I've been wanting to make a stainless steel bottle cook kit for a couple of years and finally got around to it. I like the idea of everything nesting together and taking up minimal space yet be able to do most cooking chores. It doesn't have a fry pan, but that is easy enough to add if I want.
The kit consists of:
- Condor H20 pouch (Amazon)
- Pathfinder School 25oz cup and lid set (web site)
- Nalgene 38oz wide mouth bottle (Amazon)
- Walmart 18oz stainless steel cup
- Stuff sack
- 2 bottle hangers (web site)
- P51 can opener
- Magnesium block and striker
The P51 can opener is tucked into the lid and has some para cord on it, the para cord has a loop on it so I can take the P51 off and clip it to something.
I also have a Stanley 24oz Cook set (Amazon)
. I had hoped that the Stanley would fit over the Nalgene bottle but it doesn't. It does fit inside the Pathfinder Cup and the Walmart cup. The lids for the Stanley and are interchangeable and will fit the Walmart cup. I added a key ring to the Stanley lid in place if the plastic tab and ground down the handle tabs a bit to make them easier to get on and off. It isn't part of the bottle cook kit, but it is a nice little cook cup set up on it's own.
The Pathfinder cup is nice since it has measuring markings on the inside, the Stanley has them pressed into the stainless steel which is even nicer. The Pathfinder does have holes for the bottle hanger (also known as a fish mouth spreader). The bottle hanger will need a bit of tweaking to hold the Nalgene properly, but that isn't an issue.
I went with the Nalgene instead of a Kleen Kanteen 40oz for a couple of reasons. The first is the ridge on the neck of the Nalgene that holds the para cord cap lanyard on, makes it much easier to tie para cord to and lower it into a stream or other source of water. It also makes it easier to fashion a bail for the Nalgene bottle. The Nalgene is also a bit thicker, so will survive a bit more abuse. It also came in a few dollars more than the Kleen Kanteen, but I think it was worth it.
I plan on adding a bit of light chain with a couple of small carabiners for suspending the cup of bottle over a fire. I may make a bail for the Nalgene out of uncoated aircraft cable / metal rope.
I'd like to add a titanium knife / fork / spoon set and a long handle titanium spoon to the kit, and maybe a Pathfinder bottle stove (web site)
to round out the cook set. I may also replace the Walmart cup with and Olicamp cup because it also has measuring marks pressed into the steel.
Two Condor Gadget pouches will fit on the H20 pouch if I wanted to add extra storage to it, and a Condor Pocket Pouch would fit in the pocket on the H20 pouch or on it along with the Gadget pouches. I haven't decided yet. I may also add a shoulder strap to the kit.
Below are pictures of the cook set, the Stanley cup will be in another post.