Firebox Ultra Cook Kit
$54.95 – $59.95
- Comes with everything you need in a compact system.
- Everything nests perfectly for easy packing.
- Can be used as a Dutch Oven for baking or a saute pan.
- Simple, lightweight, compact and versatile.
Your selection of 10″ Firebox Frypan with long lifter OR 10″ Pinnacle Non-Stick Frypan (handle is integrated so lifter is not included). Either selection also comes with one Deep Cowboy Plate and a Frying Pan Case.
The Ultra Cook Kit comes with everything you need in a convenient compact system, everything nests perfectly and comes in an abrasion resistant 500 wt. nylon case. Much more useful than traditional camping cook kits. Use it as a Dutch Oven, it’s a pro quality sauté pan and the pie pan makes a great plate!
“I still remember the day when as a kid we backpacked into a remote lake where my scoutmaster cooked trout and potatoes for us to try. I thought, “Wow, this fish tastes great and I didn’t have to carry it all the way up here!” I was hooked on that idea!”
“Like most things worth doing there was a learning curve both with the catching of the trout and the challenges that cooking the fish presented. I remember my scoutmaster fashioning homemade handles onto cake pans and such: testing new ideas to cook the meal even better. I followed in his footsteps, literally and figuratively. Over the years I also tried a lot of different concepts. I wanted something simple, lightweight, compact and versatile enough to cook anything (as well as boil water for my coffee). I tried a bunch of different frypans and methods to cover them. At first I just used foil, but found that cumbersome and unreliable. I tried a hard cover and realized that I could add hot coals on top to bake or roast… The Ultra Cook Kit was born! I knew I was onto something special and wanted every component optimized for maximum efficiency and performance.” -Steve
Firebox Frying Pan: Ultra Versatile, Lightweight, Durable & Can Be Seasoned! Yes, Just Like Cast Iron! I’ve been interested in alternatives to non-stick coatings and I love my cast iron cookware… well other than it’s too darn heavy. Hard anodized aluminum makes perfect sense, It conducts heat extremely well. It’s very abrasion resistant and its microstructure is perfect to accept a seasoning (see instructions below)!
Pan/Pot Lifter: No more turning the pan to avoid burning the handle, our Firebox Frying Pan doesn’t have one. Rather than a heavy folding handle I designed a universal light weight handle/pan gripper that works with the pie pan and sauté pan not to mention your other pots, pans and stainless steel water bottles! Our Long Pan Lifter is included with the Firebox Frying Pan and the extra length is great for cooking over a wood fire. The Regular Pan Lifter version can be selected for a savings of $3. (Pan lifter may leave minor marks which do not affect performance.)
Pinnacle Frying Pan: This premium Frying Pan offers the ultimate in cooking performance, non-stick resilience and durability. The Pinnacle has a removable folding steel handle as well. This ultra-rugged pan’s exclusive Teflon with Radiance technology non-stick coating enhances heat distribution and reduces hotspots while its three layer coating resists scratches and abrasions. If a grab and go pan is more your style you will appreciate our Pinnacle Frying Pan.
Frying Pan Case: This heavy duty case is made from Denier Heavy Duty material and includes a drawstring closure. Holds any combination of 4 items (Cowboy Plate, Camp Plate, Cutting Board and Pizza Stone) as well as the Frying Pan which all nest easily for great packability.
Large Kit Specs:
Weight of Kit: 1 lb. 12 oz.
Inside height with Deep Cowboy Plate on Frying Pan: 3 1/2”
Large Frypan is a 10” Frypan – 11” at the top of the rim and about 9” at the bottom.
Large Frypan Weight: 14.0 oz.
Long Lifter: Weight 2.8 oz. Length: 7.5”
Frying Pan Case – Large: Weight 3.2 oz.
Deep Cowboy Plate – Large: Weight: 8.1 oz. Dim 11: top rim, 9″ bottom rim, depth 1.5″
Small Kit Specs:
Weight of Kit: Weight 1 lb. 3 oz.
Inside height with Deep Cowboy Plate on Frying Pan: Weight 3 1/4″
Small Frypan is a 8″ Frypan – 9″ at the top of the rim and about 7″ at the bottom.
