Backwoodsman Magazine is one of my very favorite reads.  One of the recent letters to the editor shared this amazing old timey kettle that works even better in storms than it does under normal conditions.  You don’t have to spend a lot of time hunting for fire fuel, or pack anything big and heavy to have almost instant hot water for tea, coffee, soups, or whatever.  It is a self-contained pot and stove all in one.

It uses a small amount of wood, or tinder to bring water to boil.  This is a great survival kettle to add to your list.  Really handy for waterside cooking, backwoods, or sagebrush.

The following material is from the Kelly Kettle website where you can see stories, pictures, and testimonials of this amazing, useful piece of excellent survival – camping equipment.   Many, like myself, prefer stainless steel over aluminum.  So, for a bit more, you can have stainless steel.

The tradition of using the kettle as a method of boiling water at lunchtime, goes back to the 1890’s in the West Coast of Ireland and the design has changed little since it was first introduced.

Lough Conn is famous for its free rising brown trout and fresh run Salmon from the River Moy system. The lake provided (and still provides) ample fuel for use in the kettle, where washed up twigs, sticks and dried grass were easily available. On wet & stormy days, the local angling guides would keep watch for the small pillar of smoke on the lake shore which indicated that a colleague already had a ‘brew’ on! A hot cup of tea or soup awaited anyone who landed and the Kettle would be repeatedly boiled as additional boats laden with anglers arrived. Tradition dictates that both the angling guide (Ghillie) and his guests (usually 2 anglers to his boat) together would gather dry tinder for the kettle from the lake shore. Then, the Ghillie will set about boiling up the kettle which always amazed guests as it works even in the height of a storm! The Anglers will then be offered their fresh tea from the Kelly Kettle and in return for his hospitality, the Ghillie received lunch and perhaps a drop of whiskey from the anglers.

The Kelly family still provide a Boat Hire & Ghillie service on Lough Conn. Visiting anglers are as intrigued today as they were some hundred years ago with the speed at which the water can be boiled and through word of mouth, these anglers have spread word about the kettles worldwide. To this day, the Kelly-Kettle / Volcano-Kettle is still the centerpiece in any campsite. If you have seen one in action, you will understand why!

At not quite 2 ½ lbs. this is one handy thing campers, and survivialist are raving about .  For those of us who prefer the stainless steel over aluminum, the steel one is available also at the website.

This Kelly Kettle boils approximately 9.5 – 6 oz. Mugs of water at a time and is the size traditionally used by Irish Anglers. Suitable for Base Camps, Car Camping, Scout Camps, Picnics, Hunters, Outfitters Outposts, Emergency Preparedness Kits, Humanitarian Aid Stations, or anyone working in the Forests or the Great Outdoors.

The Kelly Kettle works in harsh weather conditions bringing water to boil within a matter of minutes using whatever solid fuel is naturally occuring in the area – sticks, grass, pine cones, bark etc. No need to carry fuel.  Ever !

The Cookset includes the cooking pot, pot support, grill, pot gripper/handle. Cost-Free, Carbon-Neutral, Eco Friendly Camping at its Very Best!

You can also add Pot-Support and Cook Set to cook small amounts of food (Noodles, Rice, Oatmeal, Re-hydrated food, Soup, etc.) over the Kelly Kettle while your water boils.

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