A while back I purchased the Gram Weenie Pro stove and got a package deal that included the 10 cm IMUSA mug. I of course did a write up of the stove here on my blog, but also posted the review to some backpacking forums. After doing so I received a PM from Karina from IMUSA. She thanked me for writing it up, and offered to send me a gift box with some other things that may be of some use on my trips. So, about a week later I got a box on my doorstep.
I was very surprised when I opened the box at what was inside. It was a very nice surprise. The contents are displayed above, but to list them, they are:
- IMUSA T-shirt
- 0.9L Grease Pot
- Egg Pan
- Coffee Cloth Strainer
- Can Opener
- Flan Mold
Some of the things I will be using for car camping, however I am anxious to try some out on backpacking trips.
I am really interested in trying out the 0.9L Grease Pot. (It is just a little larger than my 700 ml Ti pot I use for solo trips.) Here is a break down on weights:
- Pot: 3.1 oz
- Lid: 1.2 oz
- Strainer: 0.5 oz
- Total: 4.8 oz
The pot alone weighs only a touch more than my Ti pot, however the Grease Pot has a larger capacity. I would debate using the supplied lid over a simple piece of aluminum foil, however the handle on the lid is nice. Of course I would not need the strainer part of the grease pot, so I would not carry it. I can imagine though that the handle on the grease pot will get hot, the same as on my Imusa 10 cm mug, so I will have to be sure to bring along a hanky or something to grab the handle with. A nice little feature is that the Grease Pot has a pour spout on the top which should make pouring a little easier.
The Egg Pan is very neat. Once I got it and looked at it I thought about my daughters play cook set. It’s so small. Here are some specs on the Egg Pan:
1. Egg Pan: 4.1 oz
2. Lid: 2.5 oz
3. Total: 6.6 oz
4. Bottom Diameter: 3 7/8″
5. Top Diameter: 5 7/8″
The Egg Pan features a non-stick interior and grooved heat rings on the bottom to help evenly distribute heat. The pan also has two handles (one on each side) which seem to be made of aluminum, so I can imagine that these handles will heat up pretty quickly when using on a stove. The handle on top of the lid is a hard plastic so it should not heat up during use. I plan on taking this on some trips to try out, and yes, frying up some eggs. (I will test it at home though first with both my alky and canister stove to see which will work better.) The only thing is that this pan is only good for frying, so I will have to carry another pot to boil water. However, I am excited to try it out though.
I was a little confused when I looked at the Coffee Cloth Strainer. So, I Googled it. Obviously, this is used to make coffee, but from what I have read, it can be a very good cup of coffee. Basically I boil everything together (finely ground coffee, sugar, milk ~ whatever I like in the coffee) and then strain it through the Coffee Cloth. Although I have not tried it yet, this seems to be pretty neat and I look forward to trying it out. The Coffee Cloth Strainer only weighs 0.9 oz so I have no reason not to. I am just wondering about clean up for the Coffee Cloth. I have to look into all the details of making the coffee as well as cleaning up the cloth some more, but look forward to taking it out and trying it out!
The can opener has multiple functions. Of course it is a can opener, but it can also pop a top on a cool drink. THe can opener also has the church key style bottle opener which can be used to make crude triangular cuts in cans with rolled rims. The can opener will probably not justify any need for backpacking trips, but it will fit in nicely for our car camping trips. The only concern that I may have with the can opener is that the 2 handles are held together by a single rivet. I will just have to be sure not to put too much pressure on the handles when using the can opener (especially when using to open canned goods) and just take it easy on it. Regardless, I will be happy to have it in our camping arsenal!
The Flan Mold can be used as a food storage container (since I don’t know haw to make flan). The pan measures 6 1/4″ wide and 2 1/4″ deep, and has a listed volume of 1 quart. The pan has a lid which sits over the pan and there are 3 lever-type-locks which hold the lid on. This will probably be used during car camping trips rather than backpacking trips. The biggest reason being that the mold pan with the lid weighs in at 10.2 oz. The first thing I thought when I held this pan is that it would be great for holding smaller food items for car camping trips, and this is what I can see myself using it for most of the time.
Along with these items IMUSA also sent a T-Shirt. The T-Shirt is the sponsor shirt for the “Walk For Autism.” This is from the IMUSA Community site:This is the back of the shirt with the sponsors:
I just wanted to share this with everyone because I think it is very nice when a company believes in its products. The IMUSA products are not necessarily made for backpacking, but obviously some of their products can be used for backpacking, or car camping. The IMUSA Grease Pot has obviously been used by many for quite a while as a boiling pot, and now I have one of my own.
I want to extend my thanks to IMUSA, and wish them the best in their business. And I am excited to try out these items that they have sent to me and will be sure to post how they work out.
Disclaimer: IMUSA sent these complimentary items to me as a gift. No money was exchanged, nor was I under any obligation to write a review of these items.