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Arthur Haskind
(Anubis) - F - M
Not another pot thread on 06/21/2012 03:10:48 MDT Print View

O.k so it's another pot thread. BUT i open this thread after searching the forum and reading all the pot threads that were opened. but i think that the pot i need is slightly different.

her's my story, now i use a "traditional" aluminum camping pot, weighs 9.5oz/277g with the lid.
pretty heavy huh?

i usually do long distance hikes in remote places and i don't have an access to those dry meals everyone's talking about (frankly i don't even know what it is but that is not the issue).
what i do with my pot:
1. Boil water for tea/coffee
2. Cook pasta or noodles
3. Cook rice
4. Reheating canned food

basically whatever i can find in the tiny shops and mountain huts along the way.
i am a solo hiker so i don't need a big pot a small will do

Budget wise- well i don't know how much does a good titanium/Aluminum pot costs so i am flexible at the moment.

Edited by Anubis on 06/21/2012 03:12:28 MDT.

Angelo Radano

Locale: New England
?? on 06/21/2012 06:11:37 MDT Print View

I am assuming you want suggestions for a lighter pot?

Since you are cooking in your pot and not just boiling water for freezer bag cooking it can't be too small (i.e. trapper mug). If I were cooking in the pot for solo trips I would probably go with an MLD 850 (mug) or an Evernew 900 (pot).

James Klein

Locale: Southeast
Re: Not another pot thread on 06/21/2012 06:58:21 MDT Print View

I recommend this:

3.7oz, 1.25L, $8

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Not another pot thread on 06/21/2012 07:04:13 MDT Print View

Arthur is in the UK, correct?

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Non-stick helps if you cook in the pot on 06/21/2012 18:26:14 MDT Print View

Evernew .9 liter low rise (traditional, not a tall mug) pot is great. Comes with a Teflon non-stick surface option or all titanium for a little less weight. For a cheaper option, however, the Trail Designs Hard Anodized Aluminum pot is a great bargain, and, I hear, great for cooking in the pot too. It's around $23. The Evernew is closer to $40.

Edited by bcutlerj on 06/21/2012 18:27:02 MDT.

Arthur Haskind
(Anubis) - F - M
thanks for the quick response on 06/23/2012 06:29:25 MDT Print View

Ok so for cooking, not smaller than 900ml that's the deal?

what would be considered lightweight for a pot that size?

thanks for the pot suggestions i am currently checking the models that you guys suggested.

little info about the aluminum vs titanium pos and cons would be great

Edited by Anubis on 06/23/2012 06:38:56 MDT.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: thanks for the quick response on 06/23/2012 06:42:38 MDT Print View

Some of us have a 900ml pot that is tall and narrow, but a 900ml pot that is short and wider may boil faster, depending on your stove/burner. For a narrow flame pattern, you want a narrow pot, and for a wider flame pattern, you want a wider pot. If your flame pattern is too wide, then it overshoots the pot base, and efficiency is lost up the sides. If your flame pattern is too narrow, then it probably doesn't hurt too much for water boiling, but it will be tricky to do serious cooking with a hot spot.

I found good utility with a titanium bowl that has a capacity of about 600ml and weighs 1.8 ounces, but I only boil water in it.


Tony Ronco
(tr-browsing) - MLife
A very affordable, ulra-light pot suggeston on 06/24/2012 11:49:09 MDT Print View

Have you considered a Stanco Grease Pot? It works well for one or two people.

Here are the particulars:

40 fluid oz = 1.3 Liter capacity

3.7 oz (for both the Pot & the Stock Lid combined - definitely very light)

$ 6.14 in cost (definitely more affordable than other pots on the market).

... It also comes with a grease strainer, which can be left at home.
Or should you ever like to try a Bakepacker type insert for baking, you can trim the rim off the grease strainer, turn it upside down in the bottom of the pot, then it will nicely approximate a Bakepacker at zero cost. (just a fyi for the future)

You can also shave off almost 1 oz from the lid by getting rid of the large plastic knob. A bead, or paper clip are two of the possible substitutes.

The pots are available here:

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Not another pot thread on 06/24/2012 12:12:32 MDT Print View

There have been many good suggestions already. But are you carrying canned foods? If so, I would be more concerned about the weight of the cans, not a 9 ounce pot.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Trail Designs' pots on 06/24/2012 14:54:13 MDT Print View

Check out the pots that Trail Designs (makers of Caldera Cones) offers. They have many sizes and finishes, from anodized aluminum to non-stick aluminum to Ti.

