How to Boil Water in a Paper Pot

And you thought titanium was lightweight. If a new patent-pending design from Hexa Pot becomes a commercial reality, you may soon be able to boil water in a half-ounce container made from paper.

Constructed from a "special non-toxic waterproofing multi-ply paper material," the Hexa Pot is named for its six-sided, hexagonal design and is capable of withstanding the heat required to boil water or other liquids (though not for cooking solid food) without burning. It lies flat for easy packing, folds together quickly, and even includes two flaps that extend upward from the sides for easy lifting. To pour liquids, simply grab the flaps and tilt the pot forward; the hexagonal shape creates a sharp-angled, easy-pouring corner at the front. When cooking, the flaps fold down to keep the included paper lid in place.

The Hexa Pot is made from a biodegradable material that can be tossed out, recycled, or even composted. Though designed for single-use, Hexa Pot claims that it can be used several times before the paper material starts to degrade and/or leak. A small and a large size have been created to date, weighing in at 0.3 ounces and 0.5 ounces, respectively.

Here's the catch. The Hexa Pot doesn't yet exist for purchase. It's a project on Kick Starter, a web site that generates public funding for creative projects like this one. Anybody can donate to help make the Hexa Pot a reality; I certainly hope they make it. The minimum pledge is only $1, though if you pledge $15 or more, you'll receive your very own Hexa Pot as a thank you for your support. (Like any Kick Starter project, if you make a pledge and the company fails to reach its target, you don't pay anything.)

The fledgling company is trying to raise $25,000 to get the Hexa Pot off the ground. As of January 8, they were still shy of $2,000 with only 19 days left. Regardless of whether Hexa Pot succeeds, there seems little doubt that this type of ultralight cooking technology will start appearing in packs in the coming years.

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.