KEITH Ti6017 Titanium Cook Set
Review by Ryan Hansen
(This story originally featured in Wild #181, Spring 2021)
I hadn’t. I’d always thought the weight saving would be minimal at best. But then I picked up Keith’s Ti6017 Titanium cook set, with a combo 1.25L pot and 800ml pan. I was honestly surprised at how light it was—just 230g. That’s 200g lighter than my trusty 1400ml stainless steel billy. It mightn’t sound like much, but when I held Keith’s cook set in one hand and my old billy in the other, the difference was stark.
That wasn’t the only surprise. Titanium’s strength allows for thin-walled designs, which in turn means better heat transfer, which in turn means—and here’s the important bit—quicker times for me to boil a cuppa while out on the trail. I’m not joking here. I tested it. For my stainless steel billy, the time to bring 250ml of water to boil was 1 minute, 30 seconds. With Keith’s 1.25L pot, it took 1:07. Not only do I get a cuppa in a jiffy, I use less fuel to do so.
Now, titanium cookware’s high heat transfer means it sometimes cops a bad rap for creating hot spots and burning food; as a result, some people reckon it’s only good for boiling water. I disagree. While it’s true that titanium cookware is well suited to people who eat freeze-dried meals or who drink lots of tea (like me!), you can still cook meals in them by stirring judiciously, keeping the stove heat low, and opting for more liquid-based meals. And anyway, if anything does stick, since this pot and pan are made from pure, uncoated titanium, you can always scour them clean.
Some other noteworthy features: At 1.25L, the pot is big enough—just—for my wife and I to cook a decent meal for the two of us. Also, the large diameters of the pot and pan provide good stability on a stove. And while the folding handles have a bit of play in them, titanium itself is pretty damn strong, and certainly less ‘dingable’ than aluminium. Oh, and besides the 1.25L and 800ml capacities, there’s a bunch of other shapes and sizes—both bigger and smaller—to choose from. And if the cookset alone is not enough weight-saving for you, Keith also makes titanium bowls, mugs, sporks, and even—for the ultimate weight weenie—chopsticks!
NEED TO KNOW
Capacity: 1250ml (pot); 800ml (pan)
Weight (as tested): 123g (pot); 107g (pan); 230g (total)
More info: intertrek.com.au