The Ghillie Kettle seems to be based on the Sirram Volcano Kettle made by George Marris & Co. of Birmingham. Production of the Sirram storm kettles ended around 1970. Sirram also made a number of other products like the very well designed and made camping kettle pictured below. George Marris & Co. sadly seemed to have gone.
KD Technic (KDT) make Ghillie Kettle bags, for various sizes of Ghillie Kettle. KD Technic make all their heavy duty covers and bags in the UK – wellington boot bags, duffle bags, extension reel bags, Ghillie Kettle bags, car seat covers, clothes peg bags, garden tractor covers, pool table covers, snooker table covers, garden furniture covers, spare wheel bags, parasol covers, rotary washing line covers, BBQ covers, fishing bags and covers, caravanning bags, aprons. and so on. Good quality and very reasonably priced, their products are available by telephoning them (trade or retail; off the shelf or bespoke) or on their eBay shop –
Another great bit of kit for heating / cooking is the Pocket Stove by backpackinglight.co.uk which comes in stainless steel or titanium. It’s a neat little cooking solution that can burn wood, solid fuel tablets from Esbit or Hexamine and, with a standard Trangia burner slotted in, meths. Made in the UK. Also made in the UK is their Honey Stove – http://www.backpackinglight.co.uk/wood-burning-stoves/RD104.html
Primus stoves used to be made in Sweden or England, but these days they are made in Estonia.
You can find British made mess tins at http://www.messtin.co.uk – “These Mess Tins are manufactured by TOC Ltd. TOC Ltd supply products to the Ministry of Defence; they are reputedly the best and are often still recommended by expeditionary groups and outdoor people. Ideal for campers, scout group’s, cadets, Duke of Edinburgh Awards or anyone who simply enjoys outdoor cooking!”
Size: Large 60mm x 135mm x 180mm, Small 56mm x 128mm x 165mm; Weight: 0.375kgs; Weight Pair: 390 gms; Specification: 1mm Food Grade Alloy; Handle: 5mm; Aluminium.
Used for cooking, boiling or to simple eat out of when camping, walking, trekking, expeditions just like the military. Brand new – made in Coventry, England – http://www.messtin.co.uk
TOC Ltd also have a Cycle Frame Building & Finishing service under the name tocycle (clever use of their name here). Renovation, Re-spray and Frame Finishing Services. Bespoke Cycle frames built in the UK with the benefits of batch production prices and lead times – http://www.tocycle.co.uk
There’s a great video review of mess tins generally below.
Bison Bushcraft describe themselves as bushcraft and wilderness outfitters and they are keen to source stuff locally. All their men’s and women’s clothing and knives for example are made in the UK (made in the UK from UK materials). They also sell British made Spoons / Crook Knives, Strikefire fire steels, knives, Strikefire Spork (yes it’s a British made spork it appears), and pot hanging tripods. Their customer service is excellent – http://www.bisonbushcraft.co.uk
Samuel Groves, established in 1817, is a British Cookware Manufacturer and importer based in Birmingham. The company were purchased by U Group Ltd (an importer of bar, catering and janitorial products) in 2014. The Samuel Groves range includes made in the UK pots and pans, outdoor cooking pots, dixies and billy cans (minimum order quantity 10), frying pans,traditional pots and pans, and traditional and non-stick baking trays, roasting dishes, pie dishes, sandwich tins, plate locking rings, pudding basins, food rings, plate covers, food moulds, bun sheets, pudding moulds, steamer units, and their Mermaid range of bakeware, stovetop kettles, metal jugs, metal hand washing sinks, heat lamps (some of these are foreign made), and metal kitchen utensils (some of these are foreign made). Their non-stick pans, woks, skillets, pizza equipment, some of their heat lamps, Strata buffet ware, kitchen knives, chopping boards, some of their metal kitchen utensils, condiments, table ware, glassware, bread baskets, cake stands, trolleys, trays trolleys, and bins are foreign made. Most other U Group products are foreign made, although they do sell Churchill and Steelite crockery (some of which is made in the UK). Samuel Grove products are available from the U Group website. See the Samuel Groves online catalogues to find out which products are UK made – http://www.ugroupltd.com
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Strikefire – http://strikefire.com there website was under construction when I checked it today (25/6/15). “Strikefire is the new brand for camping and extreme outdoor individualists. British design and made”.