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Do you want to know how a Kelly Kettle works? This helpful tutorial from Jonathan Snape will show you!
Jonathan Snape: OK, here's a demonstration on how a Kelly Kettle works. A good friend of ours in the woodlands, especially in the winter when it's freezing cold and you're ready for a brew.
So, there we are. It comes in this nice bag. Basically, you've got this tray here that comes out of the bottom like this, and you... This is the way you build your fire. Notice you've got a hole in here, and this is like a vacuum hole.
You just put this on top... Well, in a minute. You get your twigs and whatnot. You can use paper. I didn't bring any with me today, so basically some twigs like this and put them in the hole. I tend to snap them a bit. The other way.
[sound of twigs being inserted]
Jonathan: Put the smaller ones in the bottom, and so eventually work the way up to the bigger sized ones, like so.
Jonathan: What you must remember... Then put in the water... What you do is, it's got a hollow entrance here, and inside is a thin film where you put your water in here. This acts like a chimney that goes through the hole here. The air gets sucked up here, and it causes the wood to start burning really quickly. It heats up really quickly because it's only a thin film of water. It gets hot quick.
So basically, make sure you put your water in before you light the fire, because if this gets hot and you put cold water in, then it's going to cause the aluminum wells to fracture. You'll just have leaking water.
Put your water in.
Jonathan: Obviously, the more water you put in, the longer it will take. I think this one holds about two pints. That should do for us.
And then, what does help is if you face the hole, this hole, in the way the wind's blowing, so it helps put a gush of air through it. Then basically - I think it's blowing that way - just have a go lighting it.
It might take -- This is the hardest part, getting it going. Dry twigs are definitely the answer.
There we are. I don't know if you can hear that noise, but it's a kind of rustling sound. It usually means it's taken. It probably has.
So, now you've got all that going. Basically, get your twigs now that it's going. Be careful you don't burn your fingers and just pop them down the hole. The more established the fire gets, the bigger the twigs you use. Break up some of these big ones now.
Jonathan: You can, as well, to give it a helping hand if it doesn't seem to be going as quickly as you like, you can always just give it a blow in the hole. That usually helps out a lot.
One of the nice things about these Kelly Kettles is if you're in an area of woodland that you really don't want to disturb the ground or wildlife or whatever, it's brilliant. You're not charring the ground with the fire because it's all self contained in the middle of the tray.
So, yeah. Now, I bet it's going to boil any second now. Hear it sizzling away. You've got to be quite quick about taking it off. As you can see, the flame is quite large.
There we go. I'd say that is ready. Just lift it up. Want to keep it warm for a second. You put the cork in once it's boiled to keep the heat in. Now, it will stay warm for quite a while. Then, you can leave it there while you sort your fire out. Maybe some twigs will start falling out the sides or whatever, or move these out of the way.
And then, that's it. Get your cup, and that's pretty much it.
It goes... You pull the chain here because you've got to. Obviously that's really hot. That's the point of the chain, obviously, not to lose the cork. You just tip it up like that, and away you go.
Now, you've got a nice little fire that's ready for embers for a campfire for your evening meal or a brush pile, if you've got a big pile of brush that you need to burn, if you've been cutting all day. You've got them already there, or you can just leave it to burn out, and then put it away.
So, that's it.