Application: LuxuryLite Koozy Kitchen - Kathryn
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Application to test the LuxuryLite Koozy Kitchen
Name: Kathryn Doiron
Height: 1.7 m (5' 8")
Weight: 68 kg (150 lb)
Email: kdoiron 'at' gmail 'dot' com
Location: Washington, DC, USA
I started backpacking and hiking seriously almost five years ago. Most
of my miles have been logged in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. I
have recently finished 1200+ miles (1930+ km) of the Appalachian
trail. My style is to be as light as possible while not spending a
fortune. My pack weight tends to hover around 20lbs (9 kg) with food
for 2-3 days. I'm still new to winter camping, but I recently just
started getting into kayak camping.
As the DC area moves into spring, the weather becomes warm and humid
with some cold driving rains. Which means equal parts muddy trails,
and puddles, with dry rocks and leaves. I am interested in testing
this stove as I have never used a canister type stove before and have
been curious. I am interested in seeing if they are as easy to use as
they seem. Is the stove stable, especially with a loaded pot on top.
How well does the cup rest on the pot supports. Is the stove easy to
screw into the canister. Is it possible for the stove to incur damage
while left screwed to the canister for storage as suggested.
My normal mode of cooking at camp is to heat up water, dump into a bag
and rehydrate some freezer bag cooking. How full can the cup be filled
before the possibility of boil overs. Does the stove put out enough
heat to bring the contents of the cup to a full boil. Does the cup
fit into the neoprene koozy. Does the cup come with a pouring spout.
How tall is the cup. Will it be possible to eat directly from the cup
or will it be hard to get food out of the bottom of the cup. Will
food burn to the bottom due to the depth of the cup. Can the cup be
safely stirred with a spoon to prevent scorching. How hard will it be
to clean the cup after a cooked meal. Does the cup have a rounded
corner or a square corner at the bottom. Does the handle of the cup
get hot when the cup is heated.
How well stitched is the neoprene koozy. Does the poly cup slide in
and out easily from the koozy. How easy is the koozy to fold in half
and fit around a fuel canister. How durable is the poly cup. Is it
possible to find replacement cups should this cup crack or break. How
easy is it to measure liquids with an opaque cup. Will it be possible
to see the water level through the cup or the lines through on the
inside. The cup is quite deep. Will eating from the cup be a
problem. Will I be able to reach all the way to the bottom. A long
handled spoon is recommended but are the corners of the cup rounded
for easy food removal or square.
The whole setup is designed to fit into the cup when not in use. Is
there some mechanism to keep the poly cup and neoprene koozy in place
on the cup to prevent items from falling out. Will placing the
canister in the cup cause scratching on the surface. Will any
resulting scratches form rust. If there is any moisture left in the
pot will it cause the canister to rust. Does the cup accommodate the
large and small canister. How well will the stove work in cool or
cold weather. I don't anticipate temperatures below freezing anymore
but if I should encounter any I will be interested in how the stove
performs and how well the neoprene koozy works to keep the stove warm.
My testing plan will include testing the LuxuryLite Koozy Kitchen in
the backyard to become comfortable with the controls and to run a few
benchmarking tests. I will be backpacking sections of the Appalachian
trail and Shenandoah park region which offers challenging hikes and
many opportunities to do overnights and longer hikes. I am now a
member of several local hiking/backpacking/kayaking meetups and there
are always trips planned to join in on. I have at least one major
weekend trip planned per month with day hikes scattered around. I
also go on kayaking overnight trips that require the use of
backpacking equipment. As I am currently taking over as head
organizer, I am planning many trips out this year to drum up support.
I also plan on running moon hikes and will be able to use the stove to
make hot chocolate for people who are interested. In April and May, I
have 2 three day trips and two day trips tentatively planned for
Virginia, and South Carolina.
I welcome the opportunity to test the LuxuryLite Koozy Kitchen. I am
also applying for the Primus EtaExpress. I have a slight preference
towards the Primus stove.
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