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MSR's Titan Kettle acts as lightweight, bare-minimum solo cookware for your fast and light adventures. Well, you might want a spoon, too.

Use the MSR Titan Kettle as a pot, mug or bowl on your bare-minimum camping treks, or add this .85-liter kettle to your Titan Cookset. With a tight-fitting lid and a drip-free spout, you can heat and pour water for tea or instant soup without spilling. MSR fortified the 28 fluid ounce Titan Kettle with lightweight, strong titanium material, so this cookware stands up to seasons of camping and only adds 4.2 ounces to your pack.

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5 5

Really, just buy it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's unreal, that's all you need to know

5 5

Titan Pot

Go-to pot for melting snow on ski traverses and climbs. Packs tiny and light with a fuel can. Can't ask for any more. As mentioned below, small handles get hot but that is the price of lightweight gear. Lid fits tight but if you set it gently on the top it works fine. The way to go to stay hydrated or make dehydrated meals. Not my first choice for proper cooking but there are better tools for that.

5 5

Great Lid

  • Gender: Male

This kettle is super light and works well if you eat freeze-dried food. One kettle perfectly fills one freeze-dried meal. A propane canister fits in very well. The lid is solid too. I haven't had a big problem with the handles as other people consider "too short", but they are shorter than ideal. But the issue is overblown.
I would recommend this for low-altitude backpacking, not alpine pursuits-look for a bigger pot to melt snow.

Does anyone know whether an MSR Whisperlite...

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Does anyone know whether an MSR Whisperlite internationale will fit in the kettle?

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No the stove will not fit inside this kettle. The kettle is designed to hold a pocket rocket and a 4oz fuel can.

5 5

MRS for life.

My only gripp is it doesn't was it's self. Get on that MSR. Buy one today.

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I wish cla2583511's review was readable. Honestly, I don't know what the heck it means!?

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I think he wants the pot to wash itself. That is his only gripe, not gripp. He recommends buying one today.

3 5

High hopes, but rather disappointed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this as a light weight option for my back packing trips, as well as a 2012 attempt at the AT. Several flaws I encountered...
1. The lid is very tight (and more so when using, due to expansion of the metal during heating). Found you have to leave lid partially off so you don't spill dinner in process of just trying to check to see if your dehydrated dinner is boiling, as Tired and Frustrated found. I was only at 4000 to 6000 feet and that hindered boiling a lot. Can't imagine trying to melt snow at 13,000!
2. The handles ARE NOT LONG ENOUGH. When I started my pot a'boilin' the flames on my soda can stove were very close to handles, and they became very hot (natch). Used one of my gloves that I brought as a pot holder and burned my hand on flames trying to get pot off stove, and my glove melted to handle. That was a mess, while hungry!
3. The pot handles look good in the photo. They fold in on sides nice and neat and compact looking. HOWEVER they flop around, and while not a huge deal would think for $60 bucks they'd look and feel a little more secure, especially in your hand when you are removing your dinner from the stove and its as hot as the sun!

Bottom line: I thought this would be a nice light weight pot for long distance backpacking. What I got was a light weight pot for $60 bucks that is awkward to use.

I change my mind on this. I used this pot the entire time on the AT and it worked great. Nice and light and after a little use the handles and lid were fine. I will say that I wish the pot handles were a little longer , as even with the wind screen, they heat up from the flames of my alcohol stove. To combat this I brought a small pot holder that I had cut in half and stitched the cut end so it wouldn't fall apart. worked just fine.

High hopes, but rather disappointed
4 5

Reference Standard

This is the reference standard as far as solo titanium pots go. I've had one for years and it's held up to plenty of use and abuse. Minor gripes would include a lid that fits a bit too tightly which is exacerbated by the fact that the handles get very hot in use. For me, this is made up for by its weight, durability, and form factor. I don't anticipate ever needing to replace it.

Tired, Frustrated

Tired, Frustrated

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After a while, I just gave up on a closed system: I kept the lid ajar to aid in the everlasting check-up procedure while melting snow. This noticibly hurts melting efficiency at 13000 feet!

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Well, hmmm...

Seems to me that is exactly what you should have expected.

For melting snow you would be better off with a 1.5 to 2.0 liter pot and you should start with some water in there.

For over 10,000 feet you would be better off with a liquid stove.

Even if you were just heating water at moderate elevation in cold weather you should insulate the canister from the snow.

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Nice picture though.

3 5

Light, But Fumbly

This is one heck of an expensive pot. You buy it only if you are shaving every ounce, which on our 2-day Sierra traverse (Onion-Wolverton) was an essential plan. Surely, it was light, and JUST the perfect size - Nalgene fits right in, or a 3oz can of fuel and a pair of socks. Combine it with a pocket rocket, and there ya go.

