Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

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Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

Postby zelph » Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:57 pm

04-30-2007, 18:35
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Originally Posted by sarbar
In most cases it will cook fine (if instant oatmeal), but if you are doing say couscous, it doesn't hurt. Or if you get busy and come back 20 minutes later to eat
As for me, it depends on the weather if I use a cozy in the morning. But usually hot bag=cozy so I am not doing the cooling off dance in my hands.


I rehydrate/heat soups that I"ve dehydrated. I put the freezer bag in an empty plastic Gatoraid jar with a screw top. I made a blue foam cozy for the jar but it was difficult to pack. This last weekend I just took the jar without the cozy. After 15 minutes it was rehydrated and still almost too hot to eat. Temperature was 45 F when i did my supper.

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I recently read the above post on Whiteblaze.net http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showpos ... stcount=11

It's interesting what Slosteppin says about NOT using a cozy: After 15 minutes it was rehydrated and STILL almost too hot to eat.

Take his experience into consideration when you think of making and using a pot cozy. Do you really want the extra weight? Forget about the cozy, add the weight by increasing the base/footprint of your STOVE. Add some stability to your cooking. Ask me how!!!!!!
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Re: Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

Postby Midway Sam » Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:38 am

I made a DIY cozy out of a Reflectix automobile sunscreen. However, I only used it on one trip and decided it was "fluff" since it only served one purpose and was only used once a day for 5-10 mins. I have since switched to wrapping my freezer bag up in and extra article of clothing or something similar. I have resisted the temptation of using my sleeping bag!
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Re: Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

Postby zelph » Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:30 pm

Awhile back I did some tests using this brown paper lunch bag as a pot cozy. Worked just great. I'll see if I can find the specs on the tests and post later. I found these photos so I put them here for safe keeping :D

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Re: Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

Postby RadioFreq » Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:06 pm

My fbc cozy is my fleece stocking cap. As long a I'm careful
(i.e. triple-check the seal of the bag) it works great.
And like any lightweight camping item it has two uses.

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Re: Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

Postby oops56 » Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:17 am

Well here how i made one a sun windscreen cut to circle and a long one to rap round pot . One in bottom rap pot put other round on top pull string to close
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Re: Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

Postby zelph » Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:05 pm

RadioFreq wrote:My fbc cozy is my fleece stocking cap. As long a I'm careful
(i.e. triple-check the seal of the bag) it works great.
And like any lightweight camping item it has two uses.


Every item we carry should have two uses.
I experimented with the lunch bag cozies that you see in the above post to see why they were being used.

200 degree water put into a FBG of ramen noodles and then put into that little lunch bag and then put outside onto my deck when it was 15 degrees outside was the test. After being outside for 10 min. the ramen was completely rehydrated and was at 180 degree temperature. Still too hot to eat. I performed the test three times in a row. Same results.

I just keep mine out of the wind, no pot cozy needed. The faster I can get at my meal the better. :D

I'd rather use a colorful scarf like the one in oops's photo instead of the reflextic type stuff.

Lightweight hiking is all about getting rid of the excess.

Pot cozys are not needed.
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Re: Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

Postby zelph » Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:05 pm

Came across this additional photo of the closed cell foam pad for the bottom of the bag.

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Re: Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

Postby sarbar » Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:35 pm

Don't know if you guys have seen my cozies that I make out of Insul Bright material...I got pimped by Backpacker Magazine in the December issue though for them :D I try to keep them under 1 1/2 ounces total weight. They also insulate cold foods as well, so dual purpose (and they roll up when not needed to near nothing!)
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Re: Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

Postby zelph » Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:09 am

sarbar wrote:Don't know if you guys have seen my cozies that I make out of Insul Bright material...I got pimped by Backpacker Magazine in the December issue though for them :D I try to keep them under 1 1/2 ounces total weight. They also insulate cold foods as well, so dual purpose (and they roll up when not needed to near nothing!)


Insul Bright!!! I'll have to go take alook see. And they role up to near nothing wow!!!

Thanks for sharing that.
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Re: Pot Cozy - To Use or Not to Use

Postby Pure Mahem » Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:16 pm

sarbar wrote:Don't know if you guys have seen my cozies that I make out of Insul Bright material...I got pimped by Backpacker Magazine in the December issue though for them :D I try to keep them under 1 1/2 ounces total weight. They also insulate cold foods as well, so dual purpose (and they roll up when not needed to near nothing!)

any pics?or a link? :mrgreen:

never mind, my bad, I found your website in a previous post, sorrry....
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