Necrodamus wrote:It would be interesting if there was an all stainless version.
If you check the Kellykettle website they sell extra fire bowls because the aluminum will warp after repeated use. Which means its still has no advantage over anything else and its bulky to boot. IMHO
Could be cool if someone decided to go completely stainless, a better sealing cap, more stabile design.
The website says the aluminum can warp after time, or burn out from daily use. If you use it everyday for a year before the aluminum firebowl wears out you're still coming out way ahead than a butane/propane/compressed fuel burner that you'd have to carry fuel for, and that won't work in high wind.
As far as it being constructed of aluminum, I have cookware in my kitchen made of aluminum that I've had for years. I'm sure that with proper care and the maintaining of a reasonable tempature while using the kettle, that the service life could be well into decades.
further the stated weight (for the small kettle) is 1.2 lbs and the dimensions are approx 10in tall and 5in diameter. So the base of the kettle is no wider than that of a fuel canister and the weight is only slightly heavier. The height kinda sucks but other items can be stuffed inside the chimney area when stowed.