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This is a revolutionary approach to esbit and alcohol stove cookery. Trail Designs has developed a cone and stove system that is tuned to specific pots to create the most efficient esbit and alcohol stove system in the known universe. With this Caldera Sidewinder, not only do you get the efficiency, stability and wind protection you've come to expect with the Classic Caldera cone, but you can now pack it all inside your pot!
The theory behind the system is that completely enclosing the pot and stove within the Caldera Cone, and fine tuning the alcohol stove (included...Gram Cracker esbit stove optional) to work in that environment, we are now able to milk every last BTU out of your fuel and funnel it onto all sides of your pot. Not only does the cone system optimize your fuel usage, its wide base provides the most stable system on the market. And if that weren't enough, by totally enclosing the pot and stove, nothing performs better in the wind. Period. To top it off, the Caldera Sidewinder packs completely inside the provide pot along with all it's goodies!
The Caldera Sidewinder features a bomb-proof dovetail closure mechanism, venting that is biased to one side so you can block the wind better, and is made of light weight aluminum. The Caldera Sidewinder kit includes the cone, two titanium stakes, pot gripper, fuel bottle kit, 12-10 stove with integrated primer pan, AND the non-stick Open Country 2 qt pot with lid.....EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HIT THE TRAIL!
NOT FOR USE WITH WOOD OR PETROLEUM FIRES!!!! For wood fires see our 3-Fuel Ti-Tri Products
- Caldera Cone sized to fit your 2qt pot perfectly
- 12-10 alcohol stove with integrated primer pan included
- Fuel bottle kit with measuring cup included
- Two titanium stakes to support the pot
- Tyvek packing sleeve
- .....and a 2 qt Non-Stick Open Country pot with handle to make it a complete system....nothing else to buy!
Caldera Cone - 45 gm
12-10 Stove - 16gm
Fuel Bottle - 20gm
Pot - 167gm
|Ultralight Backpackin' Tips|
Written and Illustrated by Mike Clelland!
|November 2010 - TGO |
TGO Gear Special - TGO writers choose their all-time favorites
Caldera Cone Stove System
Trail Designs Caldera Keg
|April 2010 - Trail Magazine 2010 Gear Guide |
"Caldera Cone and Stove - 4 stars - Add on a dedicated kettle and this is perfect for super light backpacking."
Original article - page 109 700K
|December 2009 - TGO Video |
Video by Emily Rodway - Chris Townsend's favourite gear
"It's incredibly efficient, it's ultralight, and I think for meths stoves it's absolutely brilliant."
|Summer 2008 - Live for the Outdoors |
Graham Thompson - Video Review
"It's a remarkable piece of kit......if you want to travel ultralight it is probably one of the best things you are going to find."
|July 2008 - Trail Magazine - Stoves - The Finalists - Best for Lightweight |
Trail Designs Caldera Cone Stove
Original article - page 78 83 K
|Summer 2008 - BackpackingLight Magazine - Issue 9 |
Article by Alan Dixon - Extreme Ultralight in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Alan Dixon does a sub-5 pound FSO trip and includes the Caldera!
|April 2008 - TGO Magazine |
Article by Cameron McNeish - Five Favourite Things
Caldera Cone Stove
Original article - page 81 250 K
|January 2008 - TGO Magazine |
Chris Townsend review - TGO Best Buy
"Last July I reviewed the original version of this stove and gave it a Best Buy. The latest version is even better and weighs 12 grams less as the material is lighter....the new one has a dovetial join that slides together (and) the air slots now only run along one side..... The combination of stability, light weight, fuel efficiency and wind resistance makes the Caldera Stove the best meths stove for backpacking in my opinion, suitable for any length of trip any time of year."
Original article - page 84 480 K
|December 2007 - Sea Kayaker Magazine |
Ultralight Camp Stove
"The Caldera Cone Stove System from Trail Designs is an ultralight, fuel-efficient alcohol stove system. It is stable, wind resistant and weighs less than two ounces.....The Caldera Cone fits most popular titanium pots and mugs and functions as a combined pot stand, windscreen and heat exchanger. It is easy to disassemble and pack."
Original article - page 54 321 K
|December 2007 - Backpacker Magazine - 2007 Ultralight Handbook |
Kristin Hostetter - Backpacker Magazine - Gear Editor
Original article - page 83 2703 K
|July 2007 - TGO Magazine |
Chris Townsend review - TGO Best Buy
"I'm impressed with the Caldera Cone Stove system. It's easy to use, efficient in cold and windy weather and ultralight. I'll certainly be using it in the future. I recon it's the best meths stove around at present."
Original article - page 104 411K
|March 2007 - TGO Magazine |
For her April 2007 attempt to do the 3300 mile Alpine Challenge, Judy Armstrong chose the Caldera Cone system for her food prep. This article in TGO discusses her gear (only supplying the page that mentioned the Caldera). You can also read more about the plan on her website.
Original article - page 95 881k
"The combination of stability, light weight, fuel efficiency and wind resistance makes the Caldera Stove the best meths stove for backpacking in my opinion, suitable for any length of trip at any time of year."
"I'm impressed with the Caldera ConeTM Stove system ....... I reckon it's the best meths stove around at present."
"This is a remarkable product......ideal for ultralight backpacking. Verdict: This is minimalist with a capital M but functional with a capital F."
"I can't imagine a lighter complete cooking system than this."
"The AGG Caldera Kitchen is the ideal couple's ultralight cooking system, and my wife and I take it on every trip....Just say, 'I will not use a canister stove again!'"
"Think of the Caldera Cone Stove System as an alcohol version of the JetBoil without the weight penalty!"