Caldera Cone Stove Observations

I got to use my new Caldera Cone Stove on a few trips this summer. It has been my first time relying on an alcohol stove in the wild.

Here are my thoughts so far:

Cons:

  • It's somewhat fragile and needs to be well looked after. The cone section is very thin and dents easily. The best option I came up with is to wedge it in my sleeping pad for protection.
  • The flame is very hard to see in daylight.
  • The stove lights best if you put a few ml of fuel in the outside primer ring and light that first. Feel like it wastes fuel, but maybe I need to get better at using less.

Pros:

  • Ultralight – duh.
  • Can take only as much fuel as I need, further reducing weight. This helps in my mind compensate for liquid weights vs. compressed gas weights.
  • Bomber windproof!
  • Easy to conserve fuel by using less to make hot drinks etc – no need to bring the water to boiling point.
  • The biggest unexpected pro for me is that, it's a set it and forget it  stove. With my canister stove – I used to have to wait for the water to boil and then shut it off. With this, I can measure the exact amount of fuel I need to get a boil. I light it and walk-away, when the water is boiled the fuel burns out and it turns off. I can come back later and simply pour the water into my dehydrated meal and I'm off. Nice way to multi-task at dinner time.

So far – the pros far exceed the cons, and I'm really happy with it.

3 thoughts on “Caldera Cone Stove Observations

  1. Lighthiker

    Hi Brett,

    Traildesigns already addressed your major downside and they sell their cones together with a food grade plastic container that safely protects your Caldera Cone plus accessories and doubles as a bowl and mug now. They sell the container seperately for old cones, too if you let them know your cone/pot combination.

    Cheers
    Roman – Lighthiker

  2. David Noll

    Brett,
    I just use a lexan cup w/ the handle cut off for the top and stick the bottom in my pot which is a
    SUL1100. I have also started using a gram cracker stove and esbit tabs so I don’t have to worry
    about spilling fuel. At sea level I use 1 3/4 -2 tabs for the 1100 full. In the mountains (9500+) I used slightly less.

  3. Sam

    I just ordered my Caldera Cone!!! After fiddling around with a vargo Titanium, and consistently watching my buddy light, and eat first from his Caldera, I officially made the jump.

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