A small cooking pot. It’s good for survival, camping, backpacking, a bug out bag, 72 hour kit, etc..
A small survival pot will enable:
- heat up a can of…
- boiling water for safe drinking
- warm up water to rehydrate a freeze dried meal
- suspend over a fire to cook (needs a bail)
- set in the coals to cook
- hot coffee or tea (cowboy coffee?)
- use storage space within, while backpacking
- clanking together to scare away that bear!
There are some pretty nice little cook pots out there. They’re small enough to backpack or kit, camping, and will serve a variety of uses. As a side note, did you know that one of the 5 C’s of survival (Dave Canterbury) is a ‘Container’? (as in, metal pot for purifying water or cooking)
Small Cooking Pot – How Small?
How small of a survival pot? Well, that depends… Are you cooking for one person? Using it between two people? Does it need to fit in a backpack? What do you intend to primarily use it for?
Typical sizes for a “small” cooking pot appear to range as follows. Here are some approximations for several popular sizes to give you an idea of how much it will hold:
475 ml (~ 17 ounces)
775 ml (~ 27 ounces)
1.1 liter (~ 38 ounces)
1.6 liter (~ 56 ounces)
When considering the volume of the cooking pot, factor in the water AND the food (for example if rehydrating freeze dried foods, etc.). Depends on the foods that you intend to cook too.
Features of a Survival Pot
Here’s what I’m looking for in a small cooking pot.
I prefer that it has a bail. This enables a few things. Including hanging or suspending the pot over a fire. Although you could just set in on a fire grate, or directly on the coals (watch out, it might burn your food!), I like the ability to suspend it. With a bail, you can adjust the height of suspension over the fire, which in turn affects the heating of the pot.
Secondly, and obviously, the bail is ideal for carrying a pot full of water, or whatever… It’s just easier that way.
Additionally, the bail makes it easier to lift off a stove burner. Less chance to burn your fingers too.
Handles for Pouring
Some of these small cooking pots have a foldout handle for lifting, gripping, or to use in unison with the bail for tipping the contents of the pot.
They don’t all have a pour spout. But it’s a very nice feature to have. Example… pouring cowboy coffee into a mug.
I can’t imagine a cooking pot, regardless of it’s size, without a cover. It keeps ‘stuff’ out, and it allows the contents to heat up quicker.
Aluminum is very common (light weight). So is stainless steel (a bit heavier). Titanium is pricey, but pretty sweet due to it’s extreme lightweight characteristics.
Small Cooking Pots with Bail – from Pathfinder, TOAKS
Here’s a stainless steel ‘bush pot’ from Pathfinder. It has all of the features mentioned above. They make a 64 ounce, shown below ( Height 5.25″, Diameter 5 3/4″, Capacity 8 cups). They also make a 120 ounce version (15 cups).
Pathfinder 64oz Bush Pot & Lid
(their storefront on amzn)
If you’re looking for a bit smaller and lighter weight cooking pot (you might almost call it a mug), here’s an intriguing titanium 750ml small cooking pot from TOAKS. Capacity of 3 cups. Height 4 3/8″. Diameter 4 1/2″. Weight 3.9oz.
They also make one that’s just about 7 cups (54oz). Height 4 1/8″. Diameter 5 3/4″.
TOAKS Titanium 1600ml Pot with Bail Handle
(view on amzn)
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