Evernew Ti Alcohol Stove DX Set
Although lightweight and compact, it is over-engineered and inefficient. Limited with what it can do and unstable on uneven ground.
- Very light and portable
- Eye catching
- Rapid boil time
- Very expensive
- Inefficient and limited in use
I have a number of alcohol burners (including homemade can stoves) and whilst it is well made and has an eye catching design, it is very expensive for what it can do. There are much cheaper, simpler and more efficient ways to boil water.
Yes, it is very light, but for gram counters there is even lighter. Just the titanium burner with an Evernew trivet and a simple homemade wind shield would be a better cheaper option.
It is a very expensive way to save weight just so water can be brought to a rapid boil. Compared to my own can stoves and a Trangia, it is very thirsty, so weight saved by using titanium is then lost by needing to carry more fuel for longer trips. Added to which, the design of the stove and the stand mean a simmer ring cannot be used. If lightweight simmering is required for more flexibility in cooking beyond dehydrated meals, use a Honey Stove Ti (or stainless) and a Trangia. It is lightweight, compact, and much more stable.
This is the final issue with the stove. Yes, it can be pegged down on uneven ground, but it's centre of gravity is still too high and it is easily knocked over or simply tips over if on a slope or uneven ground.
That said, unlike a Caldera cone, it can be used with a variety of pots which means a variety of food can be prepared. Just bear in mind unlike a Trangia burner, it has no simmer ring. If needs be, it can be converted into a wood burning stove. However, its size means it is limited to fairly small twigs. Boiling water takes much longer and this method can be very messy not to mention virtually useless in heavy rain.
In summary, it will do the job perfectly well and it is very compact but it is an expensive way of saving a few grams and there are better ways to cook using boiling and or simmering methods. If bringing water to the boil is all that is required, buy a Caldera Cone by Trail Designs. They have one to suit just about every pot. It is much simpler, more stable and way more efficient. For simmering, use a Honeystove. It folds down flat so is just as compact and is a much better wood stove.
The only situation where I can see it being of any real use is above the snow line as getting the stove set up with cold hands should be simple enough. Just make sure the fuel to be used has been prewarmed.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: £40
This is a lightweight stove. The burner comes to bloom quickly and it burns hotter than a Trangia stove. For boiling water, the burner is probably one of the best alcohol burners available.
- The burner is durable, light, burns hot
- The stove does double duty as a wood stove
- Alcohol stoves are not legal right now in some portions of the U.S.
- The burner can not store fuel, it all has to burn out
- Simmering is problematic
The stove is relatively light, very packable, and sets up easy. There is what appears to be fiberglass on the inside of the titanium burner (you can see it through the seep holes) that allows the burner to come to bloom quickly.
The design of it is kind of neat. It has two sets of jetting holes, at the top ring and then the "shoulder", or the "outer shelf", however you feel like describing it. Once you light the inner alcohol, the gas escaping out of the upper holes ignites, and then lights the gas escaping from the jets on the outer shelf.
Boiling two cups of water took about five and a half minutes.
The burner itself does not have an adjustable flame. There's no simmer ring like on a Trangia (there's also no way to store alcohol in the burner. You're supposed to just let it burn itself out). To simmer, you have to use the burner alone, and rest your pot directly on the burner's top ring.
The stove portion itself is possibly a bit over engineered in comparison to the burner. It's a three piece consisting of the pot stand, the burner holder, and a circle with holes in it that's supposed to "magnify the heat" but really just acts as a heat sink. Using it slowed down the boiling by a minute. It works passably as a wind screen for light breezes.
Or if you'd like, the stove part can be put together as a wood stove, with the holey disc as the bottom. It works, technically, but it's not a big fire and I didn't try to cook on it, as I didn't feel like getting my cup so darn sooty.
I'm not that confident in it holding any full size frying pan, but I don't think that's what this was made for. This is really just a single person backpacking stove that's great for boiling water on the Appalachian Trail.
Source: received it as a personal gift
One has to experiment with setting it up with both the base and windscreen, just the base, and just the windscreen to get the best of all possible worlds. (This is best accomplished at home instead of on the trail.) I use both to boil water with my Fire Maple heat exchanger pot. It will boil a liter and a half of water faster than my microwave. I use the burner and just the base to make espresso coffee in two minutes.
If I want to simmer a pot and cook something that takes medium heat (like pancakes), I place the burner into the windscreen and the combination of stove and windscreen works perfectly to simmer. The Ti Dx Set also works with my Trangia, Alocs, and other alcohol burners. This product is so good that my hoarding gene kicked in and I purchased two of them.
