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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Roman – Lighthiker
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.
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.