This is my Toaks 650 cook kit setup. I made the pot stand myself so that it would fit inside of the mug. Toaks do sell one too but total cost with shipping to Sweden is too high and this thing is basically the same.
Toaks 650 pot
Trail Designs 12-10 alcohol stove
Trail Designs Measuring cup
DIY pot stand
Bic lighter (rarely use it)
Sponge for cleaning
DIY Pot cozy
Bamboo spoon (missing in the video)
The weight of this kit is ca 220g and packs down small. The windscreen and the spoon doesn’t fit inside of the mug like the rest of the kit but that’s not a problem for me.
This is what it looks like all setup
Why the fire steel?
The reason I carry a fire steel and not only a lighter is because a couple of years a go my Bic lighter died on me. It was the second day into my 7 day trip and some pretty nasty weather decided to show up in the morning. I had my lighter inside the backpacks hip pocket which is mostly waterproof apart from the zipper. Water came in and soaked the lighter and it wouldn’t start up again for the whole week. Luckily I’d packed my fire steel, actually almost forgot it at home, and from this day I don’t go out on a trip without it.
However I don’t just leave the lighter at home because it’s quite hard to light for example a candle with fire steel…
This weekend we had an overnighter planned but we couldn’t make that so it had to be a shorter trip. I browsed the web for nice places to go and felt that Isaberg Mountain Resort would be a good choice. I drive past Isaberg almost once a month in work errands so the place is well know to me and it sits very beautiful in the hearth of Småland, Sweden. Just a fun fact for you guys that are not Swedish but know the brand Hestra Gloves. They’re made not very far from there 🙂
Click the picture to get a high-resolution downloadable map.
We parked my car close to the golf course in the east and started walking towards the t-junktion in the middle of the map where Hestraspåret and Bjärsvedsleden connects. Through out the day we walked Järnbärarleden, Bjärsvedsleden (our main goal) and Sjöstigen. This sums up at about 20km in total. Unfortunately it didn’t occur to me that I could track and trace our routes via my Sunnto Ambit watch so I started recording after we’ve done the smaller tracks. Down below you can see some info about where we went and so on.
Today it was the maiden voyage for some new stuff too. I had my new Arc’Teryx Palisade pants and they were light and not too warm. They were also pretty easy to role up and wear as shorts. We had great weather throughout the whole day with temperatures around 18C and blue skies.
The most interesting piece of equipment for the day was the Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti Tri. I got it with both the 12-10 stove and the Inferno insert. I bought it sized for the Evernew 1.3L Titanium pot.
Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti Tri with Inferno insert made for the Evernew 1.3 Titanium pot.
Burns wood like a baws!
Sidewinder in alcohol-mode.
Sidewinder with Inferno insert and floor.
12-10 stove is made of recycled aluminum soda cans. Weighs only 14g.
This amazing piece of gear is ultra lightweight and weighs in at only 267g with all the stuff listed above! That gives us the possibilities to run it both on alcohol and wood. Cooking times are great. We didn’t time the 12-10 stove but with the Inferno insert and wood we had about a liter of water boiling in 5 minutes from when the wood started burning. That is not too bad, not bad at all to be honest. The Inferno insert is an great addition to the Sidewinder itself. What happens is that it works like an jet engine igniting the fumes/gas making it burn more intense. This also helps with the “leave no trace” mantra. Because the wood burns so hot and with a great airflow it doesn’t give you any thick branches or charcoals unburnt when you’re done. It’s not really as good as the manufacturer makes you think but it’s a lot better than many other wood-burners out there or even an open fire.
You’ll have some ashes left but they just blew away in the wind because it was so fine. You can see in the upper right corner that the ground got burnt through the titanium floor because the heat was so intense.
Enough about the nerdy gear talk already! Here are some pictures from Isaberg!
I’m happy that we’re on the move.
Sjöstigen, taking a short break.
Jon is sorting his feet.
Jon’s new Gossamer Gear Kumo pack and my Granite Gear Crown V.C 60.
The Kumo is a frameless pack so he puts his Therm-a-Rest X-lite pad as a frame.
Sidewinder Ti Tri
Freeze bag cooking – Mashed potatoes with pepper and leek.
Isaberg Mountain Resort is a ski resort among other things but in the summer the lifts are asleep.
The view from Bjärsveds Klint, 250m.
A short break on the hill where the picture above was taken.
An old hanging bridge. We had to get our sea legs on when crossing it because it was moving quite a bit.