Have you heard of an Annular Billy

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I am trying to find out about a "annular Billy"

I saw it ages ago on TV, and today I found a refernce to it, with the name Annular Billy, in an article in the Australian.

It is a billy with a cone in the middle so that you can place it over a small twig fire to boil water.

Has anyone heard of the Annular Billy, know where to find them, or where I might find out about them?
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Reply By: Member - Bernie. - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 00:54

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 00:54
Hi Alison ( Great name same as my Daughter)

Try Rays Tent City if in Victoria
or any good camping store seen them many times just cant remember where

CheersPrado TD Auto
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Reply By: Frog - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 01:40

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 01:40
The billy you refer to was known as the "Australian Bush Kettle". It used to be available from camp stores and at the site below. But they have have not been able to fill orders.


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Reply By: Dave - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 03:43

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 03:43

Aussie Bush Kettle, also known as Eco Billy is available from Australian Geographic Stores for approx $70. Have had one for 2 years and would not go away without it. If it is wet and twigs are at a premium you can sit it on a stainless steel dish with some metho in the bottom.

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Follow Up By: Member - Colin- Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 13:33

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 13:33
My 'kids' gave me one of these for Xmas 2001 and it's great. They work really well on the gas stove as well. With twigs, I found it best to 'load' the 'chimmney' first (tilted sideways) light the fuel then put in the water. Does everyone use the 'blowtorch' type cigarete lighter - usually available at Caltex servos. Great for soldering or melting that shrink 'stuff' on wiring! I was always burning my fingers with the normal style lighter.Colin - Subaru Forester
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 18:25

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 18:25
If you know any one going to New Zealand they are very popular there I had someone bring me one over it is copper and heats very fast, just a note of interest they used to suppled free to all the postmen in Italy so they could stop for a cupper on there runs Peter York4x4
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Follow Up By: Brian - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 22:38

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 22:38
The Kiwi's call it a "Thermet" Have been around for decades!
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Reply By: Rob - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 18:48

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 18:48
The Aussie Bush Kettle Co.
PO Box 123 Drouin Vic 3818
Tel 03 5625 3421

Kettle on its own $99 (Last year)

We had a job to track them down!

This is probably the most aesthetically pleasing design

Happy boiling!

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Reply By: kezza - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 23:04

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 23:04
OK the definitive term for the billy is a "bengazi burner"

Originated by ANZACS in WW1 cant be sure in it was an Aussie or Kiwi who modified the original artillary shell to create one of the most efficient billys I have ever used but thats the real story and the real name.
Ive been using one for 20 years and think its the greatest.
Ive also seen so many versions - its amazing but I have a very funny story about bringing one into australia from NZ that looked so much like a bomb(artillary shell) that the the airport security watched us like a hawk.

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Reply By: Truckster - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 09:55

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 09:55
Anyone ever used a plug into the ciggy lighter kettle of any form???

I have the gas stove and billy for when its not raining, but when it is, thought you would just make one in the car...


and its actually a benghazi burner
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Follow Up By: David - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 11:15

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 11:15
See the other posts...
PS the cig lighter kettle I bought a couple of years ago is so slow it's nearly useless- but the heated cups i use a lot- because they are insulated and have a tight fitting cap they hold the heat in even though they have only a small element... and work best when driving as they are then running on 14v not 12v as when stopped.
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