Camping trips don’t always have to mean a total lack of elegance and style. Enameled camping cookware is perfect for trips where you have a little more room for luxury.
Along with enamel plates, dishes, and pots, an enamel finish kettle can make for a much more unique look that gives you that little taste of home in the outdoors.
These are the overlooked things that can turn a good adventure into a truly great one.
Why get an enamel camping kettle
The bottom line is, brushed and polished gray metal can get super boring after a while. Especially if that describes every single item in your camping kit.
I’m a firm believer that the process of making a cup of tea or coffee can be just as enjoyable as sipping on the finished product. That’s why I always bring along one or two pieces of enamelware to spice things up.
While you enjoy the more high-end feel of enamel, you can still benefit from the durability of the underlying metals. If a camping kettle is made from enameled steel, you get all the versatility and durability that you’d expect from the steel, with the added bonus of something that’s a pleasure to look at.
With such a wide variety of colorful enamel kettles around, you’re certain to find one that fits in perfectly with your setup.
Here are a few of the best examples I could find.
Before we get too crazy, here’s an enamel kettle that’s a very sensible speckled jet black.
It has a carbon steel core for even heating and maximum ruggedness, making it suitable for use with pretty much any heat source you’ll find on your travels. It performs great over a campfire or wood stove, and of course just as well with propane or electric.
For only 1 lb of weight, you get a whole lot of capacity at 100 oz (nearly 3L)! More than enough for washing the dishes afterward and some drinking water for the rest of the day.
- Huge capacity
- Suitable for most heat sources
- Smart, sleek design
- Rugged steel core
- Perfect for making ‘cowboy coffee’
This set comes in classic speckled blue or speckled white and will keep the whole family happy. A capacity of up to 8 cups makes it suited to those larger groups with a bit more room in their backpacks.
Apart from just boiling water, the removable percolator that sits inside can brew you some super coffee. The resulting brew tends to be stronger than what you could get out of drip coffee filters.
The enamel coating is also kiln-hardened, making it that much harder to chip or scratch. And other features help out with keeping the experience safe, such as its hinged lid and easy-pour spout.
The 4 included mugs each hold a generous 12 oz (350ml) and are fitted with a stainless steel rim to prevent any spills. So once you’ve brewed your coffee, you’ll have enough to fill all four two times over!
- Up to 8 cup capacity
- 4 steel-rimmed cups included
- Kiln-hardened enamel
- Classic speckled design
- Removable percolator that makes great coffee
Le Creuset is famous for its products with vibrant colors and world-class quality. What it is not famous for, is anything super lightweight.
This enamel kettle would therefore be much more suited to a campervan or RV where carrying it long distances by hand is out of the equation.
The durable carbon steel core boils water rapidly, and when it’s ready will let you know with its loud whistling spout. That and the classic teapot design gives this kettle a gorgeous rustic feel that will suit almost any environment.
In addition, a fully heatproof handle that can be locked upright means you can keep it a safe distance away from any flames, and avoid any hot water mishaps.
- Heatproof locking handle
- Chip-resistant porcelain enamel
- Whistling spout
- All heat sources including induction
- Classic Le Creuset color choices
If you’ve spent any amount of time camping, you’ll be familiar with this brand already. GSI is well known for its popular and high-quality camping products. This steel coffee pot with a speckled enamel finish is no exception.
The three-ply steel construction makes it great at distributing heat evenly and efficiently while remaining lightweight and portable. So if you need hot water quickly and reliably while on an outdoor excursion, look no further.
Although it doesn’t come with a percolator, this 6 cup coffee pot is still perfect for brewing tea or making traditional ‘cowboy coffee’ without a filter.
Its classic farmhouse design and rugged build will make sure it’s a staple in your adventure kit for years to come.
- Lightweight – 0.9 lbs (408g)
- Durable heavy-gauge steel core
- Perfect for open fires or fire pits
- Lifetime GSI warranty
Chantal has been designing tea kettles for over 50 years! If you’re looking for a combination of style, function, and high-quality materials, this one’s for you.
The carbon steel core is beautifully enameled inside and out making it stunning to look at and easy to maintain. The premium-grade enamel will make sure those bright colors stay looking fresh for years.
The whistling spout is clear and loud enough to hear from another room, which is good because we all know a watched pot never boils! When it’s ready, the capacity of 2 quarts (1.9L) means it’s fit for serving up to 6 cups.
A chic heatproof handle and a huge 9 funky colors to choose from means you’re certain to find something that matches your style.
- Wide variety of funky colors
- Loud whistling spout
- Perfect for induction stovetops
- Super high-quality materials and finish
- Trusted brand with a great reputation
The ‘glacier blue’ color of the enamel on this kettle is a really cute baby blue/turquoise that shows off its dainty spout and pretty curves well. When I first saw it I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make hot water with it or pinch its cheeks!
The locking handle that folds neatly away and the respectable capacity of 1.5 Quarts (1.4L) makes this a kettle that’s portable as well as highly functional. You won’t run into any problems using this as your go-to while traveling.
The high-quality finish and ergonomic handles make cleaning it a breeze, so it is easy to keep in tip-top shape for many adventures to come.
- Cute classic design
- Convenient folding handle for portability
- Removable wide lid
- Resilient stainless steel core
If you’re looking for something with a more personal touch, this one from Kate Spade has some charming cherries and polka dots. Matching plates are also available to complete the set!
Despite the great design and look of this kettle, it still means business. The fixtures and fittings are all made entirely from stainless steel and are ergonomically designed to give you a blissful tea-making experience.
- Charming vintage design
- Ergonomic handles and fittings
- Generous capacity
- Whistling spout
How to choose the best enamel camping kettle
Enamel-coated kettles are generally going to require a little more TLC than their solid steel and aluminum cousins. But, as long as you avoid any major bumps, scrapes, or drops, they can last just as long.
In return for your extra attention, you’ll get a camping companion that’s a whole lot nicer to look at!
Style and function
One of the greatest perks of enamel finish cookware is that you can find something that communicates a little more personality than a simple dull, gray metal.
So make the most of it! Find a color that you love and potentially look for a shade that matches other pieces in your camping kit or campervan.
Some enamel kettles wouldn’t hold up very well amongst open flames. Kettles with plastic handles or lids would feel much more at home in a campervan or RV that has a gas or electric stove.
On the other hand, those made entirely from enameled stainless steel or cast iron can generally handle exposure to direct flames just like steel or aluminum.
By now, I hope you’ve found your dream enamel camping kettle. How about matching it up with an enamel camping mug?
Enamel mugs are exceptionally good for camping; trust me, you want one too!