If you enjoy winter backpacking/hiking/camping then you know how good a hot meal makes you feel at the end of the day. Hot food and drinks not only warms my sprits but it adds warmth and fuel to my body on a cold day or night.
A pot cozy is one of my winter essentials, the cozy keeps my heated water hot and if I eat from my pot it’s easier to hold the hot pot, best of all my meals stay hot to the last bite. Cozies save fuel, ultra-light, easy to make, materials are cheap and easy to get and they simply work.
I make my cozies using Reflectix aka heat duct insulation and/or car windshield heat reflectors. Materials needed, Reflectix, craft knife, ruler, Sharpie pen, duct tape and about 30 minutes of time. Here’s how I make mine.
Trace around the top of the pot, this will be the bottom piece of the cozy; tracing around the top accommodates the pot handle and doesn’t make the cozy too snug.
Wrap tape around the sidepiece and place bottom piece inside, cut slits in the tape and begin folding each section down. By placing your pot inside and using its bottom to press the tape in position makes this step easier.
Repeat the same steps to complete the lid. The lid I made slides down and over the sides by about 1.5-inches as seen in the next photo, yours may vary.
Completed pot cozy with a slit cut in the lid piece for the pot lid grip thing. In the background is a fuel canister cozy I made several years ago using blue CCF (closed cell foam) aka Wal-Mart camping foam pad. I also have one for a hard sided Nalgene bottle that I use in the winter months, having a hot drink to sip on as I hike and when I stop for a break is most appreciated on a cold day.
The cozy I made is for my Evernew 0.6-liter pot, cozy weight 30 grams. Silver Reflectix tape can be used in order to save a little more weight and it looks better, but I’ve found duct tape is more durable.
IMO you need a pot cozy, that’s unless you use a JetBoil system, which comes with a neoprene cozy.
Here are ten reasons why Keith Foskett author of The Last Englishman uses a pot cozy and how he makes them.