Pot Cozy on right
I let my meal sit for ten minutes after I remove it from the stove to finish rehydrating. Transferring the pot to a cozy holds in the heat so the meal stays nice and hot. Because I eat out of the pot, it’s nice to have the insulation around the hot pot so I can hold the pot in my hand or lap when there is no table.
The meal will continue to cook because of the retained heat, so a
cozy saves fuel. For most meals, all you have to do is hit the boiling
point, shut off the stove, and transfer the pot to the cozy. For pasta,
maintain a boil for at least two minutes, but then the cozy will finish
You can make your own pot cozy with Reflectix™ material and some
Reflectix™ is two layers of plastic bubbles sealed with reflective foil. It is very light and holds heat well.
Look for it in the insulation department of hardware stores, although it was not in stock at Home Depot the last time I checked.
Here's a great video that shows how to make a cozy by Steve Green.
Reflectix Material Online
Amazon.com sells Reflectix material in several roll sizes as small as 24" by 10'.
Click the image at right to order from Amazon.
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, might cost $6, and is as close as your generic 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 cozies for just about every backpacking pot on the
market including the Evernew™ ECA417 and ECA418 pots that I use. The
price is $8 up to $13, depending on your pot. 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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