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Commercial Pots

 

The following selection of pots have capacities greater than 16oz and weigh less than 3oz (or just a little bit over).

See CanPots for ultralight DIY Pots.

 


The Wal-Mart Grease Saver

 

The Infamous "Grease Pot"

 

Not actually designed as a pot, the Wal-Mart Grease Saver is an aluminum grease strainer/collector.  This ultralight hiker's favorite is often referred to as the "Grease Pot," and is one of the lightest and cheapest pots out there.  The outside of the pot is painted black and the word "GREASE" is imprinted on its side.

 

The few drawbacks of this setup include its rolled in lip that may trap food and can't be cleaned (but may be removed with a little grinding or unrolled with a little effort) and its lack of a handle.  It is also on the flimsy side (through more rugged than most of the Can-Pots listed on this page) but holds up well if not stepped on or abused. 

 

"Grease Pot" with rolled rim removed and knob replaced with aluminum thumbscrew

 

Note - This Wal-Mart only item is often difficult to find as it is often displayed with the strainers and kitchen utensils and not amongst Wal-Mart's line of pots and pans. 

 

"Grease Pot" with crimped aluminum flashing lid

 

Info on label:

Use & Care Instruction

Before using for the first time, wash in hot

soapy water and dry.  Don not use steel wool

or coarse scouring pads when cleaning

the exterior surface.

 

1492547

Manufactured by

Mirro Company

Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 54221-1330

Shop at Walmart.com

Made in USA

50033

 

5406984

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Dimensions:

5 5/8 (155 mm) in diameter

3 (88 mm) high

4 1/8" (115mm) high with lid and knob

 

Capacity:

5 cups (43oz or 1.2 L) with strainer removed

 

Weight:

pot 2.5oz (71g)

complete lid 1.5oz (42g)

knob and screw 0.2oz (6g)

strainer 1.1oz (32g)

 

trimmed pot 2.4oz (67g)

lid made from aluminum flashing 0.4oz (10g)

total trimmed weight 2.7oz (77g)

 

Cost:

US$5-US$7

 

The Stanco Non-Stick Grease Strainer is a very similar grease catcher and have been available at K-mart, E-Bay and Amazon.  These K-mart grease savers have a rolled upper rim which rolls outward and "GREASE" imprinted on the lid instead of the side of the pot.

 

 


Antigravity Gear's 3 Cup Cook Pot

Antigravity Gear has produced the "3 Cup Aluminum Non-stick Cook Pot" which is similar to the "Grease Pot" but with some improvements.  The same or similar pot is also sold by Brasslite.

 

From http://www.antigravitygear.com/products/3-cup-pot.html -

"The 2 Qt. Aluminum Non-stick Cook Pot is the same gauge aluminum as the Wally World Grease Pot but is non-stick coated which makes it easier to use and more durable. The lip of the pot is rolled out making it easy to clean and move around with a standard aluminum clamp handle (also sold separately)."

 

The non-stick version has a coating on the bottom which makes it prone to sliding on a pot stand or stove.  A little bit of sanding will make the bottom a bit more sticky and less likely to fall off of you stove.

 

There is also a hard Hard Anodized version which is supposed to be a bit more durable.

 

Specifications by retailer -

Dimensions:

2 5/8" high (2 3/4" with lid)

5 3/8" diameter (at rim)

 

Capacity:

Antigravity stats - 0.85L (28.7oz)

Brasslite stats - 0.7L (24oz)

 

Weight:

Pot w/ lid - 3.8 oz.

Pot without lid ~ 2.5oz

 

Cost:

Non-stick pot: US$8.00

Hard anodized pot: US$12.00


Overall, this looks like a nice lightweight pot option and the only real drawbacks are durability of the pot (as with the "Grease Pot") and the possible dangers of the non-stick xylon coating on the pot (which may be removed with a little effort).

 

 


Snow Peak Titanium Single Walled 600

Nice minimalist titanium mug.

 

Dimensions:

Diameter: 3 3/4"

Height: 4"

 

Max Capacity:

21.2oz  (600ml)

 

Weight:

2.8oz/80g

 

Cost:

US$25-US$30

 

Other:

Material Titanium

100 milliliter graduation marks

 


Captain Stag Titanium Pot

 

 

This is a nice little titanium pot that's difficult to find.  One shop that carries this line is Promountain Sports.

