Kelly Kettles

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
I think next month, i'm picking up a Kelly Kettle for the boat. It appears that this family has been making them for four generations! Anyone have any experience with these things?

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
An old friend (whom I regret not having fished with in nearly a year) brought one along on a trip to Lone Lake one very cold winter day. He fired it up with a few sheets of newspaper and a handful of kindling as I recall and we had boiling water in no time. The cool factor for a Kelly Kettle is pretty high IMHO. But the reality is that you also need to bring fuel and matches that need to be kept dry and which take up space.

If your goal is simply to boil water in a hurry and you prefer not to have to mess with the accoutrements of a Kelly Kettle, I'd suggest a JetBoil instead. They're lightweight, compact, and weatherproof. I've used mine to heat up leftovers in a seal-a-meal pouch on the rear deck of my pontoon boat. Not sure I'd want to try that with a Kelly Kettle.



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I also think the cool factor is high and have thought about getting one. But, they are heavy and take up a lot of space. There are a couple of lighter, more compact modern versions on the market now, however. One that is getting rave reviews is the Backcountry Boiler. You could easily pack this one not just in the boat but in your daypack on bird or elk trips too. It is new and they are having a problem keeping up with demand but it looks pretty sweet.

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
I've got a Jetboil as well as a couple of other stoves, but it seems to "fit" for some weird reason. Sounds like they work, though. Thanks!


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I have one and have used it for years. It a little heavier than most but it is not a problem in the boat. It takes so little fuel to get water going, I have never had an issue finding enough - even in the rain. I just keep a couple of pieces of crumpled up paper handy and have water in minutes.


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I, too, see the cool factor with these chimney kettles, but they still don't rise to the level of cool that my Optimus 99 does. There's just something about a classic white gas stove.....

David Loy

Senior Moment
Have one and like it. Crowd pleaser. Store a tube of Fire Ribbon in the chimney and you can always find fuel. Damp twigs no problem.
Kelley also makes a smaller version I've considered for hiking instead of Svea and gas bottle.

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
Is that the "Scout" version, David? It'll hold 19oz or something like that, I think. I have a blast match with some vaseline soaked cotton balls, which work great as a fire starter, too. I hadn't considered fire ribbon, which I've used to get the old Svea going!

Dan Nelson

Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum
Those chimney stoves are pretty cool and efficient, but if you want a little more versatility in a wood-fired cook stove, check out the Sierra Stove: and review here (bottom of page):

Or if you are a gadget-geek too, look for the latest and great wood-fired backcountry stove: the BioLite Camp Stove. Uses wood-fire to heat your cookset, and at the same time, creates electricity to power gadgets via USB outlets.

Review here (not by me -- I haven't used it yet -- but by a friend):

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
Patrick, maybe there should be a stove collector's guild!:D Tell the truth, what I'd like is one of those old red and blue box stoves, Svea or Primus; I can't recall. They were cool! We had one almost 40 years ago, but I have no idea what happened to it.