Caldera cone alcohol stove is basically a piece of metal foil that you bend to a cone. You use it both as the potholder and as the windscreen (it got sufficient holes to get enough air through).
Typically, you put the simplest alcohol stove inside. The cone got some pros and cons, and it was the basic design of Traildesigns company, and now they got other stoves that are based on this simple (yet great) system.Lately, Traildesigns developed a whole new concept of cooking system, the Ti-Tri, which is based on the original cone, but that’s another story...
Important note: the cone is NOT one size fits all. You tell them what pot you are using, and you get the cone that fits it.
As I mentioned above, the burner you get when you buy the Caldera Cone alcohol stove is not a unique one. You can easily replace it with some other burner. I used the cone with some other burners, and here are the results. I didn’t put the exact numbers on purpose. It changes depending on the environment. I also don’t think it really matters if it’s 6 minutes and 10 seconds or 6 minutes and 20 seconds.
Original 12-10 burner
My homemade Pepsi stove
boiling 2 cups of
||85 (with lid)
need a fuel bottle
(the burner got the fuel inside it). Use exactly the amount of fuel you
need since you can easily shut it and keep all the fuel residue.
and it’s what the
If you don’t mind the extra ounces, and the price involved, go for the Trangia. Otherwise, go either with the original burner or your homemade, there is no real difference.