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!
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.
. . . 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.
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.
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.
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."