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GSI Outdoors Halulite 1.1L Boiler – (A Cook Pot with a Great Locking Handle)

GSI Halulite 1.1L Boiler Cook Pot with Locking Handle
GSI Halulite 1.1L Boiler Cook Pot with Locking Handle

I like to switch to a separate cook pot and canister stove system for shoulder season and early winter camping when the days get shorter. When I spend more time in camp I tend to cook more elaborate meals, such as dried cheese tortellini, which needs to simmer for 13 minutes: add olive oil and sea salt to taste, and eat out of the pot.

My current canister cook system includes a GSI Outdoors Halulite 1.1 liter “boiler” pot which has a great locking handle that folds up over the top of the pot and locks it in place when packed. The locking handle on this pot is 4 and 3/4 inches long, insulated, and much sturdier than pots with wire handles, making it easy to pick up a pot full of hot water or eat  from the pot.

The pot lid has an insulated silicone tab which can be flipped up and will stay upright, making it easy to peek inside the pot while cooking. In addition, there are easy to see embossed liquid measurements on the inside and outside of the pot in 8 oz and 250 milliliter increments. The only thing missing are a few strainer holes in the lid to help prevent boil overs.

The GSI Outdoors 1.1L Halulite Boiler has a Sturdy Locking Handle and won't open inside your backpack.
The GSI Outdoors 1.1L Halulite Boiler has a Sturdy Locking Handle and won’t open inside your backpack.

I can even fit a large isobutane canister and a stove inside the 1,1 L boiler (a Kovea Spider), providing me with lots of fuel for long simmer times or group cooking.

The GSI 1.1L Halulite Boiler is large enough to fit a wind screen, stove, and small canister (top) or a wind screen, stove, and large canister making it convenient to carry more gas for group camping or colder winter trips.
The GSI 1.1L Halulite Boiler is large enough to fit a wind screen, stove, and small isobutane canister (top) or a wind screen, stove, and large  isobutane canister (bottom) making it convenient to carry more gas for group camping or colder winter trips.

My only real criticism of this pot, which at $30 is an excellent deal, is the way that GSI Outdoors markets it, which I find confusing and disingenuous. GSI Outdoors says that the pot is made out of Halulite, which is a made-up brand name for anodized aluminum, to make consumers think they’re buying something more than it is. GSI also claims that Halulite pots (anodized aluminum) are lighter weight than titanium ones, which is simply not true. It’s very off-putting and reflects badly on the company, which otherwise has very good products.

While anodized aluminum pots are not as lightweight as titanium ones (they’re not *that* much heavier), anodized aluminum is a much better material for cooking than titanium because it heats up so evenly. That’s important if you want to do more than just boil water, a point that GSI Outdoors can compete with titanium on, as well as price, without resorting to confusing marketing mumbo-jumbo.

Manufacturer Specs:

  • Major Dimension: 1.1 L
  • Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5.00″ x 4.80″ x 5.10″
  • Material: Hard Anodized Aluminum

Disclosure: GSI Outdoors provided Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) with a sample Halulite 1.1l Boiler for this review.

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24 comments

  1. Technically I believe the same volume of aluminum is lighter than the same volume of titanium. Just when it comes to building cooking pots from these two materials titanium pots use far less material because of its increased strength/density over aluminum. I have a feeling you already know this, but I have a feeling this is why they can make the claim that Halulite (anodized aluminum) is lighter weight than titanium.

    I could be wrong with the above, but I agree with your main point about GSI Outdoors marketing of ‘Halulite’. The usage of ‘Halulite’ as some kind of superior metal is Marketing trickery that leaves a bad taste.

    • Yeah, I do know it already. :-)

      I’m somewhat amazed of the lengths that GSI has gone to obscure the value of this product. The Haulite moniker is just the start. Then they call it a “boiler”. What the heck is that?

      I’d be happy to rewrite the marketing copy for them for free to emphasize the features and benefits of this product rather than obscuring them. I’d start by giving it a different product name.

      But ignoring the marketing language issues, this is a fine product. It is a best buy despite GSI’s efforts to confuse you.

  2. You need to look up the densities of the two solid elements to solve the problem.

    Ti = 4.51 g/cm^3 (From periodic tables)

    Al = 2.70 g/cm^3 (“)

    With this information the problem becomes straight forward.

