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I'm planning another trip up the Sierras with some friends and have come to realize our larger Pots and Pans that we would be using will not fit into a Backpacker's Cache bear canister. Typically, in trips that require bear canisters, I'll just bring my little Snow Peak 700, which fits easily in a Backpacker's Cache, and eat the dreaded dehydrated meals.
The circumference of the pots and pans we will be using is larger than the circumference of the opening available in the Backpacker's Cache. My friends don't own individual kettles and cups, so we're gonna use a larger aluminum cookset in order to provide cookware for everyone. Furthermore, since we're all a bunch of food snobs, we'd prefer to bring actual food vs. dehydrated food, therefore, using the pots and pans pans to cook actual food, vs. just using them to boil water. I looked up what Yosemite National Park suggests, and they mention putting the pots and pans on top of the canister, almost to act as an alarm. After a thorough cleaning with some Dr. Bonners, is this a safe method of storing our pots and pans? Or should I hang the cleaned pots and pans in a bear bag? I'll be using the 100 yd triangle camp-cook-food storage downwind set up in order to avoid any potential food smells in the camp. Maybe I'm paranoid, but will the residue of smell of Dr. Bonner's from cleaning the cookware be a source of attraction for black bears? Thank you all once again in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.