Evernew Titanium DX review

DSC04457 copy2.jpg

Base stats
– BTU:  4K-9K (depending on wood)
– BTU:  7K
– Weight:  3.15 oz
Stove comparison chart

As a stove kit, the Evernew Titanium DX is about as versatile and light as it gets.  The entire kit contains 4 pieces, and depending on how you put the system together, it can be either an alcohol stove, or a wood burning stove.  As a very thin all titanium unit, it is insanely light.

The concept isn’t really new / new.  The Trangia non-pressurized alcohol stove has been around for decades, and since that stove has no pot stand, many people have been adding small wood stoves to be used as the pot stand for the stove, giving both a wood and alcohol stove in a single setup.  This idea does makes it a little harder to have everything together in a single package because even the fold flat wood stoves are, well, flat, which doesn’t fit well with cylindrical cups or pots.

The Evernew Titanium DX fixes that problem by making the entire system cylindrical, and has used some clever engineering tidbits to make all the pieces nest well together.

DSC05460

All packed away, the Evernew Titanium DX nests together very neatly, making it very easy to further nest in a simple mug or cup.  But it fits just as easily into compact cooksets.

DSC05189

Separated out, it comes to 4 pieces.

How you stack the pieces determines whether it is nested for packaway, for alcohol mode, or for wood mode.

SIDE BAR:  You may have noticed that unlike a Trangia non-pressurized alcohol stove, there is no screw top or simmer cap.  the ember plate can acts as a one-step simmer plate, though it doesn’t work nearly as well as the Trangia or Esbit simmer plate.  This also means that whatever you pour into this stove has to get used up.  With the Trangia stove, the screw cap has an o-ring, so you can close the cap and you have a leak proof container for any unused portion of fuel.  The simmer cap on the Trangia also acts as an extinguisher, which, of course is another feature missing from the Evernew Titanium.  You can, however, create an extinguisher by molding some aluminum foil around the opening of the alcohol stove, and twisting a little handle for it as well.  Then when you use the stove and are ready to extinguish it, you can just lightly toss the aluminum foil cap over the flame.  It even packs away with the stove.


There are two configurations for getting this stove ready for some heat.  One setup is for alcohol stove mode, and the other is for wood stove mode.

Let’s start with alcohol stove mode.

Remove the ember plate, pull off the outer shell, flip it, and put it back.

That’s it.

You’ll notice that it doesn’t slide down very far.  That’s really all there is to it.  Pour alcohol into the non-pressurized alcohol stove, light it, and you’re good to go.  Because alcohol stoves aren’t particularly efficient, I generally add a windshield which also acts as a heat reflector because alcohol stoves are not super efficient, but you don’t really need to.

As always, be careful with alcohol stoves.  During the day, the flame is invisible and non-pressurized alcohol stoves make no sound. You occasionally hear a very quiet sizzle when the alcohol gets near empty, but it’s barely audible.

dsc04351.jpg

Believe it or not, in the image above, the Evernew Titanium DX is in alcohol mode and is lit and going full blast.

DSC06045

DSC06082

This is the same denatured alcohol at night.  I have the ISO on my camera set very high, which brightens the image, but this is shot in a very dark environment, which shows the flame from denatured alcohol in stark contrast to the ambient light around it.


For wood mode, it’s basically the same setup but flipped.  Of course, the alcohol stove needs to be removed, but the two outer shells are connected in the same way.

The ember plate plays an important role here.  The plate let’s air come in from the bottom while protecting the flame from being blown out.  It also makes adding small twigs very easy.


Being titanium, the stove cools incredibly fast, which makes this among the faster alcohol/wood stove setups to pack away.  You could get a special bag for it, but I just wrap it in a cheap rag and place it in a cup or mug.

Many people will tell you that alcohol is a great stove for many reasons.

  • It’s dead silent, unlike annoying liquid fuel stove roarer heads
  • denatured alcohol burns clean, is non-toxic, doesn’t stain when spilled, etc. etc.
  • Generally much lighter (especially true in this case)
  • only 1 oz of fuel is required to boil 16 oz of water (about 5 minutes if you do everything perfect)
  • NOTE:  Everclear is also sterile, as is Isopropyl, though Iso burns sooty.

Okay, all true.

