Traildesigns aren’t on the same level as MSR, Coleman and other backpacking gear brands, but I think it’s worth mentioning them when it comes to backpacking stoves. Actually, they prefer you’ll refer their products as ‘cooking systems’ rather than just ‘stoves’.
The company was established around 2005, and they are the proud inventors of the Caldera Cone, an award winning alcohol cooking system. You can get to know the owners better with this interview they gave on a great backpacking blog.
The first product by Traildesigns. An all-in-one windscreen and pot holder, made of some metallic-foil cone. It folds nicely and they make it tailor-made for your specific pot. You get a simple alcohol burner with it. The way the cone holds the pot makes the whole thing highly efficient.
More here on the Caldera Cone..
Another great improvement they put in is the ability to use it as a wood gas stove. You assemble the Inferno (a smaller, upside down cone) and you turn the cone to a gasifier.
You can get the Ti-Tri in three variants:
Read here on the Ti-Tri ...
on using the Ti-Tri as a wood gas stove...
on using the Ti-Tri as a wood burning camp stove...
Whereas on the Ti-Tri stove you have to have a pot, on the Caldera Keg, they made their own beer can pot that comes with the rest of the kit. The whole system is very light, weighing as light as 171 grams - all included. You can get one of the three types: Caldera Keg-F, Caldera Keg-H and the lightest, named after Glen Van Peski - Caldera Keg-GVP.
Not surprisingly, the company got some nice accessories you can get. I only mention here those I think worth mentioning, there are many more.
A simple flat ring to get some fire going around your alcohol stove
to help it start.
If you’re familiar with MSR windscreens, these are of the same concept. A foil that is easy enough to handle and still holds itself nicely to block the wind. Out of all the windscreen they got, I’d go for the Vari-vent windscreen, it suggests some simple options to control wind flow around your stove.
And you can find all teh other goodies they got on Traildesigns web site