Cookset recommendations

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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby Slow Loris » 30 Jun 2014, 4:26pm

bretonbikes - I'm new to the Trangia and bit cack-handed with the simmer ring so any advice welcome. Whenever I try and adjust it, the flame goes out :? . Tried in vain to slow cook a barley soup mix one evening and ended up with a very crunchy dinner! I also took short matches as they packed more easily but I wasted most of them trying to light the meths. What do you use?
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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby b1galus » 30 Jun 2014, 11:14pm

for the trangia i use a flint and my Mora knife blade to light it , works really well and so far have reduced the number of burnt fingers and dropped matches

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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby hamster » 1 Jul 2014, 1:46pm

bretonbikes wrote:I meant the gas burner - I don't have a problem with the meths burner, but the use of the 'simmer ring' is a black art to avoid burning. Last year I did a Cous-cous for 14 on 5 trangias - chops, Merguez, veg and cous-cous - I was like someone spinning plates;-)


That must have been good to watch - my only problem with meths is that the heat is too low for boiling water quickly and the two settings. The Coleman 440 is really controllable for simmering and can belt out heat when required - but is far heavier and bulkier. There is no perfect stove!

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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby PDQ » 1 Jul 2014, 1:53pm

Stainless steel is my recommendation. I bought a set many years ago and they have survived everything. They still come up almost like new (even after peat fire cooking) when cleaned with sand. My old aluminium set looked as if they had been through a world war after ten years. The steel has hardly a dent.

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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby hufty » 1 Jul 2014, 7:25pm

For lighting stoves try something like this - turns a normal disposable into a jet lighter, can be taken apart for air travel.
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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby Neilo » 2 Jul 2014, 2:54pm

Stainless steel and Titanium are poor conductors, leading to hot spots on the bottom of the pan, and burning of food.
You should have seen the state of my mates titanium pot after he made porridge in it :lol: , It took him ages of soaking and scrubbing to get it off.
So, if you want to boil water, SS or T are fine, but if you want to cook a meal, I would go for AL.

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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby profpointy » 2 Jul 2014, 3:07pm

Sweep wrote:
hamster wrote:Nice, but the prices of Titanium cookware... :shock:

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There was an excellent pointed comment a while ago from someone on titanium cookware.

Made me laugh.

Can't remember who it was - whoever it was, take a bow.


Might have been me - titanium is a rather poor conductor of heat, & very expensive, so just about the worst choice for cookwear (once we've ruled out cardboard or chocolate teapots). Lightweight and resistant to chemicals though.

Aluminium is an excellent conductor of heat, lightweight, adequately strong and cheap.

Copper is a fantastic conductor of heat, but brutally expensive and far too heavy for carrying round. Great for use at home though

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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby Sooper8 » 2 Jul 2014, 5:57pm

b1galus wrote:for the trangia i use a flint and my Mora knife blade to light it , works really well and so far have reduced the number of burnt fingers and dropped matches


+1 exactly on this. I'm a Trangia and Mora man myself too.
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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby Slow Loris » 3 Jul 2014, 4:59pm

Thanks to all for the stove lighting suggestions - hoping to give some a try soon :)
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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby Sweep » 4 Jul 2014, 9:15pm

Profpointy, take a bow :)

Very probably was you though i think your original post was maybe more, er, pointed.

Great forum tho i still think a "like post" thingi would improve it.

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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby RobMac » 5 Jul 2014, 9:12am

Slow Loris wrote:Thanks to all for the stove lighting suggestions - hoping to give some a try soon :)


Trangia + fire steel + Leatherman Wave = Works every time :)

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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby Slow Loris » 5 Jul 2014, 2:47pm

RobMac wrote:Trangia + fire steel + Leatherman Wave = Works every time :)


Thanks :) . Never tried a firesteel so I've just looked it up. Looks like it takes a bit of practice and I've read one suggestion (not here) to use a mix of pure cotton wool and vaseline as tinder - have you tried this?
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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby pjclinch » 5 Jul 2014, 8:24pm

There's also the option of using a wick to light a Trangia or similar. Not tried it myself (I'd switched almost entirely to gas when I first heard it suggested) but should be pretty simple.

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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby Sweep » 6 Jul 2014, 11:40am

pjclinch wrote:There's also the option of using a wick to light a Trangia or similar.

Pete.


Not being too technical could you briefly explain?

What would you use for a wick?
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Re: Cookset recommendations

Postby pjclinch » 6 Jul 2014, 11:42am

Bit of string... (Experiment to confirm). Meths wicks up the string, which is much easier to light than a pool of meths.
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