The Stanley Adventure Camp Cookset is an inexpensive 24 fluid oz camp cookset that can be used to form the basis of a nice compact backpacking stove system. The unit includes a stainless steel cook pot with a collapsible handle that locks over the lid and the inside has graduated volume markings. The lid has holes drilled into it to prevent boilovers and can also be used for straining. The base unit comes with two nesting insulated plastic cups, but you can leave them at home to make room for your stove, canister fuel, and other essentials.
Specs at a Glance
- Capacity: 24 fluid ounces
- Material: Stainless
- Weight: 7.7 oz
- Measurement markings: Yes (ounces and ml)
- Interior Dimensions: Width (at top) – 3 and 5/8 inches; Height – 5 and 5/8 inches.
- Locking lid: Yes
- Folding handle: Yes
- Price: $14-17 (w/ Amazon prime)
At 7.7 oz, this cookpot isn’t the lightest cook pot that you can carry. But it’s very sturdy, it won’t rust, and holds heat well because it’s made with stainless steel. Marked volume measurements, in both ounces and ml, take the guesswork out of preparing freeze-dried or freezer bag meals, soupy concoctions, and drinking coffee or tea. The pot handle is very robust and doesn’t get too hot to hold when I boil water. When closed, the handle locks all of your cook system components inside and packs up small. I think it’s a great little system that’s low cost and durable.
Being tall and narrow, the pot can be a little tippy, so I recommend using a canister fuel stabilzer stand ($7-9) and a short stable stove like the BRS3000T ($17) that has a solid retractable pot stand built into it. This built-in pot stand is perfectly sized to work with the Stanley cookpot.
For example, the cookpot fits a small isobutane fuel canister perfectly (turned upside down), a butane lighter, a fuel canister stabilizer, and a BRS3000T stove or a Pocket Rocket 2 with room to spare: I wrap the stove in a very small cloth bag to mute any metal on metal noise. I don’t hear a thing.
I’ve seen some reports that the plastic tap on the lid can melt. I haven’t had that issue, but the favored remedy is to replace it with a metal key ring.
While I own “a few” other backpacking cookpots, they all have a wider diameter than this pot which makes them a bit more difficult to me to pack in my pack. One of the things I really about the Stanley Adventure Cookset Cookpot is how narrow and tall it is, which makes it more packable, especially when I stick it in the open front pocket on my pack.
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