quick boil billy

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Hi all, Am looking to buy a billy that looks like the old coffee perculators, but has a hollow up the centre to allow more heat to the surfaces. Have seen one but none of the camping stores carry anything like I have tried to explain.

Thanks in advance, Larry
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Reply By: Gramps - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:30

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:30
Try this thread. I've seen them in serious camping stores (i.e. NOT BCF, Kangaroo Tent City, Anaconda etc)

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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:39

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:39
Fond memories of hunting round for bark to feed the "Malleys" kettle when i was a lad....they were reproduced in stainless Steel about 10 years ago...but i dont know what they were called, or where to get one from these days....if anyone out there knows, let me....
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:46

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:46
Did ya mean one like this >>>

Bush Kettle




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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:58

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:58
Here's another one (from Ireland)

Kelly Kettle

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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:59

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:59
Hillbilly Camping Gear had them at the Caravan and Camping show in Melbourne. They also had the Eco Billy which is very similar. You can get them at Australian Geographic stores.

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Reply By: Member - Porl - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:13

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:13
I've got one downstairs in the original box if you are i,nterested.

I see yr not a member so if yr interested email me at my hotmail account and I'll send you details of it.

It is, I beileve, the original Bush Kettle which is exactly as you describe. One handful of twigs and you got a couple ltrs of boiled water.

My problem was after a few beers I'd inevitably end up walking on the cinders. Then i decided as I had the gas stove out to cook anyhow it was just as easy to use a pot to boil water.

So the Bush Kettle has been used half a dozen times max.

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Reply By:- Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:29

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:29
Hi Solo20
try www.ecobilly.com these used to be made be a bloke in S.A as you can see the lid is removable to clean etc whereas the dingo version unles they have changed the small spout that you tip the water out is where you fill it, you would not want a green frog etc to make it a home!!
We have had one of the eco billies for several years now and is great they used to be sold at the Australian Geographic stores being stainless they very robust.



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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:31

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:31
Gooday,
What you are looking for "WAS" a Malleys Picnic Kettle, as already said. Now out of production here, they are still avaiable made in New Zealand called a THERMETTE, goolge thermette and I am sure you will find them. I had a Malleys for for 45 years was still going strong, got burgled and took it with aheaps of other gear, bet they did not know what to do with it.
Was in BBQ's Galore Mackay in 2002 found a brand new one on the shelf for $70-00 Galv, same as original. Found they also made a Copper one. They got me the copper one from importer in Melb, paid aboput $150-00 for it absoloutely BRILLIANT, sold the other one a few months later for what I paid for it to a bloke at an overnight camp Nth of Gympie.
Think the importer in Melb was I Berg or such, occasionally have seen them in a camping shop, many imitations but none as good.
They were developed by the Anzacs in Middle East according to the web history.
Cheers & hope you find one, they are the best.
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:24

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:24
Thats the one...ive also seen stainless steel ones sold here but not for long......still kicking myself i didn t buy one when i could...the old Malleys used to live under the front seat of the xk falcon, and when i got the old car, i got the malleys too...loved it to death unfortunately.
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BTW
http://www.thermette.com/thermette_history.htm
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:54

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:54
Sometimes also known as a Benghazi Boiler by WW2 servicemen.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:59

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 20:59
Hi Larry,

Hillbilly have about four of them.

Click here for the Hillbilly website

One is the Camper's Kettle which can run on metho or firelighter cubes. Boils the water in around 2 minutes according to the ad.

If you scroll down to the bottom, you will see three others.
Two Eco Billy's of 700ml and 1lt and a Dingo Bush Kettle.

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Reply By: Kim and Damn Dog - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:29

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:29
Gidday Larry

What’s wrong with a billy can? Wack the thing next to a fire, that’s all you need in the bush.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:56

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:56
They are very efficient (handful of twigs) and totally contain the small fire.

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Reply By: Wheatbelt Wayne - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:27

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 22:27
We've got one from Westprint. Its the 1.5L Eco Billy in stainless steel. Boils quite quickly and has been excellent. Being stainless, it is in as good a condition inside as it was new. The chimney (fire hole) is nice and black from the fires that have been inside. Lights quickly if you use a handful of spinifex.

Smokes like a banshee when starting, see the photo below.

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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 00:06

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 00:06
Gidday

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Reply By: RV Powerstream P/L - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 05:49

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 05:49
The Eco Billy is now made in Wollongong by Rod and Ros Dun of Rods Country Camping Gear.
They supply Mick & belinda of Hill Billy with them.

Rods phone number is 0418423610.
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Reply By: itsdave - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 10:09

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 10:09
Last year I went on the same search as you, I didn't like the quality of the Eco kettle and also lack of availability. Tried Hill billy but they didn't return my phone call so ended up buying one from The Eydon Kettle Co in the UK for the same price as the Aust version (Bush Kettle ) Had it posted and arrived here within 2 weeks. Don't know if its still available but if you joined a forum called Song of the Paddle and mentioned it to Eydon you were entitled to a 10% discount. Fantastic product

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Reply By: gopher - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 21:52

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 21:52
Gday all. Gee i did alright saw a stainless steel eco billy in a st vinny's store down moorabbin way never been used for $3 couldn't pay for it quick enough.
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