"Pot Porn" aka Show us your cook kit

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"Pot Porn" aka Show us your cook kit

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Post by brianb2 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:36 am

I wish I knew why, but for some reason I love checking out other peoples cook kits. I google them on the interweb, watch videos about them on youtube, and covet other peoples setup when I think it's better than mine. Don't even get me started on alcohol stoves and wood burners. I've spent way too much time pondering and building various examples.

Anyway, thought it would be fun if some of you posted up your cook kits and said what's useful about em. If you're like me, you probably have more than one. If so, just let us know which one your posting (e.g. your car camping set, baking, backpacker, etc.)

I'll start it off. Here's my go to kit. I do mostly backpacking, so I care about weight. This one isn't my lightest (12oz with fuel), but it seems to be the one I use most often. Kit consists of 750ml Mug with a 450ml mug that nests inside. The 450 has a cozi, and is my primary cup for drinking. I have an aluminum windscreen made from a disposable baking tray. I cut this to match the general shape of a caldera cone. I also have a cozi I use for rehydrating food. I dehydrate meals at home, so this cozi gets a lot of use.

I've also put a wire around the larger pot that I can use for hanging the pot over fire. It's a bit more efficient than just sitting the pot in the fire.
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Post by Pine E. Woods » Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:54 am

Good idea! I don't have mine available right now but I'll get photos soon...

1. Toaks 600mL pot with lid, carry sack
2. Snowpeak H300 double wall with plastic lid ("unnecessary" 2.7oz weight penalty, but I love it for hot coffee)
3. DIY foil windscreen
4. Fancee Feest stove
5. 125mL Jim Beam bottle to hold ~3oz of Everclear as fuel
6. Plastic spork

Everything fits inside the 600pot except fuel for a nice compact kit.

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Post by Roche » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:35 am

Here is my packed set-up with either a 2 , 4, or 8 oz fuel bottle, depending upon fuel needs.
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Snow Peak 700 mug with minibulldesign aluminum lid (the stock lid is stainless steel), titanium windscreen with paperclip, beer coozie with cookie go pak for coffee mug (thanks SGT Rock), Vargo Triad stove, MSR folding spoon, Bic lighter, micro-cloth.
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All fits inside the 700 mug.
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Post by brianb2 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:25 am

Roche wrote:beer coozie with cookie go pak for coffee mug (thanks SGT Rock)
Nice, I like that coffee mug.
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Post by brianb2 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:49 am

Pine E. Woods wrote: 5. 125mL Jim Beam bottle to hold ~3oz of Everclear as fuel
How do you like using everclear as fuel? Haven't tried it yet. Afraid the only thing that will get cooked is me.
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Post by Pine E. Woods » Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:40 pm

brianb2 wrote:
Pine E. Woods wrote: 5. 125mL Jim Beam bottle to hold ~3oz of Everclear as fuel
How do you like using everclear as fuel? Haven't tried it yet. Afraid the only thing that will get cooked is me.
LOL I'm afraid to mix it with anything it's so strong! Only using as fuel so far and I love it. I just don't feel right using HEET or denatured alcohol...pretty harsh, toxic stuff and it's 6" away from my FOOD and a few feet from ME? Crazy. Plus, the Everclear burns much cleaner.

I did a nice review when I was on hammockforums. Performance of all 3 fuels were close. No soot from Everclear.

Actually it wasn't Everclear...some $12 knockoff brand but still 190 proof. More expensive than HEET, but still worth 25cents/meal for the safety. You can touch it and spill it and it won't hurt you (within reason) or your gear.

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Post by Pine E. Woods » Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:57 pm

Packed down
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Snowpeak H300 inside Toaks 600
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Windscreen in 600 pot, fancee feest in H300
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Almost ready to go
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Post by brianb2 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:14 am

Pine E. Woods wrote:Packed down
I like the looks of your kit. No cozi?
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Post by Pine E. Woods » Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:05 pm

brianb2 wrote:
Pine E. Woods wrote:Packed down
I like the looks of your kit. No cozi?
I use a piece of reflectix. I don't really consider it my cook kit since it's only used maybe twice on a trip for food, and whatever else. Same with my lighter, that's for a lot more than just a cook kit. There's space for it here, but I like to have it handy in a pocket.

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Post by brianb2 » Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:16 am

Adding one more. Went out for an overnighter on Veteran's day and took my lightweight kit (3.9oz). Here's the contents:

- Foster's pot with a silicone wristband for lip protection and an IntenseAngler DIY support ring for the rim. (link to that video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU77XQpjrdI)
- Lid for the pot also inspired by IntenseAngler (Link to that video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05-eVFvjSBk)
- My favorite alcohol stove (blooms immediately and has a built in pot stand)
- Windscreen, cozi, folding spoon, towel, tea light, ziplock, and a rubber band instead of a stuff sack.

