Quite A Kettle

A great idea never goes out of style, and the Kelly Kettle is a perfect example of well-earned design longevity. It dates back to the 1890s, when Irish anglers and their guides used the Kelly Kettle to boil water for tea. It burns naturally combustible materials for fuel (such as twigs, grass, bark, or pinecones), and it’s remarkably fast, capable of boiling water in just a few minutes, even in extreme weather conditions. The kettle’s efficiency comes from its double-chamber construction. Water sits in the outside chamber, and the fire is contained in the base. The center chamber acts like a chimney, drawing up hot air as the kettle heats, which in turn boils the water. The hot air that escapes out the chimney can also be used to prepare food if you stack Kelly Kettle’s pot support and cooking gear on top of the kettle. Brothers Patrick and Seamus Kelly, the current directors of Kelly Kettle, are the fourth generation of the Kelly family to share their great-grandfather’s invention. Compact and uncomplicated, the Kelly Kettle has earned kudos from outdoor enthusiasts all over the world. It’s ideal for backpackers, campers, kayakers, hunters, and scouts, and it’s also a practical addition to emergency preparedness kits and humanitarian aid packages. We heard about Kelly Kettle from Tiffney Martin, who shared her find on Pinterest. From the shores of Lough Conn, a lake in western Ireland, to the pinboards of Pinterest, it’s a discovery that deserves to be shared.

Kelly Kettle

Camping Kettle

Quite A Kettle

A great idea never goes out of style, and the Kelly Kettle is a perfect example of well-earned design longevity. It dates back to the 1890s, when Irish anglers and their guides used the Kelly Kettle to boil water for tea. It burns naturally combustible materials for fuel (such as twigs, grass, bark, or pinecones), and it’s remarkably fast, capable of boiling water in just a few minutes, even in extreme weather conditions. The kettle’s efficiency comes from its double-chamber construction. Water sits in the outside chamber, and the fire is contained in the base. The center chamber acts like a chimney, drawing up hot air as the kettle heats, which in turn boils the water. The hot air that escapes out the chimney can also be used to prepare food if you stack Kelly Kettle’s pot support and cooking gear on top of the kettle. Brothers Patrick and Seamus Kelly, the current directors of Kelly Kettle, are the fourth generation of the Kelly family to share their great-grandfather’s invention. Compact and uncomplicated, the Kelly Kettle has earned kudos from outdoor enthusiasts all over the world. It’s ideal for backpackers, campers, kayakers, hunters, and scouts, and it’s also a practical addition to emergency preparedness kits and humanitarian aid packages. We heard about Kelly Kettle from Tiffney Martin, who shared her find on Pinterest. From the shores of Lough Conn, a lake in western Ireland, to the pinboards of Pinterest, it’s a discovery that deserves to be shared.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Glen
    Glen

    Hi Daily Grommet fans. As a person that has spent a lot of time in the outdoors, I realized early on the importance of having both purified drinking water and boiling water for my dehydrated meals. The Kelly Kettle solves both of those issues, and . . . I never have to purchase fuel or dispose of fuel canisters again. I am excited that Daily Grommet has chosen to share the Kelly Kettle products with you today. I am here to answer any questions you may have about how environmentally friendly and cost effective these kettles are .

  •  John Poland
    John Poland
    5/14/2012 12:26 PM

    I am the inventor of Spark-n-glo firepiston rope lighter. I use it to lite my Kelly. I have found another use for the Kelly. Pour Coconut oil in reservoir . place a three flame candle, or 3 tea candles in an empty tuna can in Kelly base. The unit becones an effective radiant heater for a small space such as a camper or tent. Pour the oil out into container when ready to boil water. Coconut oil will not break down and only enhances flavor of coffee, tea or oatmeal I love my 2 Kelly Kettles---John

  •  Traci Schauf
    Traci Schauf
    5/14/2012 12:57 PM

    I have one of these. I reviewed it for the Women's Outdoor News and loved it so much I got one. I keep it with my kayak for kayak camping. It's durable, easy to use, and heats water amazingly fast. See the review at http://momonvacation.blogspot.com/2010/11/luck-of-irish.html

  •  Glen Muir
    Glen Muir
    5/14/2012 3:19 PM

    Hi Traci,

    Good to hear from you again! It's amazing how well the Kelly Kettles have taken off. I think people like you have really helped spread the word, and people from all walks of life, including those that want to be prepared for emergencies, have come to realize the many benefits of the Kelly [email protected] Traci Schauf

  •  charlotte
    charlotte
    5/14/2012 2:26 PM

    I have one of these..just love it...no more large fires for cooking outdoors.

  •  bverwey
    bverwey
    5/14/2012 3:16 PM

    I have had my stainless steel base camp model Kelly Kettle for some time now and think it's the greatest. Boils cold water in under 3 minutes. I originally purchased it for emergency situations such as boiling water and for cooking during extensive power outages. I am now using it a bit more on fishing trips and find it's light weight, durability and compact traveling size excellent. What drew me to it originally I think is it's best attribute in that you can find fuel for it almost anywhere from small twigs and grasses to pine cones. Great product and glad I found it.

