The Core XTS Alcohol Stove is a partially Titanium micro alcohol stove designed specifically to support the Olicamp XTS pot for ultra fast heat transfer. The Olicamp XTS pot has an inegrated heat exchanger to speed up heat transfer and the Core XTS Alcohol stove pot supports center the pot on the stove at just the right height from the heat fins for perfect alignment every time.
The Core XTS Alcohol stove supports your DIY aluminium windscreen on its feet. The windscreen design keeps