The history of the Kelly Kettle®
tradition of using the kettle as a method of boiling water at
lunchtime, goes back to the 1890's in the West Coast of Ireland and the
design has changed little since it was first introduced.
Conn is famous for its free rising brown trout and fresh run Salmon from
the River Moy system. The lake provided (and still provides) ample fuel
for use in the kettle, where washed up twigs, sticks and dried grass
were easily available. On wet & stormy days, the local angling
guides would keep watch for the small pillar of smoke on the lake shore
which indicated that a colleague already had a 'brew' on! A hot cup of
tea or soup awaited anyone who landed and the Kettle would be repeatedly
boiled as additional boats laden with anglers arrived. Tradition
dictates that both the angling guide (Ghillie) and his guests (usually 2
anglers to his boat) together would gather dry tinder for the kettle
from the lake shore. Then, the Ghillie will set about boiling up the
kettle which always amazed guests as it works even in the height of a
storm! The Anglers will then be offered their fresh tea from the Kelly
Kettle and in return for his hospitality, the Ghillie received lunch and
perhaps a drop of whiskey from the anglers.
The Kelly family
still provide a Boat Hire & Ghillie service on Lough Conn. Visiting
anglers are as intrigued today as they were some hundred years ago with
the speed at which the water can be boiled and through word of mouth,
these anglers have spread word about the kettles worldwide. To this day,
the Kelly-Kettle / Volcano-Kettle is still the centerpiece in any
campsite. If you have seen one in action, you will understand why!
Increasingly gaining in popularity, our company now sells our Kettles all over the world from the USA, Canada, UK, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany and as far away as Zambia & Australia.
Once exclusively used by anglers, Kelly kettles are now been used by
all types of outdoor enthusiasts such as explorers, Kayakers, hill
walkers, Car Campers, Scouts, Gardeners or as a vital item in wilderness
Proud of our history, we are
always on the look out for interesting stories from the past and present
regarding our Kettles and look forward to receiving them from you, our