Mar 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm #1300777
I found this kettle today. Holds a liter, weighs 6oz, about 2-5/8" tall and 7-1/4" diameter. Looks like clear anodized aluminum. I've never seen one this short and wide and the twin bails are interesting– they do help stabilize it.
It has no name, place of origin or logo. Anybody seen one?Mar 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm #1968743
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
What purpose does the second bail serve?
The photo makes it appear that one bail can be easily removed.
–B.G.–Mar 22, 2013 at 11:14 pm #1968746
Double bail for stability.
I would imagine that if you don't reposition the single bail to the center it will tip over…Mar 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm #1968750
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Some single bails have detents formed into the anchorage fitting so that they will stay upright until moved for transport. This one doesn't seem to have those detents, so they used two bails.
–B.G.–Mar 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm #1968751
Let me bail you guys out :)
The bails keep the kettle from tipping when pouring. It is clever and the bails weigh just 4g/0.14oz each. I had to get out the jewelry scale. I wouldn't dream of changing it.
Most current model kettles have a 3/8" wide bar handle and some add a plastic section in the center.Mar 23, 2013 at 12:27 am #1968756
"The bails keep the kettle from tipping when pouring"
I wish I had thought of that, but then again maybe I did…Mar 23, 2013 at 2:43 am #1968763
Those were available in the late 60's or so from retailers like REI. I might still have mine, back in the nether regions of my gear closet. I recall they were a bit awkward – too wide,even with the double bail.Mar 24, 2013 at 12:47 am #1968963
I've been searching for a kettle that is wider than the standard 5" or so.
If you wanted to increase the efficiency, It seems to me that the width would mean no flame spill over, so neoprene/carbon felt or reflextic could be cut to lay over the top to keep the heat in.
If you wanted to lighten it, you could use 2 fishing leads instead of the bails, or titanium bike spokes/wire.
If you wanted to simplify/lighten it, you could weld a piece of aluminum in place of the lid. I have a Swiss kitchen kettle from the 50's that only has a hole for the spout. very slick design
nice kettleMar 24, 2013 at 6:53 am #1968991
I thought the same about the width. If the the 60's vintage is right, it may have been made with one if the old Optimus or Primus stoves in mind.
I wouldn't dream about changing the design. Those bails are 4g each. I'm a risk taker and hike with a full length handle on my toothbrush :)Mar 24, 2013 at 8:17 am #1969009
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@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
I agree with Don. I used to have one too.Mar 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm #1969899
I rummaged around and found my kettle. Mine has a tea strainer that fits under the lid. Characters on the side are probably Japanese. I never found it very useful for backpacking, generally boiling water in a pot.Mar 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm #1969903
How well does it pour? The spout hole looks tiny.Mar 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm #1969907
The GSI Kettle is nice for winter because it has a wide base. Better for snow melting. I wish it held a but more water though.Mar 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm #1969942
@slammerLocale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
Interested in parting with that kettle? Or has it reached antique status since its from the 60's?
Looks like it would be awesome for use on a super cat stove for tea/ boiling with a small group.Mar 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm #1969977
"How well does it pour? The spout hole looks tiny."
The obvious personal gaffs aside, it pours just fine. It doesn't win any awards for speed, but it doesn't gush all over the place that way.Mar 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm #1969980
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, JapanMar 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm #1970542
@tauneutrinoLocale: Upper Galilee
Just in case you want one handle, you can remove the second one and insert one end of the first handle in hole for second handle. So that it will run just above the center. This way it will be stable.
But if you take a long handled toothbrush … OMG How can you do that?!?! :DMar 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm #1970544
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