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Mostly SS items and a grill that I will be making again (gave the others away), I carry SS

skewers(sp) with a handle (ring) to broil any fresh caught game.

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I use a small pack size grill rack and mess kit for the most part.  I prefer open fire with skewers and wrapping food in foil.  Also, on occassion a folding sandwich iron makes it fun.

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When I'm in the woods we usually eat dehydrated meals (Mountain House, Richmoor, Alpineaire, ramen noodles).  So I only need a pot to boil water in.  I use a 2qt MSR Titanium pot.  Little pricey but it is worth the money.  Water boils fater, it's half the weight of stainless and it cools super fast.

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Hi SK;  I'm often hiking in areas that don't allow open fires, but do allow liquid/gas stoves. I usually have a lighter, matches and a mag stick or fire-steel for lighting fire and tinder (steel wool, petroleum infused cotton ball, etc), and when able to have an open fire, I use a small, lightweight, stainless steel grill (http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&productId=425&parent_category_rn=4500636&vcat=REI_SEARCH ). 

 

I'm still experimenting with Ultralight gear... I often hike/camp with others, and so co-ordinate the gear we take to share the load.  At the moment my standard camp kitchen gear includes a collapsible nylon water bucket with a lid for storing a little extra water in camp for drinking, cooking, cleaning, bathing, etc.  - its always convenient to have some easy access to water in camp ( http://www.campsaver.com/product.php?pid=341088 ).  I also pack 2 wide-mouth nalgene bottles, but may switch one out for a collapsible cantene version: http://hitthetrailnewnanga.stores.yahoo.net/na32cabo.html

 

I use a ceramic water purifier (MSR Miniworks - http://www.msrcorp.com/filters/miniworks_ex.asp ) to obtain fresh water for drinking, cooking - it can be fitted to my wide-mouth nalgene water bottle.  I also have a small vial of iodine for water purification, but rarely ever use it ( http://www.self-reliance.net/ogs4.html ) ; Instead I filter, and then (when cooking) boil for 1 minute.

 

I use a medium sized MSR Blacklight anonodized aluminum cook Pot w/Lid (http://www.msrcorp.com/cookware/blacklite_classic.asp) - I only bring one pot and and a titanium cup that can nestle around the base of a wide-mouth nalgene bottle or in the pot ( http://www.hike-lite.co.uk/acatalog/Titanium_TiLite_Mug.html).  I also keep a few sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil folded up in my pot (can be used to wrap food for cooking, preserve cooked food, be fashioned into a cup or plate, be used as a wind screen or a "cozy" wrap/insulator), and a small square of abrasive sponge (steel wool is too abrasive for the anodized coating on the pot, but is good for stainless gear).  I usually have a small bottle of Dr. Bonner's soap that I use to clean the cook-ware and myself when needed.

 

For utensils, I have a titanium spork, a SAK (multi-tool, mora, or survival knife) and often widdle and heat/fire harden chop sticks, tongs, a spatula, spoon, and/or skewars if needed.

 

I often use a small cheap, recyclable aluminum pie pan as a bowl, or eat directly from the pot or cup.

 

I've been using an  MSR Dragonfly liquid fuel stove ( http://www.msrcorp.com/stoves/dragonfly.asp) , but intend to start using an ultralite home-made alcohol (zen-style) stove  (http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Cook%20Gear/Stoves/AntiGravityGear%20Pepsi%20Can%20Stove/Owner%20Review%20by%20Rick%20Allnutt/ , http://www.antigravitygear.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=228 )  and a 1 lb. coffee tin as a hobo-style pot in the future (need to fashion a good lid and a handle) .  A home-made, collapsible solar oven is another interesting, light-weight technique that I'd like to try; it takes the right weather and a few hours, but a loaf of bread or pizza might be worth it! (http://solarcooking.org/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_ovens)

 

Like Dave, I usually pack dehydrated meals (Adventure foods makes some good stuff too! http://www.adventurefoods.com/aflist.asp?Option=New).  I also often pack zip-locked bags of instant oatmeal, tea bags, instant coffee, hot-cocoa, individual packets of fortified, powdered drink mix, salmon or tuna in the new foil wrap packs, energy bars, meat-sticks (slim-jims) gorp, chocolate, oranges or apples keep ok, dry-jack cheese, bagged stove-top stuffing, pre-made bannock mix, boxed turkey chili, peanut butter or pimento cheese spread in a squeeze-tube, a small bag of whole wheat tortillas, small bottle of olive oil, mini bottle of tabasco sauce, and sometimes corn cobs, potatos, onions, carrots and fresh meat if there's an open fire and someone to help share the load with...

 

One of the best back-pack meals I ever had was cooked by a friend on a propane powered wok; I thought he was crazy to lug that thing around, but it made a great meal of couscous, re-hydrated freeze-dried veggies and chicken...  I'm surprised every critter within 10 miles didn't show up at camp.  The wok enhanced the flavors, cooked quickly, and could feed a small army all at one time...

 

A cheap pair of surplus nomex or kevlar flight gloves are also convenient around camp - they do protect your hands when managing a fire or hot cooking ware and are comfortable protection for other camp tasks as well.

 

Car camping is a whole different story - Just take a look at BigBlue's gourmet floating vehicle camping - now that's livin'!  He's really got somethin' mighty special going there, being able to adventure  into the back country with a good load of food and gear via canoe has got to be one of the coolest things ever. 

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