Mar 5, 2010 at 5:58 am #1256093
New Update: Finally available at http://www.theboilerwerks.com/pre-order (!)
Edit: Thanks to everyone for showing so much interest in this kettle! To date, I've taken 50 reservations, and that's as much of a backlog as I'm comfortable taking on at this point. If you're interested in getting updates on the kettle, as well as notice when more are available, please PM me with your email address. Thanks to the amount of interest there has been, I've been able to justify devoting the bulk of my summer to working on this. In other words, stay tuned!
I've finally worked out the production problems related to the Ultralight Kelly/Volcano/Storm Kettle-style boiler that I developed in this thread. If you are interested in getting one of these, reply here but make sure you have PMing set up so I can contact you once the kettles are ready to ship. I expect to have the first batch of 25 done by the beginning of June. The price is expected to be $60 US (plus shipping) for this first group.
I'll send info on the finished kettles and start taking payment when they're ready to ship, but getting on this list will save you a spot in the line.
Here are the specs:
Weight: approx. 6.0 oz
Dimensions: appox. 4" wide by 7.5" tall when collapsed
Boiling capacity: 20 oz
Time to boil 20 oz (dry twigs): 6 min
Time to boil 16 oz (dry twigs): 4.5 min
The prototype in action:
Here are the folks that have expressed interest in the kettle and for whom I at least have PM contact info (consider yourselves on the list):
I have also gotten interest from Patrick McDonnell, Malcolm Carmichael, and Thomas Graham but do not have a way to contact you. Please set up the ability to PM or find some other way to reach me so I can get back to you.
Oh, and my Caffin Disclosure Statement: These kettles are the coolest things in the world! They will change your life! But I do have a financial interest in them. :)Mar 5, 2010 at 6:30 am #1582204
@mikefaedundeeLocale: Under a bush in Scotland
Stick me on the list for one Devin!
They look superb!Mar 5, 2010 at 6:38 am #1582210
Thanks Mike! You're on the list!Mar 5, 2010 at 7:14 am #1582228
I think the Monty Kettle is just awesome. I will gladly purchase one of these from you. Just let me me know where and when to send payment.
SteveMar 5, 2010 at 7:28 am #1582240
Thanks Steve! I had you as "possibly" given our earlier conversations, but now you're definitely included.
Maybe we can work out some kind of bartering agreement with those slick crampons you're working on. :)Mar 5, 2010 at 7:40 am #1582254
Devin,I can't wait it looks fantastic!I look forward to hearing from you.Mar 5, 2010 at 7:49 am #1582262
i'm in! $60 is a great deal for all the work you have in this.
-TimMar 5, 2010 at 7:55 am #1582266
@jjpermanLocale: Northern Rockies
Please include my name on your list of those wanting to purchase a chimney-boiler. Looks Great!Mar 5, 2010 at 7:59 am #1582268
@cbertLocale: N. California
Despite my destitute state, this appears to be a work of art that I would be proud to own, so this will be my one purchase this year: please do put me on the list.
Very nice work!Mar 5, 2010 at 8:07 am #1582271
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
I'd love one of these. Please count me in.Mar 5, 2010 at 8:08 am #1582272
@dangLocale: Pacific Northwet
Looks great Devin! I'd like to be put on the list too.
DanMar 5, 2010 at 8:22 am #1582280
The populace demands more pictures!
The populace thanks you.Mar 5, 2010 at 8:36 am #1582290
I'd love to put one of these to use, put my name in the pot!Mar 5, 2010 at 8:45 am #1582293
Hey Looks Great!
JAMar 5, 2010 at 10:16 am #1582342
@zandarLocale: Central Coast of California
Put me down for one….
Like the others, more photos when you get there..
ZMar 5, 2010 at 10:22 am #1582346
Please add me to the list.
GregMar 5, 2010 at 10:55 am #1582362
@hitmanLocale: West Florida
How does one go about finding dry firewood if it's been raining? What are some of the tricks to lighting the wood in this thing? That's my biggest fear.Mar 5, 2010 at 10:56 am #1582363
I'll take one!
DebbieMar 5, 2010 at 10:56 am #1582364
Get a mora knife
Also always carry a little kindling with you.Mar 5, 2010 at 11:34 am #1582383
You guys rock! This community has to be the #1 patron for innovative lightweight gear.
Okay, so Tim, Jerald, Cary (I'm honored to be your one purchase :)), Miguel, Daniel, Nicholas, John A., Tom, Greg, and Debbie. You're all on the list. That makes 21. Thank you all!
James and Tom: I'll try to do you one better than more pictures. I'll see if I can upload a video of my first prototype in action from earlier this winter.
John: I use "dry wood" for those boiling times as a benchmark. They will certainly get longer given damp wood or other variables, but this comes with the territory. This happens any time you use wood or other indigenous fuels, and I think those that regularly cook with fire view its use as a valued skill. There is more learning than, say, flicking the piezo of a Jetboil, but wood can be quite practical after some practice. In damp conditions this may mean bringing some bits of fire starter, collecting dry wood before a downpour, finding dead standing wood, etc. For really soaked conditions, I'm sure than some of the creative minds here can come up with a practical way to incorporate a small alcohol or wax burner. I have some ideas on that front as well, but am right now concentrating on the basic kettle.Mar 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm #1582474
Okay, so here's a video my sister took while we were out on a hike this January. This was just one of several short videos we took that day and wasn't really intended for promotional use.
A couple things to note: I'm holding the kettle because this was my first prototype and the top didn't mate perfectly with the bottom. That will obviously be fixed for the production kettles. It also has a neoprene cozy that will probably be an option for the final kettle, but I'll have to make my sewing a bit better in order for it to be presentable. Also, the hot chocolate wasn't technically in the boiler, we made it in 1.9 oz Ziplock container that I also use for water. I really only recommend making water in the boiler – it would be really hard to clean.
Overall, it performed well. The twigs I was using were damp, as it was just above freezing and the snow-covered trees were melting all over themselves. I used a small bit of a firestarter to get it going. I didn't time the boil, because we weren't in a rush. After shooting the video, my sister used the exhaust gases (at a safe distance) to warm her hands.
Edit: For some reason, the form doesn't like the link to my video. It can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41308912@N04/4409707954/Mar 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm #1582481
@silveradodutchmanLocale: Central Florida
count me in
SDMar 5, 2010 at 2:27 pm #1582482
@silveradodutchmanLocale: Central Florida
so is there a handle to pour the water from?
SDMar 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm #1582490
Handle: right now it doesn't have a handle. I couldn't come up with one that I was satisfied with. The closest that I do have is the neoprene cozy shown in the video. It easily stays cool enough to grab. The full sized version in the video has the advantage of protecting the thin aluminum from dings and keeping the water hotter for longer. It also has some straps that keep everything together while being carried. It weighs 1.8 oz, but a half cozy (just for lifting) would come in at under an ounce. I can definitely make those options for the final version, but can't promise anything about the aesthetics of their sewing.
Like any handleless pot (used by many of the gram-weenies around here, myself included) it can also be picked up with gloves or spare socks. I was even able to pour it with a rolled-up bandana.Mar 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm #1582525
@johnnywerbeLocale: east coast
Very fine work. please include me in the first shipment.
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