on September 28, 2012
I bought this to keep in my vehicle along with some MH meals. I decided to give it a shot, here are the results:
The plastic bag shown in the photo is part of the cooking system. You drop in a heater pack, water mixed with the provided salt tab, and your MH meal, zip it shut and leave it for 20 min.
Within 30 seconds, you can hear the heater boiling the water. The bag becomes extremely hot to the touch (states up to 200 degrees). Steam vents from the top of the bag in both directions.
Meal cooks with very little left over heater water. Fairly easy cleanup, discard the heater pack, wipe the inside of the zip bag. It leaves a "harmless" white residue on the MH bag and inside the zip bag that will need to be cleaned after each use.
With no flame, I can see this working well in extreme cold and high elevations.
As another review stated, you can probably be creative and heat other things such as warm drinks.
No CO made in the process.
Size: The bag is a bit large and cannot compact very well. In the bag is a mixing bottle to dissolve the salt tablet in.
Cannot subdivide: Since the zip bag is needed, you can't break the 5 heater packs into different kits.
Smell: A small issue, yes, but the steam smells horrible.
Too many parts: You must have the zip bag, heater pack, salt tab, mixing bottle (I'm sure you can improvise this if needed), and the MH meal along with enough water for the meal and heater.
Overall, this is a great heater system and is perfect for my truck. I would probably not take this backpacking, however.
on February 16, 2013
this is a great product for camping, hiking, or for when ever the moment for a hot meal is warranted. I love it I highly recommended to any out doors person, or just for WTSHTF or TEOTWAWKI happens hey you never know and it good to be prepare. Great service Thanks!!!
on July 5, 2015
This is definitely the best way to prepare the Mountain House Pro-pack trail dinners. The freeze-dried food is always completely reconstituted and hot using this method, and can be left in the heating bag for quite awhile. It also does not require the user to have a campfire permit, unlike the portable stoves,