@REI-JohnJ  and @OldGuyot  - thanks so much, appreciate the fast and really helpful answers.

BTW, it never occurred to me about the dirt on the bottom of the canister and the inside of my pot. My mind just went directly to "how compact can I make my cook kit?". That's a great insight and I'll have to think about how I want to handle it. I was thinking about getting a canister stand to make the whole rig a little more stable and that would help but not necessarily resolve the dirt issue.

I would really prefer to carry my beloved 12" cast iron skillet but, at a weight of just over 8 lbs...  I am not an ultralight hiker/backpacker but nor am I stupid LOL

Thanks again - one more reason this forum quickly became my go-to for assistance and advice

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