The Ghillie Kettle is a little piece of Irish ingenuity.
Invented by seafaring Irishmen in the 1890’s, the Ghille Kettle is an efficient camp stove that doesn’t burn alcohol, butane or propane. Instead, it burns twigs, pine cones, dry leaves, and other natural materials that are readily available when you’re camping.
Here’s how it works: Tinder is loaded into a detachable pan on the bottom of the kettle and lit through a small hole on the side. Once lit, the flame rises through a chimney in the center of the kettle, heating the surrounding water.
It actually works better in adverse windy conditions. The small hole that’s used to light the tinder can feed oxygen to the flame, so the windier the weather, the faster the boil.
Ghillie Kettles have been around for centuries, but only a handful of companies make them today.
Here’s a video demonstration from Ghillie-Kettle Co, one of the leading manufacturer’s of the device.
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What do you think of the Ghillie Kettle? Would you use one?