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Do I 'need' a Kelly Kettle?!

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troutsprout Tue 02-Jul-13 10:43:37

Got one... Used it once

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 02-Jul-13 10:25:29

We went on a camping trip once with our kelly kettle, 8 month old baby, formula and bottles. DH spent almost the entire three days we were away cutting up kindling and boiling water. In the end we came home. It looks fab but even the 'Man Make Fire - ugg!' schtick wears thin in the end.

That said, if you just want the odd cup of coffee here and there, there is nothing better. grin

ShoeWhore Tue 02-Jul-13 10:03:55

Nah of course you don't need one. But they are so cool.

MinimalistMommi Tue 02-Jul-13 09:44:45

I think we will stick to a flask for now, although the ETA solo thing sounds amazing if expensive grin
Thanks everyone.

YellowDinosaur Tue 02-Jul-13 09:33:19

grin Kahlua

Zumo you are missing the point though. Your jetboil thingy may well be faster more efficient And practical. However you don't have FIRE.

Kahlua4me Tue 02-Jul-13 06:43:11

Your trips sound fab yellowdinosaur with a firefighter and patterned weeklies!!
I am off to tell dh we need to increase our camping checklist!

We have a Kelly's kettle but only use it very occasionally when camping. Dh uses it mainly for work as there is often no power on site for the whole day.

zumo Tue 02-Jul-13 06:21:18

WE have a ETA Solo ( same as a jet boil both around £80) boils 0.5L of water in 2.5 mins so its the fastest brew from a portable stove.
The Kelly in my opinion is too much trouble, its dirty after use too, we had one and sold it.
WE only bother if its remote but most of the time its easier to take a flask and cheaper

YellowDinosaur Mon 01-Jul-13 23:58:12


YellowDinosaur Mon 01-Jul-13 23:57:47

Weeklies = weeklies cheers dyac

YellowDinosaur Mon 01-Jul-13 23:57:21

Kelly kettle? -tick
Patterned weeklies? - tick
Bunting? - hell no apart from jubilee weekend

My fave campsite is an organised wild camping one in the middle of the Woods so loads of dry sticks there. I also have an adaptor to use it on the Cobb so it works well elsewhere too if I have that with us.

HarrietSchulenberg Mon 01-Jul-13 23:52:55

A quality flask is better for days out. Kelly Kettles are good for camping but only if you have a regular supply of dry twigs. And they are inextricably linked with patterned wellies, bunting and general middle clarseness in my mind (which may be slightly skewed I'll admit).

YellowDinosaur Mon 01-Jul-13 23:50:23

grin nonnymuss

NonnyMuss Mon 01-Jul-13 23:05:08

I think dh would object to me bringing along a firefighter grin although it's only common sense, what with us using actual tealights and all.

YellowDinosaur Mon 01-Jul-13 21:21:19

That would be firelighter - a firefighter might be a touch counter productive....

YellowDinosaur Mon 01-Jul-13 20:53:58

I love mine. I also use it on the Cobb.

Having tried it 'properly' with bits of leaves and pine cones etc I have found it takes fucking ages to light though - nowhere near what the you tube vids look like! I reckon they've soaked their twigs in petrol.

Now I make sure I take some paper and a firefighter to get it going then feed it with sticks and it works great. There may be more practical solutions like a cafe or a flask but they don't appeal to my inner pyro.

NonnyMuss Mon 01-Jul-13 19:39:58

Bit of a damp squib we found.
Seems like a big old faff having to spark up a fire every time we want a brew (caffeine addicts) so we ended up bringing a huge flask to put the boiled water in so we only had to boil water a couple of times a day, which sort of defeats the object, could have done the same with the £10 gas burner.

Still love it, but mainly because it was dh's present to me on our 10th wedding anniversary which I'm sure says a lot about us as a couple!

MinimalistMommi Mon 01-Jul-13 18:24:20

:D Thea LOL

Theas18 Mon 01-Jul-13 18:18:24

a £44 kelly kettle is 11 visits to the cafe for 2 people to have a £2 cup of coffee. If you go every weekend then obviously it's a good investment. Otherwise at 6 properties over the summer it's going to take 2 years and you may as well buy your drinks!

(disclaimer prices simplified for maths purposes LOL)

MinimalistMommi Mon 01-Jul-13 18:15:14

We can't afford cafes....

Theas18 Mon 01-Jul-13 18:02:52

No it's another "toy" that will languish in your cupboard, not earn it's keep.

Lets face it a nice sit down in the cafe is often needed eg if it's raining. And if you did take all the kit f make one you'd be stuck hanging out the car door in the wet feeling you " had" to use it.

MinimalistMommi Mon 01-Jul-13 17:57:31

I like the look of the stainless steel one. Should I buy the smallest one? I'd like to use it on days out to the National Trust etc to make a cupper for me and DH...

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