Huge Kettle Affords Tea Room Customers Hot Stimulant (Sep, 1929)

Of course when it is full that thing would weigh 175lbs.

Huge Kettle Affords Tea Room Customers Hot Stimulant
THERE is an old saying that an Englishman can’t do without his tea. The manufacture of this huge kettle shown at left seems to bear this out, for it was made for the purpose of being able to brew large quantities of tea to accommodate the hundreds of persons who drop in a prominent tea room in London at any time of the day or night and demand a stimulant. A study in contrast is afforded in the photo in which a young woman is pouring tea from the immense kettle into an average sized tea pot. Ordinarily she would not be able to lift it so easily, but the kettle is nearly empty. It has a capacity of approximately 20 gallons and weighs 15 pounds.

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  1. Boing Boing says: July 3, 20062:55 pm

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  5. Bendarr says: January 5, 201011:24 pm

    I wonder how many pounds it weighs full? I could see some sort of support rack for it to allow pouring when full.

  6. Firebrand38 says: January 6, 201012:35 am

    Actually Charlie got it right at the top of the article. 8 pints to a gallon and a “pints a pound the world around”. Add that to the empty weight of fifteen pounds. Ergo, 175 pounds.

  7. Toronto says: January 6, 20103:19 pm

    Firebrand: “A pint’s a pound” isn’t true, however. The “Imperial” gallon is 160 ounces, so an Imperial quart is 40 oz and a pint is 20 oz. (Those are fluid measures but a fluid ounce of water weighs very close to an ounce of weight.)

    US Pints, being older than Imperial pints, are 16 oz.

    Of course, the UK (and Canada and most of the Commonwealth) are metric now, so Imperial gallons aren’t as common as they once were.

  8. Toronto says: January 6, 20103:20 pm

    20 Imp gallons would be 200 pounds, plus the kettle’s 15, for a total of 215 pounds.

  9. Firebrand38 says: January 6, 20104:45 pm

    Toronto: Sorry for the confusion. That’s what I get for quoting Alton Brown.

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