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Best camping cookware for medium-large groups?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 30, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I will be going on a canoe trip with my family in a few weeks. We are looking to get some cookware to replace my father's old aluminum set.

We're looking for a nesting set that tops off in the 4 to 6 quart range that's stainless steel, ideally with copper or aluminum bottoms to help distribute heat. We're also open to titanium (or other materials if they are non-toxic) but I would be surprised if someone makes a 6-quart titanium pot.

We want to avoid non-stick coatings (except perhaps ceramic coatings?)

Many of the high-end gear suppliers are now offering non-stick pots which we don't want.

Many of the low-end gear suppliers are still offering crap.

Edit: as I was writing this question up I found the set below which seems to fill the bill, but I'm going to post this question anyways, in case anyone has any better suggestions.

Here's what I found: http://www.amazon.com/Stansport-Premium-Quality-Stainless-Cookset/dp/B000HK50IU/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1346345828&sr=1-1&keywords=stansport+premium+family

Any other suggestions or thoughts? Thanks!

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on September 01, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Yeah, mixing and matching steel and titanium is what we're leaning towards.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 30, 2012
at 10:13 PM

And plenty of metal skewers. Those things really come in handy when cooking veggies and meat.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 30, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Make sure you take steel wool with you for clean up in case you have issues with sticking.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 30, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Look for pans that don't have the mirror finish on them then. They are really thin, so there will definitely be hot spots, but preheated, lubed enough, and watched like a hawk, they should get you through. There are also mess kits that nest inside themselves with the rough finish, but it would require that everyone cook their own.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on August 30, 2012
at 07:37 PM

For canoeing maybe, but for hiking? I'm looking for something versatile.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on August 30, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Cast iron should work fine for a canoe trip, but I don't think I'd want to take it hiking. (Especially because once you've done ultralight hiking you never want to go back) I'd ideally like something that can work in both situations. I do appreciate the input!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 30, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Cast-iron all the way.

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on August 31, 2012
at 05:52 AM

I've used the same titanium cooking set that I got from REI for about 7 years now, and I love it. It's light (big deal for backpacking) indestructable, and it cooks evenly. It's a little more expensive, but you'll never buy another cooking set. You may need to settle for stainless steel for the larger 6 qt. piece, but I would get a titanium set for the rest.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

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on September 01, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Yeah, mixing and matching steel and titanium is what we're leaning towards.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 30, 2012
at 05:58 PM

The problem with the mirror-finish on the pans you posted is the sticking factor. Even when greased well, it still isn't enough. I ditched it for cast iron.

We camp a lot with Cub Scouts and I am one of the usual cooks. We use a huge cast-iron skillet, baking sheets, cast-iron Dutch ovens, and an over-the-fire grill to do the cooking. We cook any breakfast meats and potatoes on the baking sheets over the flame and cook the scrambled eggs in the cast iron skillet. I still use the pots from a set like what you posted, but only to heat water for the wash bins (big one) and as plates.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on August 30, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Make sure you take steel wool with you for clean up in case you have issues with sticking.

747f9c27424619fe3ae717c7455c292e

(610)

on August 30, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Cast iron should work fine for a canoe trip, but I don't think I'd want to take it hiking. (Especially because once you've done ultralight hiking you never want to go back) I'd ideally like something that can work in both situations. I do appreciate the input!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on August 30, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Look for pans that don't have the mirror finish on them then. They are really thin, so there will definitely be hot spots, but preheated, lubed enough, and watched like a hawk, they should get you through. There are also mess kits that nest inside themselves with the rough finish, but it would require that everyone cook their own.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 30, 2012
at 10:13 PM

And plenty of metal skewers. Those things really come in handy when cooking veggies and meat.

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