Aluminum-Base Camp – Large Kelly Kettle®


  • Our Large ‘Base Camp’ Kettle in Anodised Aluminium.
  • Boils 54 fl.oz. of water quickly – in ALL weather conditions.
  • Perfect for Base Camps, Outfitters, Car Camping, Family Picnics, Fishing, Scouts, Large Families or Groups, etc.
  • Great Preparedness Item for Power Shortages, Storms & Emergency Kits.
  • A Green Whistle has replaced the older Orange stopper and lets you know when the water is boiled.
  • Lightweight – Never carry fuel again! 15 inches tall. Only weighs 2.1 lbs
  • Now Comes With Upgraded Steel Fire-Base. Historically, the fire-bases were Aluminium which softened, warped and burned out quite quickly.
  • Add our popular Hobo Stove accessory to turn the fire-base into a stand alone wood fueled Camping Stove.


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Fire Base & Drawstring carrying bag are included as Standard with each Kelly Kettle. The durable steel fire base inverts up into the bottom of our kettles to make the unit as compact as possible for transport and storage.

This Kelly Kettle boils approximately 9 x 6 oz. Mugs of water at a time and is the size traditionally used by Irish Anglers. Suitable for Base Camps, Car Camping, Scout Camps, Picnics, Hunters, Outfitters Outposts, Emergency Preparedness Kits, Humanitarian Aid Stations, or anyone working in the Forests or the Great Outdoors.

A popular Green Whistle has replaced the Orange stopper on this Kettle and will let you know when the water has boiled. NEVER Boil with the older Orange Stopper Inserted!

Strong with nothing to fail or break, our kettles work extremely well in both good and harsh weather conditions. They are a vital piece of camping equipment for any outdoor person. Using whatever natural fuel is lying around (twigs, dry grass, heather, Birch bark, Pine cones, dry animal dung, etc) our kettles will bring water to the boil within a matter of minutes. Never carry fuel again.

Our kettles are cost-FREE to run, eco-friendly as they operate on carbon neutral fuels, and are great fun to use. Note: Add our Pot-Support & Cook set to prepare small amounts of food (Noodles, Rice, Oatmeal, hydrate food, etc) over the kettle while your water boils. Boil and cook at the same time using only a handful of fuel!

Better still, add our Hobo Stove accessory to turn the fire base of your kettle into a stand-alone wood fueled Camping Stove.

See our Accessories Category for these products.

Please note: The Kettle has been designed to boil water extremely fast in all weather conditions using very little fuel. When filled with water, the Kelly Kettle should always be carried upright to avoid any spillage/leakage from the water spout or chimney top.
Kelly Kettle users have described their kettles as the “Greatest Invention of all Time”.

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  1. Brian Mascaro

    Brian Mascaro

    Good price. Exactly the product I expected.

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  2. Devin Blaine

    Devin Blaine

    Excellent product! A little pricey but does the job very well. All you need is a couple of twigs and you have water boiling in about a minute. It helps to bring along a little newspaper to start the fire.

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  3. BCVS


    If all you need to do is boil water this is the trick. Will boil water in a few minutes with a handful of sticks. If you need to cook something there are lots of better options. I ordered the stopper so I could carry water in the container. The whistle serves no purpose to me as it’s easy enough to see that it is boiling.

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  4. Primeone234


    Good Survival Gear. This looked like a handy thing to have, so bought it for hubby’s Dirty Santa gift. It was the gift they all fought over!

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  5. Motor


    Makes camping so much easier! Best thing ever for camping. So quick and easy to boil water for coffee, tea, and dehydrated dinners. Simple to use and makes over a liter of hot boiling water.

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  6. Roger T. Riddell

    Roger T. Riddell

    I bought my first Kelly Kettle 2 years ago after my brother brought his on a cold and extremely wet hike in Alaska. I could not believe how quickly we had hot water for soup and beverages with just a few twigs for fuel. This is an awesome product and it delivers hot water fast and efficiently. We both have the aluminum, 1-quart model and we use them frequently on our hiking, kayaking, and backcountry ski trips. Although I have the little grill accessory, I have not used it. This is a great product and you will not be disappointed in its performance. It is a little bulky to pack but extremely light.

