Small Cooking Pot

A small cooking pot is a desirable and important item for camping or a kit (survival, backpack, bug out bag, 72 hour kit, etc..).

A compact camping cookware set or an individual small cooking pot will enable:

– heat up a can of…
– boiling water to rehydrate a freeze dried meal
– hot coffee or tea
– boiling water for drinking
– storage space within while backpacking
– clanking together to scare away that bear!

Tip: How Long To Boil Drinking Water

There are some pretty nice camping cookware sets with various nested pots within. They’re small enough to backpack or kit and will serve a variety of uses.

You might also simply acquire a small cooking pot which might be good enough for you.

Did you know that one of the 5 C’s of survival (Dave Canterbury) is a ‘container’?

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Small Cooking Pot – ALUMINUM

small aluminum cooking pot

It seems that most camping cookware and cooking pots are made of aluminum. An advantage is it’s light weight which is important if you’re carrying it with you. It’s also relatively inexpensive compared to other materials.

The following anodized aluminum mess kit appears to be most well reviewed on AMZ:

Camping Cookware Mess Kit


Small Cooking Pot – TITANIUM

Titanium Cooking Pot

They even make titanium cooking pots which are extremely light weight! Here’s a very popular pot & pan set that only weighs 6.5 ounces and will hold a volume of 37 and 9 ounces respectively: TOAKS Titanium Pot with Pan



stainless steel small cooking pot

Stainless Steel, although heavier, is a very durable material that’s great for a small cooking pot.

For example here’s a popular stainless steel cooking pot from MSR that holds nearly the same volume (38 ounces) as the titanium pot above.

However it does weigh 15.5 ounces (nearly a pound) compared to 6.5 ounces for the titanium set.

That said, maybe you would rather the rugged durability of stainless steel versus it’s weight factor.

MSR Alpine Stowaway Pot


Small Cooking Pot – How Small?

How small should it be? Well, are you cooking for one? Two?

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)

Bear in mind that if you’re adding water to something like Ramen Noodles or you’re redhydrating a freeze dried packet of Mountain House, you need to factor in the water AND the food.

Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles

I personally like the approximate 1 liter size for most situations. However you can certainly get away with less if you’re space and weight conscious. Depends on the foods that you intend to cook too.

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