View Full Version : Lightweight Cooking Hardware?

Travis Scott
04-21-2005, 06:13 AM
Wondering if you fellas could give me some opinions on the lightest, easiest cooking hardware. I'll be using my paratipi w/ parastove..............

04-21-2005, 06:22 AM

Ed T
04-21-2005, 07:15 AM

These were the cook sets the Para Stove was designed around. They also have the same sets in aluminum/ a little more weight, but less $$$.

The MSR Titan also works well.


Ed T

dan garcia
04-21-2005, 01:38 PM
Ditto for me, the snowpeak is hard to beat for weight/size, I use the nonstick solo set, and the titanium trek 700 most often, especially when I'm trying to go fast and light and need to shave ounces. The only drawback is both of these are a little hard to cook in. If I'm jus tboiling water for MH freeze dried or similar type meals they're good to go, but if your making actual meals on the trail that and require more than just boiling water you may want to check out gsi's double boiler: http://gsioutdoors.com/products/hardanodized/50131.html
It's only about three ounces heavier and can easily handle a homade stew or some chunks of fresh meat/fish. The MSR stuff is good to and it's all mad ein the US I believe, except their stainless steel, but if you're a Kifaru man then titanium is probably the way to go or lighweight aluminum. cheers!

Woods Walker
04-21-2005, 02:42 PM
I use a MSR Titainum kettle. I like it.

http://images5.theimagehosting.com/kettle.1.jpg (http://www.theimagehosting.com)

dan garcia
04-21-2005, 03:04 PM
The MSR is a nice one, pours water easily, is wide enough to make stews/mix recipes in, and if you're going out for just a day trip or overnighter, it holds the pocket rocker stove and a botle of fuel right inside, total weight is something like 21 ounces, MSR has a promo sale for the next few months were you get the kettle and stove together and save about 10 bucks on each. Again good pot/kit. To many choices gotta have 'em all!

04-22-2005, 05:45 AM
WHen I am trying to keep it light and simple I use a old Esbit stove with fuel tabs. A also have two denatured alcohol stoves which work really well too. They are also very light. Vargo Triad which can burn alcohol or exbit trioxinae tabs. And a Clikstand. This stove is really light but I take this one if I plan to be out a week or more. I just has the capacity to burn for extended times with out being a pain in the ass and its very fuel efficient. Both alcohol stoves cook a full meal on 2 oz of alcohol. As for a cook set I use a snow peak titanium mug pot combo. Its just about a liter in size and it works well, light too.

04-22-2005, 07:29 PM
Ditto on the MSR Titan Kettle. It's my sole piece of cookware on any long hike. I'm a big fan of alcohol stoves. I've tried several models and my personal favorite is the one the Pinboy50 sells on eBay. They will set you back a whopping $8 and they work like a champ (boils 1 litre of water in about 10 minutes with 1.5 oz of fuel). The alcohol stove, WM Lite Flight bags and Kifaru para hooch are the best thing s to ever happen to thru-hiking IMHO.

04-22-2005, 08:07 PM
I went looking for the MSR Titan kettle but my local EMS didn't have one. I got the Primus Trek Kettle instead. Don't recall the weight exactly, but in hard anodized aluminum is only a tiny bit heavier than the Titan has a lrger capacity 1 liter vs. .85 liter for the MSR.

I have one the the AntiGravity alcohol stoves and windscreen that fits inside, along with 2 folding plastic cups and 2 small bowls (salvaged magarine tubs) - 2 in case I have company. Add a Spork and a pocket knife and your are set for minimal cooking. If I'm going to fry, I cut the handle off a small 6" non-stick square griddle and use a small pot lifter as a handle.

I use one of Coughlins 16 oz. flasks for fuel alcohol (easier packing than round bottles).

Travis Scott
05-05-2005, 01:44 PM
I see that snowpeak is now making a 3 piece cookset w/ 2 pots, and one frying pan. All very small, but it has to be for my parastove. Would one of those pots be sufficent enough to boil two cups of water for a mountainhouse meal? I'm wondering how much boiling time is cut down when you use a lid, cause this assembly doesen't include one.

Rusty Hook
05-05-2005, 02:33 PM
Travis: You might look at Snow Peak's Middle cookers. They are also a three piece set. One pot, one frying pan and a lid that fits either the pan or the pot. In addition, you can use the frying pan as a greater capacity lid for the pot. For a paraStove, I would think that you would want the smallest setup...Rusty.

05-05-2005, 05:21 PM
For years I've used the Evernew .9 liter titanium pot. (http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&catalogId=40000008000&storeId=8000&partNumber=66 5381&memberId=-2000&link=1&cm_ven=ad_Froogle&cm_ite=datafeed&sour ce=9081&cm_pla=na&cm_cat=datafeed) Mine weighs a whopping 5.33 ounces with the stuff sack. Has held up fine all these years - this is the regular version, not the nonstick. Another option is the Trangia 1 liter titanium pot at 4.6 ounces. Titan Mt. Sports at http://www.equipment-camping.com/ has lots of titanium gear but their site is being updated now.

05-05-2005, 06:26 PM

It sounds like I might be using a similar pot. It has a 1 liter capacity. Mine weighs in at 5.5 oz. I put my 110g fuel canister inside the pot when I pack up.


Travis Scott
05-06-2005, 05:17 AM
Rusty, that's the set I was talkin about. But, when hunting, I'm not going to need the frying pan. All I need is a pot big enough to boil 2 cups of water for freeze dried meals.

05-06-2005, 05:26 AM
Travis- 2 cups = .473 liters...

For the money this looks like a good combo...


Travis Scott
05-06-2005, 06:07 AM
Thanks for the link, Ken

05-06-2005, 06:31 AM
Travis...did you see this pot on that site?...for just boiling water this would be the ticket...it even has a slot for the Ti spork..


05-06-2005, 07:57 AM

That's the one except yours looks like it has a pour spout and mine doesn't.