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Murph
09-01-2014, 03:22 PM
I have a Jetboil and it works great for coffee and heating water. It came with the pot stand, and I wanted to try to cook using a fry pan. I was going to pick up the Jetboil fry pan, but heard it still has problems with hot spots. I thought a thicker fry pan would help. So, while I was walking through my local Goodwill and noticed this.

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I used my grinder and took off the handle. Went to Home Depot and got two stainless bolts and stainless wing nuts. I also got an acorn nut to put on the top so the black knob could be packed away with the handle and help secure it. Was thinking of using some nylon webbing to keep the lid on it during travel. I'm trying to pack it as small as i can. Tell me what you think.

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I tested the pan by cooking a couple of eggs in it, and it works great.

G wizz
09-01-2014, 03:43 PM
I think I wouldn't have used a teflon lined pan, but other than that, it looks good ... Like the way you made the handle detachable ... P^

SportyTour
09-01-2014, 05:06 PM
I've actually been considering doing something similar, your handle will definitely be my model. Camp cook gear often is thin and trying to cook decent food just doesn't work. The minimalist in me has been battling the chef in me.

Murph
09-01-2014, 06:07 PM
I think I wouldn't have used a teflon lined pan, but other than that, it looks good ... Like the way you made the handle detachable ... P^

It is some kinda non-stick surface.


I've actually been considering doing something similar, your handle will definitely be my model. Camp cook gear often is thin and trying to cook decent food just doesn't work. The minimalist in me has been battling the chef in me.

I know what you mean. It is not light, but I have a big bike...lol. The only other thing I will be bringing is my Jetboil, plate and a collapsible bowl. the bowl with fit inside of the pan and the plate will fit underneath the pan. I actually found an old roll down stuff sack. It was middle size one that came from a three pack I bought at Wally World. The whole thing fits nicely inside.

Keep the replies coming. I'm learning a lot here.

Dusty Boots
09-01-2014, 07:27 PM
I applaud your efforts, but there are too many bits to lose.

Ideally, you'd want one with a folding handle like this one (http://gsioutdoors.com/products/pdp/bugaboo_10_frypan), but finding one with a lid is a bonus! P^


http://gsioutdoors.com/resources/images/cache/pdp/resources/images/product_images/60110_a1_f-486x376.jpg

bulldogparts
09-01-2014, 07:27 PM
I did the exact same thing a couple of years ago. Looks like the same fry pan, too. The only thing I'd did different was to run a tap throug the holes in the handle instead of using wing nuts. I just run the bolts through the holes in the pan, and into the threaded handle. It does work great, and packs smaller with the handle inside the pan. Mine doesn't have a lid though. Good job!!

flruss
09-01-2014, 11:37 PM
Hi like the pan! Have you given it a test run, as I was wondering about the hot spot while cooking with my JB. Thought about a thick steel plate to sit on top of the stove then the pan on that. Was going to slot the steel plate to make it more secure to the burner.
So whatch gunna cook.
Russ

Aldawg
09-04-2014, 11:26 AM
Funny, I did the exact same thing with a cheap pan a couple of years ago. Then after a few uses the coating started coming off, and iv'e read very bad things about that stuff getting into your food. Be careful.

bvail
09-04-2014, 11:47 AM
Since I pull a trailer I have more room to carry stuff. I tried boiling water to heat canned food (like chili, soup, stew, etc.) I boil water in a coffee can or small bucket with the can in the water to heat up. Using the JB I discovered that I was really wasting a lot of butane, mainly because the heat ring was not used. I carry the JB to make coffee and heat up water for dehydrated food in a bag. I also have a Coleman single burner that screws into a one pound propane tank. This works much better than the JB for actual cooking. As far as the pots and pans that one can purchase for the JB, from what I've read there is the problem of heat control on the bottom of the pan. Besides, if it ain't in a can or a 'just add boiling water bag', it ain't happening for me. Prefer to eat out. But then I don't venture far off the beaten track.

Ironheadziggy76
09-05-2014, 10:10 AM
Good job, I'm looking to do the same thing! Often camp gear cookware handles end up getting as hot as the pot you are using, or they have a pot holder "tool" that you have to carry with you and lose somewhere down the road. Then you are using vise grips for a pot holder. :lol

Murph
09-05-2014, 11:28 AM
I going to try it out this weekend on my JB and see how it works. I'm going to fry some bacon then some eggs. I'll post back to let everyone know how it works out. The pan is pretty thick, so I think it will distribute the heat better than a thinner pan. We will see.

jjmoff
09-05-2014, 11:56 AM
. Then you are using vise grips for a pot holder. :lol

What's wrong with that, as long as you have them? Mrs.J gets upset with me wearing my leatherman to church.

