The Kelly Kettle website has all you need – videos, diagrams – if you’re unsure about how this kettle works. Basically the base holds your fire and your cylindrical kettle sits on top. The kettle has a double wall, inside of which is a chimney which allows the fire to leap upwards and heat the water. As the fire heats it from the inside out it’s an effective, quick method of boiling water that works well in all weathers. For more info check the Kelly Kettle website out, or read on.

THEY SAY

This ‘Ultimate Kit’ includes the following items:

1.2ltr Aluminium ‘Scout’ Kelly Kettle, green whistle & fire base. (Anodised Aluminium Kettle + upgraded steel fire base)

Cook set – which includes: 0.85ltr Pot / Frying Pan (pot lid) / 2 Piece Grill / Gripper Handle

Base/Pot Support – two pieces which flat pack for easy packing.

Camping Cup set – 500 & 350ml cups with silicone CooLIp pieces, silicone coated foldable handles, measurements on the inside of the cup & polished interior for easy cleaning.

Hobo Stove – for cooking over the fire base.

Camping Plate Set (All the accessories are made from Stainless Steel)

Drawstring carrying bag

A popular Green Whistle has replaced the Orange stopper on this Kettle and will let you know when the water has boiled.

Total Kit Weight 2.54 kg / 5.6lb (excluding packaging)

Cost-FREE to run! Never worry about running out of fuel again. Simply gather deadwood, twigs, dry grass, pine cones or whatever natural fuel you find lying around in the area and you can bring 6 cups of water to the boil within a matter of minutes while at the same time (and using the same fuel) cook small amounts of food over the chimney (using the pot on the support) as the kettle boils. Hence, a very small amount of fuel will both boil your water for hot drinks, washing up, personal hygiene, etc. and cook your meal at the same time!

This kit works in ALL weather conditions. The Hobo Camp Cook Stove makes camp cooking simple and easy. Simply drop the Hobo Stove accessory onto the fire-base of the kettle and cook. You can add fuel to the fire via the opening in the side of the stove, without removing the pot/pan from the top. Outdoor cooking made easy! Enjoy your hot drinks and meal with our quality Camp Cups and Plates.

WE SAY

I’ve just returned from a week long wilderness canoe camping trip to Algonquin National Park in Canada and have been very happy with the Kelly Kettle. Here are some points I think worth mentioning.

The bottom of the kettle, known as the base/pot support, where the fire is lit and burns, conducts heat downwards out of it’s base as well as upwards. So be aware that it’ll leave a burnt patch wherever it stands. No problem on a wild campsite, as all of mine were in Algonquin. I just kicked the grass around a little before I left and all looked fine. Maybe this will be an issue if you’re staying on a serviced campsite though, or trying your kettle out for the first time on your back garden decking. Yes, I did that. I know, I should have known better, but I just didn’t think. The only saving grace there was that it wasn’t my decking, it was my sisters, and she’s been talking about replacing it for years so I like to think I gave her the perfect impetus to make that happen…

You can see the charred decking under the burner above. If you’re going to use it in setting like this, put an old bit of wood or something like that underneath before you light the fire. Better still, use it for the first time in the wilderness instead, as in the photo below. There’s no need to test it, the kettle works excellently and is really easy to get to grips with.

A friend of mine said, after seeing it in action, ‘great, it’s the sort of thing I can use whilst out on the boat fishing.’ Yes, this is possible, but bear in mind what I’ve just said before you do that. You don’t want to be burning a hole in the bottom of you canoe or rowboat.

The biggest cup that is included is really very big, probably equal to 2 cups of regular coffee, or one large whiskey toddy (pictured above, next to a cous cous dinner). It’s so big that my breakfast fitted in there nicely; here it is, a muffin with blueberries and maple syrup.

Although the stove does burn any twigs, branches or pine cones you can find laying about, it’s not a miracle worker. If your raw material is wet through, as mine was (Algonquin had only a week before been opened up after a long winter and everything was just free of ice and on the defrost, so very wet in other words!), you might well need some help starting your fire. I used simple firelighters. Once going though, the base kept the heat well and burned everything I put it in very well.


My kettle boiled as expected in a very quick time – about 3 minutes. But if I wanted to keep the fire going in order to boil another batch of water or cook up some dinner, then the fire would have to be watched and near constantly attended to. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t get it doing and then nip off for a quick swim. As long as you’re very quick. Which I was, as the water had been covered in ice just a week before our trip and it was still only hovering around the 0C mark. Good for a refreshing dip but not somewhere to linger!

The kettle packs up well and whilst not as small as many kettles it’s very robust. I could stash it away into my main bag along with tent and sleeping bag and throw it into the canoe without worrying it would dent or malfunction.

After use it cools quickly, so it’s no problem to use it for breakfast even if you plan to break camp very early and get away quick sharp. I boiled water and then as my coffee was cooling I would break camp, sipping my drink as I went, and by the time tent and everything else was packed up the kettle was cool enough to pack away.

It’s great in bad weather. I like to camp on islands and exposed places so I can really feel the weather and the kettle or stove never let me down, no matter how windy.

I liked the feeling of using natural fuel in my stove, and unlike my friends who came on the trip with me, I didn’t have to spend the day before we went frantically looking all about the city for fuel canisters that worked with my stove. They came from England, you see, and had an MSR stove and another brand I can’t recall. They thought it would be easy to find gas canisters in Toronto but as is almost always the case, if you land in a new country needing stove fuel your search will most likely cause you a headache. On top of this, I enjoy being in nature, and I like to do all I can not to wreck the natural world. If I can get away with burning natural fuel that is laying all around my tent instead of buying yet another metal canister, then that’s a big win for me. It felt really good to just walk a few feet from my tent site to dip the kettle into the lake, fill it up, then put it on the stove and fuel it with twigs and debris that was laying all around.

This is not a stove and kettle combination that I would use on a multi day mountain hiking or any other foot powered expedition, unless I had pack horses like I did in the High Atlas one time. It’s too bulky for that. Although the base could well be used separately if I knew I would have access to plenty of forest debris for fuel.

But as a stove and kettle for use on a canoe or car camp expedition I’m very impressed. I trust it’ll give me hot water and heat in any weather conditions, I will definitely use it in future expeditions, and I recommend you give it a go.

Check out the Kelly Kettle Ultimate Scout on the website.