First, I have to apologize for being MIA for so long. As I hope I expressed in my last email to those who reserved the kettle (gosh, in late June or July I think), I had fallen significantly behind in my production schedule. Since then, I smashed my foot pretty good on the SHR (a story of its own, but I'm fine), and have fallen into the myopia of nearly full time work and, starting in late August, also being a full time student.
While this kettle does bear a, uh, striking resemblance to mine, this isn't something I had been working on with BPL. If I had been, I absolutely would have told you all.
When I saw this, I was as surprised as you all and flipped out a bit to Ryan. Not surprisingly, he responded with complete aplomb, dispelling many of my initial concerns. As it turns out, Ryan wasn't aware of my project (not surprising given all that he has going on) and was independently approached about this by an outside manufacturer.
So while BPL and I weren't initially working together on this, we are now discussing how an ultralight chimney kettle can best be brought to market. I will absolutely keep those who reserved my kettles (and others) up to date on this, as will Ryan I suspect. The upshot of all of this may be very good news for everyone involved.
I hope that answers some basic questions, and I'll relay a similar message to the mailing list I have for those who have reserved my kettles. Again, stay tuned; I (we) are working on it.