Monday, August 31, 2009

Why You Shouldn't Spend a Lot of $$$ on an Insulated Mug

Why You Shouldn't Spend a Lot of $$$ on an Insulated MugSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

15 comments:

MasterDunbar said...

Jason,

Can you please recap on the instructions for assembly. You lost me when you made two cups into one..........it was as if one of them disappeared!!!

velohobo said...

Excellent down to earth advice. I drink a lot of gin when I’m outdoors, especially when I’m riding a loaded touring bike or backpacking miles from help. How does it hold up with alcohol?

Thanks, Jack

Stephen McGuire said...

Man that pine cone is hard to find...

My only gripe with styrofoam is that it's not recyclable. Though you've provided an easy way to get additional uses from it and save some cash.

I think it'll make me think twice about trashing my medium DD coffee cup and save a few for camping.

-Stephen

Some old guy said...

Were those styrofoam cups made of titanium?

I just make a cozy for my cooking mug and slip it on while the tea steeps. Just made one for the 600...

Long FishTails said...

Now if only you had a lid for it.... LOL

I just don't like the feel/taste of styrofoam against my lips. I might bring two on my next bkpk trip just for the heck of it.

Brian said...

You really should augment your video instructions with downloadable PDFs so that we can print them out and follow along at our own pace - we're not all quick studies like you!

Hmmm, I'm just waiting for the environmental Nazis to beat you up about promoting the use of styrofoam products :(

Jason Klass said...

Velohobo,
Yes, they work fine with alcohol though the smell tends to stay with the cup.

Steven,
On the bottom of my cups, it has the recycle symbol with the number "6", so I it looks like you can recycle them.

Brian/MasterDunbar,
I know, I tried to be as clear as possible but some things are just too mysterious to explain. I did try putting together some PDFs outlining the process but it ended up being 114 pages long and involved a lot of formulas and schematics that I thought would confuse a lot of people so I thought it would be eaier to just show it. If you watch the video 5 or 6 times in slow motion, it might clear things up.

Duane said...

You could wrap the resultant double cup with duct tape, or filament strapping tape around the outside cup. Will make a sort of compression ring so even if you smoosh the opposite sides together, the cups will not crack (at least they did not on a 16oz cup I tested)

Duane said...

velohobo,

You should try Capt Morgan and Gatorade (preferably red) when touring. Drink a little gatorade, pour in the Morgan, shake and instant hydration and buzz

At least that works on the RAGBRAI ride across Iowa.

ADVENTUREinPROGRESS said...

For those that are interested, here are some recycling tips for #6 plastics: http://bit.ly/BvsX2

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s_coach said...

I use two McDonalds coffee cups nested together, and also use their plastic cover. their styrofoam is a little thicker, and is covered with a paper wrap that makes it stronger. my campmor 1-cup measuring cup fits in the top perfectly and keeps the cups from getting crushed.
homer_at

Jason Klass said...

S-Coach,
Yes, I've used the McDonald's cups before and they're great! They're more durable than the regular office ones. Only disadvantage is you have to go to McDonald's to get one. :(

Four Jacks and a Pup said...

Hmmm, took me a couple times of watching it to get those instructions. I might rather buy a mug than have to do all that brainwork.

Styrofoam said...

A more remarkable and practical use of Styrofoam cups as an insulated mug would be to encase it further in plastic or steel container with locked lid. That way it will last longer and doesn’t have to be replaced more regularly.