For some years I have used unconventional cheap and light bushwalking cooking pots. A fellow MYOG forum member suggested that I might like to share some of my crackpot ideas. There are too many to fit into one post, so I thought I would start with my favourite 69g one-litre dinner pot and add others in a series of posts if there is interest.
The pots in this post come to me ever so slowly from the big online shops in the sky. They are stainless steel food containers with crappy plastic lids that soon will split. They are available from many online sellers and are incredibly cheap. Here are just a few examples:
The five bowls look like this.
The second biggest container in the set is one of my favourite. It holds one litre of water and weighs only 69g. “Yes, it is paper-thin but strong enough for camp cooking and with moderate care will last forever.”
Carelessness and abuse will easily dent the thin pot, but its saving grace is that it is quite easily ‘pannel-beaten’ back into shape with a stick or a strong thumbnail. Also, when carrying it within a backpack, I always put it within another pot or preferably over another pot to protect against crushing distortion. Here is a photo of a new pot and a much-used one that is ugly but totally serviceable after years of use or abuse.
New and old
They are very versatile and the following photos show how I use them to carry a blower stove that can also convert into a tent stove.
Stove & pot and extra pot
Stove in pot and extra pot
All in extra pot
Importantly, nesting pots can be efficiently added or removed to adjust the cooking kit to the trip requirements.
For more magic crackpot ultra-cheap backpacking cookware ideas please see:https://timtinker.com/part-1-unusual-light-cooking-gear/