- Does not use much fuel when combined with a heat exchanger pot
- Flexable, can configure the Ti burner into the base, the windscreen, both, or with the power plate
- Flexable, can configure the stove to work with practically any alcohol burner, esbit tablets, or wood (it is small for wood)
- Do not need a windscreen with this stove unless in gale force winds
- Light, packs small, and fits into a pot for storage
- Cools quickly so you can put it away before your freeze dried food is rehydrated
- Blooms quickly
- Will simmer for a long time when configured for simmer (see notes above)
- The cost is high for such a little device
- Need to put it in a pot or into a light weight plastic canister (I use a Zip Lock disposable) in your pack so you will not mash it flat in your pack
Have utilized this stove for 9 camping trips so far this summer and it is now my go-to stove for everything. Used to swear by my Trangia until I had fuel boil over twice on one trip.
Once I got back from the trip in which I had the incidents, I investigated further and found out that if one traps heat (by utilizing a very big pot or a flat griddle type of pan) over an alcohol stove for extended periods of time (longer than 8 minutes) that does not have cooling provisions at it's base, then fuel boil over is possible. Those incidents starting my search for a stove set up that has cooling holes at the base of the stove for cooling the burner.
Once I purchased this one, I have never looked back. It is engineered well as a package and I feel safer using it. There has not been a camping product that has impressed me more than this stove in years. I highly recommend it.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: About 80 dollars including shipping
Ok, let's get this part out of the way: Yes, it's expensive. And I'm spoiled, but consistently rarely—and this was one piece of Ti I had to possess. I love to cook, what better excuse. From the looks at first I said hmm... did they test out where every hole was punched, what shape, and how many? Probably.
65 degrees no wind 50 percent humidity in San Francisco
Set up with only the pieces provided-, power plate resting under stove as storage
My 1.5 litre MSR Titan pot.
Markings on the inside of the stove (max line is a smidge over 2 oz.)- hit it.
-Insert 6 cups cold tap water( 48 oz). 13 degrees Celsius, no lid.
Hit stopwatch at flick of bic. (including prime time on this test) and two seconds later pot goes on top centered carefully.
@ 11. minutes. arrive hard rolling boil. (simmer was back over half a minute ago) its almost out of the pot. but no.
13 minutes. - rolling boil starts to begin settling.
What are the practical purposes for such a well engineered get up?
You can set it up to burn forest snippets or esbit tabs—one reason I got it.
You can feel guilty because that money could have gone to a homeless shelter
You can rest assured that by the feel of it, with the exceptions of befalling a sleepwalking foot/ knee, you will be very fond of it fortnights.
At 3 oz, it's not a cat food can, and at almost ninety dollars it could be a Garmin 24K DVD shopped well. But it's not, it's delicate on the eyes, easy to figure out after 5 minutes of Rubiks cube work, and a standalone target for envious criticism. With modular capabilities from simmer to rip, (do experiment with configs), it puts out enough for two hip campers easily, or more. I'm taking it on the CDT for the occasional* sponge bath.
Price Paid: a lot
The set is a thing of beauty and joy, but maybe not for a long hike (but the stove with a trivet may be 4-5 stars).
- Light and fairly robust
- Expensive and not that efficient
You can use it with different pots (with a lot of care and balancing) unlike the above, but it is a bit useless in a breeze. Imagine adding a breeze to the image of flames coming out of the stove from any web store and you will understand. Another foil screen helps a bit but you can't just leave it outside your tent in the rain like the other two setups.
It will burn dry twigs fairly efficiently, but it has a small combustion chamber and you need to almost watch it boiling to keep it fueled. It is also a bit hard to use a second windscreen in this mode as you need to keep space to feed wood but not set fire to any fixed pot handles.
In alcohol mode it is noticeably less efficient than the TD (which also has more room for wood in the wood mode). Evernew breathes and burns well (TD will run 50% longer...heating slower but to a significantly higher temperature). A titanium TD is a lighter stove (even including the two tent spare tent pegs) and with less fuel to carry means TD wins for long hikes. It may seem petty but while the DX kit only weighs 86g, most people will use 50-60g per day of alcohol...efficiency becomes a relatively important issue.
It will burn solid fuel tablets but is messy and much lighter options abound. I would probably to resort to this for fun or if I couldn't find alcohol (wood mode probably makes more sense if you lack fuel mid hike).
