While there are many camping cooksets available on the market today, the Coghlan’s 4-pot Hard Anodized Aluminum Cookset caught my eye because it has many of the same properties I like in the simple backpacking pots that I prefer. Features like fold out butterfly handles and lids with integrated strainer holes.
All of the pots in this cookset are also made out of hard-anodized aluminum which I like better than titanium pots because they’re more durable and a good conductor of heat. Titanium pots are cool and superlight, but is the price premium really worth it? I don’t think so and certainly not for an entire cookset!
Out of the box, the Coghlan’s cookset includes 4 pots, lids, a plastic measuring cup, and a pot scrubber. The pots are sized as follows:
- 2.8-quart pot and lid, weighing 12.3 ounces
- 1.8-quart pot and lid, weighing 10.1 ounces
- 1-quart pot and lid, weighing 7.6 ounces
- 1.2-quart frying pan, weighing 8.5 ounces (the 2.8 qt pot lid fits as a cover)
My wife likes the sizes of the individual pots because they’re just right to cook a complete meal for 2-4 people. The 2.8-quart casserole is large enough to cook pasta and that the wrap-around butterfly handle is secure enough to hold a pot full of boiling water without feeling flimsy. The frying pan is a little on the small side though and while adequate for scrambling two eggs, it’s not really large enough to make pancakes.
What I like about the cookset is its stackability, since I’m the guy who has to carry it from the car to the campsite. I don’t want to be sexist – but that is how things work in my marriage!
I also like the fact that one can buy a cookset like this and break it apart for different types of trips without having to buy several individual pots. For example, the 2.8-quart pot is perfect for winter camping when I need to melt snow, the 1.8-quart pot is great for spring and autumn trips when I like a little bit more hot water at breakfast and dinner, and the 1-quart pot is perfectly sized for summer ultralight backpacking trips when I only cook ramen noodles for dinner.
Priced at $73.99, Coghlan’s Hard Anodized Aluminum Cookset is a pretty inexpensive way to buy all of these pots at once.
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