Small Frypan Weight: Weight 10.6oz
Long Lifter: Weight 2.8 oz. Length: 7.5″
Frying Pan Case – small: Weight 2.6oz
Deep Cowboy Plate – Small: Weight: 5.4 oz. Dim 9″ top rim, 7″ bottom rim, depth 1.5″
Seasoning instructions: For the Frying Pan, Deep Cowboy Plate and Shallow Plate. Season the items you wish to use for cooking, not required if using only as a plate. NOTE: These products are NOT dishwasher safe.
Hand wash your pan with soap and hot water (use a non abrasive soft cloth). Towel dry.
Preheat pan(s) in the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This will burn off the food grade silicone sealant (which was applied at the factory) preparing the pan to accept a seasoning. Alternatively, you can use a backyard BBQ grill (with thermometer) to keep the smoke outdoors. Otherwise, you’ll want to open your windows and turn on the vent fan.
Once your oven and pan has reached 500 degrees Fahrenheit, carefully remove your pan and allow it to cool enough for oiling. Using a soft cloth, spread the oil of your choice (canola, vegetable or a seasoning blend) evenly, then, using a second (clean, dry) soft cloth, wipe the oil back off until you’re left with a satin finish.
Place your pan back in the oven upside down for one hour at 500 degrees F (250-260 C). This will polymerize the oil, creating a seasoning layer. When the time is up, allow it to cool enough to repeat the oiling, wiping process then back in the oven! Three applications will be enough to start cooking but remember, pan seasoning is an ongoing process, the nonstick performance will improve with use, meanwhile using non-stick cooking sprays will be helpful.
Ongoing Care: After cooking and or washing: place your pan back on the burner over a low heat, rub on a light coat of any cooking oil, increase the heat and wait until you start seeing smoke, at which point, cut the heat. Doing this will repair and improve your seasoning layer to keep your pans ready for action. Abrasion or cooking acidic foods can damage the surface of your season layer to the point that you may need to repeat the oven process.
Use Instructions: Contrary to popular belief, your season layer can be scratched so avoid abrasive scrubbers and use non scratching utensils. The good news is that scratches aren’t the end of the world; small scratches get filled in with newly polymerized oils with use. Firebox Pans conduct heat extremely well, so you’ll notice that less heat is needed so start low and work your way up slowly until you get a feel for the improved cooking performance. Don’t walk away when preheating, these pans heat up fast so don’t risk overheating an empty pan. Always respect hot surfaces and use caution. Do not attempt to rapidly cool your frypan.
Additional Firebox Frypan Information: Firebox Frypans are special in the fact that their cooking surface is hard anodized rather than being non-stick coated. The hard anodizing process transforms the surface layer into a highly conductive ceramic with a microstructure which accepts a seasoning. Yes, like cast iron but better. Not only is the Firebox Frypan much lighter, it also handles better. The Firebox Frypan’s heat conductivity is way up at 237 where cast iron is only 52. Your Firebox Pan will respond quickly to temperature changes and will heat evenly. Cast iron is slow heat, slow to cool and can develop hot spots. It’s kinda like the difference between driving a big truck VS a sports car.
Disclaimer: Inherent to the manufacturing process, there are unavoidable cosmetic marks on the rim (outside edge) of the Frypan. This does not affect usage or long term durability and we feel it is worth it to have the hard anodizing finish inside and out.
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This kit is awesome. The performance of the hard anodized pan is already superior to everything else I’ve tried, but when used in the Ultra kit it allows a lot of flexibility. I really enjoy cooking in a cast iron dutch oven, but it’s not always practical to bring along depending on the trip. This system is extremely flexible and I recommend watching the Firebox Youtube videos for lots of practical use in the field! Very similar in concept to the legendary NOLS-tested Banks Fry-Bake pan setup, but a lot more value for your money by going with one of the Firebox Ultra Kits – personally I recommend the Firebox frypan over the GSI alternative. The storage bag is excellent as it’s high quality and has plenty of space inside to hold this kit and other cooking utensils and accessories (even a Firebox stove for a complete cook system in a bag!). Combine this setup with a good billy pot and you can cook just about anything in the woods on a wide variety of heat sources