Yes you read the title right. You can buy an entire cook-set for backpacking that weights only 5oz for $7.50! Some super light weight gear is very inexpensive.
Most people bring way too much when it comes to their stove and pot. If all you are doing is boiling water for hot cocoa and freeze dried or other noodles you don’t really need a hole lot. 4 Items, stove, fuel bottle, pot, and a windscreen. I always recommend using a windscreen as it greatly increases the efficiency of your stove.
Ok so lets start with a stove all you need to spend is $0.50! yes you read this correctly, 50 cents! Stop by Safeway and pick up a can of Fancy Feast cat food or the Safeway brand equivalent. All you need to do is punch 30 holes in the can with a hole punch and you have a stove that weights less then a 1/4 of an ounce! Google “Super Cat Stove” for instructions on how to make one or check back later as I will post a blog on how later. This stove runs on Denatured Alcohol which you can store an any plastic bottle.
The best bottle I have found that you can pickup for free is a 8oz cough syrup bottle. Stop by any drug store and ask the pharmacist for one. They have a water tight lid and work great! The great thing about Denatured Alcohol is you can find it at any hardware or paint stores. So if you don’t have an outdoor store in your town you can still buy fuel. Also if you don’t have a hardware or paint store stop by an auto parts store and pick up a bottle of “Heat” as it works equally as well.
Next you will need a pot to hold the water you want to boil. Stop by Walmart and find a Grease Pot. Yeap this handy little pot is made out of aluminum, comes with a lid, only weights 4.2 oz and cost around $7! This pot can be hard to find, look in the kitchen area where the strainers and kitchen utensils are. Make sure you run it through the dishwasher to wash the shipping oil off.
As far as a windscreen goes make one from aluminum foil doubled up to make it a little stronger. I know you have some laying around your house.
This entire cook set weights about 5oz and only cost $7.50 cents! So the net time you think you have to spend $60 on the latest greatest, lightest gear, think twice!