My gripe is that for $60, it should work well and do its elite-only job with ease. The problem is, after all day on your feet, you want to melt some snow with a user-friendly pot and THIS AINT IT! You have to constantly put your gloves on to grip the pot with one hand just to remove the stuck-in lid and check the water/slush status. The little handle on top doesn't stay standing up, so more fumbling. Brutal! Sounds like a small gripe, but this meant everything after 17 hours on our feet. Why can't they make the lid just sit on top? The handles are also fiddly, but the worst thing was the lid.

It's a pot plus a lid. The lid sucks. 3 stars out of 5.

Light, But Fumbly
5 5

Great Pot/Kettle/Cup

I brought MSR Titan Titanium Kettle and the Snow Peak LiteMax Stove. They cost a little more, but weigh less and in my opion worth the money. A gas canister fits inside for the perfect light weight, duralbe, complete cooking system. Its all you need for 1 or 2 people.

5 5

Awesome kettle

I'm not sure if they could put the rubber grip on the handles that they have on the lid, but that's the only improvement that I can pinpoint. Great kettle.

Do the handles fold in? Can't tell from...

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Do the handles fold in? Can't tell from the pic/description.

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Yes, the handles do fold in.

5 5

Perfect Ultralight Cookware

Bought this little kettle 5 yrs. ago. Still great. Still the best piece of cooking equipment I own. A small msr fuel cannister and msr pocket rocket stove and matches fit perfectly inside. Great for day trips and longer trips. Worth Every Penny!

Perfect Ultralight Cookware
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Wait, how did you fit your pocket rocket inside the kettle?

What are the measurements of this kettle?...

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What are the measurements of this kettle? How tall? How wide?

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The information you seek is below, scroll down just a lil.

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The outer diameter of the MSR Titan kettle is 11.2cm (4.375") & it's 9cm (3.5") high including the lid pull.

5 5


This is a super light pot for backpacking. The shape, tall and skinny, fits perfectly on any canister stoves. Water boils rapidly in this pot but titanium is not the best for even heat conduction so simmering is difficult. This pot works great if you are only boiling and pouring hot water. The lid fits very tight and is hard to get off when the walls and lid are too hot to touch, also the handles can't be touched while cooking unless you have a glove or bandana. If I am going to cook in the pot I just set the lid on top with out pushing it on so I can easily pull it off. I nest the titan cup inside this pot.

5 5

Love it

If all you need to do is boil water or make super simple dishes, this is perfect. Fuel canisters fit neatly inside, but you won't get much else in there. I use it with a MSR Pocket Rocket and it is plenty stable. Lid functions well. Can't beat the weight (7.2 ounces for Pocket Rocket and Titan). I can't comment on whether/how badly food sticks to it - all I do is boil water.

3 5

Slightly too short for my needs...

Good size, good name, very light-weight. However, it is about 1/8"-1/4" too short to hold a 220g fuel canister and a Brunton Flex or Optimus Crux collapsible stove. As a result, I will be sending it back and getting something different. The lid stays on tightly and the handles are nice. However, other dislikes include: it does not have graduation marks stamped on it; no storage bag included; price is ~$10 than Ti pots of similar size.

Write your question here...How does this...

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Write your question here...How does this kettle cup.. or any titanium single wall container hold up to cooking with direct fire/coals?

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I've used this specific one to cook over a good set of coals a handful of times on a trip when a stove malfunctioned. It did just fine, but it was certainly discolored (as I'm sure anything else would be) afterwards. I'd still be cautious though, as the titanium is still fairly malleable. FYI - I only cooked noodles and boiled water - nothing complicated.

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I agree with knanier. Titanium is all about light weight which means there will be some compromises. There will be some discoloration, particularly blackening of the pot on the outside (not a bad thing by the way) and as Ti gets hot, it also creates different hues of blue where the most intense heat is. However, the biggest issue will be deformation of the pot. Because the walls are so thin, if the Ti material gets too hot, it will warp which could effect how the lid fits on (with the MSR Ti Kettle, the lid is made to fit on snug allowing the user to pour without worry of it falling off. If the pot gets too hot, this may effect greatly how the lid fits). I would caution anyone from using Ti cookware over a fire or really hot coals. If you are careful and continuously monitor the pot as it cooks, then you should be fine. It will take a little more care and attention...

The best material to use over open flame or coals is stainless steel. MSR's Stowaway Pots are excellent and are used by NOLS and various wildland firefighting crews in this manner.

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