If you looking for a stove, pot, and other utensils on a budget for your “bug out bag “ (BOB), then you might be interested in some of the items I have been using.
I have been searching for a while to find the perfect cup and stove for my BOB.
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I found a heavy-duty stainless steel cup from GSI that is virtually indestructible and fits nice and snug under my largemouth Nalgene 16 oz water bottle. The fold-out handles stay nice and cool over a fire or on a stove.
Even after many uses the stainless steel cleans up like new.
It is just thick enough to make you feel confident it will last a long time without being overly heavy. It's Just right for a single serving of a freeze dried meal.
GSI Outdoors Inc. Glacier Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Bottle Cup/Pot 4.8 oz. (I paid under $14 delivered)
Next on my list was a reasonably priced stove that was small and lightweight. I took a chance on a very inexpensive Chinese stove that looked very similar to many of the higher-quality units used by many professionals.
It is called an ultra-light camping stove and actually has a built-in piezo igniter which has come in real handy when it's dark and the lighter is in the backpack. It consistently lights the stove under almost any condition and allows you to not waste any fuel. It uses a standard butane/propane mix canister that I get at the local Wal-Mart for just a few dollars.
The flame is well dispersed, quiet, and of good quality. On a fairly low setting, it will boil water in around 5 minutes. This allows the canister to last a lot longer. I imagine that if you are in a hurry it could be opened up and you would have hot water a lot quicker. I have only tested it wide open once and it was like a blast furnace!
The size of the fold-out supports is perfect for the GSI cup, just make sure you are on level and stable ground since there are no clamps. I have used some large paper clips folded into makeshift clamps and they work just fine.
The unit folds up extremely small and compact. I find it ideal for the BOB. Only time will tell if it will hold up but for emergency use it is perfect. Plus you can’t beat the price!
Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition 3.9oz! (I paid under $7 delivered)
The final item I decided on was the Columbia River Knife Tool. I have had good feedback from a lot of people and decided on it because of how light and durable it is reported to be. It is a good quality “spork” / multi-tool and it came with a small carabineer for easy attachment to anything.
In the past, I have used a heavy plastic utensil set but they can get separated, and you must take care not to burn or melt them. The spork is virtually indestructible heavy gauge aluminum that is anodized and very compact.
In an emergency or when you have to travel light it is what you will want. If your hands get sore easily or you have arthritis it will not be the same as regular utensils so keep that in mind. Sometimes the feel of regular items that you are using every day can give a comforting and relaxing feeling but if you're looking for something that gets the job done and can fit in your change pocket…this is it!Columbia River Knife and Tool's Eat N Tool 9100C Silver Multi Tool(I paid under $5 delivered)
I hope this information helps you in your decisions! I have added some more pictures of the stove and cup below.
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on January 17, 2013, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.