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Lightweight Cook Kit

Here's my lightweight cooking kit, which consists of:

- 28 ounce Snowpeak Titanium pot and lid
- Sea to Summit Alpha Light long spoon
- Pop can alcohol stove
- Hardware cloth pot stand

Whole kit weighs less than 10 ounces and has some solid versatility. The alcohol stove will run off a variety of fuels and gets water boiling pretty quickly. The hardware cloth pot stand isn't a must have, but it's useful and enables me to cook over twigs, fuel tablets, and so on, in addition to the pop can stove.

The Snowpeak pot nests fairly well under a standard Nalgene-style bottle, with the lid riding nested under the pot. I'm not a titanium junkie, but it's a nice pot and lid, sturdy and lightweight. I would like measurement markings on the sides, though. Came in a set (the Mini Solo), which included a smaller pot and a fairly nice mesh bag. Pricey, but I got mine with an REI member discount.

Went with a spoon over a spork because I couldn't find a long handled spork--the long handle is useful for eating out of food packages, mixing, etc. Does its job.

I need to get together a windscreen, looking at some heavy duty foil for that role.

12 comments :

  1. It's a nice setup, but I prefer my canteen cup and canteen cup stand. They all nest together with the canteen into a standard canteen carrier so they take up much less space. I am planning on adding the alcohol stove you're using to my kit though due to it's flexibility of fuel. Yeah, I could try to cook with twigs and such, but it takes a really long time to cook with though sort of fuel sources. Unless we're long into a disaster, I'm assuming I can find petroleum fuel of some sort.

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    1. Diggity Dog, check out that Canteen Shop stove kit, a little heavier but it has some advantages. And $20 plus s&h - not too bad.

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  2. This kit nests nicely around a Nalgene style container, and a liter is a liter, so you're looking at a similar size either way. Matter of personal preference really, though I do understand that the shape/curve of the canteen can make it more comfortable for belt carry.

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  3. Looks like a nice setup Alex! I have been contemplating building a little wood stove out of a soup can and paint can. I saw a couple good vids about it on YouTube.

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  4. An beercan alcohol stove is pretty small and light, a '2 can gasifier" twig stove is just slightly heavier and larger. Not ultra-lightweight backpacking gear for hiking the Apalachian Trail, etc, but they are great things to have in a vehicle kit, at the very least, and will take you about 20 minutes to build.

    You ought to have a propane stove (easy to find fuel) AND a butane stove (for winter, so you don't die in an enclosed space) in your vehicle. Another 12 ounces won't kill ya :) (Just sayin', I carry a Dutch Oven and a wok in my vehicle, and most people agree that I'm crazy, UNTIL I cook 'em dinner out in the boonies)

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    1. Got 'em, Wyzyrd! A propane stove & adapters to use big tanks is an essential, IMO.

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  5. That hardware cloth pot stand it a great idea, which I'll be stealing this weekend...

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  6. The thing I like most about the alcohol stoves is than in a SHTF/TEOWAWKIevent many people will loot propane and butane cans. But how many people will walk in to an Autozone and get gas line antifreeze [methanol].

    One great alcohol stove resource I use is zenstoves.net.

    Great blog, and article.

    fermi91

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  7. Saw an item on another blog that needs mentioning, concerning the Swiss aluminum 'volcano' cooker set up. The user heated up the stove using wood and got a pretty high flame (over the top of chimney). But when he inserted the cup unit with water on it, the weight of water collapsed the chimney - the aluminum became too soft.

    I've used this setup, but never with wood heat. Alcohol stove, and heat tabs yes with no effects. Just thought this was worth mentioning.

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  8. Mr. Wolf

    One thing I think we'd all like an article/discussion about is fuel. So many peppers seem to have an arsenal (or two) of guns, 10 years of food storage, and yet very little fuel. In cold areas fuel can be the difference between life and freezing to death--even more so in urban areas where you can't easily gather firewood. No matter what the climate fuel is vital for heat, light, cooking, boiling water, using electric/machines--all potentially very vital things. And yet I think most of us don't know where to start on this one--how do we store fuel? how much should we store? what kinds of fuel? etc.

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  9. To add to KingHoju's comment, not only do you need to look at fuel storage, but varying your fuel.
    I have a stock of wood, but eventually it will run out, and be difficult to replenish (Murphy being the jerk that he is, I figure my wood will run out during an Eastern Canadian blizzard)
    I also have over 300 lbs of charcoal stored because I grill year round, so there is a potential backup to the wood.
    I have propane for the heater and camp stove, but I also have a butane stove, and a Trangia that can be used relatively safely indoors, or in a contained area with less of an air flow.
    My point is, layer your defenses. If Johnny Crackhead kicks your front door in, do you say "Oh well, he's in, better give him what he wants" HELL NO, you fall back to your next layer of protection, and so you should set your preps up the same way.
    I know we often beat to death the triple redundancy theory (or One is None) but face it, for someone like me who only a few years ago went through Hurricane Juan and had no power, services, or open stores for 9 days during a "Once in a lifetime" storm, only to have an epic blizzard 4 months later that shut down everything for 10 days in the dead of a Canadian Winter, being properly prepared WILL save your life, and the lives of those around you, so do yourself a favor, and make sure you take the time to think about the basics.
    That $1000 might do better to buy fuel or other means to survive, than it would to add yet another gun to your collection.

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    1. Storage and ability to use a variety of fuels is essential - diversity wins.

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