  •  emichael
    emichael
    5/14/2012 5:37 PM

    I'm very interested, but I have some questions: What are the differences between the aluminum and stainless steel versions? Will either wear out due to the high temperatures inside the chimney funnel (or is this more of a problem with one versus the other)? Does the aluminum version impart a taste to the water heated in it? What does each version/each size unit weigh? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/15/2012 11:33 AM

    @ emichael - Great questions! We've asked Glen to stop back and give us some insight.

  • Glen
    Glen – Special Guest
    5/15/2012 12:13 PM

    @ emichael - Thanks for your questions. The main difference between the Aluminum and Stainless Steel Versions are the weight and the rigidity. The aluminum weighs a bit less but is not as rigid as the Stainless Steel Version. Both of course are built to withstand the extreme heat that is generated up through the chimney. Some people, mainly in the United States, prefer not to cook in Aluminum. We have found no adverse conditions, side effects or difference in taste, from just boiling water in the Kelly Kettle. It may come down to your personal preference. As for their sizes and weights. The SST Base Camp is 13" packed and weighs 2.6 lbs. / Alum. Base Camp is 13" packed and weighs 2.1 lbs. / Alum. Scout is 11" packed and weighs 1.6 lbs. / The SST Trekker is 10.5" packed and weighs 1.7 lbs. / The Alum. Trekker is 10.5" packed and weighs 1.3 lbs. Hope that answers your questions.

  •  Marion Craddock
    Marion Craddock
    5/14/2012 8:53 PM

    I have 2 kettles. I started with largest stainless and loved it, but decided that for a one person camp setting such as my son who is into scouting I did not need this big one. So I thought that it was worth getting the smallest one for his campouts. We love them as they are easy to use and are really fast heating water. It has exceeded my thoughts of how good they could be and since I believe in being green, they are even a better deal. One thing to remember is that when the water starts boiling, take the kettle off of the heat as it will boil over and put your fire out. It only takes minutes to boil the water.

  •  Heather M
    Heather M
    5/16/2012 12:30 PM

    I also have two kettles, and this last Christmas I gave them as gifts to my Dad and Brothers. These kettles are charmed - the heat quickly, use very little fuel (I've used dried grass and twigs) and are tough enough to knock around in the back of the truck. What do you need when times are hard? A good warm drink or hot water, and these kettles provide every time.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/22/2012 12:50 PM

    @Heather & @Marion Craddock: Thank you very much for your wonderful tips & feedback. Wish I had this "magical" kettle when I was camping with my 2 young kids. It does make camping so much more enjoyable when one can get boiling water quick & easy to keep warm & cozy. And yes, we love having enthusiastic folks like you in our Daily Grommet community.

  • carl
    carl
    5/22/2012 9:02 PM

    We live on the Georgia coast. Our Kelly Kettle, some bags of pine cones for fuel, containers of water and dehydrated foods are our power failure and hurricane evacuation standbys.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/24/2012 1:56 PM

    @carl: Love it! So much more economical & earth friendly than getting a back-up generator. Thanks for stopping by to share this awesome tip.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Kelly Kettle

Camping Kettle

Quite A Kettle

A great idea never goes out of style, and the Kelly Kettle is a perfect example of well-earned design longevity. It dates back to the 1890s, when Irish anglers and their guides used the Kelly Kettle to boil water for tea. It burns naturally combustible materials for fuel (such as twigs, grass, bark, or pinecones), and it’s remarkably fast, capable of boiling water in just a few minutes, even in extreme weather conditions.

The kettle’s efficiency comes from its double-chamber construction. Water sits in the outside
chamber, and the fire is contained in the base. The center chamber acts like a chimney, drawing up hot air as the kettle heats, which in turn boils the water. The hot air that escapes out the chimney can also be used to prepare food if you stack Kelly Kettle’s pot support and cooking gear on top of the kettle.

Brothers Patrick and Seamus Kelly, the current directors of Kelly Kettle, are the fourth generation of the Kelly family to share their great-grandfather’s invention. Compact and uncomplicated, the Kelly Kettle has earned kudos from outdoor enthusiasts all over the world. It’s ideal for backpackers, campers, kayakers, hunters, and scouts, and it’s also a practical addition to emergency preparedness kits and humanitarian aid packages.

We heard about Kelly Kettle from Tiffney Martin, who shared her find on Pinterest. From the shores of Lough Conn, a lake in western Ireland, to the pinboards of Pinterest, it’s a discovery that deserves to be shared.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Glen
    Glen

    Hi Daily Grommet fans. As a person that has spent a lot of time in the outdoors, I realized early on the importance of having both purified drinking water and boiling water for my dehydrated meals. The Kelly Kettle solves both of those issues, and . . . I never have to purchase fuel or dispose of fuel canisters again. I am excited that Daily Grommet has chosen to share the Kelly Kettle products with you today. I am here to answer any questions you may have about how environmentally friendly and cost effective these kettles are .

