As promised, this is a wrap-up of several different cooksets I use when cycling.
Sometimes it's nice to have a fresh cup of coffee or soup, or have a
hot meal during an outing. Experienced hands are encouraged to join
in with tips, tricks, or traps for gear used to fix meals on wheels.
I'll start with a light approach, then progress to heavier gear.
I have included a rough weight for each cook set, taken with my gear
The cookset equipment covered here is:
Coleman Exponent Solo (large pot/pan)
GSI nFORM Pinnacle Soloist Ultralight Non Stick cookset
Coleman Exponent Solo (small pot/pan)
Vargo Titanium 'Ti-lite' Mug
The stoves used in this post are:
homebrew semi-pressurized aluminum sideburner
Trangia Spirit burner
Optimus Crux Lite stove
These cooksets and stoves are combined according to 'nesting'
ability, with an aim towards consolidating items needed to cook
in a single package. Two components shared across all sets
are folding Titanium sporks, such as the $8 folder from
Brasslite and brass lantern lighters, about $4, found at
nearly all 'box-mart' stores. Note that a spare flint
is also located inside the larger knurled knob:
First up is the lightest cookset I use. Handy on longer rides, it
easily fits into the Nashbar rack/pack I have on each of my
bikes. The cookset consists of the Vargo Titanium 'Ti-lite' Mug,
which is actually a pot with a lid sporting five drain holes:
A small alcohol stove, windscreen, lighter, 4-oz Nalgene fuel
bottle (enough for four to six meals), spork, napkin, and
coffee, tea, and sugar packets fit neatly inside.
I detailed how to make the stove in this earlier thread:
homebrew alcohol stove
This is the lightest of the cook sets detailed here, coming in
Alcohol cooking is the 'greenest' of fuel methods outlined
in this missive, and the most inexpensive. You can find
fuel at your local home improvement store, such as the SLX
brand of denatured alcohol, at nearly any gas station
in the yellow Heet bottles, or use 'Everclear' from your
Cooking is accomplished by placing the priming pan, stove,
and windscreen, then priming the stove and placing the pot
on top - about 3 mins for 8 oz or 4 mins for 16 oz water
to boiling, depending on ambient temps. The windscreen may
be constructed out of double-folded, hand-punched heavy
duty aluminum foil, or cut from the flat bottom panel of
a turkey pan from your supermarket:
One drawback to using just a single pot is that you can
burn the beejeebees out of your fingers and your lips by
handling a hot pot. Use a bike glove to handle bare
metals pot handles off the stove.