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I'm constantly adding ideas off this site to my disaster bag, actually bags. I have a couple old laptop bags and have some split by what might happen. I'm north of Seattle and aside from social upheavals, we have earthquakes, tidal waves and volcanos to worry about. So I have a food bag, medical kit, clothes duffel and general BOB.
Back to the point, aside from the aluminum mess kits, what's a good idea for adding something to cook in that doesn't weigh a lot? Where I have my food grab bag, I just keep an everyday pot an pan in the same cupboard to grab. It's getting to the point it's not a BOB anymore, more like Bob's luggage kit. I have kept it to with the guns and pets, 2 trips out to the truck.
 

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Billy cans are great, I would suggest a Kelly Kettle as well. A bowl is extremely useful, and can replace a plate if you are looking to cut down on cookware. If you are packing just for yourself, the Billy can and kelly kettle will handle very nearly everything you'll need.
 

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What's wrong with aluminum mess kits? I've got one of those, and a similar kit made of steel, and both are compact, have multiple uses, and are lighter than pots and pans. You DO have to be careful cooking with the aluminum, as it conducts heat so fast; and the pan sizes are on the small side. But for ease of use and carry, they're hard to beat.

I also have several McCann's Irish Oatmeal cans - larger than a soup can, smaller than a coffee can - that have resealable steel lids like on a paint can. I use them in my BOBs to hold small items that might otherwise get lost or damaged in a BOB; and by emptying them out I can use them as billy cans...
 

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Back to the point, aside from the aluminum mess kits, what's a good idea for adding something to cook in that doesn't weigh a lot?
Go the the camping section of an outdoor store (not chinamart) and look at the titanium cook sets. Compare them to the weight of the aluminum ones. Now look at the prices. Remember to close your mouth because your jaw has dropped. :)
 

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I use a 20+ oz. titanium mess cup with a lid. The way my BOB food/cooking is set up that is all thats required. Yes, they are a bit pricy but for weight reduction it's the way to go if you can afford it.
 

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I use a cup size bbq drip pan with a wire handle to heat water in. If I have a Mountain House food pkg. I just pour the hot water in there. It is just my husband and myself. This is what I use for wilderness hiking.

If I am camping, then I have the hole kit and caboodle of stuff.

But in my bob, its just the cup size drip pan.
 

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REI titanium spork and a 1944 stainless stainless canteen cup with folding handle. I plan to grab the 4 qt stainless pot with lid on the way out.
 

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I eat my food raw!
but titanium is the way to go, try www.campmore.com for cheap prices, last years models,ect.
coffee can full of sticks work for a stove, teepee stand, pile of rocks are pretty easy to find too. USGI kit is what my dog uses.
 

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A grill is also a good thing to have. There are several ways to have one along - the easiest is to buy one of those 2.00 portable disposable units that come with charcoal in an aluminum tray. Then, take the grill portion off and cut - if desired - to a smaller size. I bought a rectangular kit and cut the grill in half. I plan to use both pieces stacked, with a small offset, to give extra strength and close up the space between openings a bit. To store it, I slit the corners of the aluminum tray and folded it around the grill pieces, with a piece of rigid cardboard between them. Tucked in a couple of feet of wire, so I can fasten them together.

You can also use the aluminum as a griddle top for the grill.
 

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I went to big 5 today and got a small stainless fry pan and pot with cup for $7. Couldn't find any made here, but haven't been to REI yet. I know cans themselves can be heated. I plan on keeping the 72 hr bag down to datrex, nothing that requires cooking. I like the tuna Mylar packs, too. For the longer term bag, I'll keep the set with the canned food bag and several sets of clothes. I guess it can't hurt to throw an iron pan in the truck, but I'll check out he titanium ones.
 

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I went to big 5 today and got a small stainless fry pan and pot with cup for $7. Couldn't find any made here, but haven't been to REI yet. I know cans themselves can be heated. I plan on keeping the 72 hr bag down to datrex, nothing that requires cooking. I like the tuna Mylar packs, too. For the longer term bag, I'll keep the set with the canned food bag and several sets of clothes. I guess it can't hurt to throw an iron pan in the truck, but I'll check out he titanium ones.
There is always the possible need to boil water to sterilize it, or for a hot drink, or to cook something you've caught to supplement your food supplies...
 

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I keep a simple tin cup in my GHB for boiling water, and a full mess kit in my truck bug out box! No need to get too elaborate! I like to leave room for more important things like food!
 

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I have a small stainless pot in my BOB. There are a lot of uses for it besides preparing foods.
 

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I use the Coleman Max Solo Cookset for backpacking and BOB. ~$25 at you retailer of choice.



Bonus: A small Iso stove head fits inside along with some spices and coffee/tea bags when packed up.

 
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