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  7. P.J. Carter

    P.J. Carter

    Just what I wanted! I was amazed at how easy this was to use. Within 15 minutes of opening the box, I had boiling water. I used a fire steel for the first time, with a cotton ball in the included pan lid, set my tinder alight in the base, put the kettle on the base, and fed it dry small bits of carpenter’s hardwood leftovers till it boiled. Nice!!! I used less wood than would fit in a shoebox. The smoke was either non-existent or easy to avoid. Since the soot is inside, you stay clean, as long as you put it back in its bag. I did not time it, but it seems from firestart to boil was 3-5 minutes. I’ve tried 3 other ways to make my tea while camping. The open fire in the typical fire pit is difficult and uses so much wood. And the little foldable stoves that use Sterno are not reliable and very slow. I am somehow repulsed by the thought of using a propane gas stove. I used one only once, another camper had one, and I was not impressed. I would not like to carry propane bottles with me everywhere. I can see making my tea in the morning by using just a few suspended dry dead branches and twigs. No saw, knife, or hatchet really needed most of the time. I think it would not be bad to backpack with this, but I am not a backpacker so can’t say. It will certainly join me when canoeing or car camping. Maybe even day hikes, though I carry a Thermos for those. It would be very useful in an emergency. Needless to say, be careful. You could burn yourself badly with the flames coming through the chimney or the steam from the boiling water. Plan how to hold it, before you pick it up. Use the cork against the kettle to keep it away from you. Warn anyone you are with to not stand over it. That is the first thing people want to do, to look down the chimney. I also warmed water using the included equipment, and everything worked well.

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  8. Kent Peterson

    Kent Peterson

    The Kelly Kettle is one of my favorite bits of camping gear. It really does work. You build a tiny fire in the base and the shape of the kettle creates a draft that makes for a very hot fire that quickly brings water to a boil. I pair this kettle with a 16-ounce thermos and usually run two batches of water through it. One batch I use to reconstitute a freeze-dried meal and the other batch goes into the thermos for a hot beverage. The kettle is fairly light but a bit bulky. Still, it makes the cut on almost all of my biking and hiking trips. It’s great not having to carry fuel, I’ve always managed to find the handful of needed twigs. Plus you can use the empty space inside the burn chamber to carry paper or twigs to get things going.

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  9. Silas Longshot

    Silas Longshot

    This bit of ‘kit’ as they call camping items on the other side of the pond, is worth the time to have a look at. The design of this kettle takes a couple of handfuls of found fire-making fuel and boils a quantity of water (there are 3 different sizes available) in a very short time. Ready to go in its own kit bag, the kettle weighs about 1 pound 11 ounces with the optional pot and pan kit, by my postage scale, has room enough in its ‘chimney’ portion to hold the cooking grill and handle tool, pot, and pan in the burner base and top mount pot holder (optional items)in its bag and still has space enough to hold all your campfire making ‘kit’, like your matches, favorite homemade fire starter, some tinder, kindling and maybe enough wood to start cranking out a nice pot of boiling water for tea, coffee or water sanitizing. The cork allows you to carry water in the kettle, but I would wager it may dislodge and pour all over your backpack unless care is taken with it if you attempt to pack it that way. Be advised that since the ‘chimney’ part of the kettle is indeed a chimney, you shouldn’t pack anything inside that part of it unless you don’t mind getting soot all over the item, like your fire starting kindling or a handful of firewood sticks. On safety issues, some common sense would dictate things to avoid, which the Kelly people point out in their videos on their website and literature packed with these kettles. Don’t boil water in the thing with the cork installed. Duh. Use the carry handle bail to pick up the unit off the fire by gripping the bail with both hands at 90 degrees to the back of the kettle, so your hands don’t get near the top of the chimney which is putting out intense heat or the fill port which will be pouring out steam. Have the water in the kettle BEFORE you start the fire or set the unit on the firebase. The almost instant intense heat on an empty unit will probably cause the unit to stress fracture a crack when you try pouring water into it after the fire is going, not to mention a huge ball of steam rushing out that could scald you nicely. I don’t know if the 2-year warranty would cover that kind of user-induced failure.

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  10. Nick Gloyd

    Nick Gloyd

    Best Water Boiling Device Ever! I’ve had my Kelly Kettle for some 20+ years and I have to say it’s probably my most utilized camp item. It only boils water but it does it dang well and super efficiently! A handful of twigs is usually enough to bring the water to a boil. It’s perfect for car camping but is light enough for backpacking, although it is a little cumbersome to pack. I usually just lash it to the outside of my pack. The Kelly Kettle is perfect for making your coffee, tea, or cocoa and re-hydrating camping food or soups, as well as heating water for doing the dishes. And even though it’s make out of aluminum, it is durable and takes some abuse. Mine has dings and dents but has never had any problems. I highly recommend this. One last thing, the base unit comes with a small grate so you can grill over the coals. It’s not substantial in size, about 6-7″ in diameter, but enough to grill a couple of dogs or whatever. It’s a nice option.

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