Stanley Camp 24oz. Cook Set

Stanley Camp 24oz. Cook Set

Built to survive rough weather and tough trips, Stanley products have been made for hard working and hard playing people since 1913. The Stanley Camp Cook Set is a durable, portable, nesting set that includes a cooking pot and two 10oz. insulated plastic cups for sharing. The stainless steel, single wall cooking pot is lightweight and cooks over a camp stove. It features a vented lid to let steam escape while cooking and a two-position handle that extends and locks in place.

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Though this might be overlooked by the ultra lighters out there, the Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set is a staple in the camping/backpacking world.
In my opinion, you have two safe choices of metal in camping cookware: stainless steel or titanium. I would suggest steering clear of anodized aluminum (there's a possible research link to Alzheimer's...why take the chance?)
Stainless steel is inexpensive, but heavy. Titanium is light, but expensive.
The Stanley is great for me, as I don't mind the weight. I tossed the two plastic nestling cups that come with it in favor of storing my stove, fuel, cleaning towel, and eating utensil inside instead. I use the Stanley in conjunction with a GSI stainless steel cup that nestles well with it. The lid for the Stanley fits perfectly as a lid for the GSI Cup, as well.
Speaking of the lid, the attention to detail on the Stanley is actually amazing, considering pots far more expensive don't usually have the perks that the Stanley does. The lid has a plastic flip-up finger handle that stays up perfectly on its own. There are also drain holes in the lid.
There are measurements marked on the outside, but not on the inside. However the marks are stamped, so you can still see them from the inside...just reversed. No big deal, really.
The handle is strong and acts as a firm/reliable closure when it's locked into its folded position.
Overall, the Stanley is a quality product at a terrific price. I love mine and would easily recommend it.

I sold camping gear at a major outfitter for a number of years, and I've been a gear-junkie for over half my life. I can't believe I've never come across this set before now, but I haven't. And I also can't believe how absolutely perfect this set is for a minimalist expeditioner, at such an unbelievably low cost. The price is fair as-is, but I would expect it to cost three times as much since inferior designed sets by well-known ultralight brands usually cost a lot more, and since the price of stainless steel has gone up so much in recent years.

Here's what is amazing about this cookset...

PERFECT SIZE FOR ONE OR TWO MINIMALISTS. Usually, a cookset that is designed for two will be appreciably larger, but if you're a minimalist and like to keep things simple, there is plenty of space here without overdoing it. The pot holds 24 fl. oz. which means you can toss in a typical can of food, such as chili or spaghettios, and heat it right up without having to fill it dangerously to the brim. It also happens to be exactly the right size for two or three cups of instant hot chocolate, and enough for the water requirements of many prepackaged dehydrated meals. In my experience a lot of cooksets are either a little too small or (far more commonly) larger or more awkwardly sized than they need to be. I much prefer a narrow, taller pot to a really wide, shallow one, but they can be hard to find. This one is perfect.

ACCEPTABLE WEIGHT. Backpackers who count every gram may grumble to see that it's made of stainless instead of titanium, but the weight will be quite acceptable to all but the most obsessive ultralight folks. The stainless steel is thin enough to minimize weight without being so thin as to deform easily under pressure or heat. I've seen other stainless sets made from such thin gauge metal that they actually "oil can" (warp or deform) when they get too hot. Not with this set. I've also seen stainless sets so thick they felt like a brick to carry. Again, not with this set.

VERSATILE DESIGN. Nested inside the set are two 10 oz. plastic cups, sized perfectly for a cup of hot chocolate or a small bowl of hot food. They also are quite thick, so they don't transfer heat to your hands. I poured in some steaming hot chocolate and could barely feel the warmth as I gripped the cup. That means you don't have to wait for the pot to cool a bit before pouring the contents into the cups. The lid of the set is stainless steel and contains a series of small 1/8" diameter vent holes (a row of six holes on one side, and a single hole on the opposite side). At first glance, their purpose is to release steam to show you when your food is hot, which is already a nice feature. However, I also realized that they are designed so they can be used as a strainer to strain water away after cooking pasta or another hydrate-able food.

A small plastic tab on the lid offers a cool place to grab the lid even after several minutes of cooking. Other reviewers have noted that the tab can melt over time, but I suspect that would only be after extended cooking. I saw no problems with melting after six minutes of boiling water. The tab is tensioned so that it lays flat when packed away, but can stand erect while cooking (for easy grabbing without burning your fingers).

