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Ultralight Bowl?
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Rocco Speranza

Locale: Western NC Mtns
Ultralight Bowl? on 06/06/2013 12:01:43 MDT Print View

Currently I use the cup on the bottom of my Jetboil.

It works well,

has measuring marks
big enough for what I eat
Keeps me from having to clean out my who pot when I make oatmeal.

Minus the plastic connectors that are supposed to hold it onto the Jetboil.
When I go to clean it out those seems to make it harder as my towel gets caught on them and food gets stuck in them.

I have looked for a bowl similar to this that is that light weight, but couldn't find one. Any suggestions?

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
deleted on 06/06/2013 12:28:03 MDT Print View


Edited by rOg_w on 06/17/2013 20:26:31 MDT.

Rob E

Locale: Canada
ziploc containers on 06/06/2013 12:30:31 MDT Print View

You can try using a small round ziploc container. I use the "ziploc Twist 'n'loc" size small. It works great. Lightweight and inexpensive, about $1.50 per bowl.

I can't recall the weight off hand, but it is lighter than any bowl I've come across. I don't take the lid, and I shaved off the lip around the threads because I didn't need it. The bowl fits very nicely in my 900ml Ti pot.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Ultralight Bowl on 06/06/2013 12:33:23 MDT Print View

Do you still want it to go on the bottom of your JetBoil?

If not, you could dremel those tabs off, leaving behind the 3 or 4 indentions that would make a handy spoon rest.

Rocco Speranza

Locale: Western NC Mtns
Re: Re: Ultralight Bowl on 06/06/2013 13:32:17 MDT Print View

Yeah, I don't want to modify it because I might sell the Jetboil one day. Also, that wouldn't really fix one of the problems of my towel getting caught on the non-smooth edges. I also should note I use a 1.3l Ti-Tri now.

Wish they would make that Snowpeak 1oz, but could be an option. The Jetboil cup is 1.1oz if I remember right. I keep forgetting to use the plastic wear as stated above. One problem I might have with those is food staining, but I think I'll have to try some and see if they work.

Anyone know a more ultralight version of the Snowpeak? Smaller and a little thinner?

Edited by Mechrock on 06/06/2013 13:32:56 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Ultralight Bowl? on 06/06/2013 13:35:28 MDT Print View

The Cotton Bowl? Generally some lightweights in that one.....

Edited by idester on 06/06/2013 13:35:59 MDT.

Marc Shea
(FlytePacker) - F

Locale: Cascades
Re: Re: Ultralight Bowl? on 06/06/2013 13:57:57 MDT Print View

I would take a look at GSI. They make several different sizes of bowls that may be able to fit on the bottom of the jetboil.

They are usually about $8 for the set of two. Individually they will come close to your 1 ounce weight limit. I believe that a set that I have has gradations, however you would want to double check.

Secondly, you might consider the Snowpeak silicone bowls or

Finally, maybe the titanium cup from snowpeak this is my go to mug and bowl, and fits over the bottom of another set that I have.

Edited by FlytePacker on 06/06/2013 13:58:51 MDT.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Ultralight Bowl? on 06/06/2013 14:03:58 MDT Print View

The Snowpeak Ti bowl is bargain. For a plastic bowl, the ones used by Panda Express (fast Asian food) are a great freebie. I'll have to look for a Ziplock that fits my pot and stove-- I like that idea, keeping the pack clutter down.

John Rowan
(jrowan) - M
Cheap UL Alternative on 06/06/2013 15:08:30 MDT Print View

I've heard a number of people recommend the Kraft single-serving Easy Mac bowls (obviously, you can eat or dump the Mac as you please). I have one in my food bag and don't really use it, but it's plenty functional. It's cheap, light (I think something like 0.6 oz), durable enough, and reasonably heat-resistant.

I'm talking about these:

Rocco Speranza

Locale: Western NC Mtns
Re: Cheap UL Alternative on 06/06/2013 15:43:20 MDT Print View

I forgot about those Mac and Cheese Bowls!
If I remember right, they have graduations on them as well?

I'll have to get some next time I go to the store.

