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01/20/2022 10:55AM  
I bought a new set of aluminum pots last year and ran into an issue of how to pack and store them after using over an open flame. The bottoms are now covered with soot and that makes a mess of everything else. I don't care about the soot on the pots and pan, but I don't want it to get on everything else either. How do you deal with this? Plastic grocery bag is what I'm using right now but I'm sure there must be a better way. Especially for placing it in a portage pack.
 
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Bodean
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01/20/2022 12:48PM  
Dear A1t2o -

I suggest you check on a bag or bags from Cooke Custom Sewing and Firebox Stoves.

In 2021, I upgraded my carrying bags for all of my boat and car camping pots and pans with bags from these two sources and could not be more pleased. I often store items (lighters, pot grabbers, seasonings, stoves, etc.) inside pots. The bags help keep the lids secure so that the items don't spill out.

More recently, I have been carrying a large fry-pan bag holding a three-liter pan with a lid nested inside a large skillet. This has proven very practical for the trips I have made so far this winter.

Hope this helps.

Bodean
 
01/20/2022 01:08PM  
I use draw string bags that the kids have received from various summer camps. The original purpose was to help the kids carry loose items to and from camp.
 
AirPrex
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01/20/2022 01:25PM  
If you want a bag that doesn't quite fit the dimensions of any of the CCS (or similar) bags, many cottage vendors will I'm sure work with you to make one to your exact specs for a reasonable cost. I can recommend Jared from Simply Light Designs from my experience as he was great to work with. He made me a custom "stuff sack" a couple years back to hold my cutting board, grill grate, cooking utensils, etc... in different slots to keep the soot from the grill grate contained and the other items clean and organized. He responded the day I reached out, we discussed the design and materials for a couple of days, and I had the custom bag within the week at an extremely reasonable cost of $20 including shipping.
 
Savage Voyageur
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01/20/2022 03:07PM  
Any stuff sack will work for this.
 
01/20/2022 04:32PM  
AirPrex: "If you want a bag that doesn't quite fit the dimensions of any of the CCS (or similar) bags, many cottage vendors will I'm sure work with you to make one to your exact specs for a reasonable cost. I can recommend Jared from Simple Light Designs from my experience as he was great to work with. He made me a custom "stuff sack" a couple years back to hold my cutting board, grill grate, cooking utensils, etc... in different slots to keep the soot from the grill grate contained and the other items clean and organized. He responded the day I reached out, we discussed the design and materials for a couple of days, and I had the custom bag within the week at an extremely reasonable cost of $20 including shipping. "

+1 on Jared & SLD.
 
01/20/2022 04:39PM  
 
straighthairedcurly
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01/20/2022 07:09PM  
I just sewed up a quick drawstring bag for my fry pan. Our pot kit sits in the very bottom of the pack basket so it never really causes problems, but if I did need to put it in a pack, I would use a drawstring bag as well. That reminds me, I need to make a lighter weight bag for the fry pan this winter.
 
WonderMonkey
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01/20/2022 07:50PM  
I have stuff sacks from various sources and use one of those. The draw bags you collect from various places. If you don't have any, the people above have linked some great sources.
 
01/20/2022 08:55PM  
I’ve made simple stuff sacks for this purpose using nylon fabric that used to be my old tents, tarps, etc. Full disclosure - my wife who is an accomplished seamstress actually constructed them for me.
 
01/20/2022 09:22PM  
Savage Voyageur: "Any stuff sack will work for this. "
Agreed. My very first diy gear project was a very simple stuff sack made from very cheap nylon to hold my pots. A couple years later I started putting my coffee pot in a separate basic nylon bag. Both bags still make every trip some 30+ years later. Nothing fancy needed.
 
Blackdogyak
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01/21/2022 07:12AM  
I love waxed canvas. It's not super lightweight but it's very durable, waterproof, and completely organic/biodegradable...no plastic. And you can make it yourself if you choose.

The companies that are making very nice waxed canvas products are PNW Bushcraft and Colorado Bushcraft. Cottage industries. Very nice product lines. The round bottom bags are perfect for this use.
 
papalambeau
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01/21/2022 09:22AM  
TomP: "I use draw string bags that the kids have received from various summer camps. The original purpose was to help the kids carry loose items to and from camp. "

We use a black canvas draw string bag for our cook kit. This holds everything we use for cooking and has worked well for decades.
 
