We wouldn't be British if we didn't require a cup of tea whilst away camping would we? So then you need hot water and unless you are going old school and putting a cauldron over an open fire a camping kettle needs to be purchased. In fact a kettle is one of the most bought camping accessories as it can also help create such culinary masterpieces as pot noodles and pasta.
Well with some campers now opting for an electric hookup its certainly a possibility but kettles are one of those things would suck up electricity like you wouldn’t believe and so may trip your campsite feed and if you're really unlucky your fellow campers feeds which could cause a bit of field discontent! You can also purchase 12v kettles that you would plug into you cigarette socket in the car but again these need large amounts of power and can take 15-20 mins to boil. Best to be used with the car engine running or you might be on the campsite for longer than you expected...
So fire power it is then?
Yes the majority of campers opt for a kettle that's powered by a gas burner or stove. These come in a few variety of shapes and sizes and in the last couple of years have become camping fashion accessories! Gelert's metallic range will get heads turning and would look just at home on a designer agar cooker.
What size should I get?
You may naturally opt for the largest kettle you can buy for the lowest price but you only want to heat as much water as you need otherwise you will be wasting gas and time. The most common sizes are 1 or 2 litres kettles. Think about what water you will be using – a cup of tea is usually around 250ml, pasta may need a litre and you may want a bit spare to warm up your washing up water. Families may want to opt for the larger 3 litre versions which isn’t a problem as long as you have a gas bottle powered camping stove.
Steel or aluminium?
To be fair there isn't a straight choice – aluminium is lighter and steel is more robust. Seen as you can boil water in a heavily dented kettle and many campers travel by car price may be your key factor. Some also have folding handles taking up less space in transit.