A Bomb Proof Mod for the Pathfinder Bottle Cook Kit

by Todd Walker

I love my Pathfinder 32 oz. Bottle Cooking Kit… except for one thing… the bag.

A Bomb Proof Mod for the Pathfinder Bottle Cook Kit

The bag is such a useful piece of kit and I hated its one glitch.

The nesting cup caught on the interior of the nylon bag when storing or removing the set. I filed the bat-wing handle attachment but the cup still snagged the bag liner. Oh well, I thought I’d have to live with it. 

Christian C rescued my bag by making a simple, yet brilliant, modification on his YouTube channel which saved me the gnawing frustration each time I used my cup in the field. You can check his video out at the bottom of this post. 

As many of you know, I’m a container freak! And this mod not only fixes the bag snag but also adds yet another metal container to my cook kit. I’m a redundancy freak too. 

All you need is a #3 Tall can from the grocery store. I stopped by our mom and pop grocery store on my way back from some quality dirt time yesterday and bought the cheapest can of tomato juice on the shelf. I walked in with my tape measure to make sure the can would fit my PF bag. 

The can’s dimensions are 4 1/4 inches in diameter by 7 inches tall and holds about 45 oz. I paid $1.55. 

Remove the lid with a can opener and discard the juice… or drink it if you’re into cheap, watered down fruit juice. Check the rim for any sharp edges. File them smooth if you have any. Mine had none. 

Wash and dry the can. Drill two holes on opposite sides of the top rim of the can. File the holes smooth. Make the holes large enough to accept the fish mouth spreader (bottle hanger) that comes with your PF Complete Bottle Cooking Kit

A Bomb Proof Mod for the Pathfinder Bottle Cook Kit

A Bomb Proof Mod for the Pathfinder Bottle Cook Kit

Bottle hanger attached to my new container

Insert the can into the bag. It’s a tight fit but will slide in creating a nesting sleeve for the cup, 32 oz. bottle, and pack stove ring. 

A Bomb Proof Mod for the Pathfinder Bottle Cook Kit

27 oz cup nesting inside the 45 oz can

A Bomb Proof Mod for the Pathfinder Bottle Cook Kit

A Bomb Proof Mod for the Pathfinder Bottle Cook Kit

Perfect fit!

Disclaimer: As you know, I don’t advertise on our site. I receive no compensation for any of the stuff I promote on our blog unless it passes the Doing the Stuff test. If you’re interested in ordering this kit, you can do so by clicking here: PF Complete Bottle Cooking Kit. The newer model comes with a strainer lid for the cup, an item I’m ordering soon. 

You never want to be caught without a way to stay hydrated or make fire to regulate your core temperature. That’s why I carry this bomb proof kit with me on all my adventures in the wild – day hikes, camping, dirt time, hunting, and fishing.

I can’t thank Christian C enough for his brilliant idea! Watch his video below…

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17 thoughts on “A Bomb Proof Mod for the Pathfinder Bottle Cook Kit

  1. rob

    I was frustrated by this. I slid my kit into a small stuff sack, then slid it in the holder. Very easy to retrieve. Slides right out with no problems!


    • Thought about lining my bag with roof flashing but the can provided an extra container so I went with that option. Thanks for the tip, Rob!


    • Tony P.

      After measuring the #3 can I figured my stainless steel cup would not fit in because of the collapsible handles. So after looking around in my kitchen I found a 4″ X 8″ container of instant oatmeal, it’s made of thin but strong cardboard; cut it along one side all the way to the bottom, and slid the cup into it, then pressed the whole assembly into the pouch. Voila! fits perfect and slides out with no snags. And of course my 32 Oz. Nalgene fits perfectly into the cup.


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  5. tom

    is that a maxpedition bag you’re using or is it part of the kit you bought?


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  10. Christian

    Hey I stumbled across this post while looking for some nesting options for my 24oz bottle. I didn’t know you did a write up about my little idea on the mod. I need to spend more time on your blog! Have a Great day!


    • You did a genius mod on that bottle, sir! I’ve since modified the actual bottle bag and use the bean can to do water boil challenges. You’re welcome to hang out, Christian!


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