Review of the Kelly Kettle 1.7 Liter Stainless Steel Cooking Kit — 18 Comments

  1. A friend of mine has one, and they are really handy. I’ve been wanting one every since I saw it in action a few months ago. That would be perfect for our BOL, which currently has not electricity, and in the summer when I really don’t want to heat the wood stove just to make coffee. Any guess/estimated time frame on when you might be carrying them?

  2. Looks like the backpacking community is also working on a version of the Kelly Kettle that weighs 8 oz called the Backcountry Boiler:

    It boils up 20 oz of water and weighs 8 oz vs the smallest Kelly Kettle’s 17 oz which weighs 1.3 lbs. so the weight difference is huge.

    Car camping though I’d still go with the stainless steel of the Kelly Kettle.

  3. Being a Dietitian, I’m quite informed of the health concerns of aluminum. My hub. and I love to hike and camp alot, so this new stainless ‘handy dandy’ looks great for packing along.

  4. I have a 1 liter version and its great if you use a lot of freeze-dried food like mountain house products. Its very fast from the moment you light it, to the time you have boiling water in with your food.

    I mainly picked one up as the Kelly Kettle works well even in bad weather conditions such as heavy rain and high winds. It also uses hardly any fuel so makes it easy to get enough dry wood.

  5. Great Review Jack !! I’ve had one of these Stainless Steel Base Camps for about 4 months now and use it every time I go out. I also thought I would let you know that the smallest one, the Kelly Kettle Trekker also comes in Stainless Steel. I bought one from last month. Great products !

  6. I have a question.

    How will this work for purifying/sanitizing water? Based on the water once it gets up to a boil water starts shooting all over the place. How are you going to be able to boil water longer than a few seconds without losing everything???


  7. @Modern Survival,

    Thats a great page. Not trying to be a pain here but the article says a few minutes over 185. As fast as the kelley boiled the water in the video is that going to be inside or outside the window of safety. Especially if you are using it to add to food which might rapidly cool the water???

  8. @caleb as the temps go up the necessary time goes down. So how long will the water be above 180 before it cools enough for you to consume it?

    Boiled water is safe water, the end. LOL.

  9. I got one liter boiling in about 3 minutes in a stainless steel water bottle this morning by placing it directly in the lodge pole pine fire hole, and I’m at about 4,000′ elevation. Otherwise, Kelly Kettle looks like a high tech hobo stove. 🙂


    I have Stainless and Copper Kelly Kettles. They originate from NewZeland.(sp)

    Think about it, middle of the winter, snow and ice is the only water around, how are you going to get enough through that little hole to melt for water?


    Look up the ECOBILLY

    A Kelly Kettle with an open top. Scoup it full of snow, light the fire and off ya go!
    I got a rolling boil in about 10 minutes(refilled with more snow once it melted down) in a 20 knot wyoming wind 15 degrees temp 7000 feet elevation.

    On a hand full if sticks.

    I’ve got both sizes, both are stainless steel and do not require a separate base.

    I have no financial connection to the company in Austrailia, I cannot find anything else like it made in america (or anywhere else).

    Great product You can store stuff inside the burn chamber and the water boiling area. Looks like it would be good for soups or stews.

    Just my 2cents.

  11. Haven’t seen the review yet (tomorrow) but we have researched the Kelly Kettle and though its kewl, we have chosen the Thermette over it. More expensive but worth every dollar. Check it out –

  12. Only problem I see with any of these systems is if you happen to be in a (US) State Park. All the State Parks I’ve been at over the years have been picked over to small fuel, and even large fuel.

    What then?