Pot Accessories





Pot Accessories


With a little effort you can accessorize your pot and turn hiking passersby green with envy.


Build a Pot Cozy


A pot cozy is a simple and elegant alternative to simmering that will dramatically save fuel







The simplest of cozies are nit caps pulled over your pot but for those who want something more - the following pot cozy is basically made of some sort of insulation rolled into a tube with a circular top and bottom (which may or may not be removable), with aluminum foil added to the inside to prevent sticking.


Step 1 - Sides

Wrap your insulation around your pot and mark where the two ends will come together, making it loose enough to slide the pot, not forgetting the handles and lid, in and out.  Determine the height of your pot with lid, add about 12mm (1/2inch) and mark that on your insulation.  Trim your insulation down and if you weren't sure about your marks, you can cut your material long, test fit and trim as needed.  FYI - Foam can be easily stretched (try to avoid overstretching) if your cozy is too tight.  Use aluminized furnace tape or duct tape to tape your seam together.


Step 2 - Bottom

Slide the pot in your tube of insulation and set it on another piece of insulation.  Draw a circle on your new piece (which will become your cozy bottom) around the boarder of your taped insulation.  Cut.

     If  you aren't using Aluminum insulation, cut out a piece of foil about the same diameter as your bottom and tape it to what will be the inside bottom of your cozy.  You may also want to line the inside of your tube with foil, carefully taping the edges.  This will prevent a hot pot from sticking to your foam.

     Place your bottom piece (with aluminum insulation facing inside if applicable) on the bottom side of your side tube and run a length of tape around the bottom of the tube of insulation, so that the side is securely taped and there a bit of overhang to fold over your bottom.  If you like, you can cut slits every inch or so in your overhang to make the fold look better.


Step 3 - Top

Pull out your pot and set the top part of your top on yet another piece of insulation.  Make sure that your tube is round (use your lid to shape it if needed) and mark the new piece of insulation (this will become your cozy top) around the inside circumference of your tube.  Cut (add a little to your marked line to make your circle a tad bigger), test fit your top piece into the top opening of your tube and trim as needed.  Snug is good.


Step 4 - Optional Finishing Touches

Make a pull tab

  1. stick a piece of tape on the edge of your cozy lid

  2. fold it over on itself to make a tab

  3. wrap the remainder of your tape under the lid.

Make a hinge

on your lid, tape the side opposite to your pull tab (if you have one) to the cozy tube and add another piece of tape on the inside of your cozy if you like



Cozy Baggy


Freezer Bags


Using the same technique above, you can make a cozy baggy to hold zip locked bags of dehydrated food.  Freezer Bags are more durable than regular other Ziploc bags and work great for lightweight food storage and as bowls to eat out of.


Cozy baggy for zip locked meals




Featherweight Pot Lids


Use aluminum flashing, an aluminum oven liner or heavy duty foil to make a feather weight pot lid.


"Grease Pot" with lid made from aluminum flashing


Aluminum flashing makes a pretty decent lid.  It is sturdy enough for long term use and weighs generally around a half an ounce, depending on the diameter of pot.  To shape the lid, you may want to use a crimper to aid in rolling the edge of your lid down and around your pot.  If you don't have a crimper, one can be made from 1/16th inch by 1inch flat bar aluminum with scissors, a file, drill and rivets.  See the templates page for a tool template.


If you want to go even lighter, you can use a disposable oven liner or heavy duty foil to make a lid.

Crimper Tool Side



Crimper Tool Front View


Also see:

MYOG lightweight pan lid

backpackinglight.com  45244

Pinnacle Lids

minibulldesign  Lids0



Black Paint

Painting your pot black, or even just leaving on blacking from long term camp use, will increase the heat conduction of your pot and should decrease the amount of fuel needed to cook.  Some paints will bubble and/burn from the flames and/or alcohol vapors.  Rust-Oleum BBQ black paint seems to work fine.



Heat Exchangers


9oz MSR Heat exchanger


If you are crafty, you can build heat exchangers for the bottom, sides, and/or even inside of your pot.  Heat exchangers allow more of the heat from your stove to actually heat your pot and contents instead of just going up into the atmosphere.  The Jetboil system has a decent Fluxring heat exchanger on the bottom of its integrated pot that's worth inspection if you are considering building an underside exchanger.


4oz BakePacker Ultra-Light


Heat exchangers on the inside of pots can be used to heat up water faster and more efficiently and as ovens where the exchanger transfers heat to food in a plastic bag or aluminum wrap.


Homemade bake adapters can be quite easy to construct and operate.  See Bruce's Accessories, Tinny's Baking Biscuits and the Brasslite TrailBaker for other ideas.


Handling and Lifting Pots



There are many ways to grab and move a hot pot.  If your pot has handles then grabbing it with a fabric pot holder, or just a couple of layers of cloth, should do the trick (unless the handles are engulfed in flames).  Fabric pot grabbers can be easily made or trimmed down from larger ones and can be used to keep your stove from clanging around in your pot while hiking.


MSR 1.0oz Pot Gripper


If you don't have built in handles, you can try a commercial pot griper.  MSR makes a 1.0oz gripper that works pretty well.


Honeycombed MSR Grippers


Minimal weight (0.3oz/10g) can be shaved off MSR 1.0 grippers by honeycombing (drilling holes) and removing the plastic handle.  But if you would like to save more weight, you can custom build a gripper with thinner material, such as 1/16" flat aluminum.


Homemade grippers can also be made from plumbers tape or 1/16th" x 1" flat aluminum.  Depending on how you design them, they generally work best with pots that have a prominent rolled lip (such as the Antigravity 3 Cup Pot).  Also see backpackinglight.com  2365


Can-Pot Handling

If you are using a Can-Pot that requires a more delicate approach to lifting, wait for the flames to die down, and use a piece of closed cell foam (such as from a cheap sleep pad) or cloth folded over a couple of times and grab the side of the Can-Pot when hot.  If you can't get a good grip with one hand because you have small hands or arthritis, try using two hands.


Note - Heineken Can-Pots are much easier to grab since they aren't flimsy and have ridges to help you grip them.


There are also several ways to make a working pot handle/gripper if you don't mind the extra weight:


Mike Kollross Handles for CanPots

This link shows the needed tools and the progression of altering the shower curtain rings.  The fifth step is an alteration of step 3 to form the handles by twisting the eyes 90 degrees.  The tool in the upper right is a wire bending jig available from LeeValley Tools.



The original setup was for two handles placed opposite of each other but a single handle works as well.







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