Ironheadziggy76
09-06-2014, 03:20 PM
What's wrong with that, as long as you have them? Mrs.J gets upset with me wearing my leatherman to church.

Not a thing wrong with using them. I guess I'm just lazy and prefer not to dig out the tool kit to cook! :)

Murph
09-06-2014, 06:50 PM
I tested the frying pan with my JB today. It cooked the egg really well. No hot spots. It cooked the egg pretty fast too. Here is a link to the video.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GagdUYtYu2w

dkurfiss
09-06-2014, 07:47 PM
I have one of those 5.00 6inch skillets you get at the grocery store. I took the handle off of it and tossed it in the trash. I also have one of those fancy pot grabber thingies (technical term there) which I got at REI on sale for 1.00. Of course I can, will, and have lost plenty of the "thingies" so I end up using my Leatherman pliers as the pot grabber.

flruss
09-06-2014, 08:44 PM
AWSOME
Murph I did not see how thick it was before, so now I will give my hand at GW.

Russ

bvail
09-07-2014, 10:10 AM
Mmmm, over EZ

I'm thinking that a flame spreader might suffice if a thick fry pan is unobtainium. Or maybe a small cast iron pan (but it would be on the heavy side).

Ironheadziggy76
09-13-2014, 06:32 AM
Looks good, but now I'm hungry! :lol

dkurfiss
09-13-2014, 08:09 AM
I carry the 6inch frying pan from the grocery store with the handle removed. When it starts to show wear I purchase a new one. For 5.00 I can beat it up, scratch it up, and toss it out. I also remove the handle and use my multi tool to grab it with. I got me one of those camping pot holders at the local thrift shop for 1.00 which I currently have but I suspect it will grow legs and walk away soon.

If I could find me a thrift store 6 inch cast iron frying pan, I would have that but I am too cheap to actually buy one at the store. I been taking lessons from George and Dusty!

Dusty Boots
09-13-2014, 09:47 AM
I am too cheap to actually buy one at the store. I been taking lessons from George and Dusty!

I use/have a 8" one that I got from Wally world for $7 a few years ago. It's a little small for what I like to cook up at times, so I recently actually splurged and bought myself a GSI Outdoors 10" (http://www.mec.ca/product/4011-945/gsi-bugaboo-25cm-frypan/?h=10+50130+50035+50486+4294964560&f=10+50130+50488+4294964560) one with the folding handle while I was there buying some seam grip seam sealer.

I made a bag for it to help protect the cooking surface and will stack my SS dinner plate and a shallow pan on top of the fabric, yet held in place by the folding handle as the frying pan has fairly deep sides


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dkurfiss
09-13-2014, 10:18 AM
But, but, but, I actually like cast iron for cooking. I use it at home all the time and certainly have the room with no weight issues in the MM or on the trike.

lytle1gw
09-13-2014, 10:56 AM
I carry the 6inch frying pan from the grocery store with the handle removed. When it starts to show wear I purchase a new one. For 5.00 I can beat it up, scratch it up, and toss it out. I also remove the handle and use my multi tool to grab it with. I got me one of those camping pot holders at the local thrift shop for 1.00 which I currently have but I suspect it will grow legs and walk away soon.

If I could find me a thrift store 6 inch cast iron frying pan, I would have that but I am too cheap to actually buy one at the store. I been taking lessons from George and Dusty!

Deb, I have a #5 that was my mom's. Its 6 across the bottom and 7 1/2 across the top, needs a little TLC since hasn't been used in 20 yrs but if you want it PM me your address and I'll send it out to you.

dkurfiss
09-13-2014, 01:20 PM
Deb, I have a #5 that was my mom's. Its 6 across the bottom and 7 1/2 across the top, needs a little TLC since hasn't been used in 20 yrs but if you want it PM me your address and I'll send it out to you.

OMG! PM is on the way and tell me what I owe you for shipping. Cast iron with history is worth it's weight in gold me. One of my most valued items is a grandmothers 10" cast iron skillet.

lytle1gw
09-13-2014, 05:16 PM
Packed ready to go out Monday. track #9405 9036 9930 0253 2214 64 , and I even cleaned some of the rust off.:wow1:

dkurfiss
09-13-2014, 06:26 PM
Thank you so much Gary. I will finish cleaning it out, get it seasoned, and post you a picture of it!