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Cookware options?

Discussion in 'Cooking' started by The Infamous Grouse, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. rg598

    rg598 Native

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    If you are using a cup for all your cooking, odds are you are not going to be doing much more than boiling water.

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    Plus 1 for the primus trek mate!! Had mine a while now and the non stick coating is still good as new!! Have cooked eggs etc in the fry pan lid no problem, I've used it on open fires, gas burners and meths and works perfect. I've also got the allpkit myti mug, if your just heating water for a brew and maybe dried rats then you can't go wrong!!


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  3. The Infamous Grouse

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    Yeah, now you've said that, and I've thought about it, I can't really see myself doing much, if any frying; which just leaves boiling water/re-hydrating. Answered my own question with that really!

    Thanks for all the input guys! and for excusing my inexperience in this department :)
     
  4. bilmo-p5

    bilmo-p5 Maker Plus

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    I've had the Primus Trek Kettle and the Eta 1ltr (samepot but with a heat exchanger) and loved them both.

    Both work with a Svea123 like they were meant to.
     
  5. MikeLA

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    Still like my Crusader Mug, The only cook pot/mug I use now. (strong and reliable).
     
  6. Harvestman

    Harvestman Bushcrafter through and through

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    +1 for the titan kettle from MSR. Will do it all. Being titanium it isn't be best for coking that involves anything other than boiling - gets hot very quickly and food can stick, but that's titanium, not the MSR. Handles do get hot but cool quickly and a bit of sugru would probably fix that anyway. I use mine on a woodburner so the handles are often in the flames, so they can be excused getting hot. It is a size to give you a decent meal or an enormous drink (if you fill it). It is tough and has stood up to my famous lack of kit care. It is pretty much all I use.
     
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    Probably my Mors 1.8 litre pot by the Four Dog Stove Co, though my Primus Litech pan also runs it close...
     
  8. PDA1

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    I only heat water for brews and rehydrated meals. I have an IMUSA pot, 1 litre capacity for USD2 fromWalmart. weighs 99 grams. uncoated Al/ Also have a Boy Scout Al cooking pot (remainder from a set that included two plates/fry pans) which is wider (5 1/2 inch) which makes for more efficient heating compared with mug shaped pots. weighs 135 grams and cost 99 cents from a second hand shop. The IMUSA mugs a verypopular in the US because of weight and price. Absolutely no need to pay more. With a 1 litre (12cm) plus a 800cc (10cm) IMUSA mug you have an oven for dry baking scones, muffins, bannock and even spotted dog. Either of them is suitable, on its own, for steam baking, a method which I find easier to get reliable results. i have always found that frying in any Al or Ti pot/mug to be more or less impossible as everything sticks, so I make omlettes in a freezer bag, in boiling water (which then is used for coffee).
     
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    Hot handles are easily sorted.....find one of those spring keyring things, the metal ones, and cut to size. Unhook the handles and thread the springs onto them. They act like heat diffusers :)

    I use a Ti mug, make sure that if you buy one that it comes with a lid, and preferably a lid with a wooden knob so that it's easily and safely removed.

    For a wee while there some of us were playing around with blowtorches on the Ti mugs; heat affects the colour, mine's blue and purple just now, and it says Toddy on it :D You can 'write' or pattern on them quite easily :)

    Not ideal to cook in, but for quick food, it's very good, and you can stir fry veggies in it and turn them into stew or soup with no bother. It will also manage a veggie burger....but only one at a time :rolleyes:

    Aluminium is a better pot for cooking with, if it's a decent thickness, but the Ti mug works well with forethought.

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  10. santaman2000

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    Wow! You got a great deal. The older ones are going for around $35 on e-bay. That is the full set (the one pot with lid, one fry pan, one plate and a mug) The older ones are the best as they had a deeper pot than they come with now-a-days. Wish I'd never passed mine down to a cousin.
     
