8 Best Camping Cooking Sets in 2021

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Best Camping Cooking Sets
Best Camping Cooking Sets

Whether you’re a camper who will knock up a gourmet meal over an open fire or you simply need a few pots and pans to boil some water for noodles over a camping stove, there’s the perfect camping cooking set for you.

In this round up I’ve looked at both budget and luxury camping sets for solo travellers, couples or families and friends going together,

So here is my list of the the best camping cookware sets.

Camping Cooking Set (Tokmali) 2 To 3 People

  • Top bestselling camping set with excellent reviews.
  • 14 piece cooking set including:
    • 1 x non stick pan
    • 1 x boiling pot
    • 1 x kettle
    • 1 x folding knife, fork, spoon
    • 3 x FDA bowl
    • 1 x serving ladle
    • 1 x bamboo spoon
    • 1 x cleaning sponge
    • 1 x carabiner
    • 1 x nylon travel bag.
  • Suitable for 2 to 3 people.
  • Campers love this camping cookware set. 87% of buyers give this 4 stars or more.

Vango Hard Anodised Cook Kit

  • Excellent value camping pot and pan set for solo campers.
  • Simple, small pot doubles up a mug.
  • Anodised coating provides non-stick.
  • Aluminium provides lightweight and durability.
  • Rubber layer on handles to stop you burning yourself.
  • Brilliant reviews. From 109 ratings, 72% of camp cooks give this 5 stars out of 5.

Snow Peak Titanium Solo Combo

  • Supremely lightweight set (188g!) is pricey but the best choice for solo backpacking/camping and trekking.
  • You get a cup and pot that nest inside each other with room to hold small stove/gas canister.
  • No coating so plenty of stirring needed.
  • Outstanding reviews. From 88 ratings, 75% gave this 5 stars.

Sea to Summit X Set 32

  • Very popular 3 piece set that instead of stacking, these collapse and nest inside each other to form a portable, slim disc.
  • Includes 2.8 litre pot, 1. litre kettle and 8 inch pan.
  • Strainer lid clips onto the pot which is super useful – safe and practical feature when straining hot water.
  • Made from BPA free, food grade heat resistant silcone.
  • This set is designed for use with a camping stove (not directly over an open flame)
  • Excellent reviews. From 64 ratings 72% of campers gave this 5 stars.

Primus Campfire Cooking Set

  • Looking for luxury camping cookware that is super durable and made from easy to clean stainless steel? This is it!
  • Neatly stacks together for good portability.
  • Lots of clever (and useful) features:
  • Integrated foldable handles
  • Leather tabs lets you lift hot lids without burning yourself!
  • Pot lids have integrated colanders.
  • 3 litre large pot is big enough for the whole family.
  • Fantastic reviews! 77% of campers give this 5 stars.

MSR Quick 2 System

  • Perfectly sized for two campers this smart camping set includes two pots, two plates, two mugs, and one interchangeable handle that can connect to either pot.
  • One pot is non-stick, the other is not.
  • Handy measurements inside the pots.
  • Fab reviews. From 21 ratings, 87% gave it 4 stars or higher.
  • MSR are a fantastic camping cook brand. I travelled across South America in the 90s and used one of their lightweight camping stoves. I use it to this day!

Odoland Camping Cookware Set With Stove (2 To 3 People)

  • Fantastic budget camping pots, pans and cutlery set with stove.
  • 10 piece set includes:
    • 1 x Mini Stove
    • 1 x Pot (small)
    • 1 x Pot (large)
    • 3 x Stainless Steel Tableware ( 1 x Spoon, 1 x Fork, 1 x Knife)
    • 1 x Tank Bracket
    • 1 x Stainless Steel Cup (16oz)
    • 1 x Cup Protector
    • 2 x Carry Bag
  • Amazing reviews! From 2,209 ratings a massive 75% give it 5 stars!
  • Comments include well made, easy to clean, everything you need.

