My current cook kit looks like it’s a lot, but it packs down very small. Just to be clear, this is the same cooking set up I’ve been using for the past three years, so it’s tried and tested. My camp cooking is normally just heating water to re-hydrate meals and make hot drinks. We have a skillet, but I’ve never bothered taking it.
I bought the 450ml double-walled Ti cup because I didn’t like the taste of soot when drinking straight from the 850ml pot. Unfortunately, the 850ml pot is no longer available. We had to get a 750ml Ti cook pot when we bought an almost identical setup for Ginger.
I’ve experimented with a lighter Ti wood stove, but it just wasn’t as good as the Firebox Nano. When I’m using the Fancee Feest stove I generally stand it on the closed Firebox Nano case.
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Camp Cooking set up
- Toaks 850ml Ti pot.
- Firebox Nano stainless steel wood burner, with cotton wool & Vaseline fire starters.
- Toaks 450ml double-walled Ti cup.
- Pot cozy.
- Ti long-handled spoon.
- Small washcloth.
- 12oz fuel bottle (I should probably carry a smaller 4oz bottle in the summer).
- Fancee Feest cat-can alcohol burner.
- Ti windscreen for the Fancee Feest.
And as you can see, the wood burner packs away into its base, and most of the rest nests inside the Cozy. It’s like one of those Russian dolls:
- The Ti windscreen goes inside the Fancee Feest stove.
- The fire starters and cloth go inside the Fancee Feest stove/Ti windscreen.
- The Fancee Feest stove fits inside the 450 ml cup.
- The cup sits inside the 850ml pot.
- The pot goes in the cozy.
Cooking Gear we no longer use
(Most of the gear mentioned below can be seen in our Gear Review: Backpacking Cooking System: 2016 – 2018 article.)
- Trangia alcohol burner. There’s nothing wrong with it, except it is heavier and more fiddly than the Fancee Feest stove. You need a pot stand if you have a Trangia, and while these weigh nothing and are very small, they are a bit fiddley. I’ve burned myself on them several times trying to lift the stand off the burner to snuff the burner out. That feature is an advantage of the Trangia, plus being able to keep alcohol in the burner itself. But only do that if the seams have been soldered closed. We probably should get rid of the two Trangia burners we have.
- Esbit burner. On paper these are brilliant. They use a solid fuel tab, and my particular burner is very small and you can store tabs in it. The big problem is the fuel. It stinks like rotten fish. I used the burner once and put it away.
- Pocket Rocket camping gas burner. I keep saying I’ll rotate this in for a trip just to give it another go, and then don’t because I don’t have any gas canisters to hand. The last time we used it was, I think, 2012. It still works really well, our youngest daughter took off with it when she went solo car camping across the US for a few months.
- Coleman Exponent White Gas Stove. This thing is huge, heavy and wonderful! I love it, but I just cannot justify the pack space and weight. 🙁
- We have a stacking GSI Pinnacle pot set, which includes a skillet. It is great too. Our daughter also used this on her trip, but it is too heavy and bulky for the backpacking I do now.