Barry Cuthbert
(nzbazza) - MLife

Locale: New Zealand
Free option on 06/06/2013 15:49:57 MDT Print View

Cut the bottom 5-6cm off a plastic 2 litre milk bottle.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Free option on 06/06/2013 17:00:27 MDT Print View

+1, Barry, on the bottom of a HDPE milk carton. One quart, half-gallon or one-gallon, depending on the diameter you want. Cut to be as deep as you want (using sturdy scissors is FAR safer and more controlled than using a razor knife). Especially if you cut them somewhat shallowly, something between a plate and a bowl, you can stack multiple ones together. That's what I do for family trips and something I recommended for Scout groups looking to save weight or money. Otherwise, as a single bowl, I'd look for that diameter into which my stove barely fits.

If you're lactose intolerant or you object to the subjugation of diary cows, you can dumpster-dive at the recycling center (Number 2 Plastics HDPE - high density polyethylene) and an unlimited number for free. It will smell of sour milk, but HDPE goes through the dishwasher just fine (it has higher AND lower temperature limits than other common plastics).

If you want a thicker plastic (but I've never had the milk jugs fail), detergent jugs and kitty litter also come in HDPE containers, but are thicker (and often more rectangular in shape. Again, run it through the very hot water and caustic detergent wash of a dishwasher prior to use and after a trip.

HDPE is wonderous stuff. Food grade. Resists many solvents (gasoline, alcohol). Maximum Temperature: 248°F / 120°C - so you can use it as a dipper in boiling water. Minimum Temperature: -148°F / -100°C - I use it to -40F, it is the base of most skis, and dog-sled runners and sees -55F in that application. It doesn't glue well, but repairs can be made with hot air welding or, my favorite in the field - lighting a strip on fire and dribbling the molten drops into the area to be repaired.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
GLAD bowl on 06/06/2013 17:54:09 MDT Print View

I used a GLAD fridge bowl. Once I cut 1/2 inch off the top it fit perferctly inside my small 3 cup cook pot that I use for solo cooking.

For winter with a 1 L. JetBoil pot I use something a bit larger, a Cool Whip bowl and lid. The lid keeps food warm if you have to attend to something while eating such as getting more snow to melt or refilling a fuel bottle.

John Rowan
(jrowan) - M
Re: Re: Cheap UL Alternative on 06/06/2013 19:10:24 MDT Print View

There is one marking inside (it's a "fill to here" line for the mac). I just did a quick check and it's 3/4 of a cup.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: milk jugs on 06/06/2013 19:20:55 MDT Print View

You can get fruit juices in the HDPE jugs too if you want to avoid the cow-ness. I've used the bottom of a gallon size for a wash basin, dog dish, salad bowl and paint tray to boot (not all the same jug, mind you). Could make a good rain hat if it fits :) They don't weigh much, and you can stuff them full of other items so they don't take up much pack space.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Cotton Bowl on 06/06/2013 19:22:59 MDT Print View

Cotton kills, you should know this Doug.

Jani Kikuts
(Enginerd) - M

Locale: Southern California
Antigravitygear on 06/06/2013 21:35:54 MDT Print View

A simple insulated 3 cup ziploc bowl, thought about making my own but in reality would spend at least $15 on the components. Weighs 1-7/8 ounces and insulates very well.

John Abela
(JohnAbela) - MLife

Re: Ultralight Bowl on 06/09/2013 04:26:53 MDT Print View

Hey All,

I was at the store a couple days ago and in walking past the Mac&Cheese and I remembered this post, so I grabbed one of the single serving bowls (cost me 89 cents) and just threw it onto my scale.

It looks to be (after taking off the wrapper):

11.97 grams
0.422 ounces

Mac&Cheese Bowl - Grams

Mac&Cheese Bowl - Ounces

Capacity I would put at somewhere around 480ml, maybe a little less, so call it 16 ounces.

Next I fired up my JetBoil to get some super hot water going and poured it into the little bowl and it held its shape. It did soften up a bit, but it held its shape enough to be usable. To be expected, it is designed to go into the microwave.

Anyway, now we know.

+John Abela

Edited by JohnAbela on 06/09/2013 04:27:32 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Ultralight Bowl on 06/09/2013 04:32:55 MDT Print View

Abela, that is what I use at work to eat my oatmeal out Nice size.

Ken Strayer
(TheRambler) - F
Re: Ultralight Bowl on 06/09/2013 05:00:51 MDT Print View

Lots of good suggestions so far. My only comment is not all HDPE plastics are food grade, and not all plastics in general are food grade. Ensure it is a food grade container before using. Non food grade containers are known to leach chemicals from the plastic into the contents of the container.