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Stanco Grease Pot from Amazon is well regarded for lightweight and cheap.
I wouldn't cheap out on a pan. The GSI Pinnacle 8" is good quality and the MSR skillet is also worth the money.
Never tried melting snow but it holds almost a liter and has a wide bottom and is $5 so you can't really lose out there if you want to try it.
Generally cheaper at walmart than on Amazon.
Food options are generally more limited when you do ultralight.
But if you want to spend money on eating well while ultralight, I'd recommend getting the cheapest lightweight aluminum cookset you can find and buying a food deyhydrator.
That is one and is very similar!
I am talking about this one though: https://www.amazon.com/Stanco-Non-Stick-Grease-Strainer-Black/dp/B000MVTIOQ/ref=pd_bxgy_79_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B000MVTIOQ&pd_rd_r=AT2XE5G2MTQ6PBXB800J&pd_rd_w=BOOJu&pd_rd_wg=cHF91&psc=1&refRID=AT2XE5G2MTQ6PBXB800J
if money is really tight you could use this. I have one and didn't like it, i thought it might be too dangerous. The lid wraps over the pot and can stick when you try to remove it and there's no handle to hold on to it when you take the lid off. I could see me spilling hot water all over. The two Stanley's I linked, the lid fits down inside of the pot, no chance of it sticking.
Yeah, I do.
Well, I try to get a few rocks in a circle around a large ember, that way there is a potstand of sorts maybe 3 inches above the fire.
I cook it in my little grease pot from amazon.
Here it is on Amazon. I've been using one for years with a cat stove and aluminum foil windscreen. Total cost less than $10 and UL.
$5 at Walmart, or my local grocery store (C-Town). $8 on amazon.
Another option that people love is the Imuza. Comes in 10CM and 12CM widths.
Cheaper and lighter than a Toaks 550, with twice the capacity. I used one for four years of short trips and a PCT hike, hard to argue with the value of an aluminum pot.
I don't have anything to sell you, just want to help you save some money. Don't spend your money on a "mess kit" -- instead do this:
- Make a SuperCat alcohol stove (~$1)
- Buy a grease pot ($9)
- Bring a spoon from your kitchen (free)
The cat food stove will get you funny looks from people that spent $100+ on jetboil setups from REI but it works great. The fuel (denatured alcohol) is also cheap as hell. I've been using one for years with zero issues.
Stanco grease pot....a $9 pot, with no handles or anything. https://www.amazon.com/Stanco-Non-Stick-Grease-Strainer-Black/dp/B000MVTIOQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512796499&sr=8-1&keywords=stanco+grease+pot
Nope. It came like that.
I'll do you one better, here is the optimal pot. https://www.amazon.com/Stanco-Non-Stick-Grease-Strainer-Black/dp/B000MVTIOQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471892860&sr=8-1&keywords=stanco+grease+pot
This. And they're on Amazon for the lazy (cheaper at Kmart) https://www.amazon.com/Stanco-Non-Stick-Grease-Strainer-Black/dp/B000MVTIOQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467355948&sr=8-1&keywords=stanco+grease+pot
I just bought Stefan Hoffman's Cuppa and it's so amazing. It weighs 1.5 oz and it's efficient as heck.
at sea level, it boils 2 cups of water in 6 minutes. 2 oz of isopropyl alcohol provides 12 minutes of burn time.
Plus, he sells them for like $10. It's a killer deal.
Comes with a pot stand as well.
For a pot, I use a Grease Pot. It does have a weird coating on the outside that you'll have to blacken off yourself. After about 6 uses, it comes off.
Together, the system weighs like 5 oz with stove, pot stand, pot, and reflectix cosie.
Haven't personally tried it but I've heard good things about this: http://www.amazon.com/Stanco-Non-Stick-Grease-Strainer-Black/dp/B000MVTIOQ
Second that or this.
I have used an alcohol stove for about 6 years and I love it. I use mine with an MSR Titan Kettle but it is about $50. A cheap option would be to use a grease pot. Loads of people swear by them. You can buy one at Walmart too. The Toaks titanium pot is around $30. People also use this mug to cook water in and claim it will boil 2 cups. Here is another grease pot that people use.
You can make a windscreen for it out of lightweight aluminum flashing or heavy duty cooking foil.
I have somehting like this. Except it from the 40's from an antique store.