New Kettle

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  1. mangorockfish

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    I'm toying with the idea of getting a kettle for my cook set, but have no experience with them. I really don't want to break the bank, but I know you get what you pay for so I'm asking for your suggestions. I would like one with a low profile and it doesn't have to be large as I will probably be the only one using it. I kinda like the looks and price of the Lixada, but again I have no experience with them. Does it look ok? Thanks
     
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    I've got the same question so definitely following this.
     
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    I can only attest to the GSI Ketalist in stainless steel, it's been my go to for years.
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    I do have another one for the wife, the Snow Peak Kettle #1....that one is smaller.

    https://www.amazon.com/Snow-Peak-No...eak+kettle+#1&qid=1557455531&s=gateway&sr=8-2

    I think that there are a lot of very fine options out there now, though. One thing I would look out for is the placement of the spout. My GSI, for example, can only be filled to about the center ridge you see, otherwise it boils and spills out of the spout. A lot of backpack style kettles have that issue. It's the price you pay for being compact.
     
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    Earnest question for kettle guys: What is the advantage of a kettle over any ol' pot with a bail? I imagine pouring is easier with a spout, but there are lots of pots out there with a pinched spout....
     
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    I like kettles. I have two tea kettles and a couple of pour spout pots. And of course coffee percolator kettle/pots.

    This is the favorite, R2D2 critter.

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    Of course, this classic carries it’s own cup.

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    Not much, the main thing I like about a kettle is that it is wide but not tall. Most pots with a bail are tall and not so wide. With most of the surface area on the bottom I feel like I can fry a little bit better in it if I had to.
     
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    Thanks for asking this. I wanted to ask the exact same thing.
    I like a cup of coffee in the mornings.... but why do I need a dedicated kettle? And if I did use the kettle for cooking, I can imagine cleaning it would be tough.
    I'm curious.....
     
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    I thought the same thing concerning cleaning. I can't imagine cooking in it but then again maybe it's not as hard as I think it would be.

    I do know that a kettle over a campfire looks super cool in pictures. :14:
     
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    Ok! Now that makes sense to me.
     
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    Yeah, that's what I use. Or this:
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    I have no problem with the idea of carrying a kettle (after all, I'm one of those strange folks that carries a cast iron frying pan into the woods). I just don't understand.... why.
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    I have seen some folks pack all their cooking gear inside the kettle, and that always looks pretty clever.
     
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    GSI kettle. Inexpensive but well made. Perfect size for one or two. They average around $20. And, you can store a bunch of stuff in it when it’s not being used.
     
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    A wider, shallower container heats faster than a narrower, taller container. There's that. Other than that, it's just aesthetic choice.
     
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    A kettle boils faster saving fuel. I use a GSI kettlist and a Snow Peak #1 to make tea regularly.
     
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    I would rather cook in my snow peak than my gsi kettle.
     
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    Good reason right there.
     
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    Really? The spout on the Snowpeak seems like it would be more of a pain to clean out than the GSI.
     
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    I generally go with a kettle and a pot (GSI) as I like to have my coffee and soup at the same time. In my lightweight or day hike kit I use a Snow Peak set with 2 pots, one is the "kettle" and the other the soup pot. Both sets have the frypan/lid that is a plate or spoon rest most of the time.
     
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    been doing some timed boils w/ sights set on creating yet another kit

    as mentioned the wider bottomed ones DO boil measurably faster by up to 30% in my recent trials

    and "my little tea pot" really does look cute hanging over the fire ;-)

    BUTT the spout will be more difficult to clean(based on today's standards)

    iffin you're of the old cowboy's mentality where a coffee pot never gets WARSH'D then cleaning wont be an issue

    if allz you're gonna do is boil water for tea and dehydrated foods then es no problemo

    if you're streamlining your kit and reducing the number of items a tea pot will quite simply add 2 more pieces(pot n lid) to your kit

    since my adventures are vehicle centered the weight issue isn't a tie breaker one way or the other

    i have/use/haul pieces of kit made from virtualy ever material mentioned anywhere in this forum based on their specific benefits for my way of playing

    now for my personal choice of vessel based on this thread

    a vertically sided sauce pan w/ a lip and properly fitting lid

    the bail should stand up by itself

    and a small lip would be nice butt not a tie breaker

    'twould also be nice to be able to hook/clamp a handle on the lip for better accruacy when pouring

    iffin y'aint hoofin it where weight is the issue...

    MP's comment is really the bottom line

    it's just aesthetic choice ;-)
     
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    For me it comes down to strait walls vs tapered walls.
     
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    I'm thinking about getting the GSI steel ketalist kit - I want something I can throw in a haversack for brewing coffee or rehydrating dried foods while on a dayhike. The GSI Ultralight Java Drip is supposed to fit inside perfectly, so it seems like a decent way to bring my coffee setup on the go.

    I've also read that it nests perfectly inside of the MSR Stowaway 1.6L pot which nests inside of the MSR Alpine frying pan. My idea is that I'll just bring the kettle when I'm bumming around in the woods by myself or on a dayhike and put the full kit together when camping with others.
     
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    IMO hands down is Snow Peak No 1. Cheap, small, effective and dual purpose to use as a small cook pot if needed.
     

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    I went ahead and pulled the trigger this evening on the stainless GSI Kettle. Looking forward to morning coffee with it and my Firebox Nano stove one day next week.
     
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