Lips on the lip of the mug to keep the hot mug from burning my lips when drinking from. The mug with the cozy and the Hot Lips weigh in at 1.7 oz, and being that it is made of titanium, it can also be used to actually boil/heat my water in. This is nice since I don’t have to use my cook pot to boil water for both my food and drink, and actually allows me to get by with a smaller cook pot.
The combined weight of everything else in this cook kit comes to a total of 6.2 oz and it all fits inside the cook pot, or at least inside the stuff sack with the cook pot. Here is a list of those other items:
- Mesh Stuff Sack (0.4 oz)
- Sea 2 Summit Alpha Light Short Spoon (0.2 oz)
- Cut Down 1/8″ EvaRest CCF Pad (0.1 oz)
- DIY Windscreen w/ Tyvek Sleeve (0.4 oz)
- JC250 Stove w/ Carbon Felt Primer Ring (0.7 oz)
- Cut Down Lightload Towel & Scrub Brush (0.2 oz)
- Box of matches (0.2 oz)
- DIY Windscreen w/ 2 Paperclips and Foil Ground Sheet (0.8 oz)
- 0.6L Evernew “UL” Titanium Cook Pot w/ Lid (3.2 oz)
The total combined weight of both my cook kit and the MLD mug is 7.9 oz.
I actually picked up the last 0.6L Evernew “UL” titanium cook pot that LawsonEquipment.com had in stock earlier this year. After using both my 1.3L and my 0.9L Evernew cook pots, I really wanted to get the smaller 0.6L version to try out. I like the fact that these are short, squat pots, which do really well with most alcohol stoves. And despite the small size/volume, I have found that it is in fact the perfect size for me to either boil 2 cups of water to rehydrate my meals, or, even better, I can fit my “Pad Thai” meal that I like so much inside the cook pot and cook it right in the pot!
Uh-oh! Cook in the pot!? Wha….
I will admit, I have not been a big fan of cooking in my pots for the simple fact that I have to clean it afterwards. Gladly though, I have found that it is quite easy to clean the pot after cooking my Pad Thai meal in it. However, just to be sure, I have added a small piece of cut-down scrubbie pad and a small piece of Lightload towel to the kit, just to make sure the pot is cleaned. (I have found in the past that I would prefer more than just the Lightload towel to actually clean a cook pot with, so this is the first time I have added a scrubbie pad to my kit. I will just use a drop or 2 of my Dr. Bronners right in the pot with a little warm water, scrub it clean, rinse it out and dry it off.)
I also like the fact that the shorter pot will allow me to use a shorter (lighter) spoon. Every since John Abela introduced me to the Sea 2 Summit Alpha Light Short spoon, I have been looking for a way to fit it into my cook kit. At 0.2 oz, it is lighter than most other spoons, and being that it is made from a “durable, hard-anodized aircraft grade aluminum,” it is stronger than plastic spoons. So, as I just mentioned, I can actually cook meals inside this short pot, which provided a great opportunity for me to pick up this spoon!
The real heart and soul of this set-up though is the stove. Without the stove, the rest of this kit would be pointless. Earlier this year, Jason Hung from Picharpak Workshop (and the same guy that makes the Wa-Ben cuben fiber wallets) sent me this stove which he himself made. He called it the “Picharpak Workshop JC250 stove,” which is essentially a pressurized jet alcohol stove (or, a penny-stove). It is made from a 250 ml Japanese Coke can (hence, “JC250”), has a center fill hole that seals up with a screw, and 8 tiny jets drilled at an angle into the top of the stove. (The angled jets actually create an interesting, swirl flame pattern.) The stove is filled with carbon felt, which is actually a safety feature since this allows the fuel to be absorbed and will not spill out if it gets knocked over. (After using a couple of these stoves that are filled with carbon felt, it is my opinion that these have a slightly slower, but more steady burn than those without carbon felt inside them.)
Of course, as we all know, these precious alcohol stoves need some protection from the wind when using them in order for them to be efficient. So, I have made a windscreen from some aluminum tooling foil which fits around the 0.6L Evernew cook pot and is held together with 2 small paperclips. (I choose to go with the aluminum tooling foil because I can fold it flat and it will pack inside the cook pot.) The windscreen is sized to allow up to a 1/2″ gap between the side of the cook pot and the wall of the windscreen. However, due to the slower, smaller burn that this stove creates, I have been using it with only about a 1/4″ gap all the way around.
To finish up the system, I am using a simple piece of aluminum foil folded over in half as my ground sheet/heat reflector. Of course, this is also able to fold up small and flat, and fit inside the cook pot (not to mention it is inexpensive to replace). The pot stand is made from hardware cloth and is 4 squares tall by 18 squares long. As I mentioned in the video below, I found that the JC250 stove does get faster boil times with a pot stand that is 5 squares tall, however, to make sure that the pot stand fits inside the 0.6L Evernew cook pot I had to make this pot stand 4 squares tall. But, I can still achieve a full rolling boil when using this pot stand and stove combo, it just takes a minute or so longer.
And last but not least, speaking of boil times…
In the video below, I used 20 ml of S-L-X Denatured Alcohol inside the stove and put probably another 3 ml of fuel around the primer ring. This amount of fuel brought 2 cups of cold (out-of-the-tap) water to a boil in about 8 minutes and 30 seconds, and was a full on, hard rolling boil a little after 9 minutes. The stove managed a boil until around 13 minutes and then finally completely flickered out at 16 minutes and 44 seconds!
Here is the video:
So, I know that there are things I can do to lighten this up a bit (such as switching out the mesh stuff sack for a cuben fiber stuff sack), and knowing me, I will probably get around to doing so. And I also know that some would suggest leaving behind the mug, or just going with a slightly larger cook pot…or something. But, that is not the point of this. I am pretty happy with this set-up as it is and I thought it was interesting enough to write about and share it with everyone else. As many probably know, this is not my only set-up, and it definitely won’t be my last! Heck, I have a couple of other cook kits in mind (and on my Christmas List) and am even expecting a Rollover stove from Smokeeater908 in the mail tomorrow to tinker around with! So, this kit is not permanent, but it is one that I thought worked good together!
I hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments or questions below…
Disclaimer: Both, the JC250 stove and the EvaRest pad was sent to me for personal review earlier this year (from their respective makers). The rest of the items were either made by me or I paid for with my own money. I am under no obligation to write about any of the above items.