Application LuxuryLite Koozy Kitchen - Mark McLauchlin
- Please accept my application to test the LuxuryLite Koozy Kitchen Stove
by LuxuryLite Gear, from here on known as the LLK. I have read Chapter 5
of the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide version 0609, and will follow all
instructions and fulfill all requirements. As a non-US based tester I am
also accepting the need to pay for freight.
This will be an ideal item for me to test as I am in the process of
investigating many different stoves for purchase to fulfill my light
I have also applied to test the Primus Eta Express Stove and have
modified this report to reflect.
One of the key technical advantages of the LLK is the combination of
stove and koozy all in one package that can also be packed into the cup
for storage. This is truly exciting and something I will thoroughly
Name: Mark McLauchlin
Height: 1.76 m (5' 9")
Weight: 80 kg (176 lb)
Email: mark at swanvalleyit.com.au
City: Perth, Western Australia
I have been hiking for approximately 12 months with most of my hiking
consisting of day walks averaging 16 22 km (10 14 mi) and
short overnight trips where possible.
I consider myself to be a light hiker with an average pack weight of
13 kg (29 lbs).
My preference is for hot dinners, breakfasts of cereals with fresh
fruit, and lunches usually of bars and sandwiches. I am starting to work
with freezer bag type meals.
I intend to test the LLK on a few planned hiking trips. The hiking trips
will include single over night and multi day/night in the Hills area of
Perth Western Australia and the Southern regions of the state. Average
temperatures that can be expected this time of the year range from a
mean maximum temperature of 25.5 C (77 F) to mean minimum temperature of
8 C(46 F), with an average elevation of 30 Meters (115 ft), however I
will be attempting to camp at 580 Meters (1903 ft).
Average rainfall expected during the initial few months of testing is
134mm or 5.28 in. (April to June).
The first weeks of testing I plan to camp over night at some of the
northern end campsites along the Bibbulumn track
<http://tinyurl.com/3cw23v> >. These campsites all host a three sided
hut, water tanks, bush style toilet and a cleared space for tents
(although quite small).
May this year (2008) I am planning a hike into the South Western end of
state (Western Australia) where the temperatures change dramatically.
Average maximum temperature of 21.0 C (70 F), and minimum temperatures
of 11.0 C (52 F). Rainfall during this time is also expected to be
approximately 75 mm (2.95 in). A detailed plan of this trip can be
provided, however it is expected to consist of 5 nights, 7 days,
covering approximately 123 km (76 mi).
The emphasis of my test plan will be on day trips and overnight hikes,
which I actively combine into geocaching. If I am lucky to be accepted
to test the LLK it will perhaps make the perfect companion in terms of
size, weight, durability and functionality, all of which and more will
be evaluated. I look forward to being able to make hot drinks and meals
with a minimal weight stove. As above stated I also plan on some longer
multi day hiking.
* True weight of the LLK, as listed on the manufacturer's
website, is 369g or 13 oz. This is a great weight when you include the
stove and 710ml or 24 oz stainless steel cup I will accurately weight
* How easy does the Stainless steel cup scratch?
* Will any of the components deteriorate over time?
* Do the handle hinges become loose?
* Will the igniter lose the ability to spark after a period?
* Do any of the components, i.e., koozy and main body distort over
time with the application of hot liquids and foods?
* Is the volume of the pot (710ml or 24 oz) enough to re-hydrate my
meals in one boil?
* I will also accurately measure and record the volume of the pot.
* Are you able to get all the pieces `nest' together or is it
like a Japanese origami exercise?
* Is it nice and easy to clean or will it stain?
* Is the efficiency of the boil (2 minutes) really good, I will test
this by measuring temperatures over time and create a graph to represent
this under `normal' atmospheric conditions (ref to temperature
ranges listed in my Field Information section. I will compare to the 2
min boiling time the manufacture lists.
* Does the koozy provide insulation enough to assist with keeping the
food warm, helping to burn when cold and also prevent your hands from
* How stable it the LLK going to be both on the ground or table, am I
going to be comfortable that it will not topple over?
Previously Written Reports
Columbia Trail Meister Hiking Shoes <http://tinyurl.com/2y3ha2
October 15th 2007
Marine Blue Sunscreen with Insect Repellent <http://tinyurl.com/2ghah5
November 11th 2007
My reports and reviews can be found at;
I am currently waiting on the arrival of DeFeet Cloud 9 Socks (5 weeks)
and the Flej Solo (4 weeks) as my first reviews.
Thank you for your consideration Kenny B,
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