Durable cookware for remote locales.
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jack of all trades cook set
I bought this set after using a family members. It is just what I need for backpacking. Like others mentioned you could just take and use the larger pot. I am able to put a tin coffee cup into it with lighter and dish rag...and I like that packability. I don't see myself owning something else besides this set.
Gets the job done!
Nothing special here besides the fact they last forever. A bit heavy but I prefer it to Aluminum. I've used these from the backcountry to the kitchen stove and they're great no matter what you're cooking.
Heavy, but bulletproof
I've had this set for over twenty years. The outside of both pots are absolutely coated with carbon that will never, ever come out, and I like that - call it a patina.
One of the best features is the lid: Not only does it fit both pots, but it can be turned upside down to act as a double-boiler - great for reheating without getting a big pot dirty. I often use it to warm up a Clif bar in cold weather while boiling water for oatmeal or coffee.
I usually only take the large pot and the lid with me. My MSR Rapidfire, inclusive of the windscreen and pot grabber, fit nicely inside the pot.
These are great pans that will last for years. I can fit one fuel can and my pocket rocket inside, throw it in my pack and I'm set to go. Definitely worth buying.
Ive had this set for 10+ years and it has been all over the world. Everything I need fits in the 1.5 L pot and I secure it with a wrap so nothing creeps out. Excellent, do everything, basic cookset.
Could the lid possibly be used as a frying...
Could the lid possibly be used as a frying pan? Also what are the dimensions of this set in inches?
I do see where it was answered that it can be, but then it was stated that it cant be. I also forgot to mention that im using an MSR pocket rocket and sometimes over a fire.
Sure you can, but not really for proteins (fish, eggs, meat,) unless you have plenty of fat (lard, butter, oil) and are able to regulate the flame, or adjust the pan to the distance from it. So, for your pocket rocket, less likely. But if you can regulate the heat over a flame by moving it further/closer to the fire, sure. One way to use the lid, as well, is as a double boiler. Put plenty of water in one of the pots, and instead of putting the lid on like you normally would, turn it upside down. You'll get plenty of heat to slowly cook some proteins (small fish, and eggs) without burning them. As for the diameter, The lid and large pot, 7.5", the small pot, 6.5".
No, it cannot be used as a fry pan as the metal is way too thin. I tried and it immediately oil-canned from the heat even though my stove was set to simmer. Makes a great lid and plate though. If you want a lid to fry in, try the Primus stainless steel pot set. It has a much thicker bottom with a layer of aluminum sandwiched inside. Of course that makes it a little heavier to carry. The pics are the Primus fry pan.
The apes will really appreciate these when they finally take over.
Bought mine from a neighbors garage sale for five bucks. Silly mistake. I am told they are older than me. I've had these completely blackened from dirty cedar wood fire and they cleaned up like new while at camp. Fantastic on a stove. Good size for a pack of 4 travelers if you cook smartly. Mine came with webbing and a buckle to secure everything - highly recommended if not stock. Weight penalty perhaps but theyll be eating what's left of humanity out of these things when the time comes.
these are a classic for a reason
Not sure why the majority of these reviews are 4/5 stars; sure, this pot set isn't made out of anodized unobtanium, but it is just about indestructible, and less than half the price of comparable sized and function titanium kits. Both pots pour very well. The lid/frying pan seats very well on both pots. It works fine for frying too, although that depends somewhat on your stove and a lot on your patience- no different than any other lid-frypan over a backpacking stove. This is an excellent, very durable 2-4 person heavy backpacking stove. It particularly shines on trips where weight and size are not at a premium- my set gets the most use during the winter (throw it in the pulk), car camping, and canoeing. Not so great for 1-2 person summer backpacking, but that's what the foster's can pot is for.
The obvious question is what is the capacity...
The obvious question is what is the capacity of each pot?
2 L and 1.5 L
Real versatile cook set. Been using mine for about 8 years now and it is still functional to last a few more.
Good to have around the campsite
This is a great set to have for boiling water for groups up to four or five, I use this to boil water whenever I go camping to make tea, instant stuff, whatever, and the stainless steel is nice and easy to clean...the handle is cool too!
Will this work for a group of 5-6 or should...
Will this work for a group of 5-6 or should I get another pot?
It really depends on what you're cooking. If you're only boiling water, you should be fine. If you'll be cooking meals in them, I find these two to be a little small. They're just about right for 4 people, but with 6, you'd want something else to supplement it; maybe another 1.5 or 2 liter pot. Going with MSR would allow you to use the same lid/heat radiator/ and any other size specific accessories - but this is of course not necessary.
Unless you're committed to stainless steel, another thought would be something like the hard anodized aluminum MSR Flex 4 set (item# CAS0545) with a 3.2L and 5.3L pots. You get a good usable volume and versatility, whether you want to just boil water or cook a meal for that many people at once. As Knanier says, the difference in what you have planned makes a huge difference.
MSR Stainless Steel Potset
Cooking breakfast on a cold summer morning in the WV mountains. This set works perfect with my brand new Optimus Crux stove.
Works great for car camping too!
This kit also includes draw-tight storage bag which makes it easy to store it and select it from my bins of outdoor gear. The whisperlite stove fits perfectly in-side (it also has a storage bag).
I've had these for 15 years and they are in great condition. We regularly use the cook kit on the coleman stove when car camping, but use a separate fry pan. One thing I like about the lid is that you can place it on the pots upside down. This makes a handy spot to place the pot handle between uses and also can be used as a warmer for your metal coffee mug.
If you can spend an extra $30-40, the optional heat exchanger is exceptional! It channels the heat along the sides of the pot and helps the water boil faster. In the wind and cold, it saves lots of cooking time. The heat exchanger also fits in the cook kit storage bag when fitted around the large pan.
how big is the lid/fry pan? I need it over...
how big is the lid/fry pan? I need it over 8 inches so I can fit tortillas in it.
This set measures 7.5 x 4.5 so just a smidge shy so I don't think you'll be able to get a tortilla in there..it might lay on top nicely though and you can still heat it that way.
after some initial dis-coloration and warping due to excessive heat while i was too busy chiling to tend to my dinner, this set has settled in quite nicely and i expect it to last through the apocalypse. light enough for me, but if you're a wimpy vegan go-light climber type you might look into the titanium set and add some tephlon pieces to your belly. enjoy!
Near Goblin Valley SP, UT
If it ain't broke, don't fix it
Stainless steel is heavier than other materials, but if you plan on doing any actual cooking in the backcountry, these pots are AWESOME. Take a piece of scotchbrite along and you can scrub away any burned on food without fear of damaging them. The nested pots have enough space in the middle for a folded up MSR Whisperlite stove, pot lifter, lighter, scrubbie, and eating utensils. Unless you lose them, they'll last forever.
If you're shopping for cookware that will last forever, this is it. Best for @ least two people. Nests & stores very nicely. Extremely durable & heats evenly. Cleans up very nicely with a little soap & water, "Scotch" pad, or sand. (Blue discolorations caused be overheating can be removed with copper cleaner). A bit heavy, but if weight is not an issue, this cookware set is for you.
Nice pot set
For starters, this is a nice steel pot set. Obviously it isn't weightless, but isn't heavy in my opinion. I didn't think it would be, but the grabber is stable. Despite other comments to the contrary, I would NOT use the pot lids for a frying pan. The lids are thin (read: uneven heating) and you can burn food onto the lid. If you are in a pinch, the lid will work as a frying pan, but I would recommend purchasing something designed for that purpose. Overall though, the pots are very nice and worth the investment.