I’m late to the party with this one and many of you will have already discovered this but as this is a superb piece of kit I thought it merited a review.
Bob Cartwright has been recommending that I get hold of one of these for a couple of years now. I have been happily using the beer can stove that came with my Caldera Cone system but this is now beginning to show some real wear and so with the trip to the Highlands looming I took the plunge and bought one from Bob a few weeks.
These days I am happier using an alcohol stove than a gas canister stove. Gas canisters are difficult to get rid of and can fail. On my last two backpacking trips I have been with people who have had either their stove or their canister fail. An alcohol burner is about as simple as it gets and alcohol is cheap and easy to find. On the other hand gas canisters pack a real punch and boil water very quickly. It was the ability of the Evernew burner to challenge gas canister times that has impressed Bob.
This tiny burner weighs only 35 grams and yet is built to a very high standard; this is a product that should last for life. Alcohol is simply poured into the stove; a series of highly visible marks inside of the chamber allow you to calibrate the amount of fuel you are using very easily. The stove is lit using a match or — as I do — a spark from a fire steel.
Look carefully at the photograph and you will see that the Evernew has two sets of burner jets, one around the base of the stove and the other on the top rim. This is designed to support flexibility in use. You can simply put a stove on top of the burner; the top burner jets will be obscured but the base jets will still work. However, it is when this stove uses both lines of jets that things become very interesting.
In full flame mode this little stove is an absolute beast and operates more efficiently and effectively than any other alcohol stove that I have owned (and sadly I have more than one or two). I haven’t timed this against a canister stove but we must be talking about comparable boil times — the speed of this stove certainly doesn’t have me feeling that I’m hanging around.
The stove has to burn all of its fuel in one go but using the built in markers I found it very easy to calculate how much fuel I needed for specific tasks. I only got this wrong on one occasion. Bernard, a Dutch hiker who shared A’Chull bothy with us for an evening found his gas canister was leaking and I set out to boil enough water for three of us. I used too much fuel and such was the power of the stove that the plastic protection of my pot’s lid began to melt! I took off the pot and extinguished the flame quickly by simply placing a titanium mug over the stove which quickly starved it of alcohol. This was only an issue because I had assumed the stove would need more fuel to boil the quantity of water I was using; I had underestimated the power of the device.
The Evernew stove can be used to replace a Trangia burner or can be used — as I did — with a Caldera Cone system. If you have one of Bob’s Honey Stoves you will find that the the section that holds a burner in place has been constructed to hold the Evernew burner perfectly.
You can buy the burner on its own or as part of a larger Evernew kit which includes windshields and wood burning accessories. Personally, I find these Evernew accessories far too small and fiddly. On the other hand, I find that using the burner with a Caldera or Honey Stove system is simple and effective. I’m not sure I really see the point in the wider system.
At a push I might consider using the titanium foil windshield that can be bought with it. Pair this with a backpackinglight.co.uk titanium trivet sitting on the top of the stove and you can have a very light system that runs on both sets of burners.
The burner isn’t cheap at around £46 but it is built beautifully, is tough and light and should last longer than I do! In performance terms the Evernew represents great value for money when you consider a Jetboil system will set you back around £80 or more.
The Evernew is small, light, unbreakable and a stunning performer. I doubt I shall leave on any backpacking trip without one in my rucksack!
Here is Bob’s promo video of the whole Evernew kit but, as I said, I’m not sure anything else other than the windshield is really a good idea — no doubt there will be plenty of people who disagree