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msoult
02-05-2016, 09:26
550 or 750 ml? Would save $10 with the 550 but not sure if 2C of water is sufficient each time. Opinions?


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HDLV
02-05-2016, 09:30
How long of a trip are you taking? I use a 600ml for weekend trips but anything more than 4 days the .9l comes out. You will need more space for the larger portions to ease that hiker hunger.

HooKooDooKu
02-05-2016, 09:41
I usually use the MSR Titan Kettle and find it to sometimes be a little smaller than I wished... and it's quoted at 830ml.
Unless there is some specific target (total weight or something about the smaller size) you are trying to reach, I would spend the $10 on the larger pot.

nsherry61
02-05-2016, 12:43
I've used a 600 ml pot before. I find I spill food while stirring more often with it. It's pretty tight to boil water and eat and drink out of. I vastly prefer 8-900 ml to give room to stir without spilling, boil enough water for a little hot drink and food at the same time, and the size and weight penalty for the extra few 100 ml is pretty minimal.

12trysomething
02-05-2016, 12:52
Here is my complete cook kit with a 650ml pot. With food, 650 is the smallest I think you could go IF you need 1 3/4 to 2 cups of water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYD7DYCK7aA

Good luck. ~ Rob

Uncle Joe
02-05-2016, 14:39
If you're simply boiling, I'd think 750 might be a bit big. I use a 650ml and like being able to boil as much as 16oz with room to spare.

Vegan Packer
02-05-2016, 16:09
I just switched to the 550. I had a bigger pot before, but I really never needed the extra volume. The 550 is enough for me to boil a full cup for my drink, and then to still have enough left to use for rehydrating my meal.

CarlZ993
02-05-2016, 16:33
For me, it depends if I want to 'cook' in the pot (boil water, stir in food in pot, & place in pot cozy) or use a freezer bag system of cooking (boil water, pour it into freezer bag full of food, & place freezer bag in freezer bag cozy). If I cook in a pot, I'll usually use my 0.9L pot. I can probably go a little smaller but I find diminishing returns on spillage vs weight savings. For freezer bag cooking, I can go much smaller (.5 - .6L pots).

Given your parameters, I'd vote for the larger pot.

msoult
02-05-2016, 18:47
For me, it depends if I want to 'cook' in the pot (boil water, stir in food in pot, & place in pot cozy) or use a freezer bag system of cooking (boil water, pour it into freezer bag full of food, & place freezer bag in freezer bag cozy). If I cook in a pot, I'll usually use my 0.9L pot. I can probably go a little smaller but I find diminishing returns on spillage vs weight savings. For freezer bag cooking, I can go much smaller (.5 - .6L pots).

Given your parameters, I'd vote for the larger pot.

Yeah. I hadn't thought about the spillage factor until after posting. I do freezer bag LS occasionally but hadn't gotten into the bag cozy yet. Any DIY links on that?


KentuckyRed

CarlZ993
02-05-2016, 18:58
Yeah. I hadn't thought about the spillage factor until after posting. I do freezer bag LS occasionally but hadn't gotten into the bag cozy yet. Any DIY links on that?


KentuckyRed

If you want some cozy stuff, here is where I got my first pot cozy from. Since then, I've made my own (Reflectix & aluminum tape from Home Depot). It's cheaper but (at least in my case) not as 'professionally made.' For freezer bag cozies, I make them slightly larger than the ones sold here. I add a couple tabs of velcro for the flap. Otherwise, taper the edges of your flap so it will tuck inside the main body of the cozy (don't make the flap too short).

http://www.antigravitygear.com/product-category/cozy-collection/

Slosteppin
02-05-2016, 20:30
I use different size pots depending on which stove I use. I use a one L pot with my Solo wood burner- I can heat enough water at one time to rehydrate my soup, have a cup of coffee and wash my spoon and cup. When I use the Caldera Cone system I use a 750 ml pot. When I use a canister stove I use a smaller 550 ML pot. Both the Caldera system and a canister stove are quicker to start again and heat more water if needed.

RangerZ
02-05-2016, 20:37
Snow peak 700 ml, big enough for freezer bag cooking plus water for tea or hot chocolate. Made a reflectix cozy to fit outside of it, the FBC fits inside of the cozy to cook or the pot goes in it to keep the tea or hot chocolate warm.

Turk6177
02-05-2016, 22:14
Get the bigger one. I used it and it was barely big enough, but just big enough. I used it to put ramen in, etc. You will get tired of eating out of ziplock bags. It is also big enough to put your ziplock bag in to eat out of, giving it some shape.

Mtsman
02-05-2016, 23:42
For me, it depends if I want to 'cook' in the pot (boil water, stir in food in pot, & place in pot cozy) or use a freezer bag system of cooking (boil water, pour it into freezer bag full of food, & place freezer bag in freezer bag cozy). If I cook in a pot, I'll usually use my 0.9L pot. I can probably go a little smaller but I find diminishing returns on spillage vs weight savings. For freezer bag cooking, I can go much smaller (.5 - .6L pots).

Given your parameters, I'd vote for the larger pot.

This answer is the most thorough in my mind.

I use a .9L pot and pan setup but I "cook" in mine. I have also used a .6L pot for FBC cooking but have since stopped due to less planning (for me) involved on my trips. I just like to pick up and go now-a-days so that is my reason for the switch.

fastfoxengineering
02-06-2016, 03:17
Depends on your style of cooking. In my experiences, I have found people who utilize freezer bag cooking (they are just boiling water) will settle on something with about 750-850ml of volume. 2 cups for the meal, and 1-1.5 cups for a hot drink or just more water. If you just want to boil 2 cups of water for cooking only, then 600ml would be perfect and you can make a REALLY light cook setup. That extra cup of volume gives you more flexibility though.

For people who put the water and food IN their pot, I would say most people settle on the 900-1300ml pot. 900ml is the smallest I'd go to cook directly in your pot.

The Cleaner
02-06-2016, 09:09
33576Here's what I use.It's 1100ml and my Svea stove fits inside.Got it from Steep&Cheap.Heck my coffee mug takes 2 cups.:eek:

MuddyWaters
02-06-2016, 09:15
550 or 750 ml? Would save $10 with the 550 but not sure if 2C of water is sufficient each time. Opinions?


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Sufficient for what?

I boils water and its sufficient for me

If not, boil a little more, half cup boils quick. Easy to make coffee while food soaks, and it gives you something to do.

coach lou
02-06-2016, 11:11
I have arrived at a SP kit of a 700 which nests in the 900. 1 canister in the 700 n/lid with the Lite max in there also. The 900 boils enough for a hefty cup of Joe in the 700 and enough for 2 freezer bag meals, or 1 meal and a refill of Joe.