How it works

How It Works

Depending on the fuel you are using, the Kelly Kettle ® will boil water in 3 to 5 minutes. Made from Aluminium or Stainless Steel, it is essentially a double-walled chimney with the water contained in the chimney wall.  Once the camp kettle is filled with water, simply start a very small fire in the base, set the kettle on the base and drop additional fuel (twigs, leaves, grass, paper, etc.) down the chimney.

The large internal surface area of the chimney heats the water very quickly.  When the water boils, hold the Handle at an angle of 90° to the Kettle - then lift the kettle clear of the base.

To pour, lift it by the handle and tilt it using the cork chain.

If additional water is required, simply refill the kettle with water and place it back on the base when the fire is still burning.  Refill the chimney with fuel and you can look forward to a second kettle full of boiling water within a matter of minutes.  Our kettles work in even the most extreme weather conditions - in fact, they work better in wind so there is no need to find shelter when brewing up!
 Is this essential camping equipment?  We think so!

Note: When the kettle is in storage, the cork should be left out of the spout to allow air to circulate in the water chamber



  • Always remove the cork before lighting the kettle.
  • The cork is only to be used for transporting cold water.
  • The Water Spout should be free of ALL obstructions when the kettle is in use.  Boiling the kettle with any obstruction in the water spout can result in a burn to the user or others in close proximity.
  • Never use the kettle when the water chamber is empty.