    100 mL (mL is the same as cm^3) of Al would weigh 270g (100cm^3 x 2.70 g/cm^3)

    100 mL of Ti would weigh 451g (100cm^3 x 4.51 g/cm^3)

    Thus the 100 mL of Titanium would weigh 181g more than the same volume of Aluminum. Titanium is denser than aluminum.

    Hope this helps.

  3. >is the way that GSI Outdoors markets it, which I find confusing and disingenuous
    Isn’t this tactic normal in the U.S? For me, it’s the home of bait and switch and other distasteful practices. We have laws against this kind of thing in Europe which means it’s a lot less common here.

  4. Nice information AlanR

  5. Will a Bushbuddy or similar style wood stove fit inside with the lid on and locked into position?

  6. Yup very good pots,,I’ll keep my old GSI anadoize quart pot which has a small indentation on the lip to help with pouring and a vented cover to help keep it from over boiling…Though I do like the way this handle secures the pot lid and contents.

  7. Thanks for the tip on the Cheese Tortellini, I use an alcohol stove and one pot cooking all the time, use the 5-2-10 method, soak for 5, boil for 2, sit for 10 minutes. Will have to try at home to see if this will work with the Cheese Tortellini.
    Thanks

  8. How timely as I have been researching cook pots. And this one is in the top three. I use a homemade supercat stove. Wonder if you can comment on the compatibility of this combo? Thanks for all the continually excellent info!

    • It will probably work fine although the height of your pot holder and effectiveness of your wind screen will have the bigger effect on the efficacy of this pot, and not the pot itself. With alcohol stoves, I try to avoid using pots with narrow diameters where the heat goes up the sides rather than spreading out on the pot bottom. I doubt that will be a huge issue with this pot though but keeping the windscreen flush with the pots sides will significantly help reduce any heat loss.

  9. Previously you were a fan of the Olicamp pot. This seems very similar but without the heat exchanger. Would you care to comment on why the GSI is your new favorite?

    • The lid on the Olicamp pot doesn’t stay attached when packed, even when you wrap it up with rubber bands to keep the lid closed.The lid has a tendency to catch on fire when used with a wood stove and it has flimsier wire handles than this pot which pop out with lots of use. You also wouldn’t want to use the Olicamp with an alcohol stove, while this pot is a better match up. But, don’t put words in my mouth. I didn’t say that the GSI pot is my new favorite…although it is with this particular combination of components and in these circumstances. I said its a good value for the money.

  10. I use a variation of this pot. It is for the two person cook kit, 1.1l pot, 2 bowls and two cups with insulating sleeves and lids. A small canister stove can fit into one cup and a 4oz gas canister in the other. The major difference is the pot comes with a plastic strainer lid.

    I think the biggest problem with “Halulite is a proprietary metal” and “lighter than titanium” is that both statements are technically true they are disingenuous. Once you realize that Halulite is just GSI’s aluminum alloy coating combination and an aluminum pot still weighs more than an equivalent titanium pot you start to question everything GSI claims. GSI should reconsider using true but misleading copy.

    I’ve used this pot for two seasons and it has stood up very well. The hard anodize doesn’t show much wear and the pot is undented. The wordsmiths at GSI should be able to write honest copy from that.

  11. I also have the older cook kit version of this pot with the strainer lid. I use it with a homemade alky burner stove, stand and windscreen, all dimensioned to maximize the effectiveness of the alky flame. Everything fits into the pot, including the insulated cup, a 4 oz fuel bottle, firesteel, and folding spork. It’s a great compact kit that I have used happily for several years. I don’t know about proprietary metals, but the dimensions and features of this pot are spot on, and it’s durable and easy to clean. Those should be marketing points enough.

  12. So you are a Spider user too? I really liked that little stove. Everything you need and nothing you don’t. I have been bugging Kovea to make it lighter, but as is, it’s the most compact remote canister stove out there.

    HJ

  13. I have used the GSI Soloist and love it. It also fits a large gas canister and Kovea Supalite stove with flint and a scrubber. The GSI pot design is a winner. I love the handle design – beats many of the Titanium pots hands down for safety and utility. Would be interesting to see a slightly wider pan design with this handle which might take up heat better and be more stable? Also, just drill a few drain holes in the lid – but it will take out the anodised coating. Looks like about 100-150g heavier than similar Ti products.

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