Okay kettle, not great
Jan 5, 2018
I first purchased the 2 gallon kettle but found upon my first use that it was leaking where the spout attached to the kettle (poor seam weld). I contacted Lehmans and they told me that they discontinued the 2 gallon size, but could refund or replace with the 1 1/2 gallon. I choose the replacement. After a couple of days of use on our wood stove, my husband noticed that the knob on the lid had cracked. I dug out the 2 gallon kettle and swapped lids. Problem fixed? Not so. Within a week the second knob had cracked as well. I have completely replaced the knob with a knob from a cast-off pan, and it seems to be holding up just fine. The handle that you hold to pour hasn't cracked at all. The kettle will only whistle when filled to a certain level, but when it does whistle it is a pleasant, low tone. This is used primarily on the wood stove and has been in use now for about two months and there is already some signs of corrosion on the inside bottom of the kettle. For me this isn't a deal breaker since I use the hot water for doing dishes. There is a little flipper over the spout and if it is flipped up before pouring, it will pour a nice steady stream. If that flipper is left down water will go every which way. Caution here, as I had very hot water missing the target and running onto my stockinged foot. Make sure to flip it up, or remove it entirely to avoid burns. I am okay with my purchase, but I don't think I would recommend to a friend since it isn't anything to rave about.
About to replace
Nov 21, 2017
I had one of these sent to me a few years ago. With no water heater, it was wonderful during the winter!!!!! Sadly, we lost it July 2016 in a fire. Here we are facing another winter with heating just small amounts of water on the wood stoves........ We enjoyed the one that we had.
Dec 8, 2015
This is an update to my review a year ago. Over the winter of 2015, the kettle began leaking out of the bottom. This is turning into a kettle that is disposable. Good for a while but won't last for long. I did buy a second one - a 1 gallon this time - to see if it would also do the same thing without as much weight to hold like the 1 1/2 gallon kettle. It's now corroding around the rim/lid like the first one, but the rivets for the handle seem to holding ok so far. If I don't watch how much I'm putting in it, it will leak around the lid when I'm pouring. With both of these kettles, they will not whistle unless they have a certain amount of water - not too much, not too little. So if it's too little, it will just sit there boiling away without whistling to let me know it's boiling. If too full, it just boils over without whistling. The cover on the spout on the 1 gallon lid was not right when I first got it. I have to watch it and make sure it's covering the whole spout, and be careful when I open and close it. It's not secured good at the hinge. Very flimsy. I still use the larger one. I boil water in a big pan and then pour it into the kettle in the bathtub. Then I run outside and pour the boiling water on fireant hills. You have to pour slowly so the kettle works better with the spout than using a pan. The leaking from the bottom doesn't matter outside. I use the 1 gallon kettle almost every day. We'll see how long it lasts...
Apr 26, 2015
301 stainless steel is junk. The inside of our pot is corroding. Looks like the amalgamated metals are etching out & I don't trust using it for human consumption. I should have known better than to buy this as it was made in China. My bad. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this product. We now use it to water plants. Sure hope the plants don't die.
Nov 12, 2014
We've had our kettle for three years now I think. We noticed first that something was building up around the rim where the lid sits. I thought it was hard water build up but my husband looked at it and said it was not. It looks to him like the metal is corroding. Then I noticed that I was dripping water when I tried to pour. We finally figured out that the rivets that are holding the handle next to the spout are coming loose and allowing water to drip from there. I now have to keep the water level low enough that it doesn't reach that far up so that water is not coming out on the stove while the kettle is heating. Even at that, when I pour water out of the kettle, I have to be sure to hold it over the sink as water still comes out of the rivets and gets all over. I don't think I would buy another one of these. I gave it a 3 because I do use the thing almost every day except in the heat of the summer.