Kelly Kettle

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  • Couple of years ago the Evil Bitch Queen From Hades inexplicably bought me a really useful piece of kit - a Kelly Kettle.

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    Its a cross between a water heater and a cooker. Looks like a cut-down fire extinguisher and is a bit too big to manpack. The idea is that you can use any available source of flame - twigs, dung, hexy, and the larger size will bring 1.6 litres of water to a boil in 3-5 minutes. This can be done with two hexy blocks, so its very fuel efficient.

    There is a gizmo that lets you put a pot / frying pan on top so you can cook at the same time as boil water.I've used it on ex a couple of times and it does work. I'd think i would be a very welcome addition to a remote FOB where cooking fuel is scarce, or packed in a vehicle read for use by the brew bitch.

    Boils water quickly, very fuel efficient, good piece of kit.
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  1. mercurydancer
    I dont do anything that requires a bergen nowadays, but I'm often outdoors and I use a kelly kettle almost as much as I do my jetboil. Obviously the jetboil is quicker for half a litre of water, but the kelly holds one litre and can warm stuff up on the top too, and uses remarkably little fuel. I am a bit of a lazy bugger so I buy kindling from a supermarket. Does perfectly well. I often use them together, the jetboil for a brew, and the kelly is heating up whilst I get a brew on and get some stew on the kelly. The other good thing about the kelly is that you can keep stuff warm for a long time, rather than a rolling boil. Very useful piece of kit but certainly not easily transportable in a pack. Far too big.
  2. happybonzo
    We use one about 3 or more times a week when we're working in the Woodlands. It gets carried in the truck but I wouldn't want to carry one in a pack: Too bulky for that.
    I bought the aluminium model; in hindsight, I should have bought the stainless steel one as they are more robust.
    If you get one, take the time to have a bit of practise lighting it and you'll soon find what will light and burn easily.