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Maybe I was a little harsh, I just can't tell........
on November 26, 2013
I like to backpack, and when winter came I knew that boiling water from snow would be far more efficient than hiking to streams and lakes. So I began looking around. I went to many stores and played with what they had. I ended on the GSI Stainless Tea Kettle.
Right off the bat I will tell you that it has great fit and finish. The bend at the top of the handle helps keep the pot stable hanging over a fire in high winds. Putting the spigot in line with the handle was a great idea, I can pour the water out by touching the handle only. Though as you reach the end of the pour, you do need to put a hand on the lid so it doesn't fall off(in the end it is still a solid lid which stays on very well). Heck even that little handle on the lid is designed to stay up so I can grab it easily to check the water inside.
The other reviewer was wrong on the Oz, I tested with 3 different measuring pots I have in the kitchen, this really does hold 32oz. It's light weight and low profile.
So why the 2 stars. Well simply put, it started warping after only one outing. The heat of the fire has started to warp the kettle after only 3 days of use. I just can't trust it. They really need to reinforce the bottom, it just isn't thick enough. After only 3 days of use, my bottom is now sagging, the thing is slowly melting!
And I can't tell if I'm being too harsh, but I can't give a great design a 5 star review when the only design flaw makes it unusable. I just don't trust it now. It may be that this wasn't made to bring snow to a boil, and only used from already melted snow(water). This was never put into the coals, it was always hung 3 inches or more away from the coals. And it only hung over a fire at maximum 20 minutes at a time(though probably 8 times a day).
I just can't tell, am I being too harsh? I hope GSI redesigns this, I will without a doubt buy that one. For now, I will be testing out other products.