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    Titan Titanium Kettle

    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.

    • Titanium kettle stands up to seasons of camping trips
    • Doubles as pot, mug, or bowl to minimize packing
    • Item #CAS0385

    Tech Specs

    ⚠️ WARNING
    Cancer and Reproductive Harm -
    Recommended Use
    camping, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited 3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Perfect OG UL Pot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    There may be bigger better sets of pots out there, but this has been a staple in my mess kit. MSR makes quality and you get that in this pot, for sure.

    All I need

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great for boiling water for 2 people on back packing trips. 8oz fuel canister fits perfectly inside. Incredibly light. Pretty pricey but overall worth it for how light it is. No issues with handle or lid handle getting too hot.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Very light, yet durable. The fit of the lid is awesome because you don't have to worry about boiling water push it off or the contents you keep inside falling out. Highly recommend!

    Does It All

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you only have one piece of cookware in your pack, this should be it. Versatile enough for all your cooking needs (is it a mug? A pot? A bowl? A kettle? All of the above) and cools down instantly once emptied of hot liquids. To save space in my pack, I often stuff small odds and ends in here, and the lid fits tightly enough that none of it falls out. Super lightweight, yet durable. Wouldn't go on a backpacking trip without it!

    Tough Little Pot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Go to for snow melting and water boiling. I keep thinking I'm going to distort and ruin this pot in my pack, but haven't managed it yet. I usually store the lid on the side of my pack under a compression strap - haven't bent it yet. The pot itself sometimes gets my rolled up air mattress end jammed in it and the whole thing then stuffed in my pack - pot is still perfectly round and the lids seals perfect. The only damage I've been able to inflict is after deciding to shove my crampon points into the pot in my pack, putting a few little dents in the bottom. Same comment on the handles - they do get hot - just act accordingly. Spout works well. The little lid handle stands up and locks in for a positive grab. It's a beauty and, when the MSR whisper is in the pack, this always goes with it.

    Almost as good as a pot could get

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    The first time I picked this thing up I was amazed at how light it was. Looking at the weights of this and that one can get lost in numbers, but when you hold it in your hand all that goes out the window as you marvel at the weightlessness.

    I haven't had it in the field yet, but used it at home with my peak 1 stove just for fun. What can I say? It's a pot. It weighs nothing. It has a wide base for stability. In my single test the handle did not get hot, but that is a pervasive issue with this pot according to reviewers all over the web. The universal fix is to turn the handle upside down. I'll do this if I experience problems.

    This pot boils enough water for both my 2 serving dehydrated meal and my daughter's single serving. I have to fill it to the brim to do it though. In solo use it is obviously ample.

    As far as I'm concerned this pot is as good as it gets. I can't imagine anybody not falling in love with it. What I can imagine are some gradations on the side. Duh! Why would MSR not do this? Do they expect me to carry a measuring cup? Oh well. There's ways around this problem, but for such a premium product I'd like the simple stuff to be included.

    4 stars for not stamping gradations into the side.

    3 day trip no regrets

      I used this kettle on a three day backpacking trip. I used it to boil water and as a double for a coffee mug. The spout was super useful when filling up oatmeal packets or pouring into dehydrated food package. Kept in the open position the handles didn't heat up that much allowing me to handle with bare hands immediately after boiling water. Lid was tight fitting and easy to handle thanks to a rubberized handle on the top. Highly recommend. Will absolutely use again for backpacking.

      Great addition to Titan set

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This kettle is great on its own on solo missions, but also fits perfectly inside the titan 2 pot set if out for longer... pretty clever really, and yes the lid is great.

      Lightweight & Versatile!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I'm trying to put together a cooking set for lightweight travel and chose the MSR kettle for it's little spout, lid and it's ability to hold a fuel canister with the MicroRocket w/ igniter. I was surprised at how tight the lid fit as mentioned in some other reviews, but I appreciate is when I put it in my pack and all the stuff inside the kettle doesn't fall out. I really only boiled water and the handles didn't get too hot to handle but I would imagine if you cooked something in it for longer then you would need a glove or a mitt to cover your hand while grabbing it. All in all, a good versatile product that's super lightweight and easy to clean.

      Disappointing design flaw

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I recently used this kettle for the first time on a week long backpacking trip. I don't understand why they would insulate the top handle, but neglect to insulate the larger kettle handle on the side... Those handles get hot! Way too hot to handle with bare hands. I noticed this flaw before I bought it, but I assumed such an established and respected company would have done something to reduce the heat flow into the handles; I was sadly mistaken.

