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MSR Big Titan Kettle

rated 3.0 of 5 stars
photo: MSR Big Titan Kettle kettle

Nice big pot...but flawed.


  • Lightweight


  • Drips when pouring water
  • Handle will not stay up

When I spend $80 on a pot I expect it to do everything perfect. I will say that I am a fan of MSR and have their stainless steel pots and really like them. But the Big Titan Kettle had one BIG flaw in my opinion.

First, why did I buy the Big Titan? I wanted a water boiler...that's it. I wanted to be able to boil large amounts of water, which it of course does. It is the quality you'd expect from MSR except that it drips so much when you pour.

If you really concentrate, like the guy pouring nitro in old westerns, then the dripping is minimal. However, I do not want to have to concentrate and "be careful" when doing something as simple as pouring water. This may seem petty to bitch about dripping water, but in the field water is precious and everything has to be filtered. 

Second, the little handle on the lid is a joke. It does not stand up well at all. I had to wrap it with self sealing silicone tape and create a little ball in order to pick up up from the hot lid. 

I will say that I have an MSR stainless steel tea pot and it too drips, so it may just be the method of making the spout. I think that a Keith Titanium pot would not have this problem, as it has a tube type spout. But I am not going to spend over $100 dollars to get it.

I stated early on that I use this pot for boiling water, and that I use stainless steel too. The stainless steel is for cooking as I hate using titanium for that. It is just too easy to burn food.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $79.95 from Outdoor Play (no returns)

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