Originally Posted by 4000Miles
That's quite a nifty little gadget you've got there... mind posting up a quick tutorial? What did you use to hold it all together? Where did you get the insulation? Do these vans get good gas mileage?
This cozy is made from a roll of heating vent insulation that, essentially, is plastic bubble wrap with a kind of heat resistant plastic on the outside. It looks and feels like a thick bubble wrap with a rugged exterior. I bought a large roll of it in the heating/cooling section of a local, well-stocked hardware store. This roll is about 8 inches high.
The wrap is silver on the outside and white on the inside. The inside also has a sticky strip on it that I used to stick two plys of the wrap together so that all you see is the silvery outside. I created three pieces: One to wrap around the pot, one for the top and one for the bottom that I velcro to the sides to create a better seal. The top is simply stuffed inside. I think all of these pieces are readily apparent from the photo.
I sealed the ends with a kind of metal tape that was also available in the same section of the hardware store. But, I suspect that any kind of tape would work and that this sealing is not even necessary (given that the stuff I used could be stuck together using its own stickum).
I made it from three pieces so that I can fold it down to almost nothing when it isn't in use. If I made it all a single piece, I don't know that I could do that.
Since I have two different sized pots, I have made liberal use of stick-on velcro to allow me to adjust the circumference of the pot I can wrap.
It never occurred to me to use the cozy to keep something cold. I'll have to try that on my next tour.
If these directions aren't clear enough, do a google search for "pot cozy" and you'll get pages more of them.
Some people make the cozy out of closed cell insulating pads, like the kind people sleep on. If you have an old one of those, it will also work. Here's a set of directions for doing that: http://sourcetosea.net/how-to-make-a-pot-cozy/
I used the bubble wrap because it is lightweight, easily folds down to almost nothing, and I didn't have any of closed cell foam.
I hope this helps.