As you all know I am constantly tweaking my gear. I have been using basically the same cooking set up for a few years now. A little tweak here and there and I have to tell you I am really happy with the cook kit that I use.
There are no right or wrong set ups. When it comes to this kind of gear, I suggest you adopt the “Hike your own hike” philosophy. That is to say do what works for you. I have used everything from big pots and pans and green two burner Coleman stoves to the alcohol stove that I use now.
I have used heavy pots and light pots, sporks and full mess kits, but what I have developed now meets my needs and fits with our style of backpacking.
Using this set up I can cook everything, not just boil water. Right now I am really into the frozen dinner reheat. I like to buy the Smart Ones precooked meals and reheat them in my pot. It works great. I have also cooked them at home, dehydrated them and cooked them on the trail. They are perfectly portioned and taste great.
The elements of my cook kit are simple:
It starts with the Cuben Fiber stuff sack. I purchased this from zpacks.com.
I made my own Pot cozy from an old closed cell foam pad. The pot cozy is a big part of the kit, for holding the hot pot, to using it with the pot to re-hydrate a meal. This saves fuel.
I use the Imusa 12 cm pot or mug. These used to be available at Wal-Mart. I have not been able to find them lately, but there are places online that you can find the 12 cm (1.25 quart) and the 10 cm mug.
I have a custom lid for the mug the I got online. There are multiple online store that you can get your lids or you can easily make your own. There are a lot of lid options, but you will need a lid.
I covered my lid with Carbon felt. You can buy carbon felt by the sheet at Home Depot.
I added a zip lock container recently with a screw top lid. I had to add a strip of tape to the lid to get it out of the pot. I made a cozy for the bottom to keep things warm and make it easy to hold when there is a hot meal in there. It makes a great bowl. and way to store my stove and other cook kit items. I use the 16 oz size. It fits well in the kit and works for just about every meal I make.
Inside of the zip lock container is my stove, a scrub pad and an old rag that I I use to clean and grab hot things. Makes a good napkin too.
To eat with I use am REI long-handled spoon. This spoon allows me to cook without burning my hands or getting them in the food. They spoon does not get hot either, so you don’t burn yourself.
The whole kit weighs in at 10 oz.
Well that’s my cook kit. I really like it and it works super for me. I’m curious, what do you use?
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Have a Great Scouting Day!