When it comes to camping pots you have three basic choices of material, which are titanium, aluminum and stainless steel. Each has positives and negatives associated with it, though stainless steel camping pots do have a few things going for them which definitely make them an attractive choice. For one, stainless steel is strong and durable, and not all that expensive, compared to something like titanium. The main disadvantage of stainless steel camping pots is that they tend to be heavier than both aluminum and titanium camping pots.
Stainless Steel Camping PotsWhat to look for when reviewing stainless steel camping pots.
- Capacity – One of the basic decisions you need to make when picking out a camping pot is the size of the pot. If you’re going to be cooking for just yourself then you don’t need a particularly big pot, but if you’re cooking for more people, you might want to invest in a bigger pot, or even a set of pots for various group sizes.
- Lid / Pan – Many camping pots come with a lid that can double as a frying pan. This kind of lid is often a little bigger and better built than just a normal pot lid. The upside to that extra weight, however, is that you get a second piece of cookware for those gourmet camping meals that require more than just a pot.
Best Stainless Steel Camping PotsSome of the very best stainless steel camping pots.
- MSR Stowaway Pot - If all you need is one pot, then the Stowaway is a good choice. It has a 1.6 liter capacity, and a handle that turns in to a lid lock when you need to store the pot. At 19.5 ounces, or 552 grams it's not the lightest pot, even for stainless steel which is relatively heavy, but it gets the job done, and would be ideal for those times when you don't have to worry about carrying gear too much.
- Snow Peak Personal Cooker - The Snow Peak Personal Cooker is a stainless steel camping pot built more with saving weight in mind. The pot comes with a lid, along with another piece of plateware so that you have a pot, a lid and a bowl and a plate all at your disposal. Best of all, the whole sets weighs just 8.5 ounces, or 240 grams, which is considerably better than the Stowaway above.
- MSR Alpine 2 - If you would prefer a set, then the Alpine 2 is an ideal choice. It comes with a 1.5 liter and 2 liter pot, and one lid that will work for either size, and will even double as a pan if you really need one. There are no attached handles, but the set comes with a pot gripper that will work with any piece of the set. The whole thing weighs a very slim 1 pound 10 ounces, or 737 grams, and there's also an Alpine 4, which comes with 3 pots and 3 separate lids for each.