4 Sturdy Open Fire Kettles

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One of the best parts of camping is building a fire to cook with. These open fire kettles won’t melt in the high heat of the coals or fire so that you don’t need a stove or other specialized equipment to enjoy your tea, coffee, or water boiled meal!

Sneak Peak: Best Open Fire Kettle

Alocs Camping Kettle

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  • Weighs only 0.5 pounds
  • Five-minute boil time
  • High capacity for weight
  • Unique design
  • Includes heat protecting cloth

Overview

Alocs Camping Kettle

GSI Outdoors Tea Kettle

Docooler Camping Kettle

Granite Ware Coffee Boiler

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Best Ultralight Open Fire Kettle

Best Enamel  Camping Kettle

Best Value Ultralight Kettle

Largest Enamel Open Fire Kettle

Manufacturer

Alocs

GSI Outdoors

Docooler

Granite Ware

Color

Black

Blue

Black

Coffee

Capacity

44 oz / 1.3 L

81 oz / 2.4 L

37 - 54 oz /
1.1 - 1.6 L  

100 oz / 3 L

Weight

0.5 Lbs

4.4 Lbs

0.5 Lbs

6.25 Lbs

What to Consider When Buying Camping Kettles

Weight

As with any camping gear, the weight is going to be more important the further your planned campsite is. For backpackers, every ounce will make a difference. For primitive campers, you have a little more leeway to choose heavier materials as long as you don’t mind carrying it a quarter mile or more!

The main factor influencing weight is the material the kettle is made of.

Material

There are two types of open fire kettles on this list – Enameled and Aluminum. Enameled kettles have a layer of porcelain on the outside of the kettle to protect it from rust and heat as well as ensure a more even temperature. The downside of enameled camping kettles are their significantly higher weight. The good news is that they will last you for years if well maintained.

The second type are the aluminum camping kettles. These are going to be significantly lighter (up to 92% lighter!) but cannot stand as high of heats. For best results, let the fire die down to hot coals or use a shovel to pull some embers out and place the aluminum kettle atop the coals. Aluminum kettles may also be more prone to rusting if they are left wet or exposed to the elements for long periods of time.

Capacity

The last major consideration is the capacity of the kettle. Keeping in mind that one cup of tea may run you 8 – 16 or even over 20 ounces of water, depending on which type of camping mug you’re using, a family will need significantly more capacity than a couple boiling water using these open fire kettles.

The enameled kettles typically hold more water than the aluminum ones. Unless you’re willing to boil multiple pots or really need to save the weight, enamelware may be the best way to go.

1. Alocs Camping Kettle

Best Ultralight Open Fire Kettle

With a unique design and weighing in at only half a pound, the Alocs camping kettle is the best open fire kettle around. The 1.3 L capacity is enough for at least two cups of coffee or tea. Boasting a boil time around five minutes, you can go from tent to coffee first thing the fire is started and coals are hot. The kettle ships with a cloth to help protect your hands when pulling this off the coals or opening the lid.

2. GSI Outdoor Tea Kettle

Best Medium Sized Enamel Kettle

For a tough and sturdy enamel kettle that is easy to clean, check out the GSI outdoor tea kettle. With a classic blue speckle design, this kettle can fit in at any campsite. At 4.4 pounds, this kettle would not be suited for backpacking but can add some great style and function to your car camping setup. to top it off, this kettle can boil up to 2.4L of water, almost double the capacity of most ultralight open fire kettles!

3. Docooler Camping Kettle

Best Value Ultralight Open Fire Kettle

Docooler’s camping kettle comes in four sizes, ranging from 0.8 liters through the largest 1.6 liter capacity – giving you a lot of versatility to find a kettle that fits your exact group size and needs! Made of anodized aluminum, this kettle sports an easy to remove top, covered rubber handle, and has one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on open fire kettles.

The short spout and included carrying bag make it easy to attach to the back of your backpack and reduce the amount of space this kettle takes up. Take a look at the image below or click the link to find out more!

4. Granite Ware Coffee Boiler

Largest Enameled Open Fire Kettle

With a whopping three liter capacity, the Granite Ware Coffee Boiler can support the whole family on a single boil! While this extra capacity comes with a significantly higher weight, this kettle is perfect for making high capacities of tea or coffee over the fire or coals. Serve the whole party hot cocoa in this porcelain coated, coffee-colored pot should hold up to high temperatures but be careful with the hot handle when taking it out!

Conclusion

At the end of the day, as long as the water boils and the pot doesn’t fall apart – you can’t go wrong with any kind of adonized aluminum, cast iron, or enameled pot. Let us know if you have any thoughts about our picks above and enjoy making your hot chocolate, tea, coffee, or freeze dried meals with these best open fire kettles!

Tips for Using your New Camping Kettle

How to Use Your Open Fire Camping Kettle

To use these camping kettles on the open fire, you want a hot and steady source of heat to give the kettle the energy it needs to boil water. If you’re using a fire, try to let the fire die down until it has a strong bed of coals to use as the heat source, as opposed to using the kettle on roaring flames.

How to Descale a Camping Kettle

If you start to see a white powdery buildup inside your kettle, boil 1 – 2 cups of white vinegar inside of the kettle, let it cool, and rinse the pot. Give it a good clean (boil clean water inside to be safest) and you’re all set! If you need to, repeat the process for stubborn buildup.

How to Clean a Dirty Camping Kettle

You’ll likely get some soot on the outside of your kettle when you start to use it in the campfire. Most of the time, simple soap and water will be enough to wipe the marks off but for particularly difficult stains, try using oven cleaner on the exterior for extra firepower!

Can you use the Kettle on a Grill?

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Yes! You can use these open fire kettles on top of pretty much any heat source, although be careful with kettles that have any kind of meltable or flammable equipment on the handles since you’ll basically be putting the kettle in a charcoal-fired oven

Robbie
Co-Founder | Editor at Midwest Camping | Website | See related work

Robbie is a Co-Founder and editor at Midwest Camping. Robbie has backpacked over two hundred miles of the Appalachian trail, visited seventeen national parks, and camped regularly for the last two decades.

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