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Boiling water with a Kelly Kettle

A volcano kettle in action AKA Kelly Kettle

We fired up our Kelly Kettle for the first time today.

It's like a rocket stove with a double-walled chamber for heating water.

Handy to have around during a power outage. You can boil water in about 3 to 5 minutes with a few pages of junk mail and some sticks.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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This kettle might profit from some insulation on the outside. It would prevent heat loss and keep you from burning yourself on the outside.

A couple of layers of fiberglass exhaust wrap might do the trick, I think. Although stone wool overwrapped with aforementioned wrap or plain fiberglass strands would probably insulate even better. Both materials are inflammable.

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Dec 24 18:07:47 2014
Love the post about your cool kettle, but the aluminum is very disturbing. You are heating water in it and drinking that water. Aluminum cookware is bad stuff. The aluminum deposits build in your brain and never leave and starts the Alzheimer's process. I have seen it in 2 of my good friends who used aluminum kettles and pots. Also collecting rainwater from aluminum gutters is bad for your brain. Just trying to keep you healthy out there.
Comment by Ruth Mon Dec 29 15:10:52 2014

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