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Stanley Camp 24oz. Cook Set
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- Vented lid lets you cook on camp stoves or grills
- Locking handle extends for cooking, folds to save space
- 18/8 stainless steel won't rust; naturally BPA-free
- Two Nesting 10oz/295mL insulated cups included
- Dishwasher safe
- Lifetime Warranty
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|Item Dimensions||11.6 x 3.9 x 3.7 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.88 pounds|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel|
|Shipping Weight||0.88 pounds|
Built to survive rough weather and tough trips, Stanley products have been made for hard working and hard playing people since 1913. The Stanley Camp Cook Set is a durable, portable, nesting set that includes a cooking pot and two 10oz. insulated plastic cups for sharing. The stainless steel, single wall cooking pot is lightweight and cooks over a camp stove. It features a vented lid to let steam escape while cooking and a two-position handle that extends and locks in place.
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In my opinion, you have two safe choices of metal in camping cookware: stainless steel or titanium. I would suggest steering clear of anodized aluminum (there's a possible research link to Alzheimer's...why take the chance?)
Stainless steel is inexpensive, but heavy. Titanium is light, but expensive.
The Stanley is great for me, as I don't mind the weight. I tossed the two plastic nestling cups that come with it in favor of storing my stove, fuel, cleaning towel, and eating utensil inside instead. I use the Stanley in conjunction with a GSI stainless steel cup that nestles well with it. The lid for the Stanley fits perfectly as a lid for the GSI Cup, as well.
Speaking of the lid, the attention to detail on the Stanley is actually amazing, considering pots far more expensive don't usually have the perks that the Stanley does. The lid has a plastic flip-up finger handle that stays up perfectly on its own. There are also drain holes in the lid.
There are measurements marked on the outside, but not on the inside. However the marks are stamped, so you can still see them from the inside...just reversed. No big deal, really.
The handle is strong and acts as a firm/reliable closure when it's locked into its folded position.
Overall, the Stanley is a quality product at a terrific price. I love mine and would easily recommend it.
Here's what is amazing about this cookset...
PERFECT SIZE FOR ONE OR TWO MINIMALISTS. Usually, a cookset that is designed for two will be appreciably larger, but if you're a minimalist and like to keep things simple, there is plenty of space here without overdoing it. The pot holds 24 fl. oz. which means you can toss in a typical can of food, such as chili or spaghettios, and heat it right up without having to fill it dangerously to the brim. It also happens to be exactly the right size for two or three cups of instant hot chocolate, and enough for the water requirements of many prepackaged dehydrated meals. In my experience a lot of cooksets are either a little too small or (far more commonly) larger or more awkwardly sized than they need to be. I much prefer a narrow, taller pot to a really wide, shallow one, but they can be hard to find. This one is perfect.
ACCEPTABLE WEIGHT. Backpackers who count every gram may grumble to see that it's made of stainless instead of titanium, but the weight will be quite acceptable to all but the most obsessive ultralight folks. The stainless steel is thin enough to minimize weight without being so thin as to deform easily under pressure or heat. I've seen other stainless sets made from such thin gauge metal that they actually "oil can" (warp or deform) when they get too hot. Not with this set. I've also seen stainless sets so thick they felt like a brick to carry. Again, not with this set.
VERSATILE DESIGN. Nested inside the set are two 10 oz. plastic cups, sized perfectly for a cup of hot chocolate or a small bowl of hot food. They also are quite thick, so they don't transfer heat to your hands. I poured in some steaming hot chocolate and could barely feel the warmth as I gripped the cup. That means you don't have to wait for the pot to cool a bit before pouring the contents into the cups. The lid of the set is stainless steel and contains a series of small 1/8" diameter vent holes (a row of six holes on one side, and a single hole on the opposite side). At first glance, their purpose is to release steam to show you when your food is hot, which is already a nice feature. However, I also realized that they are designed so they can be used as a strainer to strain water away after cooking pasta or another hydrate-able food.
A small plastic tab on the lid offers a cool place to grab the lid even after several minutes of cooking. Other reviewers have noted that the tab can melt over time, but I suspect that would only be after extended cooking. I saw no problems with melting after six minutes of boiling water. The tab is tensioned so that it lays flat when packed away, but can stand erect while cooking (for easy grabbing without burning your fingers).
A folding wire handle on one side of the pot snaps down into place for cooking, and has a small "spreader" bar that slides into place so you don't accidentally pinch the wires together to release the locked position inadvertently. When you want to fold it up, you slide the spreader bar back, squeeze the wires together, and lift. The handle rotates up and snaps down over the top to hold the lid on (and the contents in) during transit. Since it is wire, it diffuses heat quickly. After several minutes of cooking, the handle was barely warm and easy to hold. It is slightly longer than the handles on other cookware I've used. That, combined with the taller height of the pot, seems to keep it cooler than the (similar) wire handles on other compact cookware I've used.
On the pot, there are also measuring marks imprinted in the stainless for 6, 12, 16, and 20 oz. (or 237, 355, 473, and 591 mL, respectively). These marks are visible on both the inside and outside of the pot, so they allow quick, easy measurements when you need a precise amount of liquid to rehydrate a meal or cook to a recipe.
OUTSTANDING PRICE: After having owned several nice cooksets from SnowPeak, MSR, and Brunton, each of which cost in the $40 to $80 range, I was not expecting this cheap set to be so nice. It looked good in pictures, but I wholly expected to receive something flimsy or shoddily made. Fortunately, I trusted some of the positive reviews. As it turns out, the set is very well made and should stand up to a lifetime of camping if properly used and maintained.
NOTES: The Stanley Adventure Camp Cookset fits perfectly on my MSR Pocket Rocket stove. I built a gimbal mount so that I can use this as the perfect cookset-on-the-go aboard my 20' sailboat. It's ideal for making hot chocolate or heating a quick lunch when I'm sailing.
This set seems to be designed primarily for the backpacker with a propane/butane stove and it would be a great size for that as many other reviewers said. However, I use this set with a fire pit and placing it above the fire will take at least 15 mins to boil, but you can cut that down if you place it right down next to the logs or near the logs with some kindling around it (see pictures). That brings me to the flaw in the design... If you intend to use this cook set with a heat source anywhere but BELOW the set, then expect the plastic handle on the lid to melt. I placed this next to the fire for a couple minutes and saw it start to melt so I tried to form it back into shape using tongs (see pictures). I'm going to replace this part with something that can withstand the heat better (maybe a paper clip?)
This is a solid cook set and it cleans off pretty easily. It pairs very well with the collapsible drip coffee maker as shown GSI Outdoors 79480 Collapsible Java Drip Coffee Maker. I would still recommend this product but I hope they change the design in the future.