This is the stove that I wanted to fall in love with. It was supposed to be the answer to all my geeky stove dreams; lightweight, multi-fuel, compact and durable. It promised me stove nirvana, but in reality it was unable to deliver on that promise.
Over the past year I've had the chance to use this stove in all of it's configurations. I was drawn to it for its versatility and because it is one of a very short list of commercially available cooking sets that can be used as an alcohol stove, Esbit solid fuel burner, and a wood burning stove. So no matter my fuel preference the DX was supposed to be able to handle it.
One of the very first things you notice about the Evernew Titanium DX set is that it's small. Not just light weight, but physically very tiny. When I first held the box in my hand I thought there had been some sort of mistake and that it only contained the alcohol stove itself (the stove is sold separately as well as part of a set). But the entire DX stove set was inside the cardboard box that fit into the palm of my hand.
The Evernew Titanium DX stove set is made up of four components:
- Ti DX Alcohol Stove (1.25oz). As mentioned this can be purchase separately or as part of the set. It has two layers of jet holes that kick out a very stable heat stream
- Upper Stand (0.875oz). Servers as a wind screen and pot support. It can also hold the Ti Turbo plate in position above the alcohol stove
- Lower Stand (0.875oz). Is the base of the wind screen and support for the Ti alcohol stove
- Ti Turbo Plate (0.25oz). The turbo plate sits on the support feet of the upper stand and disperses the flame pattern of the alcohol stove for a slightly more efficient burn
Total Listed Weight - 3.03oz
Total Measured Weight - 3.25oz
For comparison purposes, here's my Bud-Light MYOG stove set:
- Bud-Light Stove - 0.875oz
- Trail Designs Primer Pan - 0.25oz
- Pot Stand - 0.5oz
- Windshield - 1.125oz
Total Weight - 2.75oz
Even though I bought the DX for use as an ultralight wood burning stove, my first uses of the stove were in the alcohol burning configuration as that was what I was most familiar with and had sufficient past experience to be able to guage performance against.
Burning Heet as my alcohol of choice, I was able to bring an Evernew Titanium non-stick DX2 pot containing 2 cups of cold water to a rolling boil in 5 1/2 minutes and that was without using the turbo plate. When I repeated the process with the turbo plate my boil time was reduced by roughly 30 seconds. The two part windscreen/pot stand provides adequate protection from the wind.
Used as an Esbit stove, the DX performs admirably with boil times comparable to using the alcohol burner. I like that I can leave the alcohol stove behind and still have the option of an Esbit and wood burning stove.
It was during my use of the DX as a wood burning stove that I began to question whether or not this really was the answer to my stovey dreams. Even though the DX is built with ever attention to detail and should, on paper at least, be the perfect design for use as a wood burning stove, it just doesn't work.
What do I mean by that? Well it's small remember? Really small. In fact its diminutive size works against it in a wood burning configuration because it requires constant attention and careful feeding of fresh wood in order to keep it burning and to maintain sufficient embers. I found it very fussy as a wood burning stove, unlike my experience with the bigger (and heavier) Littlbug Jr stove. The problem seemed to be that there just wasn't enough capacity inside the stove to hold the amount of wood necessary to maintain a strong fire.
On a number of occasions where I didn't pay constant attention to the stove (it happens) the fire got snuffed out by a slight breeze that passed through the vents in the walls of the stove. I didn't notice immediately and by the time I had the embers of the wood fire had completely burned out. I was forced to take my pot off the stove and start all over again - much to the amusement of my hiking buddies with the Snow Peak Giga Power stoves.
I'll probably still carry the DX with me on most of my trips and even continue to try using it as a wood burner. I just know going into it that I need to make sure that I have an ample supply of ready to use firewood that I can feed into the stove at a constant rate. I'm not ready to give up on this little gem, but I am bummed that it didn't turn out to be quite as perfect as all of the hype and reviews had lead me to believe. It just goes to show that you have to try things for yourself to see if they work the way you want them to.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and paid for it using their own funds.