Nothing beats a warm cup of tea on a frosty morning whilst you are camping. In this post we have reviewed the best camping kettles, and have narrowed our selections mainly based on weight, material and quality. Whether you are camping with the family, backpacking or just hiking, there will be a camp kettle for you.
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What is a camping kettle?
Everybody knows what a kettle is. It’s used to bring water to a boil and is mainly used for tea, coffee, and cooking purposes. But what makes a camp kettle special?
Well, the kettle that you plug into the wall at home, won’t be suitable for camping. Firstly, because they’re likely isn’t anywhere to plug it into. You will need a camp kettle that can be used on a camp stove, or on an open campfire.
Secondly, the materials won’t be suitable for continuous outdoor use. The best camping kettles are produced from high-quality materials that can withstand years of being outside in harsh environments, they can also handle being bashed about with the rest of your camping gear.
And, finally, the best kettles for camping are lightweight. Even if you are parking your car close to camp, any weight reductions you can find amongst your camping gear will make lugging your gear to and from camp much easier. And if you are hiking, or backpacking then reducing the overall weight of your pack is essential.
So, now we know what a camp kettle is… Let’s take a look at some of the best kettles for camping.
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The first camping kettle on our list is produced by Redcamp. We have featured many Recamp products on this site, and we are always impressed by the quality of their outdoor products.
This kettle is made from anodized aluminum, which makes the camping kettle have higher scratch resistance than standard Aluminum. The handle is Silicon coated to prevent any burns when using. Note: Some customers report that the Silicon handle can melt, but this is largely due to placing the kettle on an open campfire. Make sure to use a camping stove.
One of the main features we love about this camping kettle is the heat exchanger on the base, which is designed to increase the thermal efficiency by 30%. You will use less gas, and your water will boil quicker.
You can use the Redcamp camping kettle as a teapot, coffee pot, to boil water, and for soup. Alternative sizes are available if you need a more compact camp kettle, you can purchase the Redcamp in 0.8, 0.9, and 1.4-liter options.
Overall, this a great outdoor kettle that will be suitable for most people. It’s large enough to boil enough water for a few cups of tea and compact enough to pack away with the rest of your camping gear. We particularly like the heat exchanger, which will help you save on stove fuel and get your brew quicker.
However, if you are into serious backpacking, and you are looking for a kettle that can fold away to be stored inside your backpack, then this option might be a little too large for you.
- Capacity: 1.4l
- Weight: 8.8oz
- Dimensions: 5.9″x4.7″
- Material: Anodized Aluminum
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The next best camping kettle on our list looks different from all of the other options, in that it doesn’t look like a kettle at all. In fact, it is a coffee or tea maker, in which you can boil your water right on your stove. It’s a great option for backpacking and hiking as it only weighs 1.5lbs! And can be easily stored on the inside or outside of your hiking backpack.
Whether you are making coffee or not, the stainless steel cup can be heated up on any camping stove or use seamlessly with nCamp stoves. You can use it for tea, coffee, water, and soup.
The Café works like a classic Italian Moka Pot, however, it is designed for camping. It is about the size of a water bottle, has folding handles and a nesting cup, making it compact and easy to pack.
The cup can heat up around 13oz of water which is enough for a warm drink or a small cup of soup. If you are just making it for yourself, then this is more than enough.
It is made from premium 304 stainless steel to ensure a long life and durability – you have to assume it will be bashed about with the rest of your camping gear!
We love the imaginative design of the nCamp coffee maker. If you are only going to use your kettle for coffee and tea, then why carry around a bulky kettle when you can carry one of these, which packs away to the size of an average water bottle. This of course becomes a downside, if you are camping with the family as you will need more water capacity.
We also like that it comes with a 13oz Stainless Steel Cup with a Silicon cover and a Coffee funnel for your ground coffee beans – no more instant coffee whilst hiking!
- Capacity: 12oz
- Weight: 1.5lbs
- Dimensions: 3.39 x 3.39 x 9.45 inches
- Material: 304 Stainless Steel
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If you are camping with a family or a few friends, then it’s likely that you’ll be heating up water for everyone. In this circumstance, you’ll need the best camp kettle with a larger than average capacity. This particular kettle has a water capacity of 4L and comes with 4 stainless steel mugs.
