Jan 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm #1254535
Just dropping this for those out there that, like me, want a realistic setup for eggs/pancakes/sautéing/french toast, whatever.. I know most FBC types don't care about this, but some of us like more elaborate meals.
1. Ti sucks for this at the thicknesses the fry pans are made in. Also, the 8" Ti fry pans I've seen, weigh in around 5oz with handles. Here's my pan:
Here's the weight on my 1/10th gram scale in oz mode(without the lifter):
2. Pot lifter is a better option than using your fingers if you do more than just FBC, here's one i slimmed down. If you just boil water, this is a waste, otherwise, this is better than built in handles because it becomes multi-use.
3. Finally, here's an alcohol stove I made in the pepsi-can style with the bottom of two (big) heineken keg cans. 2.5oz fuel capacity, will burn for over 30mins, wider setup heats evenly and disperses heat in a more ideal manner for sauté. We made french toast and fried eggs this morning with this setup.
So, here's a half pound setup, by itself. Best of all, I paid about $10 total. The pan was $5 at "The Dollar General" store, the pot lifter was $3 at a local outfitter, the stove I made myself. This will save even more weight if you take handle-less pots and use the lifter, although if you already just used a mitt, no savings I guess.
Just an example, if anybody wants more details, I'll be happy to oblige.Jan 26, 2010 at 7:09 pm #1566597
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Do you use a potstand or just hold the pan over the flame?
ToddJan 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm #1566599
Javan I appreciate the post. While I am mostly a FBC person, we are wanting a decent fry pan (at least 8 inches) that is lightweight. I have been experimenting will kinds of crap and have spent more on this endeavor than I cared to. All of our home cookware is heavy duty stuff and it never really dawned on me to look for something cheap and remove the handle. I thought they weighed alot more than 6 ounces.
Thanks again.Jan 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm #1566625
Personally, I use a pot stand, but there's no reason you cant get by without one, especially for quick cook things like fried eggs. It's mostly just a matter of patience, but if you have a steady hand, holding it gives the advantage of being able to control heat by height, however, the lifter will conduct heat over time.
I'm just using a 5 cell high piece of hardware cloth in a tube shape about 4-5" in diameter at the moment. Works great for the price, but adds about another 15g. There are lighter options though.Jan 27, 2010 at 7:02 am #1566730
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Not bad! I use a GSI lid as a frypan (from a Bugaboo Backpackers Set) that is 8" or so across. Don't feel guilty at all when I use it ;-) Frypans have their place!Jan 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm #1567346
I found a 3 pan set at Wal-Mart for 12 bucks on the clearance rack today. The 8 inch model WITH handle weighs 6.5 ounce. The 10 inch one weighs 8.1 ounces. Going to remove the handles later and see what the final weight is.Jan 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm #1567417
Joe, sounds badass, let me know what they weigh without the handle and if the Al is thick enough for even heat.
I'll make you a wide-body alkie stove for frying/sauteing if you need one.Jan 28, 2010 at 6:53 pm #1567439
Hi Javan – I took the handle off the 8 inch pan and that took the weight to 4.7 ounces. I gave it a try on my Primus Gravity which has a wide patterned flame. It worked excellent. The bottom is thicker than the sides and that made a big difference I think.
I misstated the weight of the 10 inch pan, it is 8.6 ounces. I imagine with the handle off it's about 6.5 ounces making even it a good thing to carry when my wife and daughter are with me.
Thanks for the offer on the alcohol stove, but I have several wide ones I made from Fosters cans already. I would imagine with a little tweaking I can slow down the burn rate on those to make them usable under a pan.Jan 29, 2010 at 9:21 am #1567598
Can you give me any info on these Joe? I want to look for some myself..Jan 29, 2010 at 10:40 am #1567617
They were just a generic 3 pack labeled "Mainstays". Blue and White label. I saw hem in the regular isle for 22 bucks then found these in the clearance isle for 12. It's a 3 pan set, 8, 10, and 12 inches.Jan 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm #1567680
So I messed around with this today and fried a hamburger. It heated evenly. The best benefit is that the bottom of the pan is grooved. Combined that with my serrated stove legs and the pan doesn't slide around meaning I don't have to use my pot lifter while I am cooking. It was a nice bonus. Going to remove the handle off the 10 incher over the weekend and see how it does.Jan 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm #1567681
Awesome, thanks Joe!Feb 8, 2010 at 11:08 am #1571168
We tried a number of things in this fry pan with 3 different stoves. I had great results with the Optimus Crux Lite and an optional Brunton Remote Stand. I got great flame control and the wider head of the Optimus gives even heat.
We did pancakes, fry bread, eggs, stir fry, sautee'd Zucchini in butter, there wasn't any problems with anything we cooked.
For 4 ounces, it's definitely hitting the trails with me this summer.
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