Thomas, I do use a cup for cooking. I started with the Snowpeak 600, but I discovered in colder weather I want to rehydrate a large meal/double ramen, and have a large hot drink also. So I got the Snowpeak Trek 900, which looks like a big cup, but has a shallow pot type lid (unlike the 600). I found this lid has many purposes and is worth the weight.
1. a lid, to reduce boil times
2. invert it concave side up, put it on the pot, and place sommething inside to heat or boil as the main pot heats
3. A base for an alcohol stove which in turn holds the main pot
4. Drinking the hot beverage, keeping the meal in the main cup
5. Cutting board/preparation bowl for stuff I add to my ramen.
6. As a fry-pan of course..
Other reasons the Trek, 900 is my go-to pot..
- Big enough to cook in, but has a small enough circumfrence that it I can drink from it as a conventional cup without spilling out both sides of my mouth!
- Sized perfectly for a large size iso/propane canister.
- My Snowpeak 600, 450, 300 and 220 nest perfectly inside it when I am packing for a group outing.
- All handles are removable if you want to use a pot-lifter or pot holder. I left the handles on.
- Wide enough to use with any of my alcohol stoves without 'wasting flames', as the 600, Solo Cook Set, etc.. do.
- Has graduations on the side for measuring water.
- Will nest inside my next purchase, the Trek 1400 for group cooking.
I could go on and on; the Trek 900; it is a well-thought out product and one of my best gear choices. If I had to keep only one pot, this would be it.
You can get it in aluminum for $20, or non-stick AL, or Titanium for $33.
If it seems a little too big, check out the Snowpeak Mini Solo Cook set. About the same capacity, in a more vertical profile sized for the 110g iso/propane. Has a cup and lid.
Let us know what you decide on?