Campfire, camp stove, camp cooking, camp cookwarez

Mcrb

EDC Master
#1
I have been looking for a camp stove for a while, primary for use in emergency situations, and secondary as an alternative option for my BBQ, for summer outdoor cooking.
I spotted the "Solo Stove Campfire" before. It's the largest of 3 sizes of Solo Stove using wood as fuel source, and really liked its features and size. Specifically for use as a campfire on my terrace. I bit the bullet today, and ordered one. :)
Next up will be some specific camp cookware for it, as I doubt my SWMBO would let me use her cooking pots on an open fire. As I am not focusing on ultralight camping gear (I prefer a hotel) I am leaning towards the old fashion cast iron stuff. However, I'm not entirely convinced on it.
Hence my question: What do you guys and gals use for camp cooking? Should I go for the cast iron stuff?
 
#2
I just looked that stove up and it looks nice, but that price! I've been planning to make myself a rocket stove for a while now, I think I might try it soon because I want something similar to this but I don't want to pay that much
 

Mcrb

EDC Master
#3
I just looked that stove up and it looks nice, but that price! I've been planning to make myself a rocket stove for a while now, I think I might try it soon because I want something similar to this but I don't want to pay that much
There's some vids on youtube from guys that are making their own. I unfortunately do not have any of the tools or the space needed to build one myself. Initially I was looking at some high end MSR combo systems. I think that with the cost of this one + a good pot I will still be cheaper off. And I don't have to buy gas canisters. I'm not saying it was cheap, but lately I tend to buy stuff that I expect to last my lifetime.
Considering that, a cast iron pot would fit my requirements.
 

stbob

EDC Apprentice
#8
What do you guys and gals use for camp cooking? Should I go for the cast iron stuff?
Currently using the MSR WhisperLight. This model uses white gas for fuel...


The WhisperLight came with its own wind screen but not as fancy as this Coghlan's Windscreen...



I mostly only boil water for freeze dried food & coffee. But have dabbled at cooking other easy stuff. Always use lightweight cooking gear, aluminum or titanium. I'd rather risk burning my food before i start hauling around cast iron...



The MSR WhisperLight gets the job done but i still miss my old Coleman Peak1 Xtreme that used Coleman Powermax fuel canisters...
(Will edit in some pics of the Coleman stove asap.)
 
#9
I have the Solo and like it for what it is, just time consuming refueling it every few minutes. The Jetboil is a great setup for my needs from coffee first thing in the morning to food prep It’s my used the most ultra light stove. As far as cookware the Jetboil FluxRing 8” frypan is the best performer I’ve used. Distributes the heat very well and cooks even around $30 US .If your using an open fire nothing beats the old tried and true cast iron though IMO.


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