All pan materials will work well with the 180 Stove. Some are better for backpacking than others. That said, here is a rundown of a little of our research.
Cast iron – too heavy for backpacking, but perhaps the best material for cooking. It spreads the heat evenly, minimizes scorching, and some believe the healthiest material to eat from. If pan metal “leaches” into the food, it is iron – a vitamin.
Aluminum – light and common as a backpacking pan. There are lots of “unproven” health concerns about eating from aluminum cookware especially when cooking acidic food like tomatoes, lemons, etc. For simply boiling water, this is a minor concern. But, this is one of the reasons our stoves are not made of aluminum. Once the aluminum has been anodized, then this concern is mitigated significantly as long as the hard anodized layer is not scratched. I do cook with anodized aluminum from time to time.
Stainless steel – thin stainless steel is great for backpacking; strong and light. While it is possible for trace amounts of chromium to get into the food, this is minimal and not a real health concern. This is my favorite backpacking cooking material. It will scorch food more than some materials, however, but this is common for most thin backpacking pans.
Titanium is known to be one of the best materials to cook with as it is highly unreactive and does not leach metals into the food.
Pans with a larger diameter base heat water more quickly, as a rule, but they can take up space in the pack. They have the added advantage of working better for cooking eggs and the like. Our stoves are sturdy and have no issues cooking even with large, cast iron Dutch ovens. Other backpacking stoves cannot do this. They are simply too small and flimsy.
Make sure whatever you use comes with a good lid. It speeds up boiling time and doubles for a plate or bowl.
One thing to keep in mind is that some natural fuels will coat the outside of the pan with creosote. This is because the pan has cooler water or foods inside that allows the creosote to condense onto the pan. This creosote causes no harm, and does not even stain the pack once it is cool. It can be “cooked off” by heating an empty pan, but I usually don’t bother as it causes no issues. However, I would not use my wife’s favorite pans when burning pine, especially…. Some people coat the outside of the pan with a little soap before cooking as it reduces the “smoking” of the pan. Again, I don’t bother as the creosote is a non-issue to me.
And don't forget, the 180 Stove works well without a pan too as a packable grill.
I liked this one because the guy actually has a MAG and speaks from experience. For sure I'm one of the guys that pushes hard for a MAG. Probably because I've got a lot going and I'd rather have 500 perennials for five families than the 100 or so we have now. If your in central Canada and don't mind travelling once in a while check out my looking for a MAG post
Today we are creating a two hour long video about how to build a Rocket Oven. This design is for indoor use although we show versions that have been modified to be weather resistant. A Rocket Oven will do all of your baking without the environmental disaster associated with natural gas or electric ovens. For those of you living or considering off grid, this uses fuel that is plentiful and readily found - as opposed to off-grid's dirty little grid secret: "propane". As an added bonus, the environmental impact is far smaller than any other type of oven.
Rocket Ovens use the same "engine" as a rocket mass heater. An insulated j-tube that pushes the burn temp so high that the smoke and creosote from a fire is also used as fuel. The exhaust is very clean and the heat is hyper focused on the task at hand. The designs in this video are "white oven" designs - the exhaust does not mingle with the food.
That's my great grandfather's barn. Must be over 50yrs old and straight as when it was first built. He helped enough others and built enough community to get this feat done. His kids and even great-grandchildren see this barn and know anything is possible. If he could build this with horses. There are no excuses for any of us.
That is one of the stories I'm going to outline below. I'm going...
STANDING RANGERS ORDERS, MAJOR ROBERT ROGERS, 1759
1. Don't forget nothing.
2. Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute's warning.
3. When you're on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.
4. Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don't never lie to a Ranger or officer.
5. Don't never take a chance you don't have to.
6. When we're on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can't go through two men.
7. If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it's hard to track us.
8. When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.
9. When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.
10. If we take prisoners, we keep' em separate till we have had time to examine them, so they can't cook up a story between' em.
11. Don't ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you won't be ambushed.
12. No matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20 yards ahead, 20 yards on each flank, and 20 yards in the rear so the main body can't be surprised and wiped out.
13. Every night you'll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.
14. Don't sit down to eat without posting sentries.
15. Don't sleep beyond dawn. Dawn's when the French and Indians attack.
16. Don't cross a river by a regular ford.
17. If somebody's trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.
18. Don't stand up when the enemy's coming against you. Kneel down, lie down, hide behind a tree.
19. Let the enemy come till he's almost close enough to touch, then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet.