I really couldn't justify even a chair kit for backpacking but does anyone remember those scout-style rigs that involved a length of paracord with a loop at each end and a webbing strap in the middle? The idea is that you sit on the ground, stick your feet in the loops, put the webbing in the small of your back and adjust a couple of prussik knots so that you can lean back against the tension in the cord maintained by your feet.
I have got one of those Helinox Chair Ones for car camping and it is excellent. The thing about conventional camping chairs is that they're incredibly bulky for what they are. As someone who likes to carry the backpacking ethos into car camping, I'm always interested in kit that keeps the car camping load minimised. I'd hate to be driving one of those estate cars you see on the M5 every Friday in the summer. Crammed to the roof with pillows and other kit, no view in the rear view mirror, probably severe injury if you stopped suddenly.
Perfect if you have a completely windless night, not to mention an hour or so to carve the thing.
That's what I don't get about bushcraft; you have to carry all these heavy knives, axes, saws etc into the field and then you spend hours making Heath Robinson versions of things that you could simply have carried in with you. Then there's the fact that the professionally-made items you could have brought:
a) weigh considerably less than the tools you've carried in and
b) perform much better than the Flintstones version and last for more than one outing.
Seriously, who spends an hour carving a spoon from a piece of wood when a titanium spoon weighs less, lasts longer and performs better than a wooden one?
Thanks for the heads-up. Just watched it on iPlayer. Enjoyable programme, although the cheesy, intrusive music was not needed. Had to put the sub-titles on for the last bit. I thought one chap kept referring to a bloke called Ken but apparently he was saying 'you ken'.
Out of interest I weighed everything that was in my rucksack for my Arans trip last weekend. The total was 10.5kg and you can view the spreadsheet here. This doesn't include anything I was wearing. As you can see if I hadn't taken a camera and various gizmos, like the Kindle the total would be at least 2kg less.
I don't try to make everything superlight. The only really expensive thing was the tent, but I got this at 50% discount. I think you should be able to get down to this weight without too much expense.
I see your stove was the Primus Gravity. I made the same mistake when I started out. Great stove but too heavy for packpacking.