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    If I'm out on my own, I only have one pot, a stainless steel Mucket from Civil War Sutler. It holds a litre, has a hinged lid and both side and bail handles, and is solidly built. Heavier than titanium. but I dont carry much kit anyway. No conection with the seller, just a very happy customer.

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    If you are going the lightweight titanium route, my recommendation would be to have more than one pot. I am heading towards a situation where I have a foldacup, and 2-3 titanium pots. For years I have been using my crusader as a single one pot for everything setup. But, the limitations are that I can't have a cup of tea, while I wait for dinner to cook... Also, given how hot that pot is going to be, I have to wait a while before I can drink from it, and I have a risk that I will burn my lip when trying.

    By having a couple of pots and the foldacup, I can boil up some water, use this to make a cup of tea. I can then bring a meal to the boil, stick it in a potcosy (another wonder invention), and then boil up some rice/smash to go with it. Sipping my tea as I cook.

    This is just my view. Your mileage may vary, etc...

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  13. The Infamous Grouse

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    Good point.

    Thanks guys sharing your experiences! I think at this point the MSR titan looks like a good option, but the Esbit is a little cheaper. I reckon I'll initially go with one of these for a start and see if I feel like I need more when I get going. Like you guys say; it really comes down to my tastes and uses. thanks Toddy for the handle tip:)

    Thanks again guys!
     
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    I use the Alpkit range of titanium cookware, it was a bit more in my budget and has served me well. I have their pot, mug and cup. I have ordered stuff from them on a number of occasions and have always had great service from them.

    https://www.alpkit.com/explore/cookware

    No connection, just a contented customer.
     
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    Primus Litech frying pan
     
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    I love my zebra lunch box, added bonus is the wood gas stove fits in it.
     
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    Pot i use more than any other is my Evernew 900ml non stick pot.
    Size is pretty much perfect for everything from making a brew to cooking my sausage and beans for my full English breakfast.

    Usually take a small 450ml Ti cup as well as i like to have a cuppa with my meal.

    It is true that aluminium conducts heat better than titanium, this is often compounded by the fact that aluminium pots usually need to be thicker than Ti pots though.

    I've been cooking with Ti pots for over 20 years, if you're cooking rather than boiling then by turning the heat down a noggin and stirring it's rare i have any problems.

    Cooked a packet of Uncle Bens rice last week in the Evernew pot, i heated the rice up slowly while stirring, as soon as it started to boil off came the pan and into it's cosy it went.
    10 mins later perfectly cooked pipping hot rice, with no burning or crunchy bits.

    If i know i'm cooking then i'll usually throw in my frying pan as well, even though it's aluminium you still need to be cautious with the heat.

    For weights

    223g - Evernew (ECA-422) 900ml non stick pot (including cosy and top)
    257g - Evernew (ECA-195) non stick aluminium frying pan
    71g - Vargo 450ml Ti cup

    46g - Windshield, dish cloth, lighter
    16g - Long Ti spoon
     
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    Got any pictures of a full English cooked in that lol
     
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    No pics sorry, it's fairly easy though.

    Cut up the sausage and fry it for a few seconds
    Empty the beans and cut up sausage into the 900ml pot
    Warm up the beans, once hot remove from heat and place in cosy
    Fry the bacon
    Once the bacon is done use the bacon fat to fry the eggs
    Drain all the fat out pour the sausages and beans into the frying pan and use it as a plate

    If i can get hold of mushrooms then i'll do them first, wrap them in a small piece of foil and put them to one side, once the beans are hot i'll then put the mushrooms on top of the beans.
    If i have tomatoes then they'll go into a different pot and i'll use a cosy again.



    Doesn't look pretty but it tastes just as good as home.

    Biggest problem is plate real estate as the frying pan is fairly small, i'm not really a fussy eater though so it all tends to get dumped together.
     
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    Cannot be beat. I've given mine hell, burnt it in fires etc. Still works well.
     

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