Come along on our winter breakfast adventure. Where we show you the newest additions to our outdoor cooking kit: The Kelly Kettle Trekker and the Kelly Kettle Scout. And share a nifty way how you can raise the Kelly Kettle off the ground, to prevent the ground from burning.
At the start of Winter we bought a Kelly Kettle Trekker, to accompany us on shorter hikes – for all those moments when making a fire wasn’t much of an option, but we still wanted to make a nice brew. After using it on the first trip that came next, we were hooked. So we added the slightly larger “Scout” to our kit as well.
The Kelly Kettle Trekker is made out of stainless steel, and is the smallest one of the Kelly Kettles. It is perfect for that quick brew, and will serve two cups of hot water. There are also great additions available, such as a Hobo Stove, which transforms the Kelly Kettle into a Hobo Stove.
|Diameter||14cm / 5.5 inches|
|Display Weight||0.68kg / 1.5lb|
|Product Capacity||0.6ltr / 21.1oz (UK)|
|Height||27cm / 10.6 inches (Packed)|
The Kelly Kettle Scout is slightly larger, at this point we were so impressed with how quickly our Trekker boiled water, that we decided to get the “Ultimate Scout Kit”. Which contains the Kelly Kettle Scout, the Cook set, Hobo Stove, Cup Set, Plate set and Pot Support. Especially the hobo stove makes the Kelly Kettle a true breakfast machine!
|Diameter||18.5cm / 7.3inchs (widest point at rim of base)|
|Display Weight||1 kg / 2.18 lb|
|Product Capacity||1.2 ltr / 42.2 fl.ozs (UK)|
|Height||27 cm / 11 inches (Packed)|
Breakfast! Now we are talking! We love how versatile the set up is. When boiling water, you can use the Pot Support on top to use the heat to boil some eggs or make a grilled cheese sandwich. We actually ended up with using the Hobo Stove to boil our quail eggs, after we made coffee (because well, priorities).
The hobo stove also fits mess tins perfectly. We used the mess tins as a little oven to bake us some bread. Surprisingly, whipping up a breakfast like this, doesn’t take to much time – or fuel! Both with the Trekker and the Scout, the water cooks within a couple of minutes – you can even use this time to grill some bread on the pot stand. Add another five to ten minutes and you have got your eggs ready. Not bad at all! Especially since it uses so little fuel. A few hands full of twigs and small branches, is more than enough for a complete breakfast.
Of course we tried making supper with the Kelly Kettle too, and it works perfectly! Steak on bread anyone?
There are a few cons to the Kelly Kettle, we would like to share too. First, the base becomes extremely hot. So hot it can burn the ground badly – we figured out a set up to deal with this, you can find it below. A second con is the size, despite being a one-in-all cooking station, it is quite bulky. The Trekker will fit in most packs, but will take up a lot of room – especially when compared to those fold-able hobo stoves and an added titanium pot.
For us the Kelly Kettle is still a winner, especially on longer adventures, when we aren’t able to build a fire. Or situations when you need to be able to boil water quickly, without wasting fuel. A Kelly Kettle can be a great addition to your bug out bag too!
After burning the ground quite badly, we learned once and again, fire is something you need to be extremely careful of! There are specific kinds of soils through which fire can travel easily. Luckily Johan figured out a makeshift set up to raise the Kelly Kettle of the ground. Perfect for when extra precautions are needed.
Four tent pegs raise a stainless steel container of the ground, which helps to not directly heat the ground below the Kelly Kettle and prevents ash and embers from falling on the ground. If you have got room to spare of course. Otherwise a large rock will do the trick as well!
Have you ever tried the Kelly Kettle, or a system alike? We would love to hear your if you think the convenience out weights the added weight and mass? Is this set up a part of your outdoor kit, or maybe your bug out kit?