Review By Camper / 12 months ago — Camping Pans
I just LUV having my entire cookset fit so neatly into my pack and take up so little space. Perfect!
I’ve included a few images so others can see what I mean.
I bought this pot to build a cookset for my family of five. I am combining this 1.6 L stowaway pot with the (excellent) MSR Alpine fry pan and the (excellent) GSI Glacier Stainless Kettle. All three go together so well it seems like they belong together. The fry pan nests perfectly around the bottom of the 1.6 L pot, and the smaller (1 L) GSI Kettle fits inside the pot nicely, with a little room around the perimeter for small and flexible items (a scrub pad, some small utensils, etc.). The metal tabs that hold the bail handle on the GSI Kettle do press against the underside of the stowaway pot’s lid, but if you use a needle-nose pliers to bend the tabs downward about 1/8″, the kettle fits inside perfectly with the lid locked down securely.
These three pots have been a superb campfire cookset for our five-person family. The 1.6 L pot is large enough to cook a full box of Macaroni and Cheese (or a family-size stew, etc.) while we brew coffee in the GSI Kettle. The fry pan is not essential, but it’s so convenient for cooking bacon, eggs, fish, burgers, and other delicious items. We could probably use the stowaway pot (or its lid) as a makeshift fry pan, but I don’t like frying in a deep pot or on a curved lid with no handle. Instead, I’ll carry the extra weight to have a proper fry pan. And at a total weight of 2.5 lbs., that’s only 0.5 lbs. per person for the entire cookset.
If you’re assembling your own group cookset and you need a solid large stainless pot to contain most of the kit, this 1.6L Stowaway pot is an excellent choice. For only one or two, I think most weight- and space-conscious hikers/campers will find this pot to be too large, and would likely prefer one of the smaller sizes. Regardless, the quality and function are great! Highly recommended!
[UPDATE 3/4/2014: For experiment’s sake, I tried using the lid of this 1.6L pot as a makeshift fry pan as some others have suggested. Size-wise, it’s a great size. However, without a handle, it is virtually impossible to cook delicate foods (eggs, pancakes, etc.) over an open fire. You need a good glove/oven mitt to protect your fingers and then either cook on a nice bed of hot-but-not-too-hot coals and watch very attentively, or over a cook stove with a nice low flame setting; otherwise, get used to obnoxious scorching. But it can be made to work. So, for further experiment’s sake, I tried removing the handle from the pot, then screwing a stainless loop onto the lid to reattach the handle as a fry pan handle. That worked much better because I could easily remove/replace the pan from the fire without risk of burning my hand, controlling the heat much better. However, it’s still a far cry from the more pleasant and predictable cooking of the MSR Alpine fry pan. Lid frying in this pot is workable in a pinch, but demands all your attention and certainly, without a handle, exponentially increases your risk of burnt food or a burnt hand.]
[UPDATE 7-7-2015: Still loving this cookset. With my modification so that I can attach the handle to the lid, I now use the lid as a frypan fairly often, allowing me to eliminate the weight of the separate Alpine Fry Pan when I’m backpacking with my family. Having a self-contained cookset with a lid that locks on is so very convenient, and after a LOT of cooking over the fire, my pot is none the worse for wear (except for some blackening of the metal, of course, which gives it character). These pots are bombproof; they will last you a lifetime of normal camp cooking. Great stuff.]
Tasty grub there bud nice one
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