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Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Do you know this kettle? on 03/22/2013 22:59:43 MDT Print View

I found this kettle today. Holds a liter, weighs 6oz, about 2-5/8" tall and 7-1/4" diameter. Looks like clear anodized aluminum. I've never seen one this short and wide and the twin bails are interesting-- they do help stabilize it.

It has no name, place of origin or logo. Anybody seen one?

Aluminum kettle

Edited by dwambaugh on 03/22/2013 23:00:30 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Do you know this kettle? on 03/22/2013 23:36:07 MDT Print View

What purpose does the second bail serve?

The photo makes it appear that one bail can be easily removed.

--B.G.--

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Do you know this kettle? on 03/23/2013 00:14:26 MDT Print View

Double bail for stability.
I would imagine that if you don't reposition the single bail to the center it will tip over...

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Do you know this kettle? on 03/23/2013 00:24:18 MDT Print View

Some single bails have detents formed into the anchorage fitting so that they will stay upright until moved for transport. This one doesn't seem to have those detents, so they used two bails.

--B.G.--

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Do you know this kettle? on 03/23/2013 00:27:26 MDT Print View

Let me bail you guys out :)

The bails keep the kettle from tipping when pouring. It is clever and the bails weigh just 4g/0.14oz each. I had to get out the jewelry scale. I wouldn't dream of changing it.

Most current model kettles have a 3/8" wide bar handle and some add a plastic section in the center.

Twin bails

Twin bails

Twin bails

Edited by dwambaugh on 03/23/2013 00:28:07 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Do you know this kettle? on 03/23/2013 01:27:31 MDT Print View

"The bails keep the kettle from tipping when pouring"
I wish I had thought of that, but then again maybe I did...

Don Morris
(hikermor) - F
Kettle on 03/23/2013 03:43:05 MDT Print View

Those were available in the late 60's or so from retailers like REI. I might still have mine, back in the nether regions of my gear closet. I recall they were a bit awkward - too wide,even with the double bail.

Tim Anderson
(tim@bikeswitzerland.com) - F
should be very efficient if... on 03/24/2013 01:47:35 MDT Print View

I've been searching for a kettle that is wider than the standard 5" or so.
If you wanted to increase the efficiency, It seems to me that the width would mean no flame spill over, so neoprene/carbon felt or reflextic could be cut to lay over the top to keep the heat in.
If you wanted to lighten it, you could use 2 fishing leads instead of the bails, or titanium bike spokes/wire.
If you wanted to simplify/lighten it, you could weld a piece of aluminum in place of the lid. I have a Swiss kitchen kettle from the 50's that only has a hole for the spout. very slick design
nice kettle

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: should be very efficient if... on 03/24/2013 07:53:30 MDT Print View

I thought the same about the width. If the the 60's vintage is right, it may have been made with one if the old Optimus or Primus stoves in mind.

Primus

I wouldn't dream about changing the design. Those bails are 4g each. I'm a risk taker and hike with a full length handle on my toothbrush :)

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Kettle on 03/24/2013 09:17:50 MDT Print View

I agree with Don. I used to have one too.

Don Morris
(hikermor) - F
Re: Re: Kettle on 03/26/2013 19:50:45 MDT Print View

I rummaged around and found my kettle. Mine has a tea strainer that fits under the lid. Characters on the side are probably Japanese. I never found it very useful for backpacking, generally boiling water in a pot.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Do you know this kettle? on 03/26/2013 19:56:31 MDT Print View

How well does it pour? The spout hole looks tiny.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Do you know this kettle? on 03/26/2013 20:05:49 MDT Print View

The GSI Kettle is nice for winter because it has a wide base. Better for snow melting. I wish it held a but more water though.

Kevin Schneringer
(Slammer) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
WTB Don's kettle the one that's just like Dale's :) on 03/26/2013 21:11:00 MDT Print View

Don

Interested in parting with that kettle? Or has it reached antique status since its from the 60's?
Looks like it would be awesome for use on a super cat stove for tea/ boiling with a small group.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Do you know this kettle? on 03/26/2013 22:11:37 MDT Print View

"How well does it pour? The spout hole looks tiny."

The obvious personal gaffs aside, it pours just fine. It doesn't win any awards for speed, but it doesn't gush all over the place that way.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Do you know this kettle? on 03/26/2013 22:16:16 MDT Print View

Uniflame Kettle

Uniflame here in Japan makes a similar one, but it's obviously different. I have seen one by another company quite often, and it might be an early version by Primus.

Primus Kettle

Here is the present-day version of the Primus kettle.

Gregory Stein
(tauneutrino) - F

Locale: Upper Galilee
one handle on 03/28/2013 14:28:36 MDT Print View

Just in case you want one handle, you can remove the second one and insert one end of the first handle in hole for second handle. So that it will run just above the center. This way it will be stable.

But if you take a long handled toothbrush ... OMG How can you do that?!?! :D

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Predecessor to the trangia? on 03/28/2013 14:35:40 MDT Print View

I wonder if it might be the predecessor to this.

Edited by Hitech on 03/28/2013 14:38:36 MDT.