A folding wire handle on one side of the pot snaps down into place for cooking, and has a small "spreader" bar that slides into place so you don't accidentally pinch the wires together to release the locked position inadvertently. When you want to fold it up, you slide the spreader bar back, squeeze the wires together, and lift. The handle rotates up and snaps down over the top to hold the lid on (and the contents in) during transit. Since it is wire, it diffuses heat quickly. After several minutes of cooking, the handle was barely warm and easy to hold. It is slightly longer than the handles on other cookware I've used. That, combined with the taller height of the pot, seems to keep it cooler than the (similar) wire handles on other compact cookware I've used.

On the pot, there are also measuring marks imprinted in the stainless for 6, 12, 16, and 20 oz. (or 237, 355, 473, and 591 mL, respectively). These marks are visible on both the inside and outside of the pot, so they allow quick, easy measurements when you need a precise amount of liquid to rehydrate a meal or cook to a recipe.

OUTSTANDING PRICE: After having owned several nice cooksets from SnowPeak, MSR, and Brunton, each of which cost in the $40 to $80 range, I was not expecting this cheap set to be so nice. It looked good in pictures, but I wholly expected to receive something flimsy or shoddily made. Fortunately, I trusted some of the positive reviews. As it turns out, the set is very well made and should stand up to a lifetime of camping if properly used and maintained.

NOTES: The Stanley Adventure Camp Cookset fits perfectly on my MSR Pocket Rocket stove. I built a gimbal mount so that I can use this as the perfect cookset-on-the-go aboard my 20' sailboat. It's ideal for making hot chocolate or heating a quick lunch when I'm sailing.

This is a nice, basic cook set. The pot is made of stainless steel - thin enough not to be too overwhelmingly heavy, but sturdy enough that it should stand up to the usual rigors of camping/backpacking. I am not too worried about this thing getting squished in my pack or denting horribly if I drop it on a rock. The two cups that come inside it are thick, sturdy cups that can handle hot food and drinks without a problem. Each cup has a mark on the inside of it which is about as high as you'd ever want to put liquid into it. That mark translates into exactly one cup. In addition to the marks on the cups there are also several measurement markings on the cooking pot itself.

My biggest concern before ordering this was the shape/design of the cooking pot. It looked long and somewhat narrow - I was worried that it would be unstable when sitting on top of my Pocket Rocket stove. Indeed, when I put it on the stove empty, it looked and felt like an accident waiting to happen. But once it was half full of water, the added weight really settles it down. I wiggled it and jiggled it and poked at it, and it didn't tip over. It held in place securely. I think as long as it is at least half full, it shouldn't tip over - even in a fairly stiff breeze.

Although it is a bit tall, I don't think you will need a long-handled spoon to stir it unless you over-fill the pot. It is designed to cook 24 oz, which goes up about halfway up the top part where the pot flares out. A regular-length kitchen spoon can scrape the bottom easily at that depth.

The metal conducts heat very quickly - my Pocket Rocket cooks everything absurdly fast, but it felt like this thing conducted the heat into the water even faster than with some of my other stuff.

The lid doubles as a strainer and the little strainer holes make it easy to see steam escaping so you can tell when you've got boiling water easily without having to lift the lid. There is a thing to keep your fingers from getting burned while using the lid. I like that the handle for the lid locks up and is rigid.

The handle for the pot itself is also very sturdy and sensibly designed. It locks in place very securely both when it is stowed and when it is extended. There is even a tab you slide up the sides to lock the handle in place so you can't accidentally fold it while cooking. The handle is, however, completely uninsulated. Just as the pot conducts heat rapidly - the handle gets super hot almost immediately. I boiled about 2 cups of water on my camp stove - the handle was absolutely scorching hot after that. So plan for a fairly serious pot holder of some kind with this thing.

The only real downsides to this unit are the fact that the main handle comes with no insulation and the weight. This set is made of stainless steel - that is why you get so much for so little money. You can get a cook set with similar capabilities made out of aluminum that will be noticeably lighter than this one. If you go up to titanium - you can cut even more weight off. But nothing in life is free. You will spend at least 2x-3x what this cost to get a similar set in aluminum. For titanium - it is more like 5x at least (probably more). This thing weighs just about a pound with both cups inside it. Just how much do you want to spend to shave those ounces off? If you are going solo and want to reduce the weight of this - leave one or both of the heavy green, insulated cups it comes with at home. That would be a meaningful weight reduction.

It is dishwasher safe, but they warn you in the instructions that using the dishwasher may "prematurely age components". So, in other words, just wash it by hand. I was pleased to see that the bottom of the pot remained shiny and spotless after being subjected to the intense heat of my camp stove. It looks like if you take good care of this thing - it should basically last forever. It is simple and basic, but thoughtfully designed. It is unquestionably a winner for all but the most weight-conscious buyers.

