The Best Camping Cookware to increase Boiling Time

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From left to right: Stanley Adventure Cook set, GSI Pinnacle Dualist, Vargo Bot, and Sea to Summit X-Pot (extended)


Have you every wondered whether boiling times are affected by the camping cookware you use?  I know I have,  so I’m happy to introduce you to Dean Cattell from Taiga Adventures.  Dean provides a great post that should give you a little insight into the affects of cookware on cooking time.  Take it away Dean!


The Cookware

I like going through reviews of different types of stoves and looking at the manufacturer’s specs.  Most brands include a typical boiling time for each stove, but I often wondered if the type of pot being used would have any effect on the boiling time.  This summer, I decided that I would make an attempt to answer the question.


The Stove

My choice of stoves for this comparison was the Vargo Triad XE.  This stove is very compact stove weighing in at a mere 1.5 ounces (42 grams). It has a multie-fuel capability with denatured alcohol, fuel tabs or fuel gel.  For the purpose of this comparison, denatured alcohol was used.  The Vargo website lists a boiling time of approximately 15 minutes.

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Vargo Triad XE Stove with legs extended (Canadian toonie used for comparison-roughly the same as a silver dollar)



Vargo Triad XE Stove with legs folded.


The Test

The tests were completed with an outside temperature of 68 degree F (20 degree C), the location was well sheltered from the wind, located in direct sun light and 20 ounces (591 ml) of water was used in each case.


The Results

Vargo Bot– a rolling boil was achieved in 9 minutes, 45 Seconds.   This half bottle, and half pot-hence the name is made of high quality titanium.  It has a capacity of 34 oz (1 litre) and weighs in at 4.7 ounces (133 grams) this is one tough piece of gear that can double as your water bottle.

Stanley Adventure Cook set– a rolling boil was reached in 10 minutes, 10 seconds.  This inexpensive cook set includes 2 10 ounce mugs and the pot is made of stainless steel with a 24 ounce (709 ml) capacity.  Total weight of the set is .88 lbs (400gm)

GSI Pinnacle Dualist– a rolling boil was reached at 11 minutes, 15 seconds.  This very versatile set comes with a see through strainer lid, two insulated mugs/bowls with sip through lids, and a welded stuff sack that doubles as a sink.  The total weight of this set is 21.6 ounces (612gm).  The 1.8 litre (60.8 ounces) is made of hard anodized aluminum and is Teflon coated.

Sea to Summit X-Pot: the 20 ounces of water came to a rolling boil in 9 minutes and 45 seconds.  The pot has a capacity of 2.8 litres (94 ounces) and weighs 10.3 oz (285 grams).  It is constructed of silicone with a hard anodized aluminum base.  Pairing this pot with the 2 piece X-set, nests inside the pot, gives you a complete set that folds almost flat.



The Vargo Bot and Sea to Summit X-pot came in with the lowest boiling times at 9:45, followed closely by the Stanley Adventure Cook set at 10:10 and ending with the GSI Pinnacle Dualist at 11:15.  For me, I have not been in a situation where a minute and a half would make a difference in making the meal more enjoyable.  



I know that many people look to others for recommendations on which cook set may be the best.  My answer to this question would be, it depends.  It depends on how much one wants to invest into their set (Stanley Adventure Cook set comes in at a reasonable $30), the weight that one wants to carry (Vargo Bot is a mere 4.7 ounces and can double as your water bottle), the space available in your pack (Sea to Summit X-Pot and X-set nest together and take up the equivalent space of a pie plate) or the versatility required (GSI Pinnacle Dualist has two mugs with sip through lids, two bowls and a welded stuff sack that doubles as a sink)  I would highly recommend any one of these sets, the choice of which one is in your hands, as you know best what your requirements are.  

The Vargo Triad XE, performed very well and for me is an excellent piece of gear to be included in my pack.  If your meals only require boiling water, you can’t go wrong with this stove and I look forward to doing some further testing this winter with some fuel tabs.

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From left to right: Stanley Adventure Cook set, GSI Pinnacle Dualist, Vargo Bot, and Sea to Summit X-Pot (extended)

I wanted to thank Dean Cattell again for providing this great guest post.  You can find Dean at  I’m sure he would love if you had time to click over and say hello!



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