Wharfrat63
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01/21/2022 10:05AM  
papalambeau: "TomP: "I use draw string bags that the kids have received from various summer camps. The original purpose was to help the kids carry loose items to and from camp. "


We use a black canvas draw string bag for our cook kit. This holds everything we use for cooking and has worked well for decades."


We just soap the pans up before putting them on the fire. Soot washes away.
 
portagedog09
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01/21/2022 04:28PM  
Also note that Cooke "Custom" Sewing - CCS - will 'custom' make stuff on request as well. I have a couple of custom saw cases that Dan made for me at very reasonable cost as well.

pd
 
TipsyPaddler
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01/21/2022 05:14PM  
sns: "AirPrex: "If you want a bag that doesn't quite fit the dimensions of any of the CCS (or similar) bags, many cottage vendors will I'm sure work with you to make one to your exact specs for a reasonable cost. I can recommend Jared from Simple Light Designs from my experience as he was great to work with. He made me a custom "stuff sack" a couple years back to hold my cutting board, grill grate, cooking utensils, etc... in different slots to keep the soot from the grill grate contained and the other items clean and organized. He responded the day I reached out, we discussed the design and materials for a couple of days, and I had the custom bag within the week at an extremely reasonable cost of $20 including shipping. "


+1 on Jared & SLD."


+2 on Jared & SLD. Super quick delivery and reasonably priced stuff. One of my favorite "cottage vendors."
 
01/21/2022 05:15PM  
I've been using kitchen trash bags or plastic grocery bags for 10 years. Works but wouldn't call it satisfying. I like the ideas for dedicated sacks here.
 
cofit
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01/22/2022 08:20AM  
My beloved bride sewed up a flat drawstring bag from a ripstop remnant to keep pots and pans together. We generally use a stove so soot hasn't been too much of an issue but last year I splurged on a Fry-bake pan (oh, the wasted years) so she made a small, lighter weight bag to keep any soot from transferring all over the inside of the storage bag. Works like a charm and reduces some of the pots rattling noise. Utensils in a separate rollup. Sewed a couple of nylon loops on the corners of the roll-up and use bungee dealy bobs to hold it up around a tree. It stays in one spot, and is easy to get to and find stuff.

 
hernfiry
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01/28/2022 06:40AM  
I made cozies out of reflectix for my pots. They cover up the soot and I wash them at the end of the trip. As for the pan I put it on the bottom of the bag in a plastic grocery bag.
 
WonderMonkey
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01/28/2022 08:13AM  
hernfiry: "I made cozies out of reflectix for my pots. They cover up the soot and I wash them at the end of the trip. As for the pan I put it on the bottom of the bag in a plastic grocery bag. "

I did this with my 750 ml pot and I really like it. When it's hot I can hold it, keeps the heat in colder weather, etc.
 
01/28/2022 09:37AM  
Ever use a pot to boil water over a cedar fueled fire? This can result in a hard baked black coating that does not rub off.

butthead
 
Blackdogyak
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01/28/2022 09:49AM  
I like waxed canvas a lot.
It's super durable...it will last for a half century...and all natural...no plastic.
Also, this guy makes good stuff in USA.
He will make custom sizes for you too.
https://www.coloradobushcraft.com/collections/round-bottom-bags
 
Blackdogyak
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01/28/2022 09:52AM  
Why doesn't adding the link actually work as a link?
 
WonderMonkey
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01/28/2022 10:06AM  
Blackdogyak: "Why doesn't adding the link actually work as a link?"

Testing it below. I used the "Add a link ...." at the bottom of the text box.

Colorado Bushcraft
 
Kendis
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01/31/2022 01:03PM  
A1t2o: "I bought a new set of aluminum pots last year and ran into an issue of how to pack and store them after using over an open flame. The bottoms are now covered with soot and that makes a mess of everything else. I don't care about the soot on the pots and pan, but I don't want it to get on everything else either. How do you deal with this? Plastic grocery bag is what I'm using right now but I'm sure there must be a better way. Especially for placing it in a portage pack."

We use a small drawstring nylon bag we purchased at REI. Inexpensive and durable. Personally I think any custom bag for this application is overboard, but to each their own.
 
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