Why are enamel mugs useful as outdoor tableware?
The humble enamel mug has been a staple item for generations of explorers and hikers, its beauty is its simplicity. Minimal in design yet long lasting, mugs like this retro-style enamel coated mug have had a renaissance in recent years for the luxe-loving campers. And for good reason too! This practical camping mug is 100% fit for purpose. Made of porcelain fused onto heavy-gauge steel, it is strong, long-lasting and ideal for being transported from adventure to adventure. Whatever the setting, this white enamel mug with blue rim will ensure that you can enjoy a brew or two in style. It is the best enamel mug for a morning caffeine hit before your day of exploration or a post-adventure hot chocolate. We have also used them for a quick cuppa-soup for a mid-hike pick me up!
As our vintage enamel mugs are made from steel, they can be recycled once they have come to the end of their long, long life (don’t worry, the enamel coating does not impact its ability to be turned into scrap metal). By recycling these enamelware camping mugs, the steel will be repurposed into something else - most often, cans! The use of scrap steel saves up to 74% of the energy needed to make steel from virgin materials which is incredible and why we should all be trying to recycle as much as we can as well as use products made of recycled materials.
Enamel on steel is hard and strong but like all good ceramic materials, it may chip if handled roughly or dropped. If this happens, don’t panic. The enamel coated mugs are still perfectly safe to use as the steel will naturally oxidise. Plus, we think it adds a bit of vintage character anyway! We like to think of these enamel mugs as the Levi jeans or Chanel bags of the outdoor tableware world. Classic, reliable, long lasting and they just get better with age. We’ve got enamel mugs ourselves which are still going strong after 20 years!
What contexts can I use these enamel mugs in?
These luxury outdoor enamel coated mugs are perfect for anyone who wants to add a touch of aesthetic extravagance to their outdoor adventure. If you are a ‘picnic in the park’ sort of person, these cups can be packed into your cool bag ready to serve some cuppa soup or pour your flask of hot tea into. If long camping trips and mountain adventures are your sort of thing, these metal enamel cups also fit the bill and are great for an evening hot chocolate before bed (and more coffee when you wake up!). Just hook them onto your backpack to save space and away you go!
Chimney Sheep HQ is based just on the edge of the Lake District. That means we are lucky enough to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors rather a lot and we love it! Lots of our colleagues love walking, camping, picnicking, and exploring. They have tested these enamelware mugs out and have given them a big thumbs up!
Have you got matching items to make enamel crockery sets and enamel tableware sets?
Yes, we do! Our Classic Set is a full range of enamel dishware. To match this enamel mug, we have an enamel plate set, an enamel bowl set, enamel tea cans and enamel espresso mug. You can mix and match all of these to create your ultimate luxury enamel dinner set for the outdoors.
Why have you created enamel tableware when you already have recycled plastic tableware?
Although we stock a fantastic range of recycled plastic outdoor tableware some people just don’t want to use plastic anymore due to concerns over where our plastic recycling goes. This, of course, is completely valid which is exactly why we have added our Classic Set of enamel tableware to our selection of outdoor tableware.
All of our enamelware is much stronger than our recycled plastic alternatives which ensures that they last throughout all your camping and travel adventures for years and years. In the context of single use plates, enamel plates are a more sustainable alternative, reducing the use and disposal of many sets of paper and plastic dishes. Although a little more expensive upfront, just think about cost per use!
Our enamel soup mugs from our Classic Set are also a bit weightier and feel a bit more ‘special’. There are some contexts when recycled plastic tableware just doesn’t fit the bill. Some people don’t really like the ‘taste’ of drinking hot drinks from plastic mugs, so these enamel camping mugs are a great alternative.
Sometimes plastic (recycled or not) isn’t the right material to use for certain uses. For example, cooking on gas stoves whilst camping can cause difficulties when using plastic camping gear. These enamelware mugs can withstand temperatures of up to 270 degrees Celsius which makes them perfect for camping. Unlike the plastic alternatives, our enamel mugs can be used for heating and serving (less washing up – hooray!). This mug can double up as saucepan and can also be used to sterilise water.