My take on a solo cookset

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Van-Wild

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I was packing my rucksack today (I know I know.... we cant go anywhere but I like the process....). I like my gear to be robust, simple to use and preferably, able to fit with other gear I already have. It came to mind that over course of time, I have used many different cooksets and this is my set up for extended trips(more than an overnighter or for 'luxury food' trips). I have found that it caters perfectly for one person and allows a range of food to be cooked over a fire. I thought I'd share it. So without further a'do, here's yet another cookset thread!

First off, the whole set is carried in a Ray Mears canvas 12cm zebra pot cover, it keeps it all nice and neat and stops the rest of my gear getting covered in soot.

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The main pot is a 1ltr Primus LiTech Kettle. I've had this for well over 5 years and as you can see, it's taken some hard use. I got it as a replacement for my 12cm zebra, mainly because its teflon coated so cleaning is easier, but more because the lid is an excellent little fry pan, making a perfectly sized bannock for one, fried eggs come out the perfect size to go on a slice of toast and pancakes also come out just the right size!

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Inside the main pot, is my metal mug, a 700ml Pathfinder cup, with lid. This obviously doubles up as a second boiling vessel or I also use it as a mini oven at a push (baked white bait or cray fish anyone....) it makes a huge cup of coffee for the morning breakfast as well...

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Inside the Pathfinder cup I keep a pack of tissues, 2 lighters, a fold-a-cup and a Trangia stove. I only really use the stove for a quick brew on the move as I prefer to cook or boil over a fire, but if a fire isnt suitable then the Trangia stove is my go to cooker. Gas stoves are awesome, but I much prefer the silence of the Trangia.

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Here's my cookset laid out in all its worn glory. As you can see, I also carry a metal spoon and some cleaning sponges, which help keep everything snug and rattle free. It's all been put together over the course of time and experience and I have found the cookset to meet all of my needs on the trail. The only other addition and only when I'm on proper extended trips or I'm trying my hand at being flash at cooking, is a GSI 8in fry pan, which does makes huge bannock and allows for thick cut bacon to be cooked without the need to cut it down into smaller bits as I do with the Primus mini fry pan/lid.....

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So there you go, that's my cookset! Enjoy the rest of the evening folks......

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Nice and compact. Is there a pot stand for using the pot over the trangia burner?
I still use my swedish army trangia set for when i'm out bimbling, not really found anything else thats so versatile, as, like your set up, you can use either the burner or over a fire.
 
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Nice and compact. Is there a pot stand for using the pot over the trangia burner?
I still use my swedish army trangia set for when i'm out bimbling, not really found anything else thats so versatile, as, like your set up, you can use either the burner or over a fire.
I use whatever sticks I find laying around to prop the pot over the Trangia, or spare tent pegs. If I go wild I'll simply scrape a divot out of the ground to a depth that the Trangia can sit in with a little air flow, then I'll just put the pot right over it.

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Van-Wild

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It educates people like me that seldom get to go out, and therefore have little experience: I rely on a Swedish army surplus trangia...........
The Trangia is awesome. Theres a reason why the design was so successful and hasn't changed much at all over the years. It's simple and pretty much indestructible. Your Trangia will stand the test of time I'm sure!

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