Apr 12, 2013 at 11:51 am #1301630
What are some cheap, DIY pots? Like a soup can, coffee can, Fosters can, etc. It should be about 2-3 cups. ThanksApr 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm #1975861
Angus A.BPL Member
Not DIY but cheap. Look for an Imusa 10cm or 12cm pot…if you have a local Wally World close by, you can get them for under $5 each.Apr 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm #1975864
todd harperBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Progresso soup cans are great because they're wider thann most soup cans. Not 3 cups though, I don't think.
My friend used a ravioli can for a week long trip to Colorado a few years back. The price was right! The Foster's can will get you the 3 cups.Apr 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm #1975873
Marc SheaBPL Member
Pretty inexpensive at $9.99, weighs 3.2 ounces, and will hold a max of 24oz. The shipping is a little steep. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007S3N5PE/ref=asc_df_B007S3N5PE2463666?smid=AT7LX64DTM538&tag=sdcbing615-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B007S3N5PEApr 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm #1975878
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
There are many commercially made pots with smooth sides. Many DIY pots made from beer cans or soup cans have to have ridges added to strengthen the sides (from crushing). That's OK if you are mostly just boiling water. However, if you are trying to cook food, the food ends up getting caught in the ridges, so it gets a lot harder to clean out. This is awkward if the top opening is small and you can't get your hand in there easily.
All of my cook pots are commercially made from aluminum or titanium and have smooth sides. My favorite weighs 1.8 ounces.
–B.G.–Apr 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm #1975879
Gary DunckelBPL Member
These are nearly free (or, you pay for the pot and the food is free). The one with the red pull tab holds maybe 2.5 cups, and the other one a bit less than 3 cups. Use a side cutting can opener to create the good lid. I added bails to these, for ease of use over a wood stove. The one on the right didn't have a pop top I could use as a lid handle, so I placed a hole in the center, then inserted an "omega" shaped titanium loop with a silicone sheath. These work, they each weigh just 3.4 oz., they're cheap, and they're quite disposable.
(disclosure: beef stew and soup were ravenously consumed prior to the fabrication of these pots)Apr 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm #1975882
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Gary, I am assuming that the wire bails on those cans were made of titanium.
–B.G.–Apr 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm #1975888
Gary DunckelBPL Member
Yeah. As you might expect, a titanium rod bender has a few lonely scraps laying around. And the geek in me won't let me throw anything into the recycling bin that might have some useful life left in it. I made these to use with my wood burning stoves. I am not sure that I'm a convert, and I didn't want to trash a good Evernew pot while I experimented.Apr 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm #1975889
Unless you have a way of stamping metal. you pretty much got it. A bunch of various cans. Personally I like the fosters can. I dont cook with it I just like the can.
What is your end game?
Are you trying to find a cheap alternative to buying a pot?
Are you looking to try to save weight?
Cause there is a lot of really cheap light cook wear out there that I personally feel is much better for the intended use. Plus a lot of the cans can be easily deformed beyond use and that would suck. Say you werent paying attention while walking and trip on something at camp and you land on your can. boom done no more pot. slip and fall while backpacking and land on your back can gets crushed. hell you just pack to tightly can gets crushed.
A lot of people use these with out having the issues I mentioned. and most have found ways to avoid those circumstances. I just wanted to offer some of my perspective.Apr 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm #1975986
@hhopeLocale: East Bay
I can't beat this one, about 3.5 ounce with lid, that's a real lid, that will keep pressure in, 750 ml. I searched, and the only 750ml ti pot that weighed less was the old bpl one, but it didn't have a real lid.
The stainless is very thin, and since steel is stronger for any given thickness, this pot is LIGHT.
I found it at a chinese store, they usually had much heavier walled ones, but for some reason they got a batch of these in.
I got this pot to complete my 'ultralight cook kit on a shoe string' cookset, the cookset weighs less than a ti one, and is pretty close in efficiency to my more expensive stuff.
I'm suspicious of the spot welds that held the original handle on, I wouldn't bet on them holding up over time.
The handle itself is very light, but I wanted a folding one so I modified it.
I'll take stainless steel or ti over bpa coated tin cans any day of the week, I believe all steel / aluminum cans have some type of plastic inner coating, don't want to be cooking in that thanks.
Total cost of cookset, complete, depending on if you got the stove cans free from a friend or bought them, 5.50/6.50. No fragile beer cans for pots, real flashing for screen, real pot.
Not bad.May 17, 2013 at 10:57 am #1987070
Adam CassisBPL Member
the snow peak trey titanium bowl is about 15-16 bucks and weighs onlt 1.8oz. may not be big enough fro your application, but just my 2 cents.
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