Getting the sort of camp cookware that’s going to last for more than a few outings comes down partly to the construction but mostly to the type of metal used.
Stainless Steel comes in different formats with each one having its own properties and suited to individual uses in producing reliable products. The type commonly used in making cutlery is the 18/10 mix (18% Chromium and 10% Nickel) although the Nickel content may be closer to 8% but its still the best mix for producing durable cookware.
The 18/10 label has been “created” to give the Stainless Steel used in cookware its own identity and separate it from the metals general use elsewhere, both examples of cookware sets pictured on this page are made with the 18/10 Stainless Steel mix.
Pros and Cons of Stainless Steel Cookware
Its durable and with care can be kept looking good but its also one of the heavier metals that’s used to produce cookware, making it more suited to the outdoor person who uses a vehicle when camping rather than those who trek to campgrounds.
When any part of the set finally becomes unusable the Stainless steel is 100% recyclable, going a long way to zeroing its impact on the environment.
If you have a bunch of people to feed or like to add more courses to the food you cook outdoors then a bigger set of pans will save on time and the constant washing just to get the next bit of food on the boil.
Contents : 4 x Pots (4, 3, 2, 1 Quart Sizes), 1 x Frying Pan (10 inch), 1 X Universal Pan Lid, 1 x Handle (Fits Pots and Frying Pan)
Smaller sets like the Magma cookware kit pictured below are more suited to outdoor cooking for only a few people and do represent a large weight saving when compared to a full set.
Competition is high in this sector of the cookware market which gives us a great many products and makers to choose from along with keeping prices down. Do enough shopping around and finding a quality bargain is possible with a good chance the set will be perfect for your needs.
Contents : 1 x 5 Quart Pot, 1 x 9-1/2″ Pan, 1 x 2 Quart Pan, 1 x Pot/Pan Lid, 1 x Lid for 9-1/2″ Pan, 1 x Stretch Storage Cord, 1 x Handle
Sets are nearly always shipped with one handle which does seem that only having a single piece of the set that will be doing most of the heavy mechanical work a bit risky. If the handle suffers from damage or even gets lost it does create a problem when using the cookware sets safely and we would like to see more sets shipped with a spare handle in case of mishaps.
With the proper care Stainless Steel can stay looking good for a long time. Try to stay away from abrasive cleaning cloths and never leave the cookware to dry on its own instead wiping with a soft cloth before storage. To prevent having to scrap out stubborn food stuck to the inside of the pan soaking them in hot water immediately after use will make cleaning so much easier.
Not a Lightweight Option
Both these kits are hardly what you would call lightweight especially if you’re walking out to any camping spot and not recommended for backpackers unless you’re sure the extra weight isn’t going to be an issue. For lighter cookware there are a sometimes bewildering selection of aluminum cooking kits that are better suited for carrying long distances.
If you’ve dealt with enough camping gear you’ll know that the cheap option can more than often turn around and bite you at the worst possible time. Sure, there are some pieces of equipment that are served well by the budget market but long lasting camp cooking kit just isn’t one of them.