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How We Tested Camping Cookwares

By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor
Thursday March 21, 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed the testing process for camping cookware, as these sets are an integral piece of outdoor gear for everyone. Our reviewers made breakfast, lunch, and dinner for several months in these sets, day-in, and day-out. We browned sausages and sauteed veggies for dutch oven lasagna, we scrambled eggs to see how evenly each set cooked and turned those eggs, and many others, into breakfast burritos. We also made pork fajitas, and of course, easy pasta dishes.

Our reviewers created a Boil Test, in which we timed how long each set took to boil two cups of water. Each set bounced around with us in our converted school buses, trucks, duffel bags, backpacks, and plane trips to parking lots, campgrounds, trailhead pullouts as well as backcountry camping and picnics to see how each of the eight sets of cookware compared to each other, side-by-side, in order to bring you the Best Camping Cookware Review.

Finally, we weighed each kit in a few different manners. Because each kit contains at least slightly different components, the overall weight is not that useful. To standardize the features, we weighed each kit's main pot, handle, and lid. To then correct for at least slightly different volumes, we took this weight and divided it by the pot's volume. We found these numbers to be a far more useful way of comparing the weight of different products.

We went the extra mile  in fact about five extra miles  for a backcountry picnic while testing the Snow Peak Titanium cookware. Here  Ryan prepares a Mac and Cheese meal while Great Dane  Page  supervises on the Avalanche Lake trail in Western Colorado near Carbondale.
We went the extra mile, in fact about five extra miles, for a backcountry picnic while testing the Snow Peak Titanium cookware. Here, Ryan prepares a Mac and Cheese meal while Great Dane, Page, supervises on the Avalanche Lake trail in Western Colorado near Carbondale.