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Geoff Kembel
(jiffybank) - F
Self Contained Solo Cooksets on 04/27/2010 19:54:13 MDT Print View

Here are the results of my research on self contained solo cooksets for my upcoming trip to Iceland.

My goal was to find a cookset that:
1) stores an 8oz/220g fuel canister AND a stove inside
2) has a pot and a cup
3) is as light as possible

Here are the sets I looked at:

1) Snow Peak Titanium Mini Solo Cookset
2) REI Ti Ware Cup and Pot Set

These two are pretty much the same. Super lightweight (5-6 oz), but only big enough to store a narrow 4oz/110g canister (like SnowPeak).

3) Snow Peak Trek 900

Super light (6oz), tall and wide enough to store a large fuel canister, but comes with a pan i/o a cup. Bummer!

4) MSR Reactor

Cool, efficient system, but far too bulky and heavy (19oz).

5) GSI Outdoor Pinnacle Soloist Cookset

Stores a large canister and a tiny stove (like a Snow Peak LiteMax). Pot and cup. Check. Well thought out extras like the dual purpose lid (strainer on pot and sipping lid on mug) and wash basin carrying case. The only downside is it's heavier than I'd like (11oz). Alas.

I ended up selecting the Pinnacle Soloist, trading weight for everything else.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Self Contained Solo Cooksets on 04/27/2010 20:21:25 MDT Print View


Edited by kthompson on 04/27/2010 20:22:45 MDT.

nanook ofthenorth
(nanookofthenorth) - MLife
... on 04/27/2010 21:41:11 MDT Print View

MSR ti kettle and a plastic up would work

Tony Pearson
(tactics) - MLife

Locale: Dallas, TX
Re: Self Contained Solo Cooksets on 04/27/2010 21:56:10 MDT Print View

I actually store my fuel can outside the pot but still inside the mesh sack that came with my Trek 700.

Here are a few pictures. One with it all packed and another with everything out. I only have a 110g fuel can here but I am pretty sure I can fit a 220g in the mesh sack if I wanted to.

With the 110g fuel can, the whole thing weights 16 oz. with everything that I have in there.



Edited by tactics on 04/27/2010 21:58:10 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Self Contained Solo Cooksets on 04/27/2010 22:05:16 MDT Print View

My goal was to find a cookset that:
1) stores an 8oz/220g fuel canister AND a stove inside
2) has a pot and a cup
3) is as light as possible

IMUSA 12 cm pot- 3.5 oz
Sea to Summit X Mug- 2.7 oz (if diameter less than 12 cm)
Brunton crux stove to fit in concavity of 8 oz canister

James Wyrwicki
(jim1233988) - MLife
self contained solo cookset on 04/27/2010 22:06:41 MDT Print View

i use a fosters can in a 4 cup ziplock container. I holds my stove, folding spork, windscreen, minidropper of soap, and 4 oz. fuel bottle(there many be room for an additional 2 oz. bottle too). If it is really cold out I'll use a reflectex(spelling?) cozy over the ziplock to rehydrate and retain warmth. Either the beer can pot or the ziplock can function as a cup, usually the cozied ziplock for my coffee. It works really well. I think with 4 oz. of fuel it weights about 11oz. I'll try and get some pictures up tomorrow.
*I missed the whole canister thing- pays to read first:) Still here is my $.02

Edited by jim1233988 on 04/27/2010 22:12:34 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Self contained Solo Cook Sets on 04/27/2010 22:51:15 MDT Print View

BPL 550 pot
Caldera 550 Cone
Lots of storage in both containers for your STUFF.

Geoff Kembel
(jiffybank) - F
More Ideas on 04/27/2010 23:33:54 MDT Print View

Golly. Looks like I should have posted here first for ideas.

Tony, I like your setup w/ the fuel outside the pot, especially for a 110g canister.

And the Sea to Summit X Mug opens up a whole new set of possibilities. At 4.25" diameter by < 0.5" height collapsed, it would fit in any pot that holds a 220g canister. E.g.

Snow Peak Trek 900 (6oz) and X Mug (2.4oz). 8.4oz for pot/pan/cup. Not bad.

Or if you don't need the pan: MSR Ti Tea Kettle (4oz) and X Mug. 6.4oz for pot/lid/cup.

