I received my Evernew DX Stand and Titanium Stove today. It actually arrived yesterday but was delivered to a neighbour as I was out at the time of the delivery and our neighbour brought it over today. Unpacking them you are struck by how small they are, particularly the DX and how well made they are. I also ordered a Vargo Ti-Lite to complete the set.
I skived off doing a bit of decorating this afternoon to have a play. I filled the Ti-Lite with 330ml of water. Using about 45ml of meths I brought it almost to a rolling boil but not quite. Although there was a bit of a breeze, I didn’t use a wind shield as I wanted to see how it coped. Quite well was the answer. I used the Power Plate and it certainly seemed to work.
Total burn time was 7.5 minutes. There was a little bit of soot on the underside of the Power Plate and the pot. The flames were quite powerful and a fair amount came out of the side of the DX, so I’d be pretty cautious about cooking inside a tent. I’d certainly consider having a wind shield as well. Below is a little slide show of my test.
The big question is whether it converts me to meths. I think the answer is probably not. I like the convenience and controllability of gas. It also means I can cook under cover. If I was using a tarp or single skin shelter with plenty of clearance I would use it. Also if I was taking a day walk where I wanted a stove for a brew. I think it is also handy as a backup stove if gas supply is uncertain. I’ve not tried the wood burning option, but that also appeals in a Ray Mears kind of way.
It is also dirtier than gas. I had to wipe off a bit of soot, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The other limitation is that I would need two boils for an evening meal, one for the food and one for a cup of tea. Not a major problem as it cools quite quickly but more of a fiddle than gas. It’s a super bit of gear and I’m glad I bought it. There’s a real pride in owning well-engineered gear. It won’t replace gas, especially for longer trips, but it does give me another option. At some stage I’m going to get a tarp and I think I would be more tempted to use it then. Thanks to Bob and Rose for your efficient service (and the Skittles!) and well done for securing distribution for a great product.