Odoland Camping Cookware Set For 3 to 4 People

  • Great value, complete set of pots, pans, plates and more.
  • Perfect for families or a group of friends.
  • 22 pieces camping cookware kit is perfect for 4 people. It includes 1 large size aluminum hanging pot + 1 aluminum non-stick pan + 1 kettle + 4 stainless steel dishes + 4 stainless steel cups (9.6 oz) + 4 spoons + 4 forks + 2 small size bags + 1 large size carry bag.
  • Very good reviews. From 606 ratings 90% give it 4 stars or more.

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Camping Cookware Considerations

Like all types of camping equipment, there’s a lot to consider depending on your requirements and budget.

Weight

If you’re off camping with your car then weight is not such an issue.

But you will need to make sure it’s not heavy for any cooking set up you’re using.

For example, you will struggle using a cast iron pan on a small backpacking stove!

If you are hiking then you’ll want a camping cookware set that is both lightweight and takes up as little space as possible.

Nesting sets are ideal in this case.

Size

This will depend entirely on how many you are cooking for.

Here’s a very simple reference to help you decide the volume of any containers when cooking:

  • 1 person = 750 ml to 1 litre
  • 2 people = 1 to 2 litres
  • 3 to 4 people = 2 to 3 litres
  • More than 5 people = More than 4 litres

Material

  • Stainless Steel – Great all round option and what you’ll find the most of. It’s strong, scratch-resistant and durable. Good for use over a campfire and gas cookers. It’s heavy though so not a good option for lightweight campers and backpackers.
  • Aluminium – Popular option among backpackers as its relatively lightweight and inexpensive. Good for keen chefs as it conducts heat well across the cooking area. Not as hard wearing as steel though and can dent easily.
  • Anodised Aluminium – A notch up on the durability levels compared to raw aluminium but it is pricier. It also doesn’t react to food, unlike normal aluminium.
  • Titanium – Combines excellent durability along with being extremely lightweight. Is the priciest option but is most popular for those backpackers looking for the lightest option. Doesn’t cook food as evenly as heat on an aluminium surface.
  • Silicone – Great option when you’re looking to save space and reduce weight. Usually used in conjunction with metal to create pots, pans and kettles that are collapsible. Just be wary of any creeping naked flames towards the silicone.
  • Cast Iron – If weigh is not an issue and you’re car camping then this is a great option because cast iron can be used on gas, charcoal or open fire. They are naturally non-stick, completely durable and will last a lifetime. You just need to re-season every so often. Can be pricey but you’ll use them at home too!

Look out for non-stick coatings on your pans. Benefits include not needing as much cooking oil and they can be easier and quicker to clean up after! On the downside the coating can scratch off over time.

Now onto specific features.

Camping Cooking Set Features

Handles

These aren’t really a feature as such.

Getting the right handles for cooking when camping it absolutely crucial.

A bad pot handle can render the whole pot useless.

You’ll find the majority of the camping pots and pans sets have integrated folding handles.

The benefit of these is they improve portability but you need to find ones that lock into place securely when extended out.

Some sets don’t have handles attached to the pot but rather a pot gripper.

It’s a good idea to find handles with a heat proof coating to protect your hands whilst cooking. An example of these are foldable silicone handles.

Lids

Lids are essential to speed cup cooking time plus it saves you on camping gas/fuel!

Once you’ve finished cooking, keep the lid on it will also help with heat retention so your food stays nice and warm.

A handy feature on lids are ones that have a heat proof lifter on top along with strainer vents.

Nesting

You’ll find many camping cookware sets nest nicely together and saves space.

Even if you’re not backpacking where space is at a premium the nesting keeps everything neatly together so you don’t leave anything behind!

Plus, inside the smallest pan being stored is room for some other items like a washing up cloth, seasoning pots or even a portable stove!

Integrated Measurements

Most campers do not pack a measuring jug – which is perfectly understandable.

Look out for camping pots and pans that have in-built measurements on the inside.

This stops you from boiling any excess water and keeps camping energy efficient!

Storage

Camping cooking sets should come with some sort of storage bag.

This has a number of benefits.

It keeps everything organised – important given all the bits you take camping and helps prevent anything getting lost.

It also protects the pots and pans from damage, and also from any soot that has collected on them from getting onto any of your other gear.

You may find with some sets that nest don’t have a storage bag.


I hope this list of the best camping cookware was helpful.

If you think I left any out that should be included or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.

Dominic

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