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    Default The "Magic" of the Caldera Cone

    OK, so the Caldera Cone is an efficient alcohol stove system. But why is the Caldera Cone so efficient?



    In today's blog post, I take a quick look at The "Magic" of the Caldera Cone

    HJ

    P.S. This is the last installment in my series on the Caldera Cone. I promise that I will move on to other topics although I may review some other Trail Designs equipment at some future point.

    In case you missed any of the series:

    Backpacking stove reviews and information: Adventures In Stoving

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    Those are some interesting reviews on the Caldera cone.

    I like using a caldera cone for my small titanium pots and mugs. And the cone for my backpackinglight 550ml pot was durable enough to last for my PCT thru-hike with a little help from a screw driver to reform the folded sleeve once. But for the larger then 900ml pots, the cone starts to get pretty large and thus heavier. I think any fuel weight savings + the cone weight doesn't compare well with a more traditional wind screen setup after a certain pot sized is reached. Though the more contained flame is still an advantage in windy areas; especially when there is a fire risk (more of a problem out west then an AT or east coast issue).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miner View Post
    Those are some interesting reviews on the Caldera cone.
    Thanks. I didn't exactly set out to write a series, but I like to tinker with things, and the Caldera Cones make good baseline comparison stoves. I wound up writing a lot about them (as well as various DIY and other alcohol stoves).

    Quote Originally Posted by Miner View Post
    I like using a caldera cone for my small titanium pots and mugs. And the cone for my backpackinglight 550ml pot was durable enough to last for my PCT thru-hike with a little help from a screw driver to reform the folded sleeve once.
    The newer Caldera Cones now come with titanium reinforcing on the dovetail joint. Sounds like a good idea to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Miner View Post
    But for the larger then 900ml pots, the cone starts to get pretty large and thus heavier. I think any fuel weight savings + the cone weight doesn't compare well with a more traditional wind screen setup after a certain pot sized is reached.
    Hmm. Now that's an interesting thought. Why would that be?

    HJ
    Backpacking stove reviews and information: Adventures In Stoving

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