The burner itself is half the weight of the Trangia and will slot in the Trangia set. It lacks the screw cap (but often the residual fuel has burnt off by the time you can close it without melting the o-ring). This burner has engraved volumes on the inside so you have little excuse for over fueling it.
Personally I am too old to carry a second pot so I have learnt to live with the limitations of the single pot Trail Designs options. My unbreakable lonely Trangia has been alcohol free since the turn of the century. The DX set is fun to play with, but I choose not to hike with it. The burner alone with some foil is compelling for very short hikes, but unfortunately a couple of grams of tablet stove, some foil, and some solid fuel tablets wins in this situation.
Add on review.....brought the trivet on special and paired with with a titanium wrap....probably better than using the expensive DX setup. 10ml of alcohol took 400ml of water with the DX setup to 66deg C in just under 4 minutes with the wrap it was 83deg at 5 and half minutes. This was in a well sheltered spot ..... the DX gets a lot of fresh air burns fast but wastes heat/alcohol.
The trail designs is probably still more efficient but a loose titanium wrap and the trivet was only 25g. This setup is a tad lighter than a TD but with a robust stove you could accidently stand on that is not limited to one pot size.
6-7 alcohol burners over the years
Source: bought it new
It's light and boils fast. Well made and tough. Fits in a tiny solo kit. Lacks some features that minimalists can do without.
- Fast boil time
- There are more stable stoves
- Not very efficient
- No simmer ring
- Doesn't store fuel
As a minimalist, I generally obtain the lightest and simplest gear item available—if that doesn't hold up, I move on to the next lightest. This stove is light, even with its four pieces, and it packs up into a tiny solo pot with room to spare. I've used it about 100 times now, mostly fair weather bicycle touring.
It lacks a simmer ring—I can do without a simmer ring.
It lacks a lid—I enjoyed learning to put just exactly the right amount of fuel in to boil my water. Volume marks on sides of the reservoir helped. Rarely do I overfill any more.
It could be more stable—not a deal-breaker, just be careful.
It requires a wind screen sometimes. I use tinfoil, replaceable and cheap.
I have twice boiled water using pine twigs (once in rain)—it was easy and relatively fast, but messy.
Perhaps a heavier, more efficient stove would reduce overall weight (more stove, less fuel in the pack) but I haven't done the math.
As for the price: you only pay once, and use the thing perhaps hundreds of times, long after the price is forgotten. Or else you learn that it is not for you, and you may call that an expensive lesson or a cheap one. I call it cheap and resume the search.
I used this unit on a round-the-world bike trip of 11 months. Alcohol was easy to obtain everywhere but Russia (but only because I didn't wish to use isopropyl). I have had other alcohol stoves, a Trangia and a Trangia-like Svea. Compared to this stove they were heavy and big, but they worked pretty much the same.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: I forget. Retail price.
Okay, it certainly is expensive. If you calculate the difference between conventional gear and titanium gear and price your ounces saved, you will understand that air has become the most expensive commodity in the outdoor world.
But as a piece of kit, this is just fantastic and worth every penny. It is superlight, the stove is efficient, and with the trivet cross-stand it permits multiple permutations.
One thing to say is that Evernew's guidance is that the trivet cross-stand can not be used on top of the stand / windscreeen. This is incorrect — it can be done and is my favourite setup for boiling water. I own a Trangia too and after one year in a dry storage environment have noticed corrosion setting in. The Evernew will never corrode.
I've used my Evernew set for summer camping and will be taking it winter camping too. I love it so much I even use it to boil up water for coffee in my kitchen. On a full stove of alcohol, I can boil enough for 4 to 6 cups within 15 minutes (refilling my small pot between boils). The stove is fast and blooms every time, unlike some titanium stoves out there. I like having the versatility to burn wood if fuel runs out on a hike.
- Price, but then multi-fuel setups are even more expensive and are not environmentally friendly.
- Be careful to set the burner up away from long grass - in windy conditions this is a necessary safety precaution.
- No simmer capacity, but the build quality and corrosion proof materials edge the Trangia by a long way.
All round, I love this piece of kit and would pay the money for it again if I ever had to.
Price Paid: A lot
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Current Retail: $93.99
Historic Range: $84.96-$99.95
Reviewers Paid: $80.00
86 g / 3.03 oz
wood/solid fuel and alcohol
Upper 8.2 x 6 cm / 3.23 x 2.36 in / Lower 8 x 5 cm / 3.15 x 1.97 in
DX Set includes alcohol stove and pot stand/windshield
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