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pot cosy material, what to use

Discussion in 'Cooking' started by ozzy1977, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. ozzy1977

    ozzy1977 Full Member

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    Thinking of making a pot cozy, what is the best stuff to use and where from? I have seen alunimium foil bubble wrap but it does seem rather expensive
     
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    Old fire blanket works well.

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    Sleeping bag, jumper, wooly hat et al.
     
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    Hi Lab, good to see you back on :)

    TV/electrical packaging foam works well.
     
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    dutch oven cosy, or pot cosy?
     
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    Cheers mate thats appreciated :cool:
     
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    Yep this one. At least one of the DIY stores will have it on offer. I got a roll a few years ago and I'm still making cosies left right and centre.

    Don't bother with the twin cosy "2 layers are better than one" approach- I've tried it and the heat values are not significantly different to one layer.
     
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    I got a 10m roll of the silver bubble wrap stuff from b and q for £15 and have made loads of cosies. Along with a mat to go under my hammock. (Maybe more successful in the warmer months I have yet to try that.) along with some heat mats for stoves and super light weight windshields.

    Bob Cartwright did a very thorough test of pot cosies, and the thermal efficiency of different designs on the outdoor station at this link (I hope)

    http://www.theoutdoorsstation.co.uk/2012/02/how-and-why-to-make-a-pot-cosy-for-your-cooking-system/

    Hope it helps, you can always make some for your mates with the spare material, which could lead a warm feeling inside. Some could even say cosy....
     
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    Is the suitable for pot cozy bubble wrap silvered on both sides or just on one as when I received a gallon jug of isopropyl in the post it was wrapped ( inside the box) in a giant bubble wrap envelope that's just silvered on the outside.

    Atb

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    The stuff that i use is silver both sides, but your stuff will still work. If it's thin enough you could alwys double back it.
     
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    Thanks, it's pretty thin so I can double up. I may make the two piece, one slides over other sort and just double up the ends.

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    + 1 to the thermawrap. I bought 1 roll on special offer and have made loads of cosies with it, plus a long length to go either in my hammock for summer months or under a thermarest in winter whilst ground dwelling. It significantly increases the warmth of a thermarest prolite during winter camping down to -10c (I've not tried it lower than that though).
     
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    Thermowrap!
    I noticed that at my local Homebase, they would reduce a full roll by a third if the label was missing or it had a slight tear in it.
    I bought a full roll plus the tape for £15 and it'll last for years.
    Used a long length for under quilt in winter and works a treat.

    The best use has been a cosy for my Nalgene bottle. Don't make a cosy lid though, fill with near boiling water, slip on the cosy then put in a dry bag in my sleeping bag. The cosy controls the release of the heat keeping me toastie all night and it's still warm in the morning making the first brew a lot quicker!


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    And after a hours messing here's the first two cozies. There's not enough tape left to do another but that's easily sorted tomorrow. I did my two most used pans first and will do the big pans I simmer stuff in next.

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    cheers!

    Tom

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    I would add that when I first started making cosies I used the aluminium tape- don't bother it's too flimsy, stay with the silver nasty (or black if you aren't bothered about colour co-coordinating!)
     
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    Would it be possible to use a top cosy whist it is on a gas burner?
     
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    I've not tried it, but the foil is basically plastic. I can't think it would end well!
     

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