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    I know we've covered this many times before but I just wanted to let others now that there is a way of purchasing outside the UK that may be prove to be cheaper.

    Recently I purchased a meths coke can system off ebay, sent from USA it cost £6.50 all in which included the cooker, stove rest and wind shield as pictured.




    I combined this with my Vargo T lite mug


    The cooking system weighs 40g all in and the mug weighs 120g on my scales so total without fuel is 160g. Which is good for this type of system.

    As you can see I have field tested it in a windy Brecon Beacons and I was pleasantly suprised considering I usually used a Pocket Rocket. This will be my new cooker for backpacking. I could light it and walk away to let it work without any worries.



    It was very well made, all machined and goes together to store inside the T lite. If I can find the ebay link I'll post it here.

    This just goes to show again you need to look further afield and the deals are out there. Can't wait for the longer backpacking trips to give it a good test.

    Will update later

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    Thanks Simon, that is interesting. I like the set up there. The US unit does look very well made indeed.

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    Mike fae Dundee mentioned his Calderon Cone stove on another thread:

    see http://www.winwood-outdoor.co.uk/aca...t_Cooking.html

    Nice to know it works.

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    Nice set-up Simon.

    It isn't a Caldera Cone BTW El Manana.

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    Yeah thought so, it isa similar set up though.However, it does seem a fair bit cheaper..

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    I expect i could find it by trawling through the forums but how much fuel does it take on a normal day (light breeze etc) to boil a msr kettle of water? calderon cone jobby that is.

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    simon

    i have looked at american gear alot, there seems so much more variety but always put off by postage and the import tax thing that i don't really understand -- but if you know of a site or easier way around this that would be useful - £6.50 for cooker set how much for postage on top of that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burp. View Post
    I expect i could find it by trawling through the forums but how much fuel does it take on a normal day (light breeze etc) to boil a msr kettle of water? calderon cone jobby that is.
    About 20ml for 500ml of water. The Caldera Cone isn't affected by the wind as it is totally enclosed. A Cone is made for almost every pot to ensure a tight fit.

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    Thank you. I shall put one on me wish list 4 santa.

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    Simon/Mike, any risk of this type of stove lighting the grass? They seem very close to the ground when compared to a canister mount stove? Just how hot does the stove get? And can you cook with it or does the lack of control mean it's best just for boiling only? 20ml of fuel for 500ml of water is very impresive though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard G. View Post

    Simon/Mike, any risk of this type of stove lighting the grass? They seem very close to the ground when compared to a canister mount stove? Just how hot does the stove get? And can you cook with it or does the lack of control mean it's best just for boiling only? 20ml of fuel for 500ml of water is very impresive though...
    I carry a bit of folded up kitchen foil to sit on the ground and enclose the bottom of the stove. As well as protecting the ground, i think it also helps as a heat reflector.

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    I agree chaps, american imports can be a good deal. Got an e+lite for 12.50 pounds delivered. And have just paid 52.50 for a golite jam2 BNWT delivered.

    OP please put up link for mug and stove setup, looks good and much lighter than the minitrangia too.

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    Yes, i use a reflector for the ground too and it does help....

    and the myth about not being able to "cook" using a meths system..........

    boil the water, add the ingredients, remove from heat, enclose in insulating foil/similar and wait 5-15minutes depending on what you are cooking

    porridge is divine using this method

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    I've got a mini trangia and i'm not overly impressed with its weight. it also takes anage to boil and fuel consumption isnt great. this cone thing looks the daddy!

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    it is..........

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    A new design called the Caldera Fissure has just come on the market. The 'cone' splits into 2 pieces for carrying in the pot. More expensive though, as it only fits one pot and you would have to buy that too.

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    Ahh, luckily for me I'm potless so will have a look, the carrying of it did look cumbersome but this fissure version sounds like it could make it a must have.

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    Pictures of it hereBurp. They may not be in full production yet.

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    Myself and my brother in law both purchased one of these sets off ebay. The guy selling normally charges $5 postage for one but due to the wait he stated he would combine postage and charge $5 for both so we got a really good deal.

    Will see if I can find link and get it posted here today.

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    Thank you. I shall put one on me wish list 4 santa. - Wrote Burp.

    No, just put it on the wish list for you! Santa already has all the best lightweight outdoors kit, as he's such a true gear hound you know!

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