Stainless Steel Kelly Kettle
We at Wild Stoves have been using a Kelly Kettle for many years, on beaches, farms and forests of the Jurassic Coast since founders Jonathan and Lucy arrived in 2006.
For many years these water boiling devices were only available in aluminium, but we now sell more stainless than aluminium. Stainless steel is more durable than aluminium, and also considered by some a better vessel for drinking water. Functionally there is little difference. Stainless steel weighs in a little heavier than its aluminium siblings.
For a quick brew up, little beats a Kelly Kettle. Solidly built in stainless steel, a few twigs will boil your water in a couple of minutes.
Once you’ve boiled the kettle, you can add more water and fuel immediately for an even quicker subsequent boils. As such even a smaller kettle can be used for many people.
These are highly efficient pieces of camping equipment, suitable for trekkers & hikers, kayakers, bikers and all outdoors enthusiasts who need hot water on the move and to keep their backpack light. Or for luxury glampers who want to embrace nature’s way of heating water!
Browse the full range here.
Trekker, Scout and Basecamp Kelly Kettles
Wild Stoves stocks the full range of Kelly Kettles and accessories, from the compact Trekker, through the Scout, to the largest Basecamp model. All are available in stainless steel and aluminium. This is where you choose the perfect Kelly Kettle for your needs…
- Trekker 0.6 litre (2 mugs)
The most compact of the family. This highly-efficient stainless steel Kelly Kettle packs down small into its storage bag for carrying in a rucksack. It adds just 680 grams to your backpack.
- Scout 1.2 litre (5 mugs)
Suited to families, but still highly portable at just 1kg.
- Basecamp 1.6 litres (7 mugs)
As the name suggests, more for leaving back at camp, this will boil enough water for a bigger group. Weighs in 1.16kg, and is a larger kettle.
Add the small ‘Cook Set’ and ‘Pot-Support’ to cook small amounts of food while and after your kettle boils.
How do Kelly Kettles work?
Kelly Kettles are very good at getting heat from a fire into water. This is mainly thanks to the ‘double-walled water chamber’ around the chimney. This gives the kettle a very large surface area for thermal transfer – i.e. heating water.
Light a small fire in the base, using newspaper or firefighter such as lighting paper. Fill the kettle with water and place it on the base, adding sticks through the chimney. As the small fire burns in the base and roars up the chimney, your water boils fast, and with remarkably little wood. Once boiling, use the handle and the chain from the whistle stopper to pour the water safely.
As there is no need to carry fuel, these kettles will keep your pack light and save you money at the same time. Never worry about running out of fuel again! You can use any naturally occurring solid fuel including sticks from hedgerows, pine cones and driftwood.
The kettle will operate perfectly well even in strong winds. Some even say it benefits from a bit of a storm blowing into the air intake at the base.
What’s in the box?
- Stainless Steel Kelly Kettle
- Fire base
- Whistle stopper
- Nylon drawstring carry bag
See Specifications tab for further details.
Carrying water in a Kelly Kettle
Per the instruction leaflet, the Kettle is not designed to be a water carrier. It has been designed to boil water extremely fast in all weather conditions using very little fuel. When filled with water, the Stainless Steel Kettles should always be carried upright. If filled with water and carried on their sides or upside down, leakage can sometimes occur from the chimney top which is not always perfectly watertight. If for whatever reason you need to carry water with the kettle on its side or upside down, then please choose the Aluminium models which are easily sealed at the chimney top due to the softer metal.
Looking for a stainless steel water bottle? Checkout our friends at Elephant Box.