This kit works well. I can rehydrate a dehydrated ziplock meal in the cozi and have a hot drink in the mug. Foster's mug holds just under 2 cups.
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I bring along a tea light so I can fashion a quick lantern. I flip my can stove upside down, use the rubber band to hold the windscreen in place and drop the tea light in the middle. I think I get about an hour out of it. Can't read by it, it's just a creature comfort.
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When I want a little more pot for bigger meals, all of this nests into a 10cm Imusa cup that has it's own cozi as well. I think all together it's 8 something ounces.
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Post by HammockMama » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:53 am

The repurposed windscreen and upturned stove as a lantern is genius!

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Post by Idaho Hanger » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:07 am

I have a couple different kits.

Most of the time I carry
-snow peak 700 with homemade bail - 4.6 oz.
- kovea power nano stove - 3.2 oz
- cozy - 1.1 oz
- scrubber and mini towel - .5 oz
- sea to summit aluminum sport - .4 oz
- sometimes a GSI coffee cup, 2.4 oz.

9.8 oz if I don't take a coffee cup, add 7oz fuel canister and I'm good for several days, plus it all fits (barely, in a specific way) in the 700, spork goes in a sleeve on the cozy. I've built and tested tons of alcohol stoves but they often don't make sense for me once the weight of needed fuel is factored in. I also consider the convenience of the canister stove one of my luxury items so that usually the route I go.

I'll post my winter cooking setup later. It's a bit on the heavy side for the ultralight guys but it works great in really cold weather.
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Post by Mophead » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:04 pm

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Solo Kit (from left to right)

Cation alcohol stove
TiPod clone potstand (details in the DIY forum)
Snow peak 600 with pop can lid
Aluminum baking pan wind screen
Al foil for insulating beneath stove
Mcflury spoon
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Post by KINGLONESTAR » Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:53 am

Here is my cook kit.

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Imusa 12 mug with homemade cozie and lid.
Imusa 10 mug (handle removed) with homemade cozie. No lid for this since I will usually be drinking or eating soup out of this.
Foil pieces for vapor barrier on the ground, and a foil windscreen with a paper clip.
Fancy Feast stove that I made.
Titanium spork from Academy.
2 fluid ounce bottle with 2oz. Of HEET

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Total weight = 10 ounces

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Total weight with the bottle of alcohol.

This was an easy and fun kit to put together. I have to give credit to Shug from YouTube for the idea. And thanks to Zelph for the idea on the stove.

I made my cozies out of reflectix. The Imusa pot and mug were both bought at WalMart. I just removed the handle on the small one. I made the windscreen and my pot lid out of an aluminum baking pan that we had laying around after a recent camping trip (Thanks to Nee-Nee for the delicious lemon cake!). I made the stove out of a fancy feast cat food can, a small section of an aluminum beer bottle, and a small section of fiberglass cloth (from Home Depot-in the paint section near the Bondo). I got the little alcohol bottles online and marked them in 1/2-oz. increments. I picked up the titanium spork at Academy on sale for $4.99 (currently on clearance for $3.78...wish I needed some more).

Let me tell you the story about how my favorite part of my cook kit.

So I've read and seen that a lot of people hang their spork on their pack, or put it in a pouch or something. A lot of people also use the long-handle spoons and sporks out there on the market. Those come in handy if you have a really deep and/or more narrow/skinny pot. Since my pot is more wide and relatively short (and stout, here is my handle, here is my...nevermind) I can use the shorter spork with no problems. I like to have all my kitchen components together so I was trying to figure out how to get my spork to fit in my cook kit. I was scratching my head after trying a couple of different ways. I was about to take a break from working on my kit so I just put everything together and set it on the counter. I had my spork in my hand and I just sat it down right on top of my pot cozie. Hey, wait a minute! That lays nice and flat there...if only I had a way to keep it there. Guess what? I had some aluminum scraps laying on the counter so I took a piece and molded that around my spork. Then I taped that molded piece right to the top of my pot cozie. It was a perfect fit! It is a good way for me to keep my spork with everything else inside my stuff sack (yet to be made). Nerdy, yes. But if you've read this far then, well...

Thanks for playing. Gotta go. My 2 cups of water just came to a rolling boil!!! In about 5 minutes I might add...





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Post by brianb2 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:45 pm

Nice, I noticed the spork/spoon sleeve before I read your description. Good solution. Any issues taking the handle off the smaller Imusa pot? I've thought about it, but wondered if it would cause leaking at the rivets.
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