Using a Storm Kettle When Camping

Using a Storm Kettle When CampingOtherwise known as a kelly kettle or gypsy kettle the storm kettle is a flask-shaped double-skinned kettle. Because of its design the water inside is exposed to a large surface area of heat. Below I will share with you why storm kettles are ideal for camping and how they are best used.

Storm Kettles are Perfect for Camping

Using a Storm Kettle When CampingYou can use this like any conventional gas-top kettle on your camping stove. However, best results are obtained on windy days over a camp fire, or better still over it’s own little fire tray (supplied with the kettle). Whereas a traditional camp fire aims for large logs that burn slowly, the storm kettle works best with a ‘quick burn’. Newspaper, dry twigs (twigs, not sticks) and leaves, cardboard etc. We often burn our combustible rubbish (cardboard tubes, old tissues) on it, therefore getting rid of our rubbish AND making good use of the energy. On a breezy day with dry twigs or newspaper we have boiled 1.5 litres in less than 3 minutes.

Using a Storm Kettle

Using a Storm Kettle When CampingThe kettle comes with a cork on a chain. The cork is only for use in transporting water in the kettle so water doesn’t get sloshed everywhere. Make sure it is removed when the kettle is over the fire or there is a risk that the cork will fire out, or the seams of the kettle will weaken and boiling water will leak out under pressure. Always ensure the kettle is on a flat surface. They tend to be wobbly at the best of times, particularly the larger designs. When ‘feeding’ dry twigs down the inside mind your knuckles as the flames can get exceedingly high! Also worth letting the fire burn down a little before taking the kettle off of a fire. There is a knack to swiftly removing the kettle without losing the hairs off the back of your knuckles, it takes practice!

There is also a knack to pouring from it: hold the wooden handle in one hand and lift gently with the cork chain. Practice while it has cold water in it and you’ll soon find you can aim quite well when it comes to pouring boiling water!

Storm kettles require little maintenance. Not surprisingly they get quite sooty if you use them on campfires. We keep ours in a small canvas shopping bag to stop the soot transferring to all our other camping gear.

Author: Nichola May

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4 responses to "Using a Storm Kettle When Camping"

  • Annie says:

    I don’t think I have ever seen one of these kettles, nor heard of one until now. I don’t believe they sell them here in Australia. To boil so much water so quickly is impressive. We use Jetboil Flash for fast hot water in the morning, but that is only giving us 2 cups! Will look out for one of these in the future in order to give it a try!

    Thx.

  • Kathy Hodges says:

    I will be looking for one of these as I live in a camping area. Never seen one before. Very neat!

  • Craig Dennis says:

    Hi folks
    I’m very pleased to advise that I sell the original Eydon Stormkettles here in Australia. Please have a look at http://www.stormkettles.com.au if you’re interested.
    I’ll even give you 10% discount if you drop me an email before you order.
    Cheers Craig the Kettleman

  • Meehawl says:

    I made one of these in metalwork classes at school in New Zealand when I was 11 (I am nearly 50 now) and before that my family always used the one my father made when he was at school. They were all brass and copper with brazed seams. From what I can remember virtually all rural tradesman and farmers had one of these in their vehicles although none had a base like the one pictured.

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