  •  John Poland
    John Poland
    5/14/2012 12:26 PM

    I am the inventor of Spark-n-glo firepiston rope lighter. I use it to lite my Kelly. I have found another use for the Kelly. Pour Coconut oil in reservoir . place a three flame candle, or 3 tea candles in an empty tuna can in Kelly base. The unit becones an effective radiant heater for a small space such as a camper or tent. Pour the oil out into container when ready to boil water. Coconut oil will not break down and only enhances flavor of coffee, tea or oatmeal I love my 2 Kelly Kettles---John

  •  Traci Schauf
    Traci Schauf
    5/14/2012 12:57 PM

    I have one of these. I reviewed it for the Women's Outdoor News and loved it so much I got one. I keep it with my kayak for kayak camping. It's durable, easy to use, and heats water amazingly fast. See the review at http://momonvacation.blogspot.com/2010/11/luck-of-irish.html

  •  Glen Muir
    Glen Muir
    5/14/2012 3:19 PM

    Hi Traci,

    Good to hear from you again! It's amazing how well the Kelly Kettles have taken off. I think people like you have really helped spread the word, and people from all walks of life, including those that want to be prepared for emergencies, have come to realize the many benefits of the Kelly [email protected] Traci Schauf

  •  charlotte
    charlotte
    5/14/2012 2:26 PM

    I have one of these..just love it...no more large fires for cooking outdoors.

  •  bverwey
    bverwey
    5/14/2012 3:16 PM

    I have had my stainless steel base camp model Kelly Kettle for some time now and think it's the greatest. Boils cold water in under 3 minutes. I originally purchased it for emergency situations such as boiling water and for cooking during extensive power outages. I am now using it a bit more on fishing trips and find it's light weight, durability and compact traveling size excellent. What drew me to it originally I think is it's best attribute in that you can find fuel for it almost anywhere from small twigs and grasses to pine cones. Great product and glad I found it.

  •  emichael
    emichael
    5/14/2012 5:37 PM

    I'm very interested, but I have some questions: What are the differences between the aluminum and stainless steel versions? Will either wear out due to the high temperatures inside the chimney funnel (or is this more of a problem with one versus the other)? Does the aluminum version impart a taste to the water heated in it? What does each version/each size unit weigh? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/15/2012 11:33 AM

    @ emichael - Great questions! We've asked Glen to stop back and give us some insight.

  • Glen
    Glen – Special Guest
    5/15/2012 12:13 PM

    @ emichael - Thanks for your questions. The main difference between the Aluminum and Stainless Steel Versions are the weight and the rigidity. The aluminum weighs a bit less but is not as rigid as the Stainless Steel Version. Both of course are built to withstand the extreme heat that is generated up through the chimney. Some people, mainly in the United States, prefer not to cook in Aluminum. We have found no adverse conditions, side effects or difference in taste, from just boiling water in the Kelly Kettle. It may come down to your personal preference. As for their sizes and weights. The SST Base Camp is 13" packed and weighs 2.6 lbs. / Alum. Base Camp is 13" packed and weighs 2.1 lbs. / Alum. Scout is 11" packed and weighs 1.6 lbs. / The SST Trekker is 10.5" packed and weighs 1.7 lbs. / The Alum. Trekker is 10.5" packed and weighs 1.3 lbs. Hope that answers your questions.

  •  Marion Craddock
    Marion Craddock
    5/14/2012 8:53 PM

    I have 2 kettles. I started with largest stainless and loved it, but decided that for a one person camp setting such as my son who is into scouting I did not need this big one. So I thought that it was worth getting the smallest one for his campouts. We love them as they are easy to use and are really fast heating water. It has exceeded my thoughts of how good they could be and since I believe in being green, they are even a better deal. One thing to remember is that when the water starts boiling, take the kettle off of the heat as it will boil over and put your fire out. It only takes minutes to boil the water.

  •  Heather M
    Heather M
    5/16/2012 12:30 PM

    I also have two kettles, and this last Christmas I gave them as gifts to my Dad and Brothers. These kettles are charmed - the heat quickly, use very little fuel (I've used dried grass and twigs) and are tough enough to knock around in the back of the truck. What do you need when times are hard? A good warm drink or hot water, and these kettles provide every time.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/22/2012 12:50 PM

    @Heather & @Marion Craddock: Thank you very much for your wonderful tips & feedback. Wish I had this "magical" kettle when I was camping with my 2 young kids. It does make camping so much more enjoyable when one can get boiling water quick & easy to keep warm & cozy. And yes, we love having enthusiastic folks like you in our Daily Grommet community.

  • carl
    carl
    5/22/2012 9:02 PM

    We live on the Georgia coast. Our Kelly Kettle, some bags of pine cones for fuel, containers of water and dehydrated foods are our power failure and hurricane evacuation standbys.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/24/2012 1:56 PM

    @carl: Love it! So much more economical & earth friendly than getting a back-up generator. Thanks for stopping by to share this awesome tip.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.