The best for boiling water - buy it!
I am quite obsessive about my backcountry gear. I plan extensively and purchase gear often for my trips as a vicarious activity when work keeps me off the trail.
I own or have owned just about all conceivable cooking systems. If you aren't a gram weenie or a 20 mile a day thru hiker - this kettle is the ideal choice for boiling water.
At the time I purchased this pot, I was playing with alcohol stoves, due to deciding my Jetboil PCS was too heavy. The wide flame pattern of my Trangia Westwind and then MBD Bios necessitated a wide bottom in my boiling vessel. This kettle fit the bill. The "heat exchanger" on the retired Jetboil was a big deal, it captures heat very well. The wide bottom of thick aluminum on this Kettle did suprisingly well too - several minutes faster boil time from an anemic alcohol burner.
When I went back to canister stoves (a Titanium Primus burner) after deciding alcohol stoves' negatives weren't worth the weight savings, I kept using the kettle instead of switching to a titanium mug for several reasons:
* A Snow Peak 700 (for example) is only .7 ounce lighter, is smaller in volume, heats less efficiently, doesn't pour as easily, and costs 60% more.
* Jetboil's new Titanium Sol mug can boil less than 1/2 the volume (.8 L volume but you can only fill it half way), weighs .8 ounces more, and is over 3 times the price. While it's heat exchanger may be more efficient in design, the titanium material is not as good conducting heat so I strongly suspect a wash in heat time / fuel usage. You are still limited to using Jetboil's heavy burners with this mug.
The pour spout advantage wasn't one I had initially considered, but in use it has become HUGE. Pouring boiling water into a dehydrated meal is so much easier with this kettle versus a cup/mug style container. The spout on Jetboil's lid was the best I had used prior to the kettle, but I still managed to burn myself with that - not true with this kettle.
This year I am experimenting with a Biolite stove - the GSI kettle has again been the perfect contailer to put on this stove. (In fact some of the the company's product photos included this kettle).
Notice the pattern - in my obsession I've tried a bunch of stoves since leaving the Jetboil, but the GSI kettle has remained in my cooking kit. I've found no better..
Not just for tea
When I got this delivered I thought the box was empty because it is so light and compact. What you get is a well made, well designed, low profile water boiler. I find it great for backpacking when all I take are foods that need to be hydrated. It's also great for car camping because it's just the right size to get water going in the morning for the first cup of coffee and enough hot water left over to do the dishes. The low profile, wide bottom design makes it very stable on a variety of stoves. It also means you won't tip it over. The lid fits well and has a small ventilation hole on it to keep it from rattling or popping off when the water gets rolling. The rubberized handle is nice, but not intended for use over an open campfire because it will melt. There are faster water boiling systems, and you can boil water is just about anything, but I like the fact you have a lot of control for a perfect, safe, pour with this little kettle. I looks really cool too. It's a good addition to your kit for just [$]
Very cool little kettle
Another item I bought because of the coolness factor and then fell in love with after only a few uses. Obviously it's use is for boiling water which it does very well given the thin material used. I use it paired with the pocket rocket stove. You can fit this stove with it's case into the kettle but the canister is slightly to big to join it. You can fit the canister by itself though. I use it for making tea (it is a tea kettle after all haha) and making dehydrated meals. It is very tiny and before when I had only seen it online I assumed it was much bigger but it is a very small, cute little kettle. It feels lighter than most titanium things I have seen. Saw it at REI and bought it right there for about $25. Worth every penny and is cool looking to boot.
best for alcohol stoves!
I have to admit I picked this up mostly because it looked cool, (defiantly the classiest way to boil water in the bush) but by chance I found it is absolutely made for pop-can alcohol stoves! With a can with lower holes you can set the pot straight on the stove without a pot-stand, and the wide base perfectly catches the flame that would normally go up the sides of a mug or narrow pot.
I traveled with this for 8 months and kept my alcohol stove, windscreen, soup and tea inside the kettle perfectly. the only time I manage to hurt it was when I used a bucket for a windscreen and my flame got high enough to melt a little of the handle insulation.
only beef is that the handle can poke stuff in your pack if you aren't careful, but it's easy to get around that.
This teapot is awesome! It's very light. If you are not careful, the rubber on the handle will melt. Water boils quickly and it pours easily.
I have two problems with it and they are minor. I wish it was a little bigger. A full pot was not enough to completely fill two GSI mugs(for coffee). But, water will boil so quickly in this thing, that it really was not a problem to just refill it. The othe rproblem is that the lid does not stay on. I used it to hold all of our coffee needs and I had to tape the lid to keep everything in.
do not let those two minor issues keep you from buying this. It is absolutely awesome! When we go canoeing this summer, I think we will ditch the pots and pans and just bring this!
Do you mainly just boil water, like for coffee, freezer bag cooking, freeze dried? This is a must have then, do you do the gourmet or cook in a pot, then this is a bad choice, however I do mac n cheese or ramen quite simply in the kettle, the spout makes it easy to strain noddles also. This kettle is very stable and boils water quickly, you can easily do 4 cups though the spout will spit a little while boiling. It would probably boil faster if the spout could be covered, but I haven't figured out a way I like yet. If you keep the included handle the rubber will eventually melt a bit and it makes lid removal difficult while upright. This piece is very easily modified though. The interior will hold a lot of items too. A great kettle.
Great Lightweight Kettle
My wife and I were looking for a little more volume in our next cook pot when we came across the GSI Kettle at our local REI. 4 cups (1 quart) fills it to the bottom of the spout and it pours perfectly. It’s short and squat with a lot of surface area along the bottom for excellent heat transfer. Perfect for our style of backcountry cooking which amounts to no more than preparing boiling water for freeze-dried meals and hot beverages. Also, while this may sound strange for a tea kettle review, it’s a great looking piece of gear. Our last cook pot was anodized aluminum as well and this kettle should last years and years. Its design caught our eye, and its lightweight (and light price) sold us.
Just the right size!
This kettle works great! It's low and wide, so you don't waste a lot of fuel heating the sides of the pot.I've been using a lot of the methods[@]so all I really need to do is boil water, pour it in the bag, and wait. This pot is perfect to boil 1.5 to 2.5 cups of water. On my cannister stove at 9,000 ft, the water would usually boil in about 3 minutes. Not a JetBoil, but look at the weight differential!I now only carry one pot, and the 8 oz. fuel cannister fits right inside it. The lid won't fit with the fuel cannister inside, but I see where MSR has just come out with a 4 oz. cannister. Perfect for my weekend trips!
light and fast
A friend and I just got back from a trip to the Smokies. We usually carry the soloist on our trips and use it for all our cooking. On this trip we decided to try and use this kettle for all cooking and leave the soloist at home to save weight. Let me just say that I am sold on our new cooking system. This kettle is super light, durable and stable. The snow peak stove fits right inside and the spout on the pot makes pouring hot water into a pouch into a one man job. We were able to free up tons of time with this little pot and didn't miss out on any other luxuries.
Great start for a cook kit
I haven't used the kettle yet but my backpacking buddy has one and that's what sold me. I've been playing around with different cook kit combos and after seeing his in action sold me on it. For the price vs weight ratio it is a good option for those of us worried about weight but can't or won't spend the high dollars on a pot that will only save you another ounce or two but cost you three times as much just to boil water in. Fits my cat stove, lighter, bandana, wind screen, heat reflector, and the removable handle inside. The lid has a tight fit and the kettle is a nearly indestructible. Great product!