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Old 08-08-21, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by nun View Post
I've considered dropping the stove as I eat in restaurants a lot and also often default to hard cheese, salami and flat bread. However, I do like a cup of tea and there are those times when you are camping that a hot meal is really welcome. So I do carry a small cooking kit consisting of an alcohol stove, mug, lighter, cloth, windscreen and tea bags and a collapsible cup that fit in s small mesh bag and a bottle of fuel and a spork. It's enough to make tea, soup, oatmeal and couscous.


I also have a superlight setup although not alcohol. If I were going to a cold wet place, it earns a spot.

I am considering a hike thru the White Mountains in September, I would certain have a stove at that time but normally I have carried a stove on the bike and not used it. There is no question a stove kept me out of hypothermia on an early season tour of NZ.
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Old 08-08-21, 09:21 AM
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No minimalist cook am I. But I did recently get that titanium spork to lighten the load.


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Old 08-08-21, 10:23 AM
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Ok, photo time.



I can't imagine camping without a means to make hot coffee in the morning, even if it is only instant. The plastic bottle (vintage) in the upper right corner with the green lid on it nests perfectly in my coffee mug, that holds my instant coffee.

The small mug with a red handle is single wall, it can also be used as a tiny pot for pasta sauce. Or, as a second mug for hot cereal while also drinking coffee out of the other mug.

That windscreen is a bit short, works better with liquid fuel stoves that sit much lower than with butane stoves.

Do not forget the cork screw,
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Ok, photo time.

I can't imagine camping without a means to make hot coffee in the morning, even if it is only instant. The plastic bottle (vintage) in the upper right corner with the green lid on it nests perfectly in my coffee mug, that holds my instant coffee.

The small mug with a red handle is single wall, it can also be used as a tiny pot for pasta sauce. Or, as a second mug for hot cereal while also drinking coffee out of the other mug.

That windscreen is a bit short, works better with liquid fuel stoves that sit much lower than with butane stoves.

Do not forget the cork screw,
Oops. Not pictured is my Bodum Travel Press combination French press/mug and my lightweight corkscrew. I didnít have the latter because I would not have access to wine.
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
...I can't imagine camping without a means to make hot coffee in the morning, even if it is only instant. ...,

used to carry a plastic filter cone for ground coffee. no paper liner needed.

neato! they even come in collapsible space-saving version nowadays.

https://www.amazon.com/Genrics-Dripp...ef=sr_1_3_sspa
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Originally Posted by saddlesores View Post
used to carry a plastic filter cone for ground coffee. no paper liner needed.

neato! they even come in collapsible space-saving version nowadays.

https://www.amazon.com/Genrics-Dripp...ef=sr_1_3_sspa
Thanks for the suggestion. I have a couple things quite similar to that, but bike touring I find that instant is adequate. And it is less cleanup when I am trying to get on the road before the traffic does.

I have a one liter sized lexan french press (GSI brand) that I bring on canoe trips, that works pretty well.
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post

I have a one liter sized lexan french press (GSI brand) that I bring on canoe trips, that works pretty well.
Thatís a lot of coffee! Iím good with my 15 Oz. Just enough to get things moving.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Thatís a lot of coffee! Iím good with my 15 Oz. Just enough to get things moving.
The one liter french press was for two people. My camping partner was a real coffee snob. No instant for him.

Was a might bit chilly in the morning, frost on the coffee French press (the green thing). But, a bit of boiling water in it to melt the ice that as holding the plunger in and I could open it up and get things going.



Solo trips, I always just used instant. And the bike tours that I did with a former co-worker, he did not drink coffee, so instant worked for those trips too.
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A few years ago we tried this Stanley French press. You boil water in it and also use it as a press so it eliminates carrying one thing. It's a little heavier than our backpacking stuff but since it saves carrying another item, it's worth the trade off in weight and bulk. Typically rides on a fork leg when we're off road.
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Originally Posted by veloz View Post
A few years ago we tried this Stanley French press. You boil water in it and also use it as a press so it eliminates carrying one thing. It's a little heavier than our backpacking stuff but since it saves carrying another item, it's worth the trade off in weight and bulk. Typically rides on a fork leg when we're off road.
Several years ago I recall seeing a titanium French press, perhaps by Snow Peak? REI had it with a steep discount on sale. I thought about it but decided that I would rather keep using a wider flatter pot for my water boiling.

Some of my stoves have a much wider burner that does not favor the skinny pots,but your stove looks like it puts all the heat in the middle which would work well with a skinny pot. That looks like an older generation Pocket Rocket.

I like a wider burner for more viscous foods like soup or a can of chili, less likely to burn a spot on the middle of the pot.

In the photo, I am moving my small pot (which is a small mug) with pasta sauce and the larger pot with my noodles back and forth on my one burner, trying to heat up both simultaneously.




The bigger pot is what I use for just about everything when one pot is enough for the meal.

Both of these pots are above in the photo in post 28, the bigger one in that photo has the Evernew lid on it. But that photo has a different stove.
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