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Old 05-10-12, 07:26 PM
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Looking to buy a decent flask ,that actually maintains the heat inside for quite sometime & also looking for a 12 v kettle , any suggestions on what brand to buy ?

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ISOSTEEL, would'nt go for anything else,

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Rather get a small gas stove, and a bialetti...

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12v kettle is useless.
get a gas hiker unit, can take it anywhere
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+ 1 for never touching a 12 V kettle ! Tepid water if it ever gets hot……….

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ISOSTEEL, would'nt go for anything else,

http://www.opticsonline.co.za/index....th=439_503_508
Looks a lot silmilar to the one's that Cape U M, sell. Bought one a while back and not very happy with it .

The isosteel one's as per your link are well priced.

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12v kettle is useless.
get a gas hiker unit, can take it anywhere

That might just be the answer ,any idea how long it will take to boil water for lets say 2 x cups ?

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That might just be the answer ,any idea how long it will take to boil water for lets say 2 x cups ?
Max 10 min

I have the campingaz version of that stove and you can really crank open the gas if you need to.
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Use the gas hiker cooker together with a collapsible kettle. Haven't measured exactly but boils a liter in about 5 minutes.

Collapsible kettle

http://wackypracticals.com/pack-away-kettle

It is available locally from TOCHS

http://www.tochs.co.za/collapsible.html

EDIT: Measured it. Took 5 min 15 secs to boil

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Yep I have a few of the campingaz ones and they boil quickly. I think they use another type of gas that burns hotter than normal lp.

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There are many look "alikes" of the ISOSTEEL products, but if ISOSTEEL is not stamped on the bottom, it is not ISOSTEEL an will not perform the same.

I also have a collapsible kettle, works great on one of the hikelite type gas burners.

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Collapsible kettle


It is available locally from TOCHS

http://www.tochs.co.za/collapsible.html

Thanks for the link ,i will mail them .

Second question ,besides isosteel ,which other brand of flask can you guys really recommmend ?

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The gas stove I got was form www.karibaproducts.co.za.

http://www.karibaproducts.co.za/BP/bp8.jpg

The unit with was something like R180, have a look at the same stove at Cape Union Mart, dan skrik jy jou gat af..

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I have used quite a few of the different flasks. Isosteel is definitely the best. Just make sure it says Isosteel on the bottom. Some of the copies are identical. To be fair, some of the other ones worked pretty well but over time the insulation becomes noticeably less effective. This has also happened to one of my Isosteel ones but they outlasted the others by a long way.

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These stoves are great for making hot drinks or food http://www.campandclimb.co.za/index....emart&Itemid=1
and of course Stanley flasks are legendary http://www.campandclimb.co.za/index....emart&Itemid=1
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These stoves are great for making hot drinks or food http://www.campandclimb.co.za/index....emart&Itemid=1
and of course Stanley flasks are legendary http://www.campandclimb.co.za/index....emart&Itemid=1
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Thank you for the link ,will most definitely make a turn at the store . The advert says that the flask will keep the contents warm for 24 hours. Has anyone actually tested this statement ? I will gladly pay the premium if this is the case.

I have tried various brands ,the last of which i bought at C.U.M ,within 2.5 hours the coffe was p......cold. Gatvol ,looking for a decent flask.

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Just a word of warning about small gas stoves, up to and including including Cadac 10l gas bottle type stoves. They absolutely hate cold temperatures and high altitudes. Two years ago I spent a few nights in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the three nights went down -7degC, -8degC and -9degC respectively. The gas in the gas stoves just refused to vaporise at those temperatures! In fact I almost refused to function as well My friends MSR Whisperlite had a brew boiled loooong before my blessed gas stoves!

If you camp in winter in the interior or at high altitude I would strongly recommend MSR benzine stoves (FOR OUTDOOR USE ONLY - and that includes OUTSIDE the tent).

I have two MSR stoves in my camping kit for slightly different purposes.
The stove I have in my "breakfast and lunch/picnic" box, for boiling water only I use the MSR Whisperlight http://www.campandclimb.co.za/index....emart&Itemid=1

The advantage of these MSR stoves is the variety of fuels they can use. Benzine, petrol and even diesel. The latter with a different jet. My son's 8 person group who have recently returned from an expedition to the Himalayas used the MSR Whisperlite exclusively and had to run it on petrol as benzine was unobtainable. The Whisperlite is an ideal hiking stove.

For supper one often needs an adjustable stove to simmer a pot of food. In the "Kitchen/Evening" box I have an MSR Dragonfly which is adjustable http://www.campandclimb.co.za/index....emart&Itemid=1

If you want a very quick boil then the type (material and shape) of kettle you use is also very important. For example, as nice as stainless steel is it's really not a good conductor of heat and makes a terrible kettle!
I have used a very wide variety of camping kettles in my time. The best (fastest boiling) kettle by far was recently given to me by my generous touring/camping buddy. Its a GSI Outdoors Hae Tea Kettle pictured here (not to be confused by imitation kettles with a plastic spout available at some local outdoor goods outlet - though, to be honest, I haven't tried one of those) http://www.rei.com/product/768513/gs...hae-tea-kettle

As far a flasks go I also use Isosteel. I have a nice Stanley hipflask, but that's a subject for a different post ...

I followed this post because I've also been considering a 12v kettle for those predawn mornings in the game reserve when one wants to get going as early as possible and boil a brew on the go. This morning my wife saw a LeisureQuip 12v kettle at the AA Shop in Cavendish Square, Cape Town, at a price of R176. I wonder if it's worth a try? Has anyone got experience of this one?
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http://campworld.campworld.co.za/ind...mart&Itemid=81

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The green stanley flask is also excellent!! I have used one for many years. My routine is to first rinse the flask with boiling water to heat it up, and then fill it with your hot water of brew. usually filled round about 04:00am and by 20:00 you will still have steaming hot water.
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I do not have any experience with ISO steel, but for the price they should be good! Stanley might be more robust, stores like Trappers usually stock both ISO and Stanley.
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These stoves are great for making hot drinks or food http://www.campandclimb.co.za/index....emart&Itemid=1
and of course Stanley flasks are legendary http://www.campandclimb.co.za/index....emart&Itemid=1
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Thanks for the link ,managed to get a 1l Stanley flask and its really worth the money.

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I have a 1l stainless flask from CUM that is still perfect after 5 years. Water stays hot enough for tea for about 12 hours.

I have a late 80's model campingaz stove that uses the same gas cartridges as a plumber's blowtorch - been using it for years in berg hiking and even in the (very common) Ballito power outages. I love it and it works excellently!

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Use the gas hiker cooker together with a collapsible kettle. Haven't measured exactly but boils a liter in about 5 minutes.

Collapsible kettle

http://wackypracticals.com/pack-away-kettle

It is available locally from TOCHS

http://www.tochs.co.za/collapsible.html

EDIT: Measured it. Took 5 min 15 secs to boil
Wacky Practicals, collapsible kettle - truely brilliant. Dont leave home without one.
Also, spent fortunes on various flasks over last 5 years. Most dont work. A year ago got a Thermos Work flask. Superb. Fill with any surplus boiled water and its more than hot enough to make tea or coffee 24 hours later. We measured 6 degree temp drop over 36 hours. Great.
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Can anyone tell me why my Isosteel flask is not working as well as it used to, it now only stays hot for about 2hrs............are there maybe new seals in the lid that need replacing??

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