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Guidance on the safe use of storm kettles.


(Published April 2022)

Storm kettles, or Kelly kettles as they’re also known, are particularly popular for bush craft camping and a great way to teach Scouts about how to efficiently use fire to produce hot water.

The kettle’s in the shape of a cylinder and is heated by setting a small fire in the base, which boils water in the surrounding cylinder space. You only need to add small twigs to produce enough heat to boil water.


There’s a cork plug on a chain, which helps with pouring and keeps the kettle clean when not in use. This must NOT be in place when the kettle’s being heated, as this makes it build up pressure and can burst off spraying boiling water over users.

Don't use any type of stove or kettle in a confined area where burned off gases cannot escape freely.  Allow for adequate air flow around it. Camping Gas - Guidance on Safe Use provides further information, particularly on the risk from Carbon Monoxide.

Take extra caution when using these types of kettle on camp or during Scout activities, and to always carefully follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you've experienced issues with this equipment, please let us know by emailing us.