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Kelly Kettle

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4.50 / 5 (6 reviews)

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Ryan Jordan
( ryan - BPL STAFF - M )

Greater Yellowstone
Kelly Kettle on 08/07/2005 22:38:33 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

The recent review of the Stratus Trailstove motivated me to post a review of a similar (in concept) wood burning device, the Kelly Kettle.

I've had the 1 pint Kelly Kettle for a few years. I purchased it from

The first modification I did was replace the absurdly heavy cotton bag with a SpinSack. Second, I replaced the link chain that connects the cork spoutcap to the kettle with a piece of very thin photo hanging wire.

The Kelly Kettle is not "lightweight" by our standards, and it's bulky (nature of its design: water vessel is integrated). I primarily use it for watercraft (drift boat, pontoon boat) float-camping trips, and seldom take it hiking (too bulky), although I do take it camping in the spring/fall when the focus is on basecamping). The 1 pt version does not have enough water capacity for anything but solo use.

At 13 oz, it's light enough to take on long trips in wet, cold conditions where I want to make a lot of hot brews.

Having used the Zip Stove and a variety of hobo cans, I've found the Kelly Kettle to be the best performing wood burner so far. The volcano effect really does work, and chimney throughput is outstanding. Having the chimney go up through the center of the water vessel is sheer design brilliance for maximizing heat exchange, and the Kelly Kettle does regularly give me a pint of boiled water within 4 minutes of striking the match.

I take small bits of Esbit as firestarters, which means I can pretty much use any fuel I find: twigs, leaves, cones, needles, grass. A few handfuls of reasonably dry crud off the forest floor is about all I need, with the edge given to dead pine needles. Fuel that burns FAST and hot is what you want: twigs are actually the least useful form of fuel because they burn slow.

The Kelly Kettle is very well made, has a wonderful history about it, and just plain works.

If they can lighten it up (titanium?) to 8 oz so it's measurably lighter than the Titanium Zip Stove, I'd give it a '5', as there is not much else I would do to improve it.

Edited by ryan on 08/08/2005 00:33:30 MDT.

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Scott Ashdown
( waterloggedwellies )

United Kingdom
Kelly Kettle on 08/07/2005 22:54:07 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I totally agree with Ryans comments above. I have owned a Kelly Kettle for a few years now and use it in a base camp type set up. It is supremely fast in boiling water and the chimney effect makes it easier to get your fire started. If you simply want to boil water on a handfull or so of twigs, get one of these. A great product to use and a conversation starter as well. At camp I would fill mine with water just before bed, load the twigs etc ready to go and then next morning, a simple strike of a match and voila, hot water. Again, not really for back packing use, but for a static camp. Fantastic.

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Steve Martell
( Steve )

Eastern Washington
Kelly Kettle on 08/26/2005 16:26:38 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

A great product. If you ever wanted to use cooking oil (olive oil, etc.) as your stove fuel then this is the stove/kettle for you. About 30ml of oil soaked into some TP tissue is all you need to get the water (about 3 cups) boiling.

After E-mailing them (KK company), they stated that they are reducing the weight of the smaller kettle. I believe this would be a neat item to add to the BPL Gear Shop as it is hard to find & the few suppliers that carry it are often out of stock.

Edited by Steve on 04/02/2006 09:35:33 MDT.

Laura Smith
( spamthekat )
I love this for camping on 06/06/2006 17:00:01 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I have a 2 pint Storm Kettle. It just barely fits 2 pints, so really 1 1/2 pints is more feasible if you dont want water spurting out everywhere when it boils.

If you're looking for this product to purchase, be sure to look under Volcano Kettle & Storm Kettle & Foul Weather kettle as well. There are other vendors out there under these names & their products vary in size & weight.

The weight of this product didnt deter me from taking it backpacking with my husband since this size can more readily serve 2 people, but I am hemming and hawing if I really want to take it with me when it's just me alone.

I tried using sterno and it was actually faster to use leaves, twigs & bark scraps then the sterno.

I am going to see if I make a base out of a tin can and if it will be lighter.

I really find this useful for base camping, fishing, the beach & car camping.

The weight & price are the only detractors. Most of these are made int he UK, so by the time you adust for the dollar & ship....Also, you could rig another cooking rack on the top and cook something else at the same time, going to see if I have any luck at that either.

Edited by spamthekat on 06/06/2006 17:08:17 MDT.

Duane Hall
( PKH - M )

Nova Scotia
Kelly Kettle on 06/17/2007 04:56:19 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

The boys in the office presented me with one of these kettles as a retirement gift, and I must admit it sat in my gear closet for quite a while - I just couldn't see the utility of the thing. I had been a gram weenie alcohol burner convert for some time, and I couldn't get past the obvious weight and bulk of the Kelly. When the spirit of enquiry struck and I finally gave the thing a good test, I was honestly amazed. I believe it is the most efficient wood burner available. The entire interior of the chimney is heating surface and it is wonderful to see those flames shooting out the top. The Kelly has an elegant simplicity that really pleases me, and I know I will never lack for hot water.

Weight is an issue. But I use a simple boil water and rehydrate cooking technique so the Kelly doubles as my pot and stove, and of course I am not carrying fuel of any kind. So the Kelly as a cooking system is not as heavy as it might seem. Bulk is more problematic as there is no way to reduce the space it takes in my pack. Then again, the thing is hollow, so I can always stuff something into the hole.

I've recently purchased a Caldera Cone system from Trail Designs, and I expect this will become my primary backcountry stove/cooking system. But there will always be trips when I will take my Kelly Kettle. It is a genuine pleasure to use, and as Ryan Jordan has stated, "It just plain works".



Trevor D Gamble
( trevordgamble )
Fine bit of no nonsense kit for canoe camping and other outdoors activities. on 11/26/2008 16:30:19 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Yes, as has been said above there, not the lightest bit of kit, but still popular with a lot of folks. There is now too a medium sized version for those that felt the 1 pint too small and the 2.5 pint one too big and bulky. The new middle size is 1.75 pint and uses the same cook set accessories kit as the bigger model apparently too. They are now making the cook kit in a smaller size as well though to fit the 1 pint version. If none of these light your 'personal candle' then there is always that tiny lightweight volcano kettle unit as was issued to Swedish army units, that is smaller than the 1 pint Kelly Kettle version too to try. Two other UK companies are now making similar items to Kelly Kettles as well these days, one version of which has a whistle instead of that bung!

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