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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete rubbish. 'Mess' kit is the right name for it..., September 13, 2007
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Quite simply, this kit is rubbish. And dangerous too.

It is so crude and flimsy that you will have an ordeal trying to boil a cup of water for tea, let alone cook anything, and will quite likely burn yourself in the process.

Say you try to boil a cup of water. You use the included tiny, tiny pot with handle. First of all, the handle hangs down at just the right angle to get red hot in the stove's flame. Next, when you lift the pot (using tongs... the red hot handle will burn through gloves), it tips right over and dumps the boiling water everywhere. It just hangs freely from that wire handle and since it's so crudely made, is unbalanced and tips its contents out as soon as its lifted.

After you've burned yourself and lost all your boiled water, you might try to cook something in the frying pan. First you try to assemble the handle, with the screw and wingnut.. problem is that the metal of the handle and mounting tab is so thin that you can't even tighten the bolt fully, so the pan flops about from side to side. Good luck tipping anything out of the pan without a mess. Next, if you put anything in the pan that weighs more than an ounce or two, the handle simply bends. Even a 1/2" of water is enough to bend the handle.

The whole kit is absolute rubbish. Oh, and the handle of the mug gets too hot to handle if you succeed in sloshing any hot water into it.

Don't waste your time or money.
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Initial post: Jan 24, 2009 10:02:27 PM PST
R. Partain says:
um are you using it for home cooking? cause if you are the you're using it for the wrong purpose, its ment for camping trips and that sort of activities

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2009 5:45:01 AM PST
Z. Bunny says:
You idiot, its obvious he's using it for camping.

Posted on Jul 22, 2009 8:52:36 AM PDT
C. Clarke says:
He may be using it for camping, but he is using it the wrong way. A mess kit is not for cooking. The idea is that you carry 1 cook set for the whole group, but everyone has his/her own mess kit. You cook the food using the cook set, and eat/drink it with the mess kit.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2009 9:59:01 AM PDT
Robin Miller says:
In that case, why does the kit have both a frying pan and a pot with handle and cover? Are they there just to bang together to frighten away marauding animals?

If the kit were comprised of a mug, bowl, and plate, that would be another matter..

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 2:46:36 PM PST
Mehedi Hasan says:
your review is interesting and full of humor. keep it up!

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 4:55:56 AM PDT
Fww says:
From your review I assume that this was a gift? I mean, if you actually looked at it first and still bought it - then whose fault is it if it does not work like you want it to? I've used one for years on a steno stove and it works just fine!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2011 1:11:47 PM PDT
Sharky says:
The reviewer doesn't know what he is doing. The only danger is his lack of common sense when using this product.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 3:32:17 AM PDT
Mats says:
What did you expect for $9?

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 7:30:42 PM PDT
Jeffrey H. says:
It's really meant to eat from not cook from...

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 2:01:24 PM PDT
Morquad X-2 says:
It is meant for cooking hence the frying pan and pot with lid, anyway I've been using one for 15 years, preparing anything from scrambled eggs to beans & franks and the little kit is still holding up famously, you DO need a steelwool 'sponge' to clean it though, other than that it's a good kit.
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