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Old 13 Apr 2010
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Kettle Pots and Pan

Dear All, Just about to start a one way trip from London to Cape Town alone. BUT as space is one of my biggest headaches I can’t seem to find a good small pan and lid with a small kettle inside, perfect for one. Any help greatly received
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Hi i use a medium billy can with lid my coleman cooker just fits inside, i use it to boil water or cook my meals ,the lid is large enough to boil enough water for a hot drink if your eating direcly from the billy also if there is any fuel spillage for any reason its contained in the billy while riding. this is easy to wash out .im not sure a kettle is needed when space is at a premium
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I too use a smallish saucepan for heating water for drinks. It is more fuel efficient to not heat tall pots of liquid but use wider shallower ones.
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If space is at a premium ,don't bother with a kettle .
Boil your water in a stainless steel British army mug .
You could use a billy can like the guys above have suggested or use a Swedish Army Trangia [ tough as old boots] .
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I use my Trangia 27 kettle inside an MSR pot. The lid is held on with the handle which folds over and is clipped on.



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I really enjoy camp cooking! There is nothing more satisfying than after a long dusty day on the road, cooking yourself a good hot meal consisting of the local fare. I have a complete kitchen with fork, spoon, egg flipper (folding) Corkscrew, can opener, salt, pepper, sugar and two spices. This all fits inside of a bag the same as a toiletrees bag, with small nagleen bottles and has a little hook to hang from my handel bar.
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I have two pots and one pan that acts as a lid, the pots fit inside each other, and my stove fits inside the pots to make a convenient little package.
Here's a few tips: Stainless steel SUCKS! It's only good for boiling water, everything else burns. Go for aluminum with teflon coating. Mine have lasted for five years with lots of use and abuse and they are still a pleasure to cook with, and more importantly, to clean afterwards. Same with forks and spoons, don't bother trying to save some weight with plastic. It melts when you use it to stirr your food and in the end you will buy some silverware anyways. As far as weight goes, your body will loose 10x that weight in one day through dehydration, so don't bother. Find a camp stove that fits inside of your pots and pans. Buy an aluminum foil shield to protect your stove from the wind:
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I try to carry small bottles of oil and sugar, then re-load in resturaunts after you tell them how lovely the food was
Finally, carry a magnesium stick with flint in your kit. When matches get wet or lighters run out, you always have a back-up plan, don't ask how i know.
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One option is to do without completely.

I travelled through Africa back in '78 and took no cooking utensils whatsoever with me - lived on canned sardines, bread and biscuits when crossing the Sahara - but everywhere else food was ubiquitous, cheap, nutritious and delicious - even the fried termites in Zaire (now Congo). It really wasn't worth the effort of carrying your own food supplies, and besides, it would have been more expensive to cook myself.

We are all different, but to me, one of the many pleasures of travel is to sample the local culinary cuisine wherever I go.

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get a trangia 27, kettle, fuel bottle and burner all fit inside with two pans.

personally i dont think a kettle boils water any faster than a pan with a lid on, so i do away with it. this leaves space inside for more stuff, a decent condiment/spice set, some cutlery, or the gas burner conversion (but the gas can doesnt fit)
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personally i dont think a kettle boils water any faster than a pan with a lid on, so i do away with it. this leaves space inside for more stuff, a decent condiment/spice set, some cutlery, or the gas burner conversion (but the gas can doesnt fit)
Just right. Stick a small rock on top of the lid to keep it solidly seated, and it does exactly what a kettle does, and a lot more. The small pot makes a good storage space, water carrier at a stream, tub for a sponge bath, even washing socks. Very handy in a way a kettle could never be.

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If space is at a premium ,don't bother with a kettle .
Boil your water in a stainless steel British army mug .
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Be careful there Dod - that cup gets kinda hot if it's used in the way you suggest. People will burn their mouth quite badly....
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reminds me of student digs and nobody would ever wash up, so i made a cuppa in a pewter tankard. blimey was that hot, 1st sip left my bottom lip stuck to it
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Be careful there Dod - that cup gets kinda hot if it's used in the way you suggest. People will burn their mouth quite badly....
They cool down quickly .Boil the water ,throw in a tea bag and by the time the tea has brewed and you've added milk ,it should be fine .It also depends upon the ambient temperature .
If it's good enough for Ray Mears , it's good enough for me .
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