In hiking, you can do without a kettle, it is not a necessity and, moreover, by its versatility the kettle loses to a regular kettle. But if you plan to travel to nature by car, then the presence of a small camping kettle will be very out of place. Don’t say, namely for an evening tea party, the kettle is much more convenient than the kettle.
The choice of a camping kettle, the main aspects of the choice.
In the case of road trips, compactness and weight when choosing a camping kettle will not be critical. But the material from which it is made may be worth considering. In most cases, it will be necessary to choose between anodized aluminum and stainless steel. Titanium teapots are not very common, this is mainly due to the complexity of processing and molding of the titanium itself, and they are very expensive. By and large, the choice between anodized aluminum and stainless steel is more a matter of personal preference and operating conditions..
However, it is worth noting that with the same volume, camping kettles made of anodized aluminum are slightly cheaper than their steel counterparts. Although of course everything will depend on the brand. The next, perhaps the most important aspect, to which attention should be paid, is the design of the camping kettle. Will it give the opportunity to boil water in it over the fire of the fire or is it intended solely for working on a gas burner. At the same time, the material from which the camping kettle is made can not be taken into account, it depends on it the least.
Camping kettle made of anodized aluminum can be easily heated and boiled in it at the stake. Just like in steel, nothing will happen to him. Except that aluminum will lose its attractive appearance faster than steel. Because it is covered with a layer of soot, which is cleaned very poorly and reluctantly from anodized aluminum, not like polished steel. The thing is that most of the camping kettles on the market were originally designed for use on a gas burner fire.
It’s not at all easy to securely hang them by a straight handle above the fire of a bonfire. Well, if it works out, then there is a high probability that the rubber or plastic coating of the handle will start to melt, and then the plastic cover holder. Below are two models of camping kettles, a 1.5-liter kettle Fire-Maple Feast T4 designed for use on a gas burner, and a universal liter kettle GSI Glacier Stainless Tea Kettle, which can be used on a fire.
Camping Kettle Fire-Maple Feast T4 Overview.
Kettle Fire-Maple Feast T4 made of anodized aluminum, capacity 1.5 liters. The total dimensions are 153×115 mm and weight is 236 grams. Foldable handle with rubber coating. This camping kettle comes with a mesh nylon cover. Kettle Fire-Maple Feast T4 refers to almost classic kettles for use mainly on a gas burner.
Due to its straight handle, the possibility of hanging this kettle over a fire in a stable position is very limited. And if this succeeds, then there is still the likelihood that the rubber-plastic overlay of its handle may melt at the most inopportune moment. The filling hole of the Fire-Maple Feast T4 camping kettle is not very wide and this makes it difficult to rationally use its internal volume as a storage.
Although, of course, small packets of tea and sugar will fit normally there. The advantage of the Fire-Maple Feast T4 camping kettle is its large displacement compared to other kettles designed for gas burners, which traditionally have a volume of 0.8 to 1 liter. Kettle Fire-Maple Feast T4 is perfect for an evening tea party for a company of three or even four people.
GSI Glacier Stainless Tea Kettle Camping Kettle at a Glance.
The GSI Glacier Stainless Tea Kettle is made of 18-8 stainless steel; there is no plastic in the design. The capacity of 1 quart is about 0.95 liters. Overall dimensions 150×95 mm, weight – 264 grams. The GSI Glacier Stainless Tea Kettle is universal. It can be used on a gas burner, on a fire of a campfire or complete with various compact construction wood-burning stoves or turbo stoves.
Foldable, all-metal handle without coating can be rigidly fixed in the raised position. In its middle there is a figured ledge, which will facilitate the hanging of this camping kettle over an open fire by the hook of a campfire tripod or on the crossbar. A distinctive feature of the GSI Glacier Stainless Tea Kettle is a very wide filling opening..
According to the manufacturer, GSI, it was specially made so that it was possible to place a standard gas cylinder of a threaded epi-gas standard at 230 grams inside the kettle. In the photo below, for an illustrative example, a kettle of the same diameter of a larger gas cylinder of 450 grams is placed in the kettle. At that time, there was no cylinder at 230 grams.
A common disadvantage of the GSI Glacier Stainless Tea Kettle Camping Kettle is its relatively small capacity of 0.95 liters. In fact, this camping kettle is designed for one, maximum two people. And in a larger company, you will inevitably have to waste time and boil water in it several times.