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    Default G.I. mess kits - aluminum or stainless?

    Besides the metal, what is the difference between aluminum and stainless mess kits?
    Im assuming i should be more careful with heat using the aluminum one?

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    WOO HOO! I'm looking for answers to this one too. I'm in the market but don't know which market to be in.

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    I believe most people would agree on stainless, as its more durable and some people believe that aluminum leeches toxic chemicals into your food/water causing cancer and what not. The only benefits I can think of for aluminum is that its lighter.

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    How significant is the weight difference?

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    i got the stainless and I've never had an aluminum one but this one is a quality piece. and it weighs nothing weight wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzix View Post
    How significant is the weight difference?
    I can't even ballpark it, as I only own stainless. However, for the ultralight backpackers, every ounce counts.

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    Ultralight I'm not. I like the feel of a beefy, weighty pack on my back when I hike and camp. I guess Stainless would be fine.

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    I don't think an aluminum messkit would be genuine issue...unless it is a very early version meat can with the flat lid. The M-1942 was always made from stainless steel as far as I know.

    Be wary of any description that includes "style" or "type". The new aluminum ones for sale are likely made by Rothco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzix View Post
    How significant is the weight difference?
    The aluminum one is 9 ounces
    The stainless steel one is 14 ounces

    The aluminum one i already dented up by accident. It feels really cheap.
    The stainless one feels solid as a rock.

    They're both the same size.

    The leeching of the aluminum one and possibly melting of it if i get it too close to the fire, is the main concern i have. I think i may just assemble a small survival kit into it and toss it in my truck. Then use the stainless one for camping....

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    Yeah I've never seen an aluminum G.I. mess kit; Not a U.S. one anyway.
    Weight diff between alum & SS is significant though. It's just that with something the size of a mess kit even double really wouldn't be much.

    I've got the steel U.S.G.I. mess kit and the B.S.A. aluminum one. I like 'em both.

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