Vargo Pot Lid Modification
By John D. McCann
I like the Vargo Titanium "Ti-Lite 750" mug because, like my Snow Peak Solo Pot, it fits tightly over a Nalgene® bottle. However, the lid on my Snow Peak pot has a lid lifter that lays flat when not in use. The Vargo "Ti-Lite 750" has a stationary knob attached to the top which sticks above the rim of the lid. It doesn't sound like much, but it will not slide into a nice flat space like my other lid.
So, I figured a quick modification was in order. Looking around the shop I found some 1 hole Ring Hangers which are used to hang pictures. They are stainless steel and substantial, so I chose one of them for this project.
The original lid lifter came of the Vargo lid with no problem as it is held in place with a Phillips head screw underneath. Once it was removed, I already had a hole for the Ring Hanger. I was about to attach the Ring Hanger with a pop rivet when I figured I would modify it as well. The way it was, the Ring hanger, when attached would indeed lay flat when not in use. But, it wouldn't stand up by itself when raised. This would certainly make it easier to use a stick to lift the lid when it was hot.
There are two little legs on the Ring Hanger that face back towards the ring after going through the pivot rings. So I did a little bending of the two legs of the Ring Hangers (about 85 degrees), so when the lifter was in the up position it would stand there (the accompanying photos will make this easier to understand). Now a stick could easily be placed through the ring when standing. Although this modification did keep the new lid lifter from laying completely flat, it did not stick above the lip on the lid.
A quick pop rivet and the project was done. This is one of those quick project that needs hardly any tools but results (at least in my opinion) in an easy modification that makes a piece of gear more functional for my purposes.
As you see, this is one of those easy modifications that take little time or tools.
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