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my observations are that the little bricks of Seal blubber or whatever, STINK!!


Yep, welcome to that chemical smell! You'll also love that black residue that you'll be scrubbing off the bottom of the pot after any use. [rolleyes]

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I put approximately 14oz cool water in the pot, put the cover on and got a weak boil just about the time the brick burnt out. It does work and I did not use a wind shield.


Yep, the windscreen will make it more efficient. Like Pondero said, you can fashion one out of a basking pan, though they do make specific foldable windscreens for these stoves, check Campsaver for that.

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Hey Shawn, what's the name of that spiral coffee dripper you mentioned? I can't seem to track it down. I've decided the French Press has gotta go.

edit: ah, found my answer elsewhere on the forum. Soto Helix! Does the hot water drip off the sides at all, or does its design (or physics?) keep the water flowing down into the cup? I noticed its the only design that isn't solid, and wasn't sure if there was a reason for that or not...

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I'll chime in, Bicyclist Abroad.  I use the Soto Helix frequently and it works great.  The filter combined with the spiral shape keep all that delicious coffee dripping down into the cup; no issues.  It's a great addition to a minimalist coffee rig. 
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I'll also say the helix is a great part of my kit, and it works very well.  Although the filter is thoroughly saturated, and the helix might be a little moistened, the filter seems to "funnel" the liquid down to the point of the cone.

I believe I've experienced some heat loss while using it in the coldest conditions.  I'll switch methods occasionally for variety sake, or use a different cone filter holder on extra cold days, but it has become my most frequent "go-to" brewing tool.

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Sounds like what I'm looking for. Do regular cone filters work O.K. or is there a specific type you've found to be the most successful? Also, where did you buy yours from? 
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Sounds like what I'm looking for. Do regular cone filters work O.K. or is there a specific type you've found to be the most successful? Also, where did you buy yours from? 


Mine came with a few cone filters that have "point" on the bottom instead of the more common "flat" bottom.  I've used flat bottom filters, and they work okay, but I like how the pointed ones fit better.  I bought some additional ones from Rob at Ocean Air Cycles.

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Mine came with a few cone filters that have "point" on the bottom instead of the more common "flat" bottom.  I've used flat bottom filters, and they work okay, but I like how the pointed ones fit better.  I bought some additional ones from Rob at Ocean Air Cycles.


You can fold the filters to make the flat bottomed ones more conelike. And the Soto Helix uses the small #2 filters.

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Does the hot water drip off the sides at all, or does its design (or physics?) keep the water flowing down into the cup? I noticed its the only design that isn't solid, and wasn't sure if there was a reason for that or not...


Yes, it does drip down into the cup, not through the sides. Though it is a small filter, and you have to be cautious in your hot water pouring, or you can have the water spill over the top pretty easy. That's what I feel is the biggest drawback to the design of the Soto Helix, but its other strengths outweigh it.

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All the coffee outside I've done this year has been done in the back country on hikes and camping. So naturally, I want the smallest, lightest setup I can have. Which in this case, is a French Press adapter for the Jetboil. Boils in about a minute, weighs 13 oz, works like a charm. Also fits nicely in a handlebar bag. Lost Creek Wilderness-Coffee .jpg 

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All the coffee outside I've done this year has been done in the back country on hikes and camping. So naturally, I want the smallest, lightest setup I can have. Which in this case, is a French Press adapter for the Jetboil. Boils in about a minute, weighs 13 oz, works like a charm. Also fits nicely in a handlebar bag. 


That's one I haven't seen before. Doesn't get easier than that. What a great idea.

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