 

Dimensions:

4 3/8 (113 mm) in diameter

3 5/8 (92 mm) high

 

Capacity:

27oz ( 0.7 L)

 

Weight:

pot 2.5oz (72g)

lid 1.2oz (33g)

lid made from aluminum flashing 0.3oz (8g)

 

Cost:

US$50ish

 


Trailquest's Ultralight Aluminum Pot (16oz Capacity)

 

 

 

Taken from http://trailquest.net/dlgcsmpot.html:

"These aluminum cooking pots have a bail handle and weigh (with lid) about 2.5 ounces. They have a capacity of 16 fluid ounces, and they're about 5.5 inches in diameter and 2 inches tall."

 

Dimensions:

5.5" diam x 2" tall

 

Capacity:

16 oz

 

Weight:

2.5 oz with lid

 

Cost:

US$5

 

Stansport Aluminum Mess Kit Cook Set

 

 

This pot appears to be the thin gauge pot found in the economy Coleman, Stansport or clone Aluminum Mess Kit Cook Sets.  These were available at Wal-Mart for around UW$5 back in the day and are still pretty economical.  These kits not very durable, but may be exactly what you are looking for if you want lightweight cookware.

 

 


Olicamp Titanium Kettle with no-drip spout

 

Dimensions:

kettle only: 2.9" tall x 5.0" diameter
kettle with lid: 3.0" tall x 5.0" diameter

 

Capacity:

without lid: 28 oz (850 ml)
with lid: 25 oz (750 ml)

 

Weight:

kettle: 2.3 oz (66 gm)
lid: 1.3 oz (36 gm)
handle: 1.8 oz (50 gm)

 

Cost:

US$50

 

Other:

Two position titanium handle
Built in no-drip pour spout

 


Olicamp Titanium Kettle and Hiking (Space Saver) Kettle

 

 

Kettle Set -

"Designed for the ultra light traveler, this titanium set is 45% lighter weight than steel. Perfect for a through-hike on the PCT or an epic alpine adventure. Weighs just 3.75 oz.!! .8 Liter (27 fl. Oz.) capacity is perfect for solo or light 2 person meals. Comes with folding handles for compact storage and titanium lid."

 

Capacity:

0.8 Liter (27 fl. oz.)

 

Weight:

3.75 oz

 

Cost:

US$50

 

 

Hiking Kettle -

 "Specifically designed to carry a fuel cartridge inside the kettle to save space in your pack. Weighs just 3.8 oz. with a .82 Liter (28 fl. oz.) capacity. If you use a cartridge type stove and are concerned about weight, this kettle set is ideal for any type of outdoor trip. Comes with folding handles and titanium lid."

 

Capacity:

0.82 Liter (28 fl. oz.)

 

Weight:

3.8 oz

 

Cost:

US$40

 


Snow Peak Trek Titanium Bowl

 

 

Dimensions:

5.5 x 2.25in (stowed)

 

Capacity:

2.5 cups

 

Weight:

Advertised - 1.6oz

Measured - 1.8 oz

 

Cost:

US$12

 

You'll need to make a lid for this pot, but should end up with something very light.

 


Snow Peak Mini Solo Titanium Cook Set

 

Dimensions:

Titanium Pot - 3.25 diam x 4.75 in

Titanium Cup - 4 diam x 2 in

Size stowed - 4.25 diam x 5.125 in

 

Capacity:

Titanium Pot - 3 1/2 cups (28 fl. oz)

Titanium Cup - 10 oz

 

Weight:

Pot weighs 3.1 oz (90 gm)

Cup weighs 1.6 oz (46 gm)

Titanium Lid weighs 0.7 oz (20gm)

Total weight 5.8 oz. with storage sack

 

Cost:

US$50

 

Other:

Nylon mesh stuff sack

 


Snow Peak Trek 700 Titanium Cooker

 

 

Dimensions:

4.125 x 4.37 in

 

Capacity:

24oz

 

Weight:

Mug - 3.2 oz (93 gm)

Stainless Steel Lid -1.2 (34 gm)

Total - 4.5 oz (127 gm)

 

Cost:

US$30

 

Other:

Nylon mesh stuff sack

Lid is stainless steel

 


MSR Titan Titanium Kettle

 

 

Dimensions:

3.5" tall x 4.25" diameter

 

Capacity:

28.7 oz (850 ml)

 

Weight:

kettle - 3.0 oz (88 gm)
lid - 1.1 oz (31 gm)
total - 4.1 oz (119 gm)

 

Cost:

US$40

 

Other:

Folding titanium handle
Lightweight lid with vent hole

red heat-resistant material on the lid handles (2003)

 

 


 

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