OR MSR Titan-Alex-9.29.08
- Hi Andrew,
Thanks for your insights and edits. If the tiny url does not work I
will repost ASAP. Do you have any strong feelings about my recipes
being a part of the report? My intension was to elaborate, explain and
support my boiling meals style.
Additionally, "Upon further review of the play," Although not in your
edits I have made the following changes. What do you think?
PRODUCT: Added a 1 place decimal point to the ounces for consistency.
OBSERVATIONS: Edited sentence a bit, changed "provide" to "provides."
Per edit changed "100 meals" Moved for better flow.....?
SUMMARY: Not one of your edits, however I hope the the changes
regarding the centering of the kettle are an improvement?
MSR TITAN KETTLE
BY ALEXANDER CHARD
September 29, 2008
NAME: Alexander Chard
LOCATION: Peterborough, New Hampshire
HEIGHT: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
WEIGHT: 160 lb (72.60 kg)
I have been backpacking since the mid 90's with trips generally 2-10
days. I have backpacked in all seasons and conditions. I generally
pack for comfort, and my shelters are usually tarp or bivy sack.
Spring to fall pack weight is about 16 lbs/7 kg, and about 2 lbs/1 kg
food per day. Excursions include trips in the Smokey's, White
Mountains, Grand Canyon, Southern Canada and Upper Peninsula of
Michigan. I consider difficult terrain and adverse conditions the
ingredients for interesting and memorable excursions.
Mountain Safety Research, Inc. (MSR)
Product: MSR Titan Kettle
Year of manufacture: 2005
MSRP: $49.99 (USD)
Capacity listed .85L (28.7 oz)
Capacity measured: .85 L (28.7 oz)
Weight listed 4.0 oz (113.0 g)
Weight actual: 4.0 oz (113.0 g)
The Titan Kettle was designed for the fast and light backpacker, when
weight and adaptability are desired. Although I'm not a member of the
ultra-light adventure race crowd, simplicity and flexibility are
always appreciated. MSR on their web site states, "Versatile enough to
be a pot, mug or bowl, this lightweight and strong titanium kettle
complements the Titan Cook set perfectly."
The top of the kettle has a rolled lip designed for stability and
reduces the tendency to warp. The bottom has rounded edges to improve
heat transfer and makes clean up easier. The body measures 3 ½" (93
mm) x 4 ½" (114 mm) diameters. No need for a pot gripper (additional
weight savings) the Titan Kettle has two bent titanium wire folding
handles that measure 2 ½" (64 mm) tall and 1 ¾" (45 mm) and are
attached by a plate with nine spot welds. The pour spout has marks
indicating that the spout is stamped. There are not any markings for
The lid stays secure while pouring and spout is of sufficient size to
allow hot water to flow rapidly and smooth, and weighs 1.3 oz (37 g)
with a coated wire handle to prevent burns and measures 1 ¼" (32 mm)
wide x 1 ¼" (32 mm) high. Four spot welds on a plate fastens the
handle to the lid. The plate also has a small notch designed to hold
the coated handle vertical for gripping. Additionally a one eighth
inch (3.2 mm) hole in the lid works well for venting steam. The lid
has two stampings, one is the "MSR" logo and the other reads "Titan
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Although I own another titanium pot this kettle accompanies me to many
trips in the Presidential Mountains above 4,000' (1,220 m), Acadia
National Park and day trips on Mount Monadnock, with temperatures from
85° F (29° C) to -5° F (-21° C). I have prepared approximately 100
plus meals in this kettle.
In the interest of full disclosure, I do not often cook food inside
the Titan Kettle, however the size is ideal for boiling enough water
for a 2 serving dehydrated meal, using a 600 ml, 20.3 oz titanium cup
to measure the proper amount of water. If I am not cooking a
dehydrated meal, the .85 L (28.7 oz) capacity provides enough boiled
water to prepare a boil-in-bag packet of rice and a hot beverage. I
spice the rice with beef jerky, dried tomatoes bacon bits or bouillon.
I almost exclusively boil water for meals.
Personally, the simpler the better, since my two active brain cells
are not always communicating I strive to minimize cleaning and
accounting for other gear like a scrub pads and pot grabbers. This is
how I arrived at the tap and sip breakfast, boil in bag lunch and
dehydrated dinners. Breakfast, a no mess minimalist approach consists
of a hot beverage, usually tea, allow to cool slightly, open instant
oatmeal packet, tap out a mouthful, and swish with hot beverage. Boil
in bag lunch is usually rice, placed in titanium cup and spiced to
taste. When winter camping, so as not to waste the boiled water,
simply add a tea bag to Titan kettle and enjoy. Dinner is hopefully
self-explanatory. Three hot meals and beverages with little or no
cleaning required does it get any better.
Not to imply that the Titan kettle is difficult to clean, I have
cooked pasta and rice directly in the kettle, added sauces, veggies
and simmered without permanently bonding food to the kettle. The stout
height and 4 ½" (114 mm) diameter is large enough to allow easy access
for my unusually large mitts (XL glove size) to clean the kettle. The
photos reveal some black marks on the exterior bottom of the kettle.
These are the results of several years of moderate usage and are not
Although I have never burned food in the kettle, some hot water and a
green scrub pad easily removed dried oatmeal and other starch type
residues from the inside of the kettle. The key is to be able to
adjust the flame. With its substantially adjustable flame, the stove I
prefer is the MSR Pocket Rocket (shown in photo). I have only boiled
with the Esbit stove and for me the XKG EX is an unworkable stove for
I mainly use this pot with the MSR Pocket Rocket and occasionally with
Esbit solid fuel and the MSR XKG EX stoves. By placing the kettle a
bit off center on the Pocket Rocket stove when boiling water, I can
remove the kettle using the handles without hand protection or a pot
grabber. Previously owned stainless steel pots of similar capacity
required some sort of pot gripper. The lid fits so securely that even
when the kettle is filled with water I must hold the handles to remove
The MSR Titan Kettle is light, sturdy easy to clean. The lid does not
come off when being packed and liquids pour smoothly. As I mentioned
earlier there are not any markings for measurement of liquids. Since
dehydrated meals are established backpacking meals and most require
about 2 cups for the 2 serving packets. I would suggest stamped marks
indicating 0.25, 0.35, 0.5 and 0.6 L (approximately 1, 1 ½, 2 and 2 ½
cups for my fellow US citizens) might be beneficial.
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> Do you have any strong feelings about my recipesComment: This is fine.
> being a part of the report? My intension was to elaborate, explain and
> support my boiling meals style.
> Additionally, "Upon further review of the play," Although not in yourEdit: The above changes are good.
> edits I have made the following changes. What do you think?
> PRODUCT: Added a 1 place decimal point to the ounces for consistency.
> OBSERVATIONS: Edited sentence a bit, changed "provide" to "provides."
> Per edit changed "100 meals" Moved for better flow.....?
> SUMMARY: Not one of your edits, however I hope the the changes
> regarding the centering of the kettle are an improvement?
> Mountain Safety Research, Inc. (MSR)EDIT: This link is still not clickable in the HTML version.
> Weight listed 4.0 oz (113.0 g)EDIT: Listed weight now is actually 4.2 oz (118 g). As this is in the Fast &
> Weight actual: 4.0 oz (113.0 g)
Light series, please change and list actual weight 1 place past decimal for
those gram weenies out there.