Since stoves were covered, might as well see what everyone is using on top of them.

My favorite by far (so far) is the Optimus HE weekender–Terra-Weekend-HE-Cook-Set-60993&kid=624231&gid=879853160625?ad=4504269044

I can nest a large iso/pro canister, a pocket rocket, and a pie tin lid (lid cut from a AL pie pan for big pot so I can drink coffee out of the “frying pan” AKA coffee cup while cooking)

With the pocket rocket I can take 2C water from spring temp to a hard boil in about 55 seconds

I have a GSI hard anodized
pot set. But I would way prefer a pot with a bail handle.

Thanks for the link… I am having fun wandering around a new to me outdoor store.

is unhealthy.

The nesting MSR pots are artfull, aesthetic, cook well too.

Pots with clamped on covers are HD.

The nesting pots are Porsche grade cookware.

unanodised aluminum
like Club aluminum pots were unhealthy if you slow cooked acid foods like tomatoes in them. Other than that, un anodized AL is fine for use also.

Heading for the Porsche dealer…
…looking for the new 911 Potznpanz Einspritzen !!

metallurgy getting a pot to go 200 mph !

I use a jet boil. My cooking set is from Ikea. It is little toy set called dugrig

it has a one egg fry pan, 2 cup pot with pasta strainer, a wok, and cover lid. It is all stainless steel and nests together. It is great for one man. Best of all it costs $4.99.

jetboil ?

That’s the name I came up with. Looks like the price has doubled! E-gads!

Looks interesting. I think something like a mini-wok could come in quite handy.


Not a minimalist
I enjoy outdoor cooking, and I am definitely not a minimalist in my cookware. For a number of years we took our family of 6 (including 3 teenage boys) to the BWCA, and that means a lot of food! With just 2-4 to cook for these days, I use a 3 pot nested set of pots, Teflon lined for the basics. I also frequently carry an Outback Oven for baking. I also carry an aluminum percolator with the “innards” removed as a hot water pot. We have very nice meals cooking on an MSR Dragonfly that I have had since the year they came out.


my older 1-2 person set is plain aluminum, my much newer 2-3 person is hard anodized aluminum. 2 nesting pots, a nesting kettle and a frying pan lid.

Evolving towards smaller & lighter
On my first backcountry trip, I traveled with a woman that brought a dilapidated crate of cookware that included cast iron fry pan, a big kettle, a big coffee pot and I don’t know what else, but the crate was overflowing and it was always a challenge to try to tie it into the canoe. We were on Maine’s St. John River, and there were enough rapids to worry about tipping out. I think we would have lost a lot of the crate had that happened.

After that I developed my own kitchen kit, which traveled in a 5-gallon bucket. Plates went on the bottom and a $12 non-stick, aluminum cookset went in next. It was a four pan set I bought in the houseware section at Walmart. It was something like this:, only the lids were aluminum not glass. I took off the handles so the pans could nest and added a pot grabber from Campmore. There was enough room in the bucket to add stove, fuel, utensils etc, so I had the whole kitchen in a waterproof bucket with a lid. Easy to tie into the canoe and if lost it would float. That lasted until I got into kayak camping, which made me down size.

In the kayak, I’d just take the smaller pots from the cookset. But the aluminum bodies of the pans were flimsy and while stuffing gear into the irregularly shaped kayak hatches the pots became irregularly shaped, too. Lids no longer fit, so they had to go.

A few years ago I upgraded to a smaller and slightly sturdier set from Texsport: These work fine and meet my needs for canoe and kayak camping. But the last couple of years I’ve started doing canoe trips with portages and going backpacking. As a result, I want to squeeze every ounce out of my cooking kit. I’ve been packing the 2L Texsport pot, which weighs around 11 oz. I expect if I am willing to fork over some dollars, I could cut the weight in half with a titanium pot. Any suggestions?

I also have Jet Boil products. I tend not to bring the Jet Boil unless the weather is warm, because it doesn’t seem to have much umph if temp below about 50 degrees. Also, I don’t like the idea of having to pack out empty cannisters, so I’ve never taken it on trips where I am humping my gear.


I got a dragonfly after Coleman stopped selling their Peak stoves, and after a Kiwi, TSA guy spotted the Peak in my suitcase.

The dragonfly is not bad after you assemble it and get by the warmup, but man, that thing is noisy! Peace and quiet in the backcountry have to wait until dinner is cooked!


Evolution cookware. Don’t know if they make it anymore, but I’ve used it for many years. Non sticking, good stuff.

Jet Boil ? Holy Salmon, everyone raves abt Jet Boil. I resisted the tide n eventually the urge went away.

The gas can goes into the sleeping bag with you, into your coat before dinner. warms to use able temps quickly, maybe 3-4 hours.

If you are evolving then crawl up to real stainless:

foil. yes, I know aluminum foil is on the list but reuseable. Large area turkey foil lipped over pot edge under cover, firmly pressed down, as the foil will blow away if you walk away, wind or no wind !

Foil down over the gas bottle, with throttle on the opposite side ! will heat the bottle…if the stove lights.

Try shaking the bottle.

before lighting the stove.