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Dutch mess tin, stainless steel, surplus
Dutch mess tin, stainless steel, surplus.
Dutch mess tin, stainless steel, surplus.
Dutch mess tin, stainless steel, surplus.
Dutch mess tin, stainless steel, surplus.

Dutch mess tin, stainless steel, surplus

Price 20.99 USD excluding VAT

The Dutch copy of the British mess kit may look a bit odd, it's not a standard paint tin like most of its kind, but definitively a tad more practical in some aspects.

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Dutch mess tin, stainless steel, surplus.
Dutch mess tin, stainless steel, surplus.
Dutch mess tin, stainless steel, surplus.
Dutch mess tin, stainless steel, surplus.

The Dutch copy of the British mess kit may look a bit odd, it's not a standard paint tin like most of its kind, but definitively a tad more practical in some aspects.

These are made of stainless steel, which is a bit pricey on outdoor ware, but not so much when it's army surplus!

The British got tired of their D-shaped pot and pan combination mess kit sometime after the Great War and designed a totally new one. The new mess kit type has since then been copied by numerous countries worldwide and is still in active service today. These are likely Dutch and as said before, made of stainless steel. What luxury!

The large, flat bottom absorbs heat more effectively than other, usually considerably smaller, mess tins. When the other half is used to cover the one on the flames you'll have your water or gruel boiling in no time (the tin in the extra picture is South African, but you get the idea). Eating out of one of these is also a lot easier than from the deeper ones: you don't need to dig around with your spoon too much to get to the good stuff.

Made from steel, but we recommend sticking to washing these by hand. Dimensions 19 x 13 x 5,5 cm, weight 460 grams.

Used army surplus

Used but perfectly serviceable, may need a wash before use.


Some comments from our employee

A very nice tin especially for the price. The square shape mess kit has some pretty nice advantages over the kidney type pot, like the large surface area to get your stuff hot faster and the ever-so-handy handles, along with the fact that this works way better as a frying pan. You can't hang this over a fire, though. If you usually use a separate small stove (which usually fits inside), this pot is a keeper. In Finland they often provide metal grates in campfire sites so this will work there too. Another small con is the lack of anything holding the pieces firmly together when packed, so you might need a strap, bag or pouch. A bag also keeps the tin from staining other items.

As for cleaning, you'll do pretty well with one of those reversible smooth/rough sponges, hot water and some detergent.

Oh and speaking of cleaning, many MRE type outdoor meal bags fit inside so you can heat the bag by boiling it a while and then just eating straight out of the bag, saving the tin from the cleaning job.


Henri L.

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22.03.2017 (Edited 22.03.2017)
Itselläni on tämän mallin uusituotanto pakki joka oli teillä vielä vähän aikaa sitten myynnissä hintaa oli muistaakseni 13 euroo. Voi suositella kaikille mutta kannattaa keittää vedet pienemmässä osassa ja ruoat isommassa niin ei tarvitse syödä kahvin makuista puuroa.
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13.09.2017
Very nice items and they work well but overall I do prefer the flexibility of the stainless steel Swedish mess kit.

I give it 5 stars because it is stainless steel. Aluminium is lighter but I find stainless steel to be superior in every other way.
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15.12.2019
Yes these are the Dutch stainless mess tins. When I was in the Dutch Army we were issued the aluminium ones and they are ok for heating up MRE's but not for cooking on open fire. These stainless steel ones are. I even place them directly on the coals. I cook in the small one and place the bigger one on top as lid. You can add water in the bigger one to pre heat or use it to keep the other already cooked food warm.
This is the system I returned to after these stainless steels came out. The normal way to carry them is small one in bigger one with open top. There you can put your abrasive pad (we use this and sand to clean and rinse with some water) and fill it up with small stuff like herbs, extra socks, etc. A pouch is advised to not make your other gear dirty after you use it on open fire.
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29.12.2019 (Edited 10.01.2020)
Best. Mess tins. Ever. Smaller and lighter than Swedish mess tins. Durable, simple, long handles for on the fire. Use as a double boiler or bake inside them nested (or make char?). Clean up with steel wool or sand in the field. The two tins nest with plenty of room inside for storage. The Canadian Army used the aluminum version for decades; nowhere as tough as these, and there's that whole "eating from aluminum" thing. Canadian mess tin pouches since the 1950s fit these fine if you want to carry them on your belt kit. Worth the price; if you can wear these out you are trying *way* too hard.

These are hard to find on the world surplus market; buy them when and where you can -- like here and now!
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Four and a half stars
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19.10.2020
My favorite cooking kit, they fit my oil containers and cutlery inside. too bad they wont be selling these anymore grab em while you can.
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28.01.2021
Great buy mine came in perfect condition.
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