Steel Military Mess Kits A lot of guys like military surplus messkits, I'm one of them. I especially like stainless steel. The clamshell USGI issue messkits are still great pieces of kit, I still use mine, they are cheap and easy to use. The date stamped on my kit has personal meaning to me, the year my father landed in Normandy, 1944. I trashed a few of these, for some reason they were destroyed on hot campfires and wood fuel stoves. Maybe the primitive stainless steel alloy had some low quality ingredients, I'll never know why, no huge loss. The one I have been using until now has worked without any issues. I found these in two small shops in Europe: French army and Dutch army French Army modern issue The current military issue French "gamelle inox" is similar to the USGI kit. The stainless steel "inox" is much heavier gauge than the USGI kit, although the overall size is a bit smaller, the side walls are higher, and liquid capacity is identical to the USGI. It is lined with thick Teflon, there is no divider on the lid, which is a big drawback on the USGI set. I removed the Teflon coating with a wire wheel, wet-dry sandpaper, scotchbrite and Ajax. Now it is bare steel, the way I prefer. It is well suited for actual cooking on an open flame, the heavier steel will take the abuse. Dutch Army These stainless steel mess kits have been hard to locate as well, US surplus shops run out quickly, I found this one in the UK: www.surplusandoutdoors.com they also have the aluminum equivalent for less money. They say they have a decent supply, shipping is not great but not too terrible for the value of the kit. Two nesting pans make the complete set, no lids.