But, I’m not very efficient with alcohol fuel for some reason.  So if I want to boil 16oz of water 5 times, then I actually need about 8 oz of denatured alcohol.  Why?  Well, I inevitably spill some, or leave it out too long without lighting it (alcohol evaporates quickly), or over-fill (which wastes fuel), or under-fill (which means I run out of fuel before the water boils, forcing me to use more fuel, and wasting again).

Which makes it fine for a short weekend, but if I plan to cook for two people, alcohol is kinda risky.

Which is why a stove that handles alcohol but also bio-fuel is such a plus.  if I accidentally run out, I can always use twigs to boils some water.

In practice, this stove is a 100% solo stove. It is much too inefficient for two people.  Still, as an emergency setup, it’s a very versatile stove.

Incidentally, many many fans of alcohol stoves are big fans of HEET, which is an anti-freeze agent, and mimicks de-natured alcohol in that it burns well in non-pressurized stoves, and burns with similar characteristics.  However, I don’t like it.  I find that when in use, the vapors burn my eyes and throat.  De-natured alcohol doesn’t.

That’s kind of it for the review, really.

There isn’t all that much to it.


In case anyone is interested in how the clever little stove is engineered, below are some close-up photos.

For the outer shell, there are three identical “bars” along the inside of the stove.  The bar does not run the full height of outer shell, more like about half.  And as you can see, the bar is closer to one edge than the other.  The entire length of the bar is also not attached to the outer shell.  The attachment point is closer to the edge of the shell.

When flipped, you can see the gap a little easier.  The gap between the bar and the wall is just enough space to slide over the inner shell when you nest them to put the stove away.

DSC05468

Also of note, the bar has 90 degree tabs at either end.  These tabs match tab cutouts on the ember plate.

DSC05562

The cut-out slots are wide enough to pass the short tab closer to the edge of the shell, but is not quite wide enough to pass over the longer tab, allowing it to lock in place.  When you stack the inner shell on top, you end up with an ember plate about an inch off the ground, allowing for both better air flow and keeping the heat closer to the bottom of the pot.

DSC05518

The inner shell has three “L” shaped walls directed towards the center.  The image above shows it “upside down” for alcohol mode, or right side up for wood stove mode.  When in alcohol mode, the stove rests on the bottom of the “L”.  DSC05540

You can see the top of the three “L”s in the image above.  The bottom of the “L” keeps the alcohol stove from falling out the bottom.  In truth, it’s not really necessary as the alcohol stove is extremely light, even with alcohol in it, and there’s plenty of tautness to keep it in place.  This particular stove has gotten plenty of usage, and while there has been some warping, the tautness has not changed.


While this should seem obvious….this stove set fits in every cook set I own.  Here are a few examples below, but really, I can’t think of a cook-capable backpacking mug it wouldn’t fit in.

Here it is with the GSI Halulite solo mug:
(Even in this small mug, there is plenty of space above the nested stove.)

DSC05583

And here it is with the Snow Peak Summit Hybrid:

DSC05580

If someone designs a cylindrical fuel bottle that is a perfect fit in that leftover space (maybe 6 oz), I would be happy to have a fully enclosed, fuel included stove and cook set in a very compact package.

AlcoholBottleDesign.jpg

Something like the above.  Not quite sure exactly which fuel spout would be best, but you get the idea.

Here it is in the diminutive cookset from Snow Peak, the Titanium 3 piece solo cook set.

DSC05591

And finally, here it is in the larger Snow Peak Multi-Compact cook set:

DSC05576

I always focus on “lightness” when bringing this stove out with me (which is faily often now), so it never really occurred to me, but it’d probably be good with the Optimus HE Weekender as well, since that unit has the heat exchanger for improved heat transfer efficiency.  Combined with the wind shield/heat reflector, that could be a fairly efficient setup.  Still, it’s hard to get away from the attractiveness of an all titanium setup.

Because….c’moooon….titanium…#amIright?  No?  Okay.

In an emergency kit, along with maybe two 8oz bottles of fuel, you’d be set for quite a few water boils and even some light cooking.

This may not be nearly as efficient with alcohol as a Trangia, but it’s an awful lot lighter, and adds wood burning flexibility.

As wood burning alcohol cook sets go, this one is hard to beat.


Other great reviews on the Evernew Titanium DX

Comparative reviews

Video reviews

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s