One of my favorite local venues: Winter Creek.
|Along the lower Winter Creek Trail|
|A FeatherFire alcohol stove (with the cap on)|
|Various Caldera Cone set ups. |
L to R: "Classic" Caldera Cone with 850ml Titan kettle, Sidewinder Ti-Tri with 1300ml Evernew pt, and "classic" Caldera Cone with 550ml BPL Firelite 550 pot.
|The hearth of an old, abandoned cabin|
|A small falls on Winter Creek|
|"Classic" Cones on either end. Sidewinder Cone in the middle.|
Note that the Sidewinder Cone in the middle of the above photo is shorter than either of the classic cones. Why might this be? Well, its name tells us a lot: You wind it up, lie it on its side, and into the pot it goes. "Side winder," get it? A very nice option for packing up.
|A Sidewinder cone, wound up, lying on its side.|
And what is to be used inside our cones? A FeatherFire stove, here shown alongside two 12-10 stoves. A 12-10 stove comes standard with a Caldera Cone.
|A FeatherFire stove (left) and two 12-10 stoves.|
It simmers well, that's good, but is it compatible with something like a Caldera Cone? Let's see.
First, will the control knob fit through the vents of a Caldera Cone?
|The simmer control of a FeatherFire alcohol stove extended through a vent in a Caldera Cone|
|Deformations in a ventilation port of a Caldera Cone caused by repeated insertion and removal of a FeatherFire control knob|
|The FeatherFire, still connected to the Cone even though the cone has been removed.|
Actually, I think passing the control cable under the edge of the windscreen is the better protocol. YMMV. It's a little fiddly, but not bad, and now, if you bump the windscreen or pick up the pot, the flaming, open stove is not likely to follow.
All right, safety briefing out of the way, how does it simmer?
|A nice, low boil on a Caldera Cone using a FeatherFire alcohol stove|
While the FeatherFire simmers pretty well, it's still a bit of a trick to get a good simmer in a Caldera Cone. Why? Because those darned cones are so efficient. The heat transfer is so good in a Caldera Cone, it's hard to not go into a roiling boil, even with the low flame of a FeatherFire. In my testing, I noticed that it was easier to simmer with my BPL Firelite 550 pot which sits a little farther away from the flame than with my Titan kettle.
Speaking of distance from the flame, I noticed that the Titan kettle did not fit all the way down into the cone and instead rested on the pot supports of the FeatherFire.
|A Titan kettle does not fit all the way down into a Cone when used with a FeatherFire|
How about efficiency?
|Measured amounts of HEET (methanol)|
A couple of other notes: The snuffer cap (2g in weight), is worth bringing along.
|The snuffer cap of a FeatherFire alcohol stove|
The simmer cap has a nice feature -- it has a little rubber grip. Even if the cap is hot, it's unlikely that you'll burn your fingers because of the grip. It's little things like the grip that show the kind of attention to detail that is the hallmark of PackaFeather. They've really put together a nice alcohol stove here.
Of course there are ways to snuff a 12-10 stove, albeit not quite as convenient or as lightweight as the 2g snuffer cap of the FeatherFire.
|Snuffing a 12-10 stove with a Ti Sierra Cup|
|A PackaFeather cap. Highly recommended.|
|The MSR piezoelectric ignition|
Well, there you have it, a further look at the FeatherFire stove and its ability to work with a Caldera Cone. I hope you enjoyed it.
Thanks for joining me on another Adventure in Stoving,
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