      On my trip, I used the kettle approximately 20 times and the handles only got noticeably hot half of the time. I am assuming this may have to do with the amount of water heated up or the amount of time I left it on the stove after boiling was achieved. When hot, I just used a small towel as a pot holder; easy fix, but annoying for a $45 pot.

      Aside from that glaring design flaw, I love the kettle! Its light, it fits my titan cup and stove inside, and the lid stays on when pouring.

      Most likely the kettle's handles are not insulated like the lid because the insulation would burn when subjected to the temperature of most campfires and camp stoves. Most silicone cookware has a temperature limit of 500 degrees F (~ 260 degrees C) well within range for boiling water but not high enough for the temperatures experienced during open flame cooking. So it's not a design flaw at all, more like MSR doesn't have access to a material that can be exposed to really high temperatures while at the same time not transmit heat to a user's bare hand.

      titan measurements

      I bought this partially because I thought it was wider. Please look at the photo carefully, the rulers cross at 1", so the pot is a bit smaller about 4.5" diameter. I took another photo to show it.

      titan measurements

      perfect size and better in weight

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      this works great for a solo hiker. I used this on my recent Teton crest trail trip. I pack light!!! Dry base weight is now around 8 1/2 to 9 LBs. When you travel far, weight matters.

      I rather like the lid.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I use the Titan in northern Idaho from 2500-6000'. It works well with a soda can alcohol stove and a windscreen, I can get a 2cup boil in 4.5min in summer, 7min when snowshoeing. I recently started using a Kovea Spider remote canister stove. I made a Caldera cone out of aluminum flashing. I haven't timed it yet but I think even my 3cup boils were in the 5min range. My 1st test with the Spider was in the winter, no windscreen, and it took 13min for 3cups - a windscreen or cone is essential.

      Perfect for solo cooking. I do 3cups & put 1/2 in a MountainHouse and use the other 1/2 for coffee. There are no graduation lines so I did my own inside the pot in sharpie - they've held up well.

      The lid fit really tightly when I bought it but I think it's loosened up a bit. The handle on the lid will stand up & then the lid comes off fairly easily. My faux Caldera comes up to the lip of the pot & keeps the pot firmly on the stove so it's definitely a non-issue now. I always seat the lid with the vent opposite the spout. When steam rolls out of the vent, it's boiling. There's really no need to take the lid off to check, the Titan pumps steam like a cartoon kettle when boiling.

      The Kovea Spider, a 110gm fuel can, and a lighter nest nicely in the MSR Titan. The Spider can't be hooked to the fuel canister when packed into the kettle. I like the fit, it's not too tight but nothing wiggles around either - I don't worry that the stove will be harmed when nested in this fashion.

      Mostly I boil for freeze-dried meals but I've cooked oatmeal and soup in the Titan. I've yet to try frying any meat in it but given it's shape, I can't imagine that would go well. The handles are floppy and do get hot, I turned mine upside down so the long bit is farther from the heat & that helps.

      The Titan cools quickly so I don't like it as a mug. I pack an old-style 16oz Nalgene in a neoprene sleeve - keeps the coffee hot and portable.

      Great kettle, I can't imagine going out with something else.

      I rather like the lid.

      Perfect little pot

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      My first titanium pot. I found the handles sufficient in length. It's big enough for most Mountain House meals. I can fit my entire cook set, and stove in side it. Works great with my esbit stove.

      Perfect little pot

      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.

        What are the measurements of this kettle?...

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

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

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

        Best Answer

        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.

        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.

        i hate to be naive, but does this actually...

        i hate to be naive, but does this actually whistle like a kettle when water is boiling...?

        Best Answer

        I wish it did, but it doesn't. What you will see is a plume of steam come out of the small hole in the lid. The best part about this tea kettle is that the lid fits on tightly so as you pour, the lid won't fall off. This is a benefit over other backpacking tea kettles because it gives you a larger opening to use for melting snow, adding or subtracting to whatever you are boiling, and allowing you to use it as a pot or mug. Similar kettles have very small openings that only allow you limited access and are more difficult to clean. It's become a standard among many ultra-light backpackers...

        Anybody know the dimensions to this?

        Anybody know the dimensions to this?

        I'm not trying to be anal or anything, but after measuring it, I actually got 9cm (a little under 3.5in) tall and a diameter of 12.2cm (4.75in). This more precise measurement may mean the difference, or it may not. If not, no worries...

        Best Answer

        Not meaning to split hairs & with all due respects, the outer diameter of the MSR Titan kettle is actually 11.2cm (4.375"). 9cm (3.5") height, including the lid pull, is right on the money.

        Does it have graduations?

        Does it have graduations?