Kelly Kettle – My Kettle

Kelly Kettle

The first kettle dates back to the 1890’s to County Mayo, Ireland. A young lad named Patrick Kelly, made his first kettle from Tin after a cold winter of tinkering and experimentation.

Now, brothers Patrick & Seamus Kelly, are proud to be the fourth generation of Kellys to produce their popular kettles and camping equipment. The Kelly brothers continue to develop the Kelly Kettle Brand and bring you their loyal customers, new and exciting products & gear.

For those of you not familiar with the Kelly Kettle, it’s a unique water boiler that is basically a water jacketed double walled aluminum chimney with a removable aluminum fire pan. The Kelly Kettle is available in 3 sizes of .57, 1.1 and 1.5 liters. .57 liter is available in stainless steel and the 1.5 liter is available in steel for base camp use.

Kelly Kettle Diagram

What’s the advantage of wood burning stoves over traditional camping stoves? The biggest advantage is you always have fuel to use, below the tree line. You can utilize nearly anything as fuel, such as twigs, pine cones, dried animal dung and for the “really green” folks, no industrially manufactured fuels or fuel canisters to haul around or leave behind.

The Kelly Kettle is a unique boiling device, in that it allows you to boil water without carrying fuel, stove, pans and the like.

To use the Kelly Kettle, you build a small fire in its pan, the water filled chimney is placed on top of the pan and the fire heats the jacketed water. The kettle forms a chimney with water held in its twin wall construction. This is a really efficient way of heating water as most of the heat from the fire is transferred to the water, rather than to the pot. You can feed more twigs in the top of the chimney if needed on longer boils or multiple boils. You can also use the kettle on an open fire.

Kelly Kettle Firepan

Boiling point was achieved in about 5-6 minutes. Additional cedar pieces about 3 inches long were dropped down the chimney as needed. The kettle burned fast and hot using this fuel.

Kelly Kettle

At first, I was a little skeptical on this “volcano” design. After months of use, it really does work and chimney throughput is unbelievable! Now my thoughts are of sheer genius of having the chimney go up through the middle of stove.

Looking into the chimney of the Kelly Kettle

After many months of field use, we have learned that the easy way to start the fire is with Vaseline soaked cotton balls or fatwood shavings. You can place either of them in a “snack” zip lock bag and store them inside the chimney of the Kelly Kettle. Or you can use a dab of alcohol based hand sanitizer.

As the cotton balls start burning, set the pan on a non-flammable surface like sand, gravel, rock or on any level ground. In about 5-6 minutes you will have boiling water to make up some Mountain House, oatmeal or coffee.

But the kettle can be a little annoying if you’re trying to multi-task because you have to watch it and maintain the fuel level carefully or it will go out with little warning before it boils.

The only learning curve is mastering the art of a small fire, this learning curve is mastered within a couple uses.

I would highly recommend the purchase of the Cook Set and Pot-Support to cook small amounts of food while and after your kettle boils. You could also boil more water on top (2 cups), for hot drinks.

Kelly Kettle

While the Kelly Kettle may not be for everyone due to its bulk size, it is hollow which allows you to store items in the center. This stove is excellent for emergencies, base camping, car camping, fishing, hunting or day hikes. But, still not all that bad for multi-day backcountry trips, if you plan accordingly!

The Kelly Kettle Trekker Stainless Steel kit combo is sold for $96.99 with everything below included.

Water capacity for Kelly Kettle: 0.57 Liter/19 ounces
Size: 10.6″ Packed
Set up just shy of 13″ (with pot supports), 11″ without. (Kettle inserted atop of firebase)
Diameter of kettle: 5.5″
Also comes with stuff sack, stainless steel pot and lid, pot lifter, pot support system and fire grill.

Kettle w/ all accessories (kettle/firebase/pot set/pot lifter/pot support/grill): 2 lb. 6.3 ounces fully loaded.
For the accessories by themselves, broken down by weight, size and cost:

Kettle With Fire Base: 1 lb. 11.4 ounces
Pot Set (pot/lid/lifter/pot support): 9.4 ounces
Pot w/ lid: 5.3 ounces
Pot Lifter: 1.8
Grill: 1.3 ounces
Kettle: 1 lb. 6.7 ounces
Pot Support: 2.3 ounces
Firebase: 4.7 ounces

Kelly Kettles and Kits:
Small ‘Trekker’ Kelly Kettle Alu. (0.57 Ltr / 1 pint) = $57 / Kit = $86
Height – 27cm / 10.6 inches (Packed)
Diameter – 14cm / 5.5 inches
Capacity – 20oz (UK) / 0.57Ltrs
Weight – 1.32lb / 0.6kg
Fire Base & Drawstring carrying bag are included as standard with each kettle

Medium ‘Scout’ Kelly Kettle Alu. (1.1 Ltr / 1.9 pint) = $61 / Kit = $93
Height – 8cm / 11inches (Packed)
Diameter – 18.5cm / 7.3inchs (widest point at rim of base)
Capacity – 1.1 Ltr / 39 (UK) ozs
Weight – 0.8 Kg / 1.76lb
Fire Base & Drawstring carrying bag are included as standard with each kettle.

Large ‘Base Camp’ Kelly Kettle Alu. (1.5 ltr / 2.6 UK pints) = $63 / Kit = $94.50
Height – 34cm / 13inchs (packed)
Diameter – 18.5cm / 7.3inchs (widest point at rim of fire base)
Capacity – 1.5 Ltrs / 53oz UK
Weight – 2.05lb / 0.93kg
Fire Base & Drawstring carrying bag are included as standard with each kettle.

Stainless Steel ‘Trekker’ Kelly Kettle (0.57 Ltr / 1 pint) = $72.50 / Kit = $101
Height – 27cm / 10.6 inches (Packed)
Diameter – 14cm / 5.5 inches
Capacity – 1 Pint (UK) / 0.57Ltrs
Weight – 1.64lb / 0.74kg
Fire Base & Drawstring carrying bag are included as standard with each kettle

Steel ‘Base Camp’ (1.5ltr) = $79 / Kit = $110
Height – 34cm / 13inchs (kettle excl. box)
Diameter – 18.7cm / 7.4inchs (widest point at rim of base)
Capacity – 1.5 Ltr / 2.6 Pints (U.K.)
Weight – 2.6lbs / 1.18kg (Kettle & base on its own)
Weight – 3.2lbs / 1.45kg in packaging.
Fire Base & Drawstring bag are included as standard with each kettle.

**Kit-A ‘Kit’ comprises of: Kettle, Cook Set & Pot Support

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