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Message posted by thefamilyman44 on 13/5/2014 at 10:06pm
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We have been looking at pots and pans for camping and really not sure which are best. We have a big family but we don't want to be spending a fortune. Help??

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Depends if you want/need lightweight ones that stack inside themselves or whether standard pans will be fine.

How many rings/burners do you have? Not much point having a dozen pans with only 2 burners.



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I highly recommend MSR's Alpine Stowaway saucepans, as they are very well-made and will last a lifetime.

I have the full set of 4, and store them nested in twos (the smallest inside the second largest, the next size up inside the largest).

In addition, I have a selection of frying pans, a cheapo one with a folding handle, an Outwell Feast 20cm with removable handle, a MSR Alpine Fry pan with removable handle, and a aluminium grill pan with folding handle.

I have made some nice meals with this lot on my Coleman Dual Fuel 2-burner stove.

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Thanks everyone. MSR do look good. Need to see them in person though I think

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What kind of stove will you be using?

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We are a family of five and have just bought MSR Alpine 4 nesting set. The largest one is 3 litres which is the same as our large one in our kitchen set at home. I wanted the Tatonka family L set, but cost and size soon put an end to that! As DK has said, all the MSR stuff is very well made - robust but lightweight too.

Our previous set was an outwell non stick and I was originally going to replace it with the same, but have decided that stainless steel is the way to go, especially as the MSR set wasn't a huge amount more. Plus, I still have the frypan from the non stick set!

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Hmmm, just had a look at the Tatonka Family L set, 3 pots and only 1 frying pan, and the frying pan does not look that big???

The largest of MSR's Alpine Stowaway is less than 20 GBP, and I can get all 4 plus another 2 Coleman frying pans with removable handles for less than 100 GBP, which will be more useful/versatile IMHO!!!

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The stove we are using is an oldish camping gaz 2 burner stove. Seems that the MSR is a popular set. We were originally looking at the Coleman set but have also seen the outwell feast set. Just so many options!

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At the moment we take our large pan and a steamer tier, so we can cook rice or pasta in the pan and steam veg at the same time on one ring. We also take a medium pan and a fry pan. It's all a bit bulky to transport.

I had thought about the MSR set as it's nice and compact, but would like to be able to still have the option to steam veg so was thinking maybe there would be a steamer insert that would fit one of the pans - something I'll look in to again at some point.

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I keep it simple and take my decent knives and pans from the kitchen when off camping. I love cooking and simply know where I am when I have my proper kit.

I use one of the Foker cast iron rings with a 5kg propane cylinder. Seem to be able to cook most things on one ring.

One consideration with taking domestic pans, make sure they fit on the burner correctly!

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I also take good quality pans from home. I took lightweight nesting pans in the days when I backpacked, but they were a pain to clean as there was always food burnt on the bottom.

Would you use lightweight pans in the kitchen at home?

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Quote: Would you use lightweight pans in the kitchen at home?



Until I was able to afford better pots and pans, yes.

Likewise, I used cheaper pots and pans when I first started camping in 2006, and upgraded to better ones once I was more solvent.

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I would've thought that in view of the amount of kit that someone camping as a family of 4-5 is going to take..then the amount of space a couple of small pans will take up, would be neither here nor there...

If someone is taking enough "stuff" to cater for a family,..and yet they can't find enough space to tuck in a couple of "household" pans, then they maybe need to rethink what they're taking...  

We've had various  "camping" sets over the years(..stackable, folding handle, lids that become small pans etc)..but for the last 10+ years we've just used an inexpensive, supermarket "home brand" non-stick frying pan and saucepan(s)..

(Although,we do have a nice deep sided,lidded sauté pan, which is very handy, as it  can double as a frying pan or a pan for cooking/heating through chilli, curries  etc..it does have a long handle though, which I would cut down. if it wasn't such a good pan..)



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We cook on a coleman 424 stove using petrol. We used some vango stacking pans and it just took the paint off the outside and the non stick coating off the inside on the first use. It's a powerful thing!

We now use old pans from home, which work brilliantly. The only downside is the fact that they don't stack very well, which means they take up a fair bit of room, but they do a good job!

As long as your stove puts out enough heat, normal pans should be fine - test it outside at home if you're not sure! The issue with normal pans, though, is that they don't nest very well.




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I mentioned this in another thread, in that I would seriously consider the Tefal Ingenio's 3-pan stainless steel set if I were to get a set of pots and pans for camping today: Tefal Ingenio 3-pan Stainless Steel Set (no lids).

I saw them while in France, and they are really well-made. Being non-coated, one does not have to worry about the coating being scratched when the pans are nested.

However, the set is not cheap, and one has to buy the lids separately. I would definitely fork out more for other items in the range, such as the frying pans, wok, SS pasta insert, lid for the frying pan etc. etc...

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