Remember, a pot that is <-w i d e r-> than it is tall is more efficient to heat.

BTW, For my solo use I've found Trail Design's 3 cup pot is all I need.

Edited by Danepacker on 07/08/2012 15:12:44 MDT.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: A very affordable, ulra-light pot suggeston on 06/24/2012 14:56:41 MDT Print View

Over thirty years ago, I went on a trip with an old guy who had this all figured out.

He had no backpack bag, only a frame, so he lashed stuff onto the frame that he carried. For shelter, all he had was a large plastic tarp that he threw over a cord between two trees. For a sleeping bag, he had an old army surplus bag lashed on. For cooking, he had a box of matches, and he could pick up firewood. For food, he started with one big can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew. He opened it with his SAK, heated it, and ate it. Then he rinsed out the can and filled it with creek water to boil, and made his coffee there. While that was working, he opened a can of peaches and ate it. He had another can of something for breakfast. When he was done, all of the empty steel cans nested inside one another, and it was lashed onto the pack frame for the journey back out.

I would want to buy the Dinty Moore Beef Stew in a titanium can.


Arthur Haskind
(Anubis) - F - M
thanks for the feedback on 06/27/2012 15:02:48 MDT Print View

1. My hiking experience is in European mountain areas and that dehydrated food is unheard of.

2. So i understand that for cooking i need a wider and shallow pot

3. Couple of guys suggested the Evernew 900 pot. is this the one?

weighs 115 grams. does this includes the lid?

does this considered sufficiently lightweight or i can go lower?

4. The Stanco Grease Pot is 1.3L i think it's too big for one person. isn't it?

Edited by Anubis on 06/27/2012 15:05:01 MDT.

Theron Rohr
(theronr) - F

Locale: Los Angeles, California
I think Bob's friend was on to something... on 06/27/2012 16:20:27 MDT Print View

So if you're carrying canned food then you might want to go all the way and use the can to heat water in - no other pot needed.

For extra period flavor you use a can of Sterno or similar it can reheat canned food, heat water for tea/coffee (not boil) and it works great for rice also. Only thing on your list it can't do is make pasta.

Edited by theronr on 06/27/2012 16:26:53 MDT.

Terry G
(delvxe) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
evernew pot on 06/27/2012 16:44:14 MDT Print View

yes, that is the evernew pot often recommended. I use and can recommend the very similar MSR Titan Kettle. It is pretty light. If you wanted a comparable, lighter option you could look at the Mount Laurel Designs 850 pot at 96 grams for $47.

The stanco grease pot in my opinion is too large for one person. It is super light at 106 grams, but you would probably have to add another ounce for a pot lifter to make them comparable in function.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: thanks for the feedback on 06/27/2012 18:50:48 MDT Print View

I weighed my Eevernew ECA252 900ml pot with lid and it was 110 grams with lid

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
Greasepot on 06/27/2012 23:28:10 MDT Print View

if 1.3 liters is "too big for one person", but costs a fraction of, and weighs the same as (or less than) a titanium counterpart... isn't that a bonus?

Kmart Greasepot for the win.

Arthur Haskind
(Anubis) - F - M
frankly that's a good point on 07/06/2012 12:01:56 MDT Print View

Ozzy McKinney, i really dont know why is that so.
Stanco Greaspot wieghs less then the Evernew pot and is bigger and much cheaper.

Jack G
(NomadJack) - F

Locale: Midwest
Not another pot thread on 07/06/2012 15:53:27 MDT Print View

I haven't gotten it yet but just ordered the 1L Evernew Pasta Pot ECA522. You mentioned you cooked pasta so the straining lid might come in handy. Also has a pour spout. 4.1 oz. with the lid.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: frankly that's a good point on 07/06/2012 16:04:22 MDT Print View

Arthur,The Stanco grease pot is aluminum and the Evernew is titanium,that is the weight and price difference

Arthur Haskind
(Anubis) - F - M
hmm on 07/06/2012 17:40:33 MDT Print View

Although being Aluminium the Stanco Grease pot still weighs less then the Evernew Titanium.

i thought that buying Titanium gear is all about saving weight but when you have aluminum gear that weighs less than what advantages are left for the titanium?