Kelly Kettles

Discussion in 'Camping, Hiking, Cooking' started by Alex MacDonald, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2008
    Messages:
    1,129
    Likes Received:
    212
    Location:
    Montana
  2. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    3,996
    Likes Received:
    1,450
    Location:
    Haus Alpenrosa, Lederhosenland
    Yeah, that's it, Lonnie!! I do miss the old stove, and it's purring noises. So it's an Optimus 80 we once had. I still have my Optimus 99; it's a "vintage" model now? Geez, do I feel ancient! I carted that stove all over the place, and it never failed once! They're dirty though, since you have to fill the little priming pan with gas and ignite it, so soot gets all over the place, but they sure sound comforting!
     
  3. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2008
    Messages:
    1,129
    Likes Received:
    212
    Location:
    Montana
    I preheat all of my little white gas stoves with denatured alcohol...no mess whatsoever. Gotta love that "Putt, Putt, Putt" sound!!
     
  4. Marc Stelting

    Marc Stelting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2007
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NW Wash.
    Wow, a collectors guild? Sounds like some should seek a guild of professional counseling for stove addicts- myself included.
     
  5. Steve Call

    Steve Call Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2010
    Messages:
    1,514
    Likes Received:
    234
    Location:
    Wetside, WA
    I used an old primus stove back in the mid-60's that worked great and was compact and reasonably lightweight. I have no idea where it disappeared to over the years - probably one of my sons made off with it. I've borrowed a newer compact white gas stove - virtually the same as my old primus. The problem I have with the Kelly Kettles is they really aren't made for back packing. Weight is always an issue, but so is room in the pack. I'd rather rub two sticks together to cook my food and save the room in my pack for a bottle of my favorite drink or several cans of beer. Its all about priorities.
     
  6. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2004
    Messages:
    7,168
    Likes Received:
    1,257
    Location:
    Not sure
    Beer isn't worth the weight penalty for me, especially warm beer. But bourbon, scotch or rum? Now that's another matter!

    K
     
    Alex MacDonald likes this.
  7. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    3,996
    Likes Received:
    1,450
    Location:
    Haus Alpenrosa, Lederhosenland
    Plus one on that, Kent!! Maybe a cigar or two as a chaser.
     
  8. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast free bird

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2003
    Messages:
    1,829
    Likes Received:
    492
    Location:
    western WA
    I've got one. It doesn't get used as much as I'd like but it's great. I mostly got it to take camping on my motorcycle.
    Fire started can easily be kept in the chimney part. I keep a ziplock of pitchy wood shavings in it.
     
  9. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Messages:
    890
    Likes Received:
    88
    Location:
    WA
    Now that BioIite is one cool geek tool. The Kelly is pretty big. For a more conventional small tinder-kindling wood fired stove that folds flat, hammock forum community members like the Emberlit.
     
  10. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    3,996
    Likes Received:
    1,450
    Location:
    Haus Alpenrosa, Lederhosenland
    Looks interesting, but the fire's clearly not contained within the stove. I wonder if it's legal where there are open flame restrictions? Not, mind you, that I'm touting the Kelly over anything else. Once you get your cookset weighed out, it's no longer light.

    If you want a smokeless fire, use willow branches if they're available.
     
  11. Noll

    Noll New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2012
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    PNW
    If you are looking for a lighter version of the Kelly Kettle, check out a product called the Backcountry Boiler. Something like 8 oz, made from aluminum. Think the guy who makes them might be sold out now, but more should be in "this summer."