Camping stove without gas - the Kelly Kettle Set in the test.By Elisa | On 18. August 2019 take an adVANture · On 18. August 2019
Cooking without gas and electricity. Outdoor cooking is one of the countless advantages of camping for me. Outside, with only the sky above me and grass or stones under my feet. The beginning is the water for coffee and tea, the end is the sizzling of various delicacies in the hot oil. I remember almost all the early hours in Canada when I pushed the tarp from the roof tent aside with cold fingers, waiting for the frozen drinking water to thaw overnight in the first rays of sunshine. Shortly afterwards, I was already clutching the enamel cup , whose warm content soon breathed life into the stiff limbs. Sometimes I was standing on the banks of the Yukon River, sometimes in the woods of the Tombstone Territorial Park or at the foot of the Kluane National Park mountains. Actually only small moments, it was those who felt like great.
Disclosure: The Kelly Kettle Set was provided to me by HELDBERGS for the test, a company that lives and loves outdoor - in a natural way and in combination of function and design. No Chichi, no frills and no Schnack, simple and rustic. And that, in turn, is my premise for the expansion of the bus and the choice of camping accessories. My opinion and the test result remain unaffected.
During my travels and in recent years, I've tested a variety of cookers, sometimes compact and small, then big and heavy again. Mostly they were operated with these small gas cartridges, which in addition to the annoying noise level meant the production of garbage. The Kelly Kettle Set works completely without gas and electricity - and how and why it goes in the following lines.
Function and scope of delivery.
The Kelly Kettle brand actually comes from Ireland, the idea behind it dates back to the end of the 19th century. At that time, the anglers braved wind and weather on the banks and often and quickly needed boiling water to be warmed by hot tea. The first cauldron was designed, worked and established itself and history took its course.
The functionality of the Kelly Kettle is relatively simple. The fuel used is what nature makes available to us. A handful of twigs or small branches, dry leaves, bark or cones. I like to add a few carved chips, which makes lighting easier.
The storm can is double-walled stainless steel with a wooden handle and a plug made of silicone, the design-related chimney effect allows a quick cooking of the water, which is located inside. The Kelly Kettle Set "Scout" 1.2 l also includes a fire bowl, a pot attachment, a cooking set of pot and lid, a dismountable grill grate, a pot tongs with holder for attaching and a transport bag included. Other kits from the manufacturer include various sizes and / or additionally a Hobo Stove - attachment , a camping cup and plate set.
The Kelly Kettle Set in the test.
My first attempt failed miserably. All wood within a few hundred meters on the banks of the Oder was damp from the rain of the last days and except for a lot of smoke, I only produced some lukewarm water in my pot.
Trial number two went much more promising. I was traveling with friends camping at a lake in Bavaria. Wood remnants of a very active beaver and dry branches served as a basis for tea and coffee of our breakfast, which we then spread throughout the morning in the protracted.
I stacked the coarse shavings in the fire bowl in a small pile, lit with the help of a lighter and after a short time, a blazing flame was created. I filled the storm can with water and placed it flush on the bowl. An approximately 5cm hole in the side of the sheet metal is used to supply air. Through the upper opening I could stick the branches and it was not long before the water boiled (about four minutes). In the meantime, I also used the pot top and thus cooked our coffee in an espresso pot parallel to the water.
Another possibility you can see in the photos. The water for the tea boils again in the kettle, on the pot essay this time I have mixed coffee from Sweden in a small pot.
In another trial, I tested the ability to prepare a hot meal. The supplied grill was used, couscous with grilled peppers were cooked. With the boiling water, the couscous could swell in the pot, while the marinated pepper sizzled on the grill. A bit of spiciness, olive oil, sheep cheese and herbs from the garden and et voila, finished the meal for 1 to 2 people.
For the photo documentation I chose a classic of the camping kitchen: baked beans and bread. No effort, but delicious, although far from haute cuisine.
Setting the right temperature is not possible when cooking over a campfire. Simple dishes can be easily implemented with a little improvisation, for one to a maximum of two people at a time.
My conclusion to the Kelly Kettle Set.
The initial skepticism soon turned into pure joy. I love it very much if I can be content with what nature gives me. But I do not always have the opportunity to cook around the campfire - for example because the location or the weather does not allow it. With the Kelly Kettle set I was able to prepare meals and hot water without gas, electricity or garbage (from the cooker), the primal instincts were awakened and for a moment the attention was only on the fire and the right temperature. Relatively independent of the conditions on site, as the design of the soil under the fire bowl is not burned.
As the camp stove is only fired with wood, it is a welcome addition to my equipment, also in terms of environmental friendliness and sustainability. After firing, only a small amount of ash remains and waste is reduced to a minimum. The hot water is enough for a group of several people, the food but only for a maximum of two. And you should bring some time - but hectic and camping do not fit together anyway.
One drawback, however, is the size of the Kelly Kettle Set. Already during two long trips (once through the Yukon in Canada and once during a road trip from Germany to Senegal) I wanted to take the set, but was slowed down by the dimensions of my backpack. Therefore, I think that you could get in the trekking problems with the place, as the main function is "only" limited to the boiling of water. For camping road trips with your own car, for canoe trips or weekend trips the Kettle but a nice addition and redirects the consciousness back to basics.
All information as overview:
- Material: stainless steel
- Total weight: 2.1 kg
- Dimensions: Boiler height 27.0 cm / boiler diameter: 18.5 cm
- Capacity: 1.2 liters
- Fuel: branches, twigs, cones, bark
Attention: The plug should never be put in the kettle during cooking! Corresponding instructions are also on the Kettle. In addition, according to German law, this type of cooking is considered an open fire and should be carried out only with care and after appropriate research of local regulations.
You can order the Kelly Kettle set "Scout" 1,2 l and the Hobo Stove - attachment directly from HELDBERGS. And of course you can also browse around online to get some inspiration for the forest and meadow.