Kelly Kettle aluminum vs stainless steel

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  1. tradarcher

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    I am about to purchase a Kelly Kettle in aluminum. Is there anything I should know or consider with buying the aluminum version vs the SS version?
     
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    There is no proof as to health and use of aluminum. I personally prefer stainless because it is more durable and I'd rather clean stainless than aluminum. But aluminum is lighter so go with what you prefer.
     
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    I went with stainless for durability as the bit of added weight did not concern me for my setup and use. If it were to boil dry the aluminum could burn through, the stainless might have a little more margin for error. Not sure what has been decided on newer coated aluminum regarding health issues.
     
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    I've had the Al 600 ml model for many years and never had a problem with it. It has made life much better at times. That being said, I am giving it away and getting a SS one for Christmas.
     
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    So if I want to cook on it would it be wise for me to keep some water in it as well?
     
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    I had an aluminum one as soon as the stainless ones came out I sold it and bought a SS one........I dunno why.......I like stainless better for such applications......I'm sure aluminum will do.....that's all they offered for a very long time...
     
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    Go with the stainless
     
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    I have the small one in aluminum. It does the job. They’re a neat little piece of kit.
    They say aluminum conducts heat better but with the fire in the middle of your pot I can’t see how it matters much.
    Been wanting to try it with an alcohol burner or esbit tab just for shiggles but I’m not finished procrastinating on that experiment yet.:rolleyes:
     
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    If you are using the chimney as the heat source then yes, definitely have some water in there. I wasn’t a fan of the cooking abilities of the kettle. If a person has multiple batches of water to boil you can get a long enough cook time but the dang things boil water so fast I could never do much more than hard boil eggs or make simple soup.

    The hobo stove grate has potential but needs more airflow. I owned the 2 cup model in stainless.
     
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    They also do well with a puddle of alcohol in the base for the fuel. Makes an awesome blue tornado at night.
     
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    Yes, keep water in it always while cooking.

    If you get the aluminum model, when you finish cooking or boiling water, empty the fire bowl immediately. I know one person that
    melted the fire bowl because he had a large load of wood in it and when the pot was removed the burning wood coverd the fire bowl and melted/deformed it. He left it unattended........not good.

    The fance Feest alcohol stove can be used if a flame deflector is placed onto the pot support. The top of a soup can be utilized as a deflector. The deflector pushes the flames against the walls for efficient heating.
     
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    The way it burns at the chimney I think it would be futile to cook over it, it is purely a water boiler. I ordered the hobo stove attachment for mine, but would not wast money to buy the parts to cook over the chimney. While heating it up there definitely needs to be water in it, or you will ruin it.

    I tried that in my kitchen when I first got it, it was quite impressive how well it works, I would not do that now though, all the accumulated soot would smoke up the place.
     
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    I went with the Stainless Steel model for durability.
     
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    I bought SS, but I have friends that have had the aluminum one for years and even though it's beat up and dented, still works fine.
     
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    The base for the aluminium kettles is now stainless.

    I have been pondering this same question. I am leaning towards an aluminum Trekker to keep the weight down and provide a quicker boil time. For family or car camping I would be looking to a stainless model.
     
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    Good to know about the stainless bottom now
     
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    I recommend the stainless steel. My wife reminds me on occasion about the burning cork ....see the video

     
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    Look at this big kettle for familly car camping :)

     
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    A friend was telling me about the large model above. The base camp model at 1.6 l in volume and boils water so quickly it would have to be an extra large group for me to want a bigger model.

    The main reason i am looking at a trekker aluminum model is for hunting season when the weather is cold and i am rambling deep into the mountains in search of elk. It would be nice to have a heat source at times and a way to pasteurize water without having to worry about a filter freezing.
     
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    I was on Stovetec's website awhile back and didn't see the big one there anymore. I should have bought one when I got my stoves.
     
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    The aluminum Trekker is the one to get for your hunting pleasures:dblthumb:
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    I'm glad I was able to get one while they were still available. When I remove the twig bowl, I can place the water section on top of my Origo Heat Pal and use alcohol or in emergency situations when everything goes south I can burn kerosene in it.

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    I tried for the longest time to convince myself of getting one, but it doesn't really look that practical to me. It must be a nightmare to clean and that one waterboiling trick I'm pretty sure my Scout/Dragon Pot combo does just as well or at least well enough for me. The other functions don't really impress.

    When it comes to aluminum and proof of health consequences. I dunno. Why even take the risk? I visibly deteriorates and that stuff is going somewhere.

    I have some stainless stuff, it's practical, but I honestly don't even like that too much. Many foods absorb taste even from that, so for the most part it's titanium in the woods and ceramic coated stuff at home. A little bit of cast iron where needed.
     
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    Kelly info

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    Bacon on the kettle

     
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    Carver 83 likes the lattice bacon. In the video you can see him frying some up......be prepared to drool

     
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    This little add-on makes the kettle more efficient, slows the burn rate down

     
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    I have the Base Camp and Trekker models, both in stainless. I prefer durability over weight. The design heats water better than almost anything. Smaller fuel and a quick, very hot fires allow the kettles to work best. They're crazy fast when fueled properly. I am of the opinion that there are better tools for general cooking.

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    The kettles have a lot going for them. They are a container for carrying water, They have an integrated windscreen. They have the means to support a cast iron frying pan so you're able to cook on top of them. They are more efficient than a Caldera Cone big time.
     
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    Interesting. The Kelly Kettle site shows that both the aluminum and stainless versions of each size have the same capacity, is that incorrect or is this out of date?

    Also, that Eydon Supa Kettle looks interesting for the home. With a 5.7L capacity, could purify a day's worth of water for the whole house in the event of a power outage and drinking water advisory. Anyone used one?
     

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