EDIT: If you decide to buy this - wash the green cups, then fill them both to the absolute brim with boiling hot water and leave them sit a bit. Then pitch that water and rinse them out. There is something on the inside of the cup that needs to get cleaned out and it doesn't come out with just regular hand washing - it only dissolves with boiling hot water. You don't want to figure this out in the field. After you do that - it seems fine with hot liquids and actually holds the heat in quite well.

This handy little cook pot has been a happy find for me. I like that it's stainless steel, not aluminum. The graduations stamped on the side are very useful, as is the included lid. I don't usually keep the two plastic cups stored in the pot, as they take up a fair amount of room that I choose to use instead for food/cooking things, fire kit, or other useful items. When the handle is folded shut, it provides a positive holding mechanism for the lid, and any contents while stored. The pot nests loosely into a GSI folding handle cup. I fold a few flattened paper coffee filters in half, then put them between the pot and cup, which helps cut down on rattling. The paper filters can also be used as a pre-filter for a water filtration kit, or fire tinder if needed.

Overall I'm very happy with my purchase of this cook set. It's not too expensive but it's durable and packs very well. At 13.5 oz it's light, but keep in mind that it's also pretty small. 24 fl oz is the same as two cans of soda. The handle also serves as a latch to keep it all together which is a very nice touch. The two cups are well insulated and a good size. You can drink boiling hot coffee out of these cups and only feel a gentle warming of your hands.

This set seems to be designed primarily for the backpacker with a propane/butane stove and it would be a great size for that as many other reviewers said. However, I use this set with a fire pit and placing it above the fire will take at least 15 mins to boil, but you can cut that down if you place it right down next to the logs or near the logs with some kindling around it (see pictures). That brings me to the flaw in the design... If you intend to use this cook set with a heat source anywhere but BELOW the set, then expect the plastic handle on the lid to melt. I placed this next to the fire for a couple minutes and saw it start to melt so I tried to form it back into shape using tongs (see pictures). I'm going to replace this part with something that can withstand the heat better (maybe a paper clip?)

This is a solid cook set and it cleans off pretty easily. It pairs very well with the collapsible drip coffee maker as shown GSI Outdoors 79480 Collapsible Java Drip Coffee Maker. I would still recommend this product but I hope they change the design in the future.

Awesome little pot, i modified mine with a stainless steel shish-kabob which i turned into a bail. I also remove the plastic cups to save on weight. I also saw on a youtube video where a guy removed the plastic lid tab and replaced it with a metal key ring so you can cook in the fire. Very nice piece of kit

When using fuel canister/stove (etekcity) for my cook system, I pair it with this. The stove actually fits inside this, inside the mugs. I backpack in midwest, and West (sierras), and haven't found anything about I don't like. Easy to clean, stores well. I've cooked next to folks with systems that cost 10x as much and we'll eat at about the same time, and will share the trail again in the morning!--this is definitely not worth 10x less than what they paid! I don't remember weight off hand--definitely not ultralight, but definitely an extremely good value for a recreational outdoorsman. In other words, it's a good, low-risk, entry-level, kit. Note: I've also used it car camping for simple oatmeal/coffee breakfast, over open-fire. (the soot on the one is my pic is from open fire cooking). Also note that the pic is from Lyell Fork in Yosemite--definitely a 5-star destination! Take care!

I took this cook set on a 3 day backpacking trip and was very satisfied with my purchase. The quality of the pot itself is pretty good. At first sight it seems that the handle may pop out and fold into the storage position but rest assured it is sturdy; the handle is sturdy enough to pour the boiling water with ease. The cups are a little retro for my liking and do not appear too fancy. Once you get over the aesthetics of the cups you can appreciate that the cups provide a good heat barrier and do a good job at not burning your hand. It may appear a little big but I like that the cups fit perfectly inside and the handle folds onto the top of the lid. The lid may feel a little like it is loose but you can simply adjust the clip to re-secure it. The set is not too heavy and fit comfortably in my pack. To this day, I am satisfied with my purchase. This product is for you if you want a simple, inexpensive, moderately sized, and practical, quality product. This product is not for you if you want something aesthetically pleasing (the cups), super lightweight, and small.

Excellent quality stove top mug for camping. Materials are lightweight and durable and the workmanship is high quality. The handle flips open and closed easily with just a light squeeze to release. When closed, the handle holds the lid and the two plastic cups inside all firmly in place. The stainless finish has held up so far after 3 - 4 uses with no signs of rust. I've only boiled water over a portable gas stove, so I cannot comment on how it holds up to soot stains from a wood or coal fire.

I can't say enough good things about this pot! It does weigh a little more than my titanium pot, but because of the design it takes up less space in my pack. I use it as my primary cookpot when backpacking. You can see in the pictures below that my stove and windscreen fit inside and the pot itself nests inside my cup. If you close the lid and lock it, you can even hang it over a fire. Great product!

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