A Guide to Camping Pot and Pan metals

outdoor camping pot pan set

outdoor camping pot pan set

When I was purchasing my first set of camping cookware, I had no clue about the importance of choosing pots and pans made of the right material. Ultimately, there are many considerations that need to be thought of such as: weight, heat conduction and durability of the metal. Hopefully my guide can help you to choose the best cookware for your camping trip.


Characteristics to consider:

  • The best kind of cookware is one that is lightweight and easy to carry around
  • Your cookware should be durable and last a long time
  • Heat conduction should be uniform
  • An affordable price


Cast Iron

This is one of the best quality metals for camping pots and pans. It doesn’t change shape easily and heats evenly. However, there is a trade - off that it is very heavy and can be harder to travel with.


Aluminium Alloy

Aluminium alloy is a very affordable material that makes great cookware. This does a great job of conducting heat and extremely light. This is a lot cheaper than most other cookware, but also easily warps under pressure.

Ceramic coated aluminium is non - stick and easy to clean. This type is also very light. Another alternative is the hard - anodized aluminium that is quite thick. It does a great job of evenly heating your food.


Stainless Steel

Generally, I’m not a fan of stainless steel material. This is because it’s quite heavy –making it harder to take on trips. Another reason is due to it being unable to conduct heat evenly. This was one of the first pans I bought and it was hard to cook food in it as it burned easily.


Of all the options, my personal favourite is the aluminium alloy; it comes at a cheaper price and is of good quality. Most of all, it is very lightweight. Although it’s not as durable, it lasts for a decent amount of time. Some popular brands are Coleman, MSR and Unigear. These are all favourites among campers definitely trustworthy if this is your first time buying a camping cook set.


Hopefully, reading this guide has given you a good introduction to the types of camping cookware metal. It’s important to choose the most suitable for your needs.


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