These instructions were contributed by regular sectionhiker.com reader Ken “Drip Dry” Holder. The cozies were co-developed by Ken and Lee “Revlee” Fields, shown above.
A Cozy System for Freezer Bag Cooking
My hiking buddy (Revlee) and I went through about 5 renditions of this design before we hit on something that really seemed to work for us. We typically use the “freezer bag” style of re-hydration (I am gluten-free and it is simpler to make my own meals and dehydrate them at home). A normal meal amounts to boiling water, pouring a cup etc. into the dehydrated meal, then drinking the rest as coffee or bullion from a SnowPeak pot while the meal re-hydrates.
The system we use is really three cozies which integrate around the Caldera Cone plastic case. The larger of the three we call the “mushroom”- it is sized wider to fit the lid of the SnowPeak 700 inside, and then slides around one of the other cozies.
Not sure about the Evernew 750, but the SnowPeak 700 will slip over the Caldera Plastic Case.
One of the two taller cozies is sized to go over the Snowpeak for coffee, etc. It allows you to hold the pot and keeps everything hot in cold weather. It actually comes up to the lip (in the picture the pot is partially “out” of the cozie).
The other taller cozy goes around the longer of the plastic case “halves”. We put the freezer bag in, seal it, then cover the top with the “mushroom” cozie. This allows you to keep everything sealed and “shake” the entire cylinder periodically to stir up the food you are re-hydrating without opening the container and losing the heat.
Picture of the Caldera Case with long cozie and “Mushroom” cozie in place
Packing the Stove for Travel
The complete stove and cozy system all fits together in one package not much bigger than the Caldera case. My Caldera Cone stove, a long handled titanium spoon (cut down ½”) and an alcohol bottle goes in the case with the Caldera Cone so everything is in one place. I made a square bottom stuff sack to fit it to minimize the wear on the Reflectix. In a perfect world, the case would be shorter, but I tested every version of windscreen and stove I could find, and finally settled on the Caldera Cone because it a) boiled the fastest while b) using the minimal amount of alcohol. I used it for my 9-10 weeks on my Appalachian Trail section hike and it worked every time regardless of weather.
My one complaint of the system is the length of the plastic case when packed. I would really like to play with re-designing the Cone as a two piece windscreen (top and bottom with some kind of overlap to connect them) that would allow a smaller profile when packed but not lose any of the incredible benefits of the Caldera Cone.
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