You can use this camp kettle on any stove, or even on a firewood fire without any risk of causing damage to the kettle. It is made from Stainless Steel which is durable, corrosion-resistant, and heats up efficiently – it takes roughly 5-minutes at standard atmospheric pressure.
Even though this kettle is larger than others on our list, it still only weighs 2.4lbs, which is suitable for keeping a lightweight pack whilst you are traveling and hiking. The 4 included cups can stack together be placed inside of the kettle whilst not in use.
If you need a larger camp kettle to heat up water for tea, coffee, or your meals then this is a great option. It holds an impressive 4L which is more than enough for several people. One customer reported that they kept this kettle on the campfire all weekend for continuous access to boiling water and it held up perfectly.
Even though the kettle is lightweight, it is probably too bulky for carrying in or on the outside of your backpack, however, if you are driving near your campsite then it doesn’t really matter how big your camping kettle is.
- Capacity: 4 Liters
- Weight: 2.4lbs
- Dimensions: 3.1 x 6.5 inches
- Material: Stainless Steel
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One of my earliest memories hiking on a freezing cold day was quickly warming up with a cup of hot tea made with a Kelly Kettle. This innovative piece of kit is great for backpacking, it heats up water very fast and has no need for a camping stove or wood fire, and it uses natural fuel. With just a few twigs or pine cones, you have boiling water in minutes.
The Kelly Kettle is only 1.5lbs in weight and is 10″ long, it can easily strap to the outside of your backpack, and you’ll save plenty of room without the need for any bulky gas canisters.
You can also use the base (where your fuel goes) to rest a pan on top, and use the kelly kettle to cook your meals, it really is an ‘all-in-one’ solution to cooking and boiling water on the go. And it’s very simple to drop some more twigs into the base to keep the fire burning for longer.
The Kelly Kettle is a camping classic, it’s likely that if you were a scout member that you have used one of these before. We particularly like that it is completely environmentally friendly, using only natural fuel that you find around camp. It heats up water extremely fast due to the unique design in which the fire heats the water from the inside out.
If you are backpacking, and weight reduction is important then the Kelly Kettle is a great choice for boiling water and cooking on as it can do both, whilst weighing only 1.5lbs in a compact Aluminum body. If you do need more water capacity, the Kelly Kettle can be purchased in a range of sizes.
- Capacity: 41 oz
- Weight: 1.5lbs
- Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 inches
- Material: Anodized Aluminum
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This kettle from Overmont makes our list of the best camping kettles due to its compact design, high-quality materials, and fast heating time. Produced from food-grade anodized Aluminum, this kettle is durable and scratch-resistant. It can be used on both open fires and with a camping stove.
The ergonomic handle is wrapped in insulated plastic to protect your hands from heat, it also folds away for convenient storage.
You can use the kettle for anything from water, tea, coffee, and soup. It takes only 3-5 minutes to bring your water to a rolling boil.
If you are after a durable camping kettle that get’s the job done, this could be a great selection for you. Whilst there is no ‘bells and whistles’ or anything particularly special about this camping kettle, it is a great all-round choice.
We like that it is lightweight, portable, and produced from high-quality anodized aluminum, the included carry bag is also a bonus as you can easily strap the kettle to the outside of your backpack if you are hiking.
- Capacity: 0.8-1.2 liters (depending on model)
- Weight: 7.8oz (small) 11.1oz (large)
- Dimensions: approx. 5.51×3.14” (small) approx. 6.22×3.54” (large)
- Material: Anodized Aluminum
How to choose the best kettle for camping
We have already discussed what the best camp kettle is and taken a look at some of our top choices. But how you go about deciding which is right for you? Below we will look at some of the features of camping kettles and discuss how each might impact your particular situation.
It goes without saying that any equipment used for camping and the outdoors needs to be made from high-quality materials to withstand years in harsh environments and be able to hold up against any drops and bangs it might recieve.
Most of the best camping kettles are produced from either Stainless Steel or Anodized Aluminum. Both are great material choices and are suitable for the outdoors. Both are corrosion-resistant and can be used for open campfire cooking.
