On my most recent long trips I have used the Jetboil Sol Ti, but there has always been one pot which I have considered when packing for a trip, it is the Evernew 900 ml (ECA 252). I purchased this pot nearly 10 years ago and have used in it in many countries with many different burners.
Recently I have begun to reflect upon my experiences with the Jetboil and my increasing reluctance to carry a dedicated stove system such as the Jetboil. My concern has been what is my backup plan if it fails? As a result I have begun look at alternatives built around my favourite pot.
The above photo shows the Evernew pot mounted on a small Ti stand and the Mogo Firefly (formerly sold by Gossamer Gear if I recall correctly). I have used this combination in Scandinavia, along with many other alcohol combinations over the years, but efficiency and wind were always the main challenges for such burners. But the Trail Designs Caldera Cone system changed and has had an immediate effect on the suitability of alcohol, and Esbit, as backpacking fuels.
I have always sought packability (and durability) when preparing for a trip and as a consequence I experimented with the Zelph StarLyte stove in conjunction with a Trail Designs Ti sidewinder cone windscreen. The option of using the plastic lid on the burner to save fuel was also appealing. However, my other desire has been to be able to light the burner with a Fire Steel and for this reason alone I have found the Starlyte stove to be less than ideal. The benefit of the system, however, is that everything can be packed inside the pot, including the fuel for a weekend trip.
Inside the pot is the Starlyte burner, Ti sidewinder cone, Light My Fire Fire steel and fuel bottle. The total weight excluding fuel bottle is 180 gms.
On my most recent trip I used the Evernew Titanium Burner and Trivet inside the Sidewinder cone. The pot sits on the trivet raising the top of the pot about a centimetre above the top of the cone. The advantages of this system, is the capacity of the burner, the strength of the burner, as well the trivet disperses the flame across the breadth of the pot, finally it is easy to light with a fire steel. The setup is shown below.
All packed away.
Inside the pot is the Ti windscreen, Evernew burner, Trivet and mini light my fire. The total weight is 216 gms.
I prefer a remote canister stove for stability reasons and my stove of choice is the Fire Maple 117T, I combine the stove with either an aluminium windshield or the Trail designs Sidewinder cone.
The weight of the setup with FMS 117T burner, Aluminium windscreen, Light My Fire Fire steel, is 265 gms. which is approximately 20 gms heavier than the Jetboil.
When combined with the Trail Designs Ti Tri System the pot can be used in wood burning mode, or equally on any wood fire. I like this system, but would be less likely to take it on a long trip, instead relying on a small stick fire when needed.
Inside the pot is the Sidewinder Ti Tri, Light My Fire Fire steel, tinder card. The weight, excluding the Tinder card, is 217 gms.
The pot could also be used on White Gas stoves such as the two pictured below, you will require a stand for the Borde burner, as the one provided with the burner is a little heavy.
In closing, the variety of burners that can be used with the pot, plus its optimal capacity for my boiling water needs, makes it perfect for my purposes. Furthermore, the option of mixing and matching with various burners depending on the conditions ensures that the pot remains my favourite.
What burner would I use? I would use either the Evernew burner or a remote canister stove, and for winter I could consider the option of an invertible canister stove. Though the conditions I experience in winter only require careful canister management, such as those described by Jörgen.
If I were to consider an alternative pot, it would be the Evernew 1300 ml (ECA 253), my reason being that in some cases I need to boil 800 ml or so of water and this would allow me to boil that volume of water, in one go, without fear of boiling over and most likely saving fuel as well.
Do you have a favourite pot?