Why I love my Kelly Kettle.

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  1. Beach Hiker

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    My Kelly Kettle is one of my most beloved possessions, and I wanted to share with you why.

    My affection for it isn't only because of how perfectly it performs... it does indeed boil water quickly and efficiently.
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    But I love it for more than that....
    I keep it by the barn. When the weather is terrible or I'm not feeling well, it's the Kelly Kettle that gets me out and about. I make my morning coffee with it. 20190311_065121.jpg

    No matter how grumpy I am at dawn, the simple, ritualistic act of lighting the burner pan is very satisfying. I use a firesteel to light it. I have boxes of twigs in the barn. Getting a fire going first thing in the morning, even a small one like this, is a pleasant habit.
    Once lit, before I put the kettle on, I will put in a fatwood stick and send smoke and prayers to the members here who are in my thoughts.
    And then.... while waiting for the water to boil, I go for a short walk.
    I make a cup of coffee, stirring it with a tamarack wood spoon. The wood for the spoon was sent to me by @gohammergo. So stirring the coffee always makes me think of the crew here, and all the generosity and caring.
    So.... thanks Kelly Kettle. You make my day.
     
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    Nice Friend!

    I have one of those that I love to take on the water then I'm paddling. I don't have the wonderful ritual you do, but I do find they are a perfect way to heat up/ purify water in the bush.

    Cheers!

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    Nice way to start the day lad. joe
     
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    I don't share your everyday ritual, but I completely understand. The KK is a soul-satisfying tool. It's design, timeless. I often carry mine on vehicle trips so it can make an appearance at rest stops for fresh coffee.

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    @Pastor Chris has one, and if I remember correctly he likes his as well.
    Nice write-up brother!
     
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    Strangely enough, I have never travelled with mine...
     
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    We love our KK, it’s just one of those pieces of kit that just works. Ms. Oathkeeper762 on one of our winter outings...

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    They look like a really cool piece of kit. Love your morning ritual. These things are important for good mental health!
     
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    Exactly.
    In this pic (from this morning) you can see a small lavender patch behind the kk. Sometimes I will put some lavender in the burn for scent and smoke. 20190312_064019.jpg
     
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    Very nice! Great idea!
     
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    That right there is awesome stuff Rob. :)
     
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    That’s a wonderful ritual!
     
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    I am curious: what does everyone think of the AD vs. The aluminum version? AS is more durable but at a pretty large cost i n weight .
     
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    Sorry fat fingers. I meant stainless steel vs. Aluminium
     
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    I don't travel with mine so weight is not an issue.
     
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    I frequently carry the SS Trekker model (the smallest KK which holds about a pint) in my day pack, but such outings are not "back packing" where every ounce counts. I bought both the largest and smallest models in stainless steel for durability's sake. I haven't been sorry. On the other hand, the dealer from whom I bought my first KK was also a fly-fishing guide who travels the world over. He told me he's carried the same aluminum KK on his trips for the last twenty years. I'm sure it looks like a battered war-hero, but works just fine. The great glory of these "storm kettles" is their utility and functionality.

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    Thank you for the helpful info!
     
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    Thank you for the nice pics! This is a nice thread.

    Reminds me of a thread by a guy on BPL years ago. I mentioned, in another thread, that my Montbell Down Snap T makes me smile. It has accompanied me on many moderate to moderately cold trips and is so light and fluffy. Add my windshirt over it for warmth down into the 30s. Anyway, I didn't mean to derail your nice thread - but gear isn't the reason we love the outdoors, but good gear can sure add to the experience.

    Thanks for making me feel a bit of your corner of the world and your day.
     
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    I was gifted a Kelly Kettle yesterday... and used it this morning to make my tea. What an awesome piece of gear! Certainly not compact, but great kit nonetheless.

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    Oh, and @Broke stopped by to supervise. :)
     
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    Someone really loves you!
     
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    I really like my Kelly Kettle. I carry on all my overnight outings. I can make coffee and then cook breakfast on it with minimal effort.
     
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    What can I say....I'm a pretty lovable guy! LOL
     
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    I like my KK. I just don't use it anymore.
     
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    Has anyone tried to rig a pot stand over the chimney-top? Seems like a lot of heat goes up through that port. A conveniently positioned pan might be able to fry a small breakfast while the water boils.
     
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    Well, mine came with a pot stand that slips down in the chimney opening for exactly that purpose. Apparently KK makes it?

    No affiliation to either company.
    https://www.opentip.com/search.php?...MI3pvjq8vQ4gIVg8pkCh3veQ4AEAQYASABEgIAtfD_BwE

    https://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Kettle-USA-Support-Statement/dp/B004GLL4TU
     
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    Mine came with a simple cross stand, too. As well as a grill grate for the base, for using it without the kettle or after the kettle has heated your water.
     
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    Do it!!!! :D
     
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    I love posts like this.
     
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    As above, and they also have a hobo stove insert for the base....!
     
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    I made something similar to hobo stove insert shown above from a paint can. I think mine is the Scout model and the paint can fits on the base perfectly. Had to do a cutout and drill some holes for air flow. I normally boil a kettle of water, pour it into the coffee pot, let the coffee seep/brew while cooking breakfast on the base, paint can comb. Once breakfast is done set the coffee pot on the base, paint can comb to keep it hot. Its a nice compact cooking setup for two or three people. What makes it so easy is all this is done using twigs or very small pieces of wood. Most times, hot coffee and cooked breakfast in less than 15mins with minimal effort.
     
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    I have a few kettles and really like them.

     
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    Got one for my wife also.


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    I'm assuming when using the pot support on top of the kettle that you need to keep water in there and not boil it dry?
     
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    That is correct. Boil water at the same time for washing dishes and coffee. I like it :dblthumb:
     
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    Never ever ever let your Kelly Kettle boil dry.
     
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    Allright, readers of this thread and Kelly Kettle aficionados.....
    I have often contemplated buying the stove insert. Should I do it??
    Goodness knows I don't need another stove......
     
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    The hobo stove insert or the chimney top pot support?
     
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    The hobo stove insert. I already bought the chimney top pot support!
     
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    Go for it! It's only $10 or so and it nests right into the base. You won't even know it's there until you want to use it. ;)
     
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    Oh yeah! As if you would try to discourage me....
    Just what I need.... another way to cook outside!
     
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    I try to be encouraging whenever possible!! ;)

    I hope to cook my breakfast Saturday morning on the KK. Head into the woods behind my house maybe; brew some tea, fry a couple eggs on the chimney pot stand, then toast some bread on the grill. Mmmm, mmm...I can taste it now!
     
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    Had one, sold it due to size and weight, but this thread may convince me to get another. I love that morning routine.

    @zelph those are some great mods!
     
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    I ordered the insert! (But you knew I would.....).
    I should have it next week.
     
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    Alright.... the insert is in my hot little hands.
    And I do mean hot.... like high 90's...(34c). So.... I probably will not cook on it in this heat. But I want to test it out!
    Arrgghhhh!
     
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    Allright my enabler brothers....
    What about the Kelly Kettle cookset?! Any users, opinions??
    pol_pm_Zestaw-do-gotowania-Kelly-Kettle-Cookset-LARGE-Stalowy-3149_1.jpg
    I figure that since I've gone this far, a perfectly nesting cookset only makes sense. Right?!?
    Arghhhh!
     
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    I need a nice ritual like that in the morning, guess I need to order a "Kelly" eh? :D
     

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