Aluminum is lighter than Stainless Steel, so if you are weight conscious then Aluminum is the better option, although the size and capacity of the kettle will impact the weight more than the material choice. For example, a 0.8L Stainless Steel kettle will be lighter than a 1.4L Aluminum camping kettle in most cases.
The capacity of your camp kettle comes down to your own individual needs and how you will be using it. If you are camping as a family, or with friends over a weekend then it might be better to invest in a bigger kettle that has enough water capacity to give everyone a drink.
However, if you are hiking solo and only using your kettle for the occasional brew then a smaller camp kettle, like the Kelly Kettle might be a better choice, plus it’s more compact and lightweight.
If you purchase a high-quality camp kettle, then it’s possible to fill it up and leave it on a campfire over the entire duration of your trip, giving you constant access to clean, hot water. If this is something you want to do, then a bigger camp kettle might be a better pick.
Not all kettles for camping will come with a protective handle to prevent scalding, if this is the case, you will need to be careful and use a tea-towel or pair of oven gloves to handle your kettle.
However, most camp kettles will come with a plastic or Silicon handle to allow you to pick them up once hot. We would always recommend this option, especially with young children (although, all campfire cooking and water boiling should be left to the adults!).
If you plan on using your kettle over an open fire, ensure that the flames have died down and are not rising up the side of the kettle, otherwise, it will melt the Silicon handle.
Weight of your camp kettle
We have already touched on the weight camping kettles already, and we always stand by that when it comes to camping, hiking or backpacking that lighter gear is usually better.
The capacity of your kettle will play the biggest role in affecting the weight, if you need a 6L kettle for camping, then there is no getting around the fact that you’ll be carrying a bigger and heavier kettle than someone who needs a 1.4L kettle. But the trade-off is often justified.
Aluminum is the lightest and most common material of choice for camping kettles, with Stainless steel coming in next, followed by cast-iron kettles (which we haven’t recommended you buy).
Backpackers will need a lightweight kettle, that is compact and can be stored easily either inside or on the outside of their backpack. We have recommended either the Kelly Kettle or the nCamp Coffee Maker for people who want to use a kettle whilst hiking and backpacking.
Camping Kettle FAQs
How do you boil a kettle when camping?
The most common way to boil water whilst camping is by placing your camping kettle over a camping stove, or campfire. If you are using a campfire, we would also recommend that you either hang the kettle via the handle or place it on top of a fire grill/stand. Always ensure that the flames have died down before using your kettle on a campfire as you will run the risk of melting any plastic kettle handles or turning your kettle black.
Will a camping kettle heat water faster than a pan?
Yes, a kettle for camping has been designed specifically to bring water to a boil as fast as possible. Whilst a pan with a lid can heat water quickly, it will almost never beat a kettle. An added bonus of using a kettle is that they usually whistle and notify you when your water is boiling.
Can I use a normal kettle when camping?
You could use a normal kettle if you had access to a power supply that is not going to overload and trip. However, most campsites will only provide a limited amount of power to each camp spot which a power-hungry is likely to overload with other devices plugged in. You can purchase low-power kettles designed for camping, however in our opinion a metal camping kettle which is much lighter in weight and much more durable is a better option for camping.
Final Words - Best Camp Kettles
We truly hope that this post has helped you decide on the best camping kettle and gave you an insight into some of the key features and main considerations you should look at before making your purchase.
It’s hard to go wrong if you purchase a camping kettle that is suitable for the style of camping and traveling you will likely be doing and the number of people that will be using the kettle.
Everyone’s situation is different, but in most cases, a lightweight and durable kettle are perfect for most camping trips – this doesn’t mean small capacity! The 4L kettle on our list by Odoland still only weighs 2.4lbs, which is extremely portable.
For backpackers, the Kelly Kettle is small, durable, and can be used not only for heating up water but also for frying food in a pan – It’s the best all-in-one solution.
Our best overall pick went to the Redcamp 1.4L camping kettle, it’s a great performer that heats up water fast, is made from high-quality materials, and will ‘get the job done’ for a wide variety of people. 1.4L is also a great capacity for 2-4 people depending on how much coffee or tea you drink!
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