Mess Kit's for the BOB/GHB... lets see what everyone uses.

Discussion in 'Survival Zone' started by rimfirehunter, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. rimfirehunter

    rimfirehunter Well-Known Member

    This is what I carry in my GHB in the event I have to make the 20 mile trip from work to home on foot. I have a simple stainless camp cup, found at Wal Mart, Esbit stove and two Bic lighters that stow inside the stove.

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    In the next couple pics you will see the larger stainless Mess Kit I bought earlier this year from Wal Mart. I keep this kit in the main BOB, it's small enough to go into a pack yet large enough to make a pot meal for our family of four. It can be used with the Esbit stove, can sterno, alcohol burner, tuna can burner or regular camp stove.

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    This is what everything looks like all set out for the pic.

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    This is the whole kit stowed and ready to be packed up.

    The Mess kit has a draw string bag for storage and it helps keep the soot off other stuff in the BOB. I plan on adding two scout style stainless mess kits to the girls packs soon because they want to have their own personal mess kits...LOL!

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  2. herrmannek

    herrmannek Guest

    I have this one. I thinks its not current issue anymore, loaf shaped with ~0.5liter pan/cover.
    Anyway pan interlocks with the bottom part. Its made of sturdy but soft Aluminum and its little heavy. Main problem with it is its shape and things sticking out of it and sharp bends insides that make cleaning pain in the ass. Other than its great...

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    I use it as storage container. it have tight enough fit no bugs will go eat my food... Fork Kit is of unknown origins and dubious quality...
    As for cooking I used a big ass LPG bottle or got food from mess, now I'm shopping for something I could hike with... I'll go for this, 200grams , 2 hours of flame, disposable , multi use, gelled petrol... in a 3$ to 4$ package. As for mess kit I'm looking for something less cumbersome but still proved design... Haven't see anything I could afford that meets the requirements...
    http://allegro.pl/item255501457_niemiecka_kuchenka_polowa_7_5x5_cm_extra_jakosc_fv.html
     

  3. SHOOTER Z

    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

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    I believe that is a WW2 German Mess kit.
    Sorry I don't have pictures but I use an aluminum camp set that I bought about 20 yrs ago and a Vietnam ere GI mess lit a fry pan with a foldind handle with a eating tray divideded in 2 the handle folds over both and snaps in to place to hold then together
     
  4. herrmannek

    herrmannek Guest

    Tins are of Polish design pre WWII. I have the NVA(east germany) set too, but it is a little less practical to me... Anyway this kind of mess kits was very popular in European armies up until end of cold war. And many still use them although they are less and less used because of the MRE and other rations that can be eaten without cumbersome mess kits.

    here is the NVA mess kit

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  5. SHOOTER Z

    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

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    You're the master I'll tip my hat
     
  6. herrmannek

    herrmannek Guest

    If you would tell me where I can get knockoff of US Army canteen with with butterfly cup, solid fuel burner stand and a pouch and all that cheaper than dirt you would be my master :)
     
  7. SHOOTER Z

    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

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    Your guess is as good as mine I had one years ago when i was a kid that one of my uncles got and sometime it got lost or thrown away [Makes me wich I still had it]
     
  8. elguapo

    elguapo Guest

    I carry a plastic GI one quart canteen and that same GI issue two piece (awkward) set up for my BOB. I took my BOB on my Santa Fe trip, and found out carrying that kit with utensils inside really rattled when hoofing it with the pack on my back. That, and I started to wonder about the whole weight issue of my BOB.
     
  9. rimfirehunter

    rimfirehunter Well-Known Member

    Here's my 1qt GI canteen, cover and cup.
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    This pic shows the canteen cup sitting on top of my Esbit stove
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  10. I've got several mess kits because I've got several BOBs/GHBs. My SOP is to constantly be on the lookout for something better, smaller, lighter, &c. When I purchase it (and make sure it works) I then make another small BOB and either give it away or put it where I should have one and don't yet (spare vehicle, off-site cache, &c.). Using this concept I've been able to equip myself, my vehicle, my wife and her vehicle, two brothers-in-law and a couple friends.

    These are my current three mess kits:

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    Any of which will fit nicely into a SAW MOLLE pouch (I'm a fairly recent MOLLE convert),

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    This is my Swiss Ranger stove. Nice little design for about $5.00. Stands 11" tall.

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    My other SOP concerning mess kits is to cram as much gear inside them as possible. I've found that when you think you've got them completely full, you can still cram a box or two of waterproof matches inside. Then when you know you've got them completely full, you can still cram a few wads of toilet paper inside. Cuts down on rattle and it's infinitely valuable as either firestarter or it's standard purpose.

    BTW, the mess kit that's stuffed inside the SAW pouch is my first mess kit. I got it when I first started getting into survival preparation after the first time I read My Side of the Mountain in 4th grade. I'd spend Sunday afternoons seeing just how much stuff I could stuff inside. You could call it my first BOB. Never got over that phase, I guess. :wink:

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  11. SHOOTER Z

    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

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    http://www.atthefront.com/us_gear_canteen.htm This MIGHT be of some help, I'm not sure
     
  12. 69burbon

    69burbon Well-Known Member

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    Hermannek,

    No pun intended but you want a GI type canteen that is cheaper than dirt.

    Try cheaperthandirt.com They have a lot of good stuff and it is usually pretty inexpensive.
     
  13. Idotusa

    Idotusa Well-Known Member

    I do not carry much in the way of a mess kit in my BOB but I do have a canteen with cup for my belt, some foil and two pie tins in my back pack. Two pie tins that have a lip all the way around and handles can be pressed in to service as a kind of a dutch oven. A stove adds weight that can be used for other thing, a small star fire makes little smoke and enough heat to cook on.