My 2023 backpacking cooking kit

Summer 2020 to date Backpacking cooking kit. Slide the bar right, unpacked, and slide the bar left, all packed away

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 setup I’ve been using for the past three years, so it’s tried and tested. My camp cooking is normally just heating water to rehydrate 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. It’s been replaced in the Toaks product line by a smaller 750ml Ti cook pot. Ginger has the 750ml pot.

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

The above, excluding the Firebox Nano stove and the fuel, weighs in at 13.54oz. The Firebox Nano stove weighs 9.56oz.

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, in 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 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 my current backpacking.

2 thoughts on “My 2023 backpacking cooking kit

    1. Gary Post author

      So I did! I’ve added the weights, and here they are. The cook kit, excluding the Firebox Nano stove and the fuel, weighs in at 13.54oz. The Firebox Nano stove weighs 9.56oz.


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