After some stove banter here, I thought I would do quick show-and-tell with my current favourite set-up.
All standard issue kit, nothing fancy, and nothing overtly lightweight either. I won’t compromise the efficiency and simplicity of the equipment that separates me from my hot cuppa.
The pot is an Optimus Terra Weekend, it’s 600ml with handy marked volume gradients, a spout for right-handers and rubber insulated long handles on the pot and lid.
The lid would double as a shallow pan, and although it makes it a larger volume package it’s handy for keeping your spoon in, sitting your mug on as an insulated coaster (if you upturn it), shovelling snow into the pot and also letting you over-fill the pot when melting snow and still getting the lid on. Using this pot and the smaller Solo leads me to think that flat lids are rubbish.
The long handles are genius too, I’ll never go back to finger burning,short plain-metal handles now.
The Windshield might be an Optimus, or it could be any one of half a dozen others, but if weighs nothing and is vital kit (long-time listeners might remember me having to cut a windshield up to make a spoon on one trip when I forgot to pack one…). Under the gas canisters is a square of windshield material for under the canister, every little helps, especially in winter.
The gas are my favourites, and the hardest to get, the wee GoSystems and Primus. Both of these fit in the pot with the stove and fire-steel, all at the same time.
The fire-steel is a LightMyFire one, it’s about three years old and still working well, although very worn now.
The stove is the Brunton Flex which I like a lot. Similar to the Optimus Crux, but I reckon better with the extra pot support. The burner that it shares with the Crux and Crux Lite is the best I’ve tried, perfect size for a range of pans and brilliant even flame.
You can get lighter, but it’s robust, small packing and an outstanding performer. I’ll be really pissed off if it fails me.
The mug is my much used and increasingly worn SnowPeak 450ml purple single-wall titanium wonder. I love this mug, I’ve got an insulated one that I really should be carrying at this time of year, but this is my pal, so it goes with me. It weighs nothing and I pack it full of drinks sachets and snacks, so it takes up no space.
The spoon is the Jetboil extending spoon which I was given ar KORS last year. It’s really bendy, but actually very tough. It goes down the side of the gas when it’s packed in the pot.
The extending mechanism looks like a dirt-trapping health hazard, but it pulls apart really easily for cleaning at camp.
The sachets are standard issue as well, Lyon’s coffee bags are wonderful. It tastes like real coffee, because it is I suppose? And because it’s not a tube of ready mix, it’s easy to get the strength just how you like it.
I like milk and sugar, so the wee Dairy Stix and sugar (from every cafe I visit…) are both a gift from the gods and a source of unwelcome packaging to dispose of. For that perfect cuppa, I’ll take the hit.
Cadbury’s (in my world the possessive apostrophe lives on) Hot Chocolate is just the best, and that’s what I have at bedtime in the tent, in my sleeping bag(s) with metal blaring in my ears.
Aye, nothing fancy there. Simple, functional and reliable though.
Missing are some teabags, the occasional cappuccino mix and a Buff that usually goes in the pot to stop rattling and rust sport on the pot from the gas canisters.