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Getting the pocket cooker going

My Dirt Time Here is my favorite way to cook while on a hiking / survival camping trip. I did bring this pocket cooker on this winter camping trip. For me itís an essential part of any winter camping equipment list. However the pictures here are from a couple months ago on another trip. Not only am I not good at remembering to take pics, I never used my favorite pocket cooker on this trip. With a couple fires going at all times and Jerry making some great meals, I never needed to cook on my own.

Anyway, you can see me getting the cooker going. What I love about it that you donít need to carry fuel and worry about running out - a great winter camping equipment add. You just stuff stick and twigs in and get the fire going. Hereís a little test I did a while back and put up on our site.

ďToms test of the pocket cooker:

This is a new item that we recently picked up. I have been hearing about the pocket cooker for a while and was recently on a week long trip at a friends survival school. One of the other guys had one of these and I took just a few minutes to check it out for quality. It is very well made. Itís seems a little heavy, but that is because it is made of pretty solid steel.

Last night I took the pocket cooker home to play with it. My kids and I opened it up easily and set it on the grass. I measured out two cups of water in one of our small kitchen saucepans. I then started a small fire in the cooker after gathering some tinder, some small branches and pine park. On the inside bottom of the pocket cooker, is a couple metal shelves with air holes throughout them for air flow that are raised about Ĺ inch off the ground to build your fire on. It just took a couple minutes to get a small fire going in the pocket cooker and get the flames roaring. I put the saucepan on the cooker and it really got warm quickly and I had a rolling boil in 5 minutes and 45 seconds. Not bad for the whole thing. Pull it out, fire it up and you have boiling water in under 10 minutes.

I like it because it is so much easier to get a small, metal enclosed fire ready and roaring in the pocket cooker than it is for a regular sized camp fire. When it was done, I simply put the fire out with the water and kicked it over in the dirt and grass and stomped on it a bit. I then hosed it out, set out to dry and put it back in the pouch. In the field, of course you could clean it up with sand or dirt or preferably some nearby water.Ē

The pocket cooker is a little heavy but is very well made. I have used mine a whole bunch of times and itís still as good as new. I recommend our pocket cooker from for your winter and summer camping equipment list. It's not about the END OF THE WORLD - It's not about surviving a hypothetical PLANE CRASH - It's about the SATISFACTION YOU GET knowing you can take care of yourself and/or your family in ANY SITUATION, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

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