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#208464 - 09/22/10 08:09 PM Re: ...and a pot. [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2574
Here's what I am trying:

Counter top coffee tin ( w lid)
steel water bottle
cookie tins
metal cup/ big mug

#208564 - 09/25/10 04:28 AM Re: ...and a pot. [Re: rebwa]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Thanks for the tip, Rebwa! I'll check it out when I'm in that area.


#208602 - 09/26/10 10:38 PM Re: ...and a pot. [Re: TeacherRO]
Russ Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5357
If I get a choice, titanium will always get a nod from me because it does not react to food and will not pass on a metallic taste. . . however, it doesn't heat food efficiently and water takes longer to boil. I have a Ti French Press and would love to make it more efficient at boiling water. Would a copper bottom such as on Revere Ware help a titanium pot. Thoughts?

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#208606 - 09/27/10 12:29 AM Re: ...and a pot. [Re: Russ]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7705
Loc: southern Cal
The whole point of titanium is toughness combined with light weight, for a hellacious price. From that standpoint I would not want to add copper to the utensil. Your statement that water takes longer to boil in a titanium vessel surprises me a bit. I have not noticed noticeably longer boiling times in using my titanium vessels (two), both of which I typically use with somewhat less robust heat sources - Esbit tabs or alcohol rather than a canister or white gas stove.

I can understand that titanium has inherently less heat conductivity that stainless steel or aluminum, but it is typically fabricated in thin gauge material, the better to attract gram counting weight weenies like myself.

My preference for the perfect billy can would be an aluminum container that would nest over a nalgene/gatorade bottle. This would as light as titanium, much cheaper, and functionally as durable, albeit somewhat more prone to denting. Stainless steel is needlessly heavy for most backpacking/climbing applications, but is great where weight is not an important consideration.

I have used aluminum cook sets a lot and I did manage to induce pitting in one pot that rendered it useless. It only took thirty-five years of fairly constant use.

My very favorite cook set is a surplus U S Army Mountain cook set, dated 1951. Two aluminum four liter pots, with a closely fitting stainless steel fry pan/lid. Its only failing is that it is simply too large for most of the trips I do these days. It hasn't pitted yet.
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#209378 - 10/09/10 05:36 PM Re: ...and a pot. [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2574
Moving over to Kleen Kanteens or similar -- I like to have the boil water option.

#211355 - 11/15/10 04:51 PM Re: ...and a pot. [Re: TeacherRO]
handle Offline

Registered: 11/13/10
Posts: 18
I use a 1 gal Aluminum pot and lid. The lid can be used as a skillet. The pot is big enough to cook a rabbit, if he's cut up enough to make it feasible to boil-stew him in the first place. I am aware that long term use of AL may well be a health hazard. If shtf, this will be far from the top of my list of worries, tho. Until then, the use is sparse, so I don't worry about it.

#211741 - 11/22/10 05:17 AM Re: ...and a pot. [Re: TeacherRO]
comms Offline

Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 1502
Loc: Mesa, AZ
Okay, I'll confess. I bought a Jet Boil Flash for a week long trip to California this week. You never know how big the coffee pot will be in the resorts & hotels we are staying at to heat water. Plus it has an insulated mug. Plus it was good for car carry. Plus...well, ya know. Its a new Shiny Thing.
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#211744 - 11/22/10 06:36 AM Re: ...and a pot. [Re: TeacherRO]
dweste Offline

Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Atone, then enjoy!

#238233 - 12/30/11 12:45 AM Re: ...and a pot. [Re: CANOEDOGS]
bacpacjac Offline
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Registered: 05/05/07
Posts: 3601
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: CANOEDOGS
this is a subject that has driven me nuts for years.a metal container for the kit that can be used to heat water and cook in.
i have looked around for one that would fit my overboard vests survival kit and the best i could come up with was the Swiss Army canteens cup with a wire bale added.i'll be spending the winter looking for something with a tight fitting lid rather than the foil,duct tape and overlapping zip locks i'm using now

It's taken some time but, thanks to a bump from the "emergency cook pot" thread I'm revisiting this thread.

Canoedogs, you've just made me decide to add bailing wire to my SS cup and the tin cans I carry for emergency boiling and cooking. I prefer to be hang to hang my vessel over the fire, in addition to setting it beside it.

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