Chris Gray
(ChrisFol) - F

Locale: Denver, Coloado
Re: More Ideas on 04/27/2010 23:46:47 MDT Print View

I use an alky stove set-up consiting of the following:

-SP 600 (2.8oz)
-Fancy feast can (0.3)*
-Bandana (0.5)*
-Folding spork (0.4)*
-Foil windscreen (0.5)*
-Foil lid (0.3)*
-Dr. B's handsoap (1)*
-Mini bic lighter (0.4)*
-Rubber band (doesn't register)
-Empty fuel bottle (1)

All of the asterix items fit inside the SP 600, the rubber band goes around the top/bottom to hold it all into place and to stop the pot handles from bouncing.

My fuel bottle just goes on the outside of my pack for saftey reasons.

The whole set-up, including soap and empty fuel bottle weighs 7.2oz.

Edited by ChrisFol on 04/27/2010 23:51:21 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Self Contained Solo Cook Set on 04/28/2010 00:00:01 MDT Print View

You can fit alot of STUFF in the 550 Caldera Cone Container.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Self Contained Solo Cook set on 04/28/2010 00:02:55 MDT Print View


Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Efficiency on 04/28/2010 00:57:47 MDT Print View

It's well known that pots which are wider than they are tall are more efficient. That's the 1st thing I look for in a pot.

"Cooksets" are not something I've ever been into since I quit using my ancient Sigg Tourist cookset/windscreen fro my Svea 123 stove. To me a "set" inplies more thatn a pot. It usually means a lid, cup and possibly more. Since abandonong my Sig Tourist cookset I've never found a cook "set" that was light enough or met my needs. I have a 1 L. "Travelling Light" aluminum pot W/ piepan lid, Cool Whip bowl, plastic measuring/drinking cup & Lexan spoon. That's my current "set"

I Do like the Evernew aluminum & ceramic interior 740 ml. pot but... I'd ditch the lid heavy & remove the handles and handle holder bracket & use my light aluminum pot gripper. Then I'd make another aluminum piepan lid W/ taped on wire key ring lid "handle".


James Castleberry
Self Contained solo cooksets on 04/28/2010 06:33:18 MDT Print View

I use the GVP caldera cone cookset sold by Gossamer Gear; uses Esbit tablets, similar setup to Jay's posted above. Very lightweight, and I love how the GVP set is totally self-contained in a small lightweight package. Uses a Fosters can as the cooking pot.

Steven Adeff
(TinCanFury) - F

Locale: Boston
Katadyn Crux Stove With Terra Weekend HE Cook on 04/28/2010 08:49:59 MDT Print View

I just bought this
moosejaw #826452

crux lite stove:2.9oz
Terra Solo Cook Set:7.8oz
total weight=10.7oz

it will hold a 220g fuel canister and the stove, has a pot, and while not technically a cup, you could use the top as one?

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
cookset on 04/28/2010 11:03:00 MDT Print View


Edited by annapurna on 05/01/2010 22:01:25 MDT.

b willi jones
(mrjones) - F

Locale: NZ,,, best place in the world !?
Re: Re: More Ideas on 04/29/2010 15:09:44 MDT Print View

packed with a 110g gas can insidethe stuff i use i use an evernew ti pot 600 with lid, snow peak ti cup with folding handle removed, brunton folding ti spork which is now a spoon after i reshaped in my lab, a primus micron ti stove with primus gas cannister 110g, a mini bic plus a small cloth. a second gas cannister fits nicely on top of the lip, but is extra weightor you could switch to thisthe top set up is about 400g, incl a full gas can, or you could switch to somethin like this for a slight weight saving

Edited by mrjones on 04/29/2010 15:17:04 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: More Ideas on 04/29/2010 16:26:25 MDT Print View


Bren, what tool did you use to reshape the titanium spork?

A grinding wheel?

Also, I detect a bobby pin in there. That must be an additional gram!


b willi jones
(mrjones) - F

Locale: NZ,,, best place in the world !?
Re: Re: Re: Re: More Ideas on 04/29/2010 18:26:27 MDT Print View

kia ora Bob, i just used a dremel type tool to whip the teeth off, then filed the rest, finished with some wet n dry sandpaper. i cant believe i got sucked into buying a spork in the first place. get ya digital scale out Bob, that bobby pin is only .5g. i prefer the gas over the alc set up anyway, also note the plastic cap on the gas cannister, thats a gram right there, i just carry that round because the jump into light weight backpacking was starting to freak me out :^)