Our newest piece of gear has been eagerly anticipated. I have been meaning to address our rocket stove need for awhile now. Like most projects though I was only in the drafting/planning/number crunching stage of things when hubby ran out of patience (and we got our tax return) and he ordered us a lovely Kelly Kettle.
We took it with us camping this past weekend. We like oatmeal and coffee in the mornings, and that seemed a perfect match for a little rocket stove with a built in water bottle.
The 50 oz size makes it the largest kettle that they sell. On the plus side, it was sturdy, well constructed, and easy to use. There was no fumbling around with tricky latches or finicky bits. Just filling the top with water, and setting it on the base full of fuel. My father is a wood worker, so he had bags of wood shavings available for fire fuel. This had the benefit of burning well and fitting easily, but it did burn fast. The down side of this size Kelly Kettle and the fuel choice meant that to boil each kettle full of water, we needed to fill the chamber with fuel a few times. As this was a family vacation, the time wasn’t critical, and the elongated breakfast prep was taken in stride. We would boil one kettle and get coffee brewing in our french press. Then a second kettle would be boiled for a round of oatmeal.
Our next upgrade will be the Pot-Support and Cook Set so we can cook small amounts of food (Noodles, Rice, Oatmeal, Re-hydrated food, Soup, etc.) over the Kelly Kettle while our water boils.
Overall though, I highly recommend this little piece of equipment. It’s light and compact enough for backpackers, especially in the smaller sizes. Works great to boil water for a variety of purposes.
And, here’s a shot of Calamity on Vacation. Just because I know y’all have been wanting more swim suit shots on this blog.
– Calamity Jane