My Brew Kit ..thread for your stove set up

Discussion in 'Kitchen' started by el manana, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I'd bet all of the "brew kits" in this threads are actually the one and only stove/pot combo carried. In the example above, I didn't really have a use for a Jetboil so I recycled it into something quite specific (was trying to figure out in which circumstances the weight/speed trade-off might make sense) although it can boil enough water to rehydrate a freeze-dried meal if needed.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2019
  2. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    That's correct in my case, just use one pot to boil water or reheat a simple meal. I have a little used simple gas stove for more "serious" cooking.
  3. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I've rationalized my cook kits, sold my 400 and 900 pots and cones....
    But still have 600 and 900 cones, 700 and 2000 ti pots and gas setups and now a petrol and alloy h.e setup.
    So many cook kits, so few nights away! :banghead:
    Solo I just use my 900 and ti single piece cone.
  4. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    I laughed at that...then I counted the ones I have stowed in the loft...an esbit, a trangia, a mini tangia, msr pocket rocket, woodstove-thingy, and my stormin (lives in rucksack).
    :sorry:
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  5. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

    I'll assume h.e. stands for high explosive! :devilish:
  6. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    I am using my brew kit now. Take it on day walks and overnighters where I wont cook but want a cuppa in the cool of the morn or dusky gloaming. If I am cooking one 600ml Evernew seems to work for cuppa and cooking. Never had my cuppa taste like my meal. The Evernew Ti is fantastic. Cleans like a dream with minimal water. Better than Toaks in my use.
  7. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Yep, the Evernew Ti (900) has been doing it all for me for several years now. Agree about its non-tainting properties - I fried a fresh fish in mine and the coffee next morning didn't taste fishy.
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  8. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    I am beginning to go down a different path here, in a manner of speaking. I used to invariably carry everything to make either tea, coffee or soup on day trips all year long. But I have evolved. I finally realized that during warm weather, I really don't care to drink anything hot. So now it's just plain water in the sack. In cool and cold weather, something warm to drink is very much appreciated but I just decided to use a Thermos bottle instead and let it go at that. In the places I go, I have to carry the water anyway, so there is not much weight difference. What really got me thinking along these lines was the acquisition recently of a Fjallraven rucksack that has a special sleeve inside expressly (presumably) for carrying a Thermos bottle. In theory, you could just use an outside pocket, if there is one, but this particular one holds the bottle perfectly. I suppose other kinds of bottles would fit very nicely, too, for that matter.

    For overnight trips, different considerations apply but I think I've done my last overnight trip.
  9. Franky

    Franky Summit Camper

    .... but ‘stoving’ is such fun, not to be missed. A stove a day....doesn’t like to be left in the cupboard :rolleyes: unused:cry:
  10. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Don't use one on a day walk but on overnighters yes, a cuppa and a hot meal are part of the ritual.
    And after a hard day fighting weather, terrain, insects, pitching difficulties etc, sitting in the tent with a cuppa looking at the view or listening to evening noises* is wonderful.

    (* except screaming... :nailbiting: )
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2019
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  11. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    (* except screaming... :nailbiting: )
    Lol!
  12. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    I actually have three stoves and use them all (one is for when the power goes off). But in the context of bushcraft, using a stove, even a little Esbit burner, seems like cheating or something. At this point, come to think of it, I may have actually used Esbit fuel, both with the folding cooker as well as a special holder for a US Army canteen cup, more than all the others. The main use has always been just for making a mug of instant soup or coffee and it's perfectly fine for that. Not that easy to get started but still easier than my Svea stove, which I've had for 50 years.
  13. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    You used the 'B' word! :eek:
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  14. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    I beg your forgiveness. I do nothing that might be considered bushcraft, campcraft, woodcraft or anything crafty. I am a little old-fashioned and I will admit a certain fondness for old Bergans, though. I have never rationalized anything, I think. Or rationed, either, probably.
  15. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Don't tell anyone, but I have a Kelly kettle somewhere :)
    P.s I was hoping you'd reply 'so what' but that was on kind if blue of course.
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  16. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    I will also add that I really don't get out very far from home anymore. I only retired last year (I'm only 73) and the theory was that I would be able to get out anytime I wanted. My wife had other ideas. I've been out twice, not including other excursions. By "out," I mean going at least fifty miles from home, which in practice means going more like 90 miles--one way. When I do that, I do at least a ten mile walk, to make the trip worth it. However, I live in the big suburb and there are woods behind the house. So everyday or so I wander through the cool and shady woods (lately more like warm and dry) for a two-mile walk, usually with a pack. And that's enough to do me these days.
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  17. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Now THAT is a test!
  18. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    :oops:
    I have several “Kelly” kettles in various sizes. The smallest lives in the car with a supply of fuel and has seen action several times when I’ve had to hang around waiting and a brew up was most welcome.:angelic:
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  19. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Trail Blazer

    Now I have to go find out what a Kelly kettle is!
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  20. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I just have a big one, like my wood gassifiestove, I love the idea, but never actually find myself using them. I did find a couple of broadsheet newspaper pages were enough fuel for a brew which I think is impressive.
    I'd love someone to make a version in titanium that used meths, perhaps H.E ribs up the chimney, kind of like a jetboil competitor, super fast, but convenient and clean.
  21. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I have 2 of the Devine “boilerkerks” ones. I like the idea of using them on multi day trips to save fuel but actually in Scotland dry fuel is so unreliable that coastal areas are the only place it gets used and then it is excellent for hot drinks on day walks as long as you don’t mind smelling like a kipper !
    I have used it with a carbon fibre wick/pocket in the fire pit and meths. It was slow and very inefficient - not recommended.
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  22. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

    I'd vaguely heard of a kelly kettle but didn't really know what it was till a cyclecamping trip earlier in September, when a friend who does a lot of wild camping in northern Scandinavia said he loved the idea and had looked into it but in practice it would take up a whole pannier. So, no go in practical carrying terms.
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  23. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    There are different sizes of Kelly kettle. The full size as you say would take up a load of space.
    There is a smaller version ~1 lt ? And there is the “Backcountry kettle” by Boilerwerks which was a Kickstarter project which had a limited success - these weigh in at about 250g and are easily carriable- but very much in limited availability if at all. I won’t be parting with mine .
  24. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    Are there any backpackers on the forum that carry a Kelly Kettle?, if so, respect.
  25. Bob-W

    Bob-W Trail Blazer

    I also do bikepacking (i.e. off-road bike touring) and lessening bulk is just as much a challenge as cutting weight. Once you get above 20-25 litres in volume then it starts getting a bit cumbersome and affects the bike's handling - I'll have around 15 litres capacity for a UK summer two night trip including food and fuel - so meths stove and its paraphernalia packed into something like a 400 or 650ml mug tends to be the usual choice.
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