I've been using mine for about a month in the back yard before I took it out in the sticks for the first time. I've made several gallons of coffee, dehydrated meals, boiled frozen chicken, and just sat there and enjoyed a small fire. Everything works as it should, and everything in the kit is actually useful.
I have a gaggle of stoves from the entire price range; this is not 100% practical, (heavy) but by far the most enjoyable. I was REALLY surprised at just how little fuel you need to cook and boil. Also I love the comfort and ambiance of the small fire.
My favorite thing about the Kelly Kettle is ZERO cost of ownership and no waste at all. I came to the realization that gas stoves will cost you money for as long as you own them. Now, I never have to buy fuel again and I'm not putting a mountain of empty canisters in the local landfill. That is at least three different kinds of bad for the environment. I feel better about spending my time in the great outdoors.
Here is my one dislike. The carrying bag is beyond flimsy. It didn't survive it's first trip out of the yard. I loaded up my gear drove an hour out, an hour back and, by the time I got home there were seventeen holes in the bag. If you can't carry the kit... It's not very useful, is it?
I wish they would have made it out of a good, thick, canvas. Or at least offer a canvas bag separately. Maybe I can make a new bag out of an old pants leg or something.
Also I would suggest getting a pocket bellows. If Kelly Kettle sold them in the store I would have bought one for sure. And you should definitely get the orange bung (yes I said bung) for canteen usage.
Bottom line... I would 100% recommend this kit. Just have to find a good bag. Maybe one with a shoulder strap.
HAPPY OUTDOORSING EVERYBODY!
AROUND THE WORLD WITH A KELLY KETTLE:
I have been travelling around with a kayak and a Kelly Kettle through India and Chile over the last several months, and it has proven to be one of the most well used bits of kit on the whole trip.
Usually one for travelling as small and light as possible (aside from a 20kg kayak), it was a bit of a departure from the usual, but from previous experiences in India where petrol stoves work once, then never again, something a bit less complex seemed like a good idea. Spending most of the time living out of the back of a small kayak, space is in short supply, but not having to take petrol was a nice change, and things to burn are never in short supply.
In a country where tea, rice, lentils, and noodles are the main foods on the expedition menu, being able to boil water quickly and easily is all that was needed to feed a whole group, and the little hobo stove addition makes frying a couple of onions an easy addition. We have previously managed using the Nepalese technique with 3 rocks and little sticks, but the Kettle makes this so much more efficient and easy when conditions are bad.
A kayak isn't what it was designed to fit into, but the 1.2 liter (Scout) model fits well in the back of mine, so if you've got a car, then there's no reason not to have one in the back when you're camping.
After a few months of use in India being bashed around in the back of a kayak on class 5 whitewater it was a little mis-shapen and well coated with tar, but was still working as good as new so I flew it (and my kayak) to the other side of the world to Chile for another few months of whitewater kayaking.
South Americans love their Mate Tea, which requires constant topping up with hot water, and the Kelly Kettle once again was used almost constantly every day. The simple design is almost a meditative experience, sticks go in the top, and then tea happens. Repeat ad nauseum.
Down in Patagonia, the weather doesn't always play nicely and having no other method to cook with than fire, it was a blessing to be able to easily make a fire with damp wood and strong wind. The little pan stand for in the top of the kettle I never found myself needing to use, but the hobo stove was used daily, and the little grill is ideal for a couple of sausages or BBQing an orange. Having a pan set that fits in the kettle along with everything else means one little bag is all that's needed to cook and keep people happy with a constant supply of water for tea and coffee on a lazy morning.
Lee Royle, U.K.
Lee Royle, U.K. Adventure Kayaker
"An outfitter introduced me to the Kelly Kettle while I was canoe tripping in northern Scotland a few years back. I got a quick boil going during a very soggy downpour. I fell in love with this stove then and there and haven't looked back since. I pack the smaller Trekker model on most canoe trips I do in Canada and use the Base Camp model for trips when there will be less need for packing and portaging, especially winter trekking. The Hobo Stove also goes with me on every trip. It's one of the best stick stoves around, adding incredible versatility to my cook system."
Kevin Callan, Author, Film Maker and renowned Canadian Canoeist
Kevin Callan, Author, Film Maker and renowned Canadian Canoeist
Bear Grylls - Instagram 15th August 2016
I love my Kelly Kettle!
Bear Grylls, I love my Kelly Kettle!
I just wanted to let you know that I am really pleased with the Kelly Kettle. I bought a 2 pint kettle a few years ago, and it has been a great thing to have around. I live in the forest in Norway and live without electricity. I have a woodstove which I use for heating and cooking. In the summer, I don't need to use the stove for heating the house, and then the kettle really comes into its own. When I need some hot water, I only have to use the kettle. This saves enormously on firewood, and is a quick way to make that all important cup of morning tea.
I thought you might like to get some positive feedback.
I'm really impressed that Kelly Kettle doesn't require you to bring fuel and that you never run out of it. Just to go picking some more sticks and you have a solution that works indefinitely. It's therefore also very environment friendly. Love it!
Sören Kjellkvist Sweden Professional Adventurer & Environmental Campaigner
Hello Kelly Kettle Team,
I purchased a large stainless Kelly Kettle from you (www.kellykettleusa.com) a couple of weeks ago. This weekend was my first time using it. I went out to the desert with a group of about a dozen friends - we try to get in a couple of these camping trips each year. The area we camp in is often very windy, and even car camping with propane stoves, it can be a bit of a struggle to get coffee going in the morning. I'm definitely a morning coffee person, which sparked my interest in your kettle.
It worked great. Honestly, I couldn't be happier. With a few bits of dry grass and twigs harvested from around our site I had water boiling in a few minutes. Into the French press it went and a few minutes later we were having gourmet coffee with our breakfast. Since the capacity of my French press is only about eight cups, I just left the kettle on the base with the embers going, and as more people woke up I added a few more pieces of kindling. The next round of water - and the next - boiled even more quickly.
The Kettle Kelly generated a lot of interest and discussion too. Several people asked where I got it, so I'm sending them all the link to your site - I hope it generates a bit of business.
Thanks for making this great product available. I'm going to be using it quite a bit.
Shane B, U.S.A.
Shane B, U.S.A.
Please see attached 2 photos, that show your product performing fantastically in -5 degC. The fuel I used was recovered from the woods around the frozen lake; A bit of crunched up news paper, some leaves and plenty of recovered twigs and small branches. Ironically the gas and meths stoves that I carry in my car as back ups would not ignite. The water still boiled inside five minutes.
Your Kelly kettle is without doubt one of the most efficient and practical stoves I have owned in over 30 years of outdoor living, thank you.
Kevin Amaira, Testimonial...your product performing fantastically in -5 deg C.
"I enjoyed boiling water in my completely full Kelly Kettle base camp at -23 Celsius in about 3 minutes recently using wood gathered around my yard."
Frank Heegaard, Illinois, USA, www.northcentralcyclery.com
Frank Heegaard, Illinois, USA
"I used my kettle this weekend, it got windy and it snowed. The people with me could not boil water with their pocket stove because of the wind. I made them all tea.
As I told them, smaller isn't always better."
Jim - California