2008 Camp Cookware Buyer’s Guide
A number of the outdoor equipment manufacturers produce gear for the kitchen, and while some offer typical heavy-duty pots and pans for campground use and others make super lightweight stuff for the camper on the go, most can provide a broad selection of cookware aside from what we have highlighted here in our 2008 Camp Cookware Buyer’s Guide. If you see something that interests you, call or go online to see what else the company may offer to upgrade your camp cookware collection.
You can expect good things from the Brunton kitchen. The company’s cookware offerings range from unique utensils such as the FlipSticks (foldable, travel chopsticks) to family camp cooking products such as its Wind River Cook Set (5.28-inch Teflon frying pan, 2.6-quart saucepan, 4.1-quart kettle, with two lids). One of our favorites is the Wind River Cook Tools, a set of three full-size cooking tools (ladle, spatula, grill fork) and a plastic cutting board all in a nylon carry case. MSRP: $46. Brunton: 307/857-4700; /brunton.com/.
The place to go if you’re looking for anything cast iron, Camp Chef offers everything from bread pans to skillets, including the company’s Dutch Oven Starter Kit. It’s a great way to help you “learn the iron” and get on your way to great Dutch oven camp meals. The kit includes a 10-inch Dutch oven with a lid that doubles as a skillet, a lid-lifting tool, a trivet to place the hot oven on, a pan scraper for cleaning duties, and a complete guidebook to outdoor cooking. Here in one kit is all you need to become a master Dutch oven chef. MSRP: $59. Camp Chef: 800/650-2433; /campchef.com/.
The Platypus line of water-portage products from Cascade Designs includes the newly redesigned Water Tanks. The new Tanks are more durable and flexible than before due to the taste-free film featuring SlimeGaurd anti-microbial, redesigned carry handles, and an easy-to-close and clean Big Zip opening. A gusseted bottom helps keeps the Tank standing upright for easy filling. There are three sizes of Water Tank (2, 4 and 6 liters), and they pack flat when empty for easy packing and transport. These are ideal for carrying water from the spigot or stream back to camp. MSRP: $20, $23 and $25. Cascade Designs: 800/531-9531; /cascadedesigns.com/.
The Coleman Family Cook Set kit includes a 10-inch frying pan, a 6-quart kettle, a 2.5-quart saucepan, and a detachable grip handle. All of the components offer a nonstick cooking surface, and are commercial-grade construction with riveted, plated-steel handles. The pots and pans easily stack within each other for convenient carrying and storage. This is a darn good kit for a large camping family that’s not worried about carrying a lot of weight. Check out Coleman to find a wide range of camp-cooking products. MSRP: $30. Coleman: 800/835-3278; /coleman.com/.
The Camping Cook System from GSI Outdoors includes pot and pans that utilize the company’s Bugaboo even-heating nonstick aluminum, which heats quickly with no hot spots. Each piece (frying pan, and 2- and 3-liter pots) has two layers of Teflon Classic coating. Also a part of the kit are four insulated drink mugs with a triangular shape and lids, and four Cascadian mugs and plates, made from lightweight, durable and recyclable polypropylene. It all comes in a mesh bag. A good set for a small family in the campground, and light enough for backcountry campers. MSRP: $100. GSI Outdoors: 800/704-4474; /gsioutdoors.com/.
With the convenience of multiple interchangeable blades and tools, you can quickly and easily swap in the right tool for the job at that moment with the Kershaw Blade Trader. The Blade Trader kit features two extra co-polymer handles that are non-slip and designed to reduce hand fatigue, and the exclusive Quick-Lock mechanism allows the selection of any of the six different utensils in this camp-kitchen-ready collection, all in its own rugged carry case. All blades are 420J2 stainless steel. MSRP: $75. Kershaw Knives: 503/682-1966; /kershawknives.com/.
Three internally graduated saucepans (1.7, 2.1 and 2.9 liters) and a frying pan with a foldable handle make up the four-piece Primus DeLuxe Cook Set. The stainless steel cook set is really designed for the backcountry camper, and weighs next to nothing, but is just as much at home with a small family in the campground. The set includes a lid and a pot-grabber handle, and is all packaged in a handy mesh stuff sack for easy transport to and from camp and for drying dishes after a wash. MSRP: $74. Primus: 307/332-0901; /nagear.com/.
The s’mores, the merrier. Rome must think so, too. It’s obvious by the company’s newest creation-the S’more Maker. This chrome-plated steel basket-style device can hold up to three stacks of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars at a time; forget about all that mess you usually make when preparing them wrapped in aluminum foil over a fire. The Rome S’more Maker has a long handle, giving it an overall length of 29 inches, to make sure the only thing getting cooked is the food. MSRP: $8. Rome Industries: 800/818-7603; /romeindustries.com/.