Feb 2, 2017406 views

The Ultimate Ultralight Kitchen (Video)

When I’m not on trail, my mind is… I often find it wondering why I’m not out hiking all day every day, coming up with ideas for new pieces of gear and DIY projects, and figuring out ways to improve upon my existing gear. This article/video stems from the latter and is the best system I could come up with for the weight/functionality. I present to you the Ultimate Ultralight Kitchen.

There are many options for cooking systems and kitchens in the backpacking world. I am of the opinion that simple, minimalistic setups are the way to go. Just give me a pot and a stove, and I’ll boil that water up like there’s no tomorrow. It was with this mindset that I went into planning out my new backpacking kitchen for future backcountry trips. Find a lightweight but functional pot, pair it with a lightweight stove, throw in a spoon and call it good. Check out the video for the info, and I’ll throw some more specifics in afterwards:

The Pot – Evernew Ultralight Titanium Mug Pot (550ml) Simply put, this pot is exactly enough to cook for one person and not a drop more. It’s got enough capacity to boil water for a dehydrated meal, cook up a mean ramen, boil some tea, or even (just barely) cook some mac and cheese. The pot itself weighs a scant 2.6 oz (73 g) with the lid! While most solo pots come in around 4 oz, this pot blows the competition away in weight due to it’s minimal size, thinner titanium walls, and surprisingly light lid. Better yet, it features measurement markings in both oz and ml molded into the side of the pot, so you won’t be left wondering if you boiled too much or too little water for that fancy Mountainhouse meal you stumbled upon in the hiker box. Another nice touch is the pour spout making it easy and less messy when pouring your boiling water. You can find the pot here: http://amzn.to/2jVs0EM

The Stove – BRS Ultralight Titanium Stove I won’t say much on this stove (I’ve done a full review of it here). But here are the quick facts, this is a canister stove that weighs a mere 1 oz (73 g) in it’s stuff sack. It works well and is extremely compact. Best of all, it can be had for only $15.00 on amazon! Take that MSR pocket rocket. You can find the stove here: http://amzn.to/2k5DUxZ

Other Items: Bic Mini Lighter (0.5 oz) – http://amzn.to/2kxz8du
Small piece of a scrubby sponge – http://amzn.to/2k5zR4y (Yes I just linked you to a sponge…)
100 g Fuel canister – http://amzn.to/2kxztJ5

Joe Brewer is a triple crown hiker with a serious addiction to the trail and all things thru hiking. Currently he resides in Denver, Colorado where he is working at a gear store, creating videos for his Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/biophthera), doing his best to avoid dropping everything and starting up another thru hike, and producing content for his hiking website BackcountryBanter.com.
AveryC, calvinmd, and 3 others

Does all of that and the canister fit into the pot? I've been going down the same path but ended up with a Toakes 650 Light because I didn't think the 550 pots would be tall enough to store everything.
It does all fit, just barely, but it does.
For those interested in the BRS-3000T (and I can't blame you; it's so light), be aware that it has had some significant quality control problems (as you might expect for a $15 stove). Many are fine, but there have been a lot of lemons. Test, test, test before you head out on the trail. More at: https://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-brs-3000t-worlds-lightest-stove.html
Thanks for making me feel like I can't live without a BRS stove! At least it's a minimal investment. It used to take a 3-4 day trip for me to get a weight advantage using a Pocket Rocket and canister fuel (vs Ti alcohol stove + fuel). This probably lowers it to around 2 days.
That's an interesting way to think about it. I like it. I've gotten to a point where I just don't really take alcohol stoves no matter what. Partly because of the convenience of a canister and partly because many places I hike are so dry and flammable.