I made on of these recently to the plans in the PDF and found it work really good.
Also a standard tin fits on top to make a great small billy and the cooker and a bottle of meths fit inside it for transport.
Meths is making a come back. I use a Trangia T28 (the smallest one meant for multi-sporters) for day walks and fly fishing tho it can and has been used for w/e trips. One fill (50ml) will do 2 boil ups (3 if you use a windshield and don't overload the pot) or one dinner cook and everything you need (full burner with simmer ring that actually works, pot holder, small Bic lighter, burner stand, tinfoil swatch for wind screen and a couple of packets of cup-a-soup, coffee mix, what ever) in one neat little bundle. The lid doubles as a non stick fry pan, just big enough for an egg and some bacon or a fat boy burger patty. Easily packed not to rattle. Starts good with a sparker. The down sides, if you can call them that, is it will be affected by a cross breeze, hence the tinfoil, and the disgusting taste of meths, tho this last is no worse that hexi and not nearly as poisonous.
For longer trips or bigger cook ups I use an Optimus 77a which looks and works just like a big Trangia but is slightly lighter and IMHO a better cook set, it can safely be stacked for split level cooking. 2 Pot meals are easily doable. No wind screen needed and plenty of room for spare fuel. Very good wind tolerance, windy river beds are seldom a problem and the crudest wind break (log, pack, small boulder etc) seals the deal.
Meths is cheap, quiet and very easy to find. And yes, it will so too work fine in snow with just a small amount of organization. Also the 'greenest' of fuel, for those give a rats about such things...
I'm a bit surprised that I've never seen anyone in the NZ hills with a Penny Stove or derivative there of. Not only is it the cheapest the stove I have ever owned, but it also came with two free beers and runs absolutely silently!
Anyway, speaking of Cooking Kit - all up I'm carrying 265g plus some meths for fuel for a complete system with no expensive titanium nor any tacky breakable plastic sporks etc. This system is robust, reliable and is as functional as it is easy on the wallet.
|1 litre anodised aluminium billy||Old and has no labels||117g|
|Plastic smiley mug||Generic MIC from the Red Shed||30g|
|Pot lid||DIY (from base of a large Milo tin)||30g|
|Beer Can Stove||DIY (from two aluminium beer cans)||11g|
|No6 wire pot stand||DIY (some orange paint to prevent losing in grass etc)||13g|
|Fire-steels||Light My Fire||26g|
|Anodised aluminium spoon||Sea to Summit||14g|
|Knife||Victorinox (+ inner tube sheath)||18g + 8g|
|Total||weighed together (2g lighter due rounding)||265g|