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Historic Range: $24.95-$43.45
Reviewers Paid: $30.00-$34.99
Bought this cook set a couple of years ago because I was looking for a double boiler and this was the only one I could find. I have been very happy with the set. It is large enough to use for two people, if needed.
The larger pot nests inside the smaller pot for packing and in the field this smaller pot can sit on top of the larger one, so you can use a a double boiler. This not only prevents food from burning in your pot if you have hydrated the meal before cooking, but when you are done the water in the larger pot that was used for the boiler can be used to clean up. I have used this with all types of stoves (alcohol, MSR Whisper Lite and Varga Hexagon) and it has boiled in a reasonable time consistently and cleaned up nicely when used over wood on the Varga.
I have an MSR Titan kettle which has been solid for many years, however this Brunton cook set has replaced that for almost all my trips.
I would recommend this cook set to anyone who is looking for a double boiling option or may need to cook for two people.
Price Paid: Around $30
I saw this set when I was looking for a solo Ti set and had to have it. The design is sexy (if you can call pots that) with a very cool green/gray color to them. And the weight is minimal at 9.4 oz.
As for as function, the pot spreads the heat of the stove very well, letting 2 cups of water boil in about 5 minutes. The sleek and elevated design of the main pot allow me to store a fuel canister, wind screen, stove and my freezer bag coozie inside the pot. No rattles to be heard. The long handles are nice for griping the pot, especially with the silicone coating keeping hands from being burnt.
One note, make sure you have your water in the pot before trying to place on burner as the handles weigh more than the pot and will tip it over if you have them open with the pot empty. The lid is completely functional for use in cooking and storage. If you cook in your pot (I just boil water) there is a strainer in the lid to allow you to drain your water.
This set is plenty light enough and functional enough for solo use, and large enough for use with 2 or more on a trip.
The drawback for me is the second, shorter pot. Great pot, but in my opinion, who really needs 2 pots? I would prefer that the pot were a cup with shorter handles and maybe a bit shorter. I like the wide mouth as I like a large cup, and one could use it as a bowl to eat out of. I personally use the pot as cup anyway, but the handles are a bit awkward. However, I will probably modify that myself in the future.
All in all I highly recommend this item. I think it will be replacing my Ti pot for the very near future.
Price Paid: $34.99