User Review: MSR Titan Kettle
Price Paid: $39
General Product Description:
This is a .8 liter one-person cook pot. It has a rigid wire handle, a short spout, and a tightly fitting lid.
All but the most fanatic backpackers cook something, so I count cookware amongst the "essentials" of backpacking. Of all the pots and pans I've used, none has impressed me more than the MSR Titan Kettle.
This item is best used to cook simple meals for one person, or as a smaller accessory pot in groups.
Size: At .8 liters, this pot holds a generous cup of tea or coffee. I haven't met many who need more than a liter of coffee in the morning, but if that's you, I suggest medical intervention rather than a larger pot. It holds a nearly perfect i person serving of couscous, pasta or rice, boils just enough water to rehydrate an dehydrated meal, and fits 2 ramen packs, or one Knoor Noodles pack perfectly.
Ductility: The titanium conducts heat very well, which means liquids boil very quickly in it.
Shape: The pot is just high enough and not so wide. It's narrow enough to slide in neatly into the most over-packed bags, and wide enough to stay stable on most stoves. The edges are round enough to allow a spoon to scrape it completely clean.
Cartridge Accommodation: It fits a standard size propane cartridge neatly inside! How cool is that!
Spout: The lit fits on neatly and leaves a little space, allowing liquid to flow out of the spout. This means you can strain pasta, and make a mean cup of cowboy coffee.
Lid fit: The lid fits on tightly, minimizing the chance of a total boilover.
Handle: The stiff wire handle is a bit short, giving it a tendency to get finger-scorchingly hot.
Bail: There is a little bail on the top of the lid, all coated in plastic. The second time I put the pot at the edge of the fie to keep warm, the plastic melted. Who coats anything on a backpacking cookpot with plastic?
Ductility: Because the titanium metal transmits heat so rapidly, food burns very quickly. If you're doing anything other than boiling water, stir constantly, or rick a thick coating of charred food.
Spout Length: The spout is about 3 millimeters shorter than it needs to be, and hence, if you're pouring anything out of the kettle, it tends to drip down the sides.
Update: November 26, 2011
500 or so miles more on this kettle and it's still going strong!