Pot Cozy on right
After you bring a dehydrated meal to a boil in a pot, it still needs another ten minutes or so to fully rehydrate. Transferring the pot to an insulating pot cozy holds in the heat, so the meal stays hot.
The meal will continue to cook because of the retained heat, so a cozy saves fuel.
When you're ready to eat, the insulation around the pot allows you to hold the pot in your hand, or set it in your lap when there is no table.
Reflective Foil Insulation Material
It's easy to make your own pot cozy with Reflectix™ (brand name) and some
Reflectix™ is two layers of plastic bubbles sealed with reflective foil. It is very light and holds heat well.
Buy Reflective Foil Insulation Material from Amazon.
24" by 10' Roll
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Here are two great videos by Steve Green and George Andrews that show how to make pot cozies.
Automobile Windshield Sunshade Material
Here is a suggestion from BackpackingChef reader, Eric March: "A good way to get Reflectix™ type material in small quantities to make cozies is with an automobile windshield sunshade. A regular sized one can make several, and is as close as your local auto parts supplier or discount store. I've had good luck with clear 2" mailing tape, trimmed to fit, to join pieces and seal cut edges as needed."
Buy a Custom-made Cozy
Anti-Gravity Gear makes custom cozies for many sized backpacking pots for about $13. Your pot will nest inside
the cozy when packed, and the cozy only weighs about an ounce. They also sell an inexpensive squirt bottle that will hold eight ounces of alcohol.
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