Thermette, the ultimate all-in-one outdoor kettle
There’s no such thing as a bad cup of tea in the bush with a Thermette. Boiling water in under five minutes with just a few twigs and a piece of paper, the Thermette is a must for anyone who loves the great outdoors or riverside picnics. Not only is it super efficient at boiling water but it also doubles as great camping stove. The Thermette is unique in its design and is a no-tech, simple answer to a complete outdoor cooking system using just a few twigs, a match and a little wind. There’s no need for gas bottles or other hi-tech capitulated fuel.
Thermette is a Worldwide icon made in New Zealand
The Thermette is a New Zealand icon; we all remember the days of cups of tea made from stream water, boiled in the Thermette. Made in New Zealand from copper, the Thermette is not only designed to be efficient but built to last a lifetime. Invented in New Zealand, the Thermette uses a unique copper cone-shaped cylinder that holds water. This cylinder distributes heat from a small fire at its base, to the large coned surface area that is surrounded by water. Heat from the small fire not only heats the internal water rapidly, but also funnels it out the top of the cylinder creating additional heat for cooking.
The more the wind blows, the quicker the Thermette boils the water.
Due to its unique design, wind is never a problem when using the Thermette. The fire ring at its base is crucial to its efficiency, letting in just the right amount air to fan the fire up through the uniquely designed internal funnel. Therefore, the more the wind blows, the quicker the water boils.
The Thermette’s place in History
The Thermette was invented in 1929 by a New Zealander, John Ashley Hart and quickly became a New Zealand icon. During the Second World War, the Thermette was issued as standard equipment for New Zealand regiments fighting in the North African deserts. The Thermette was lovingly nicknamed the `Benghasi Boiler’ and became a treasured piece of equipment in the harsh environment of the desert. Camp sites occupied by New Zealand army units always left the distinctive circle of scorched earth from where the Thermette stood. This puzzled the enemy troops for sometime, until they learnt that it was only New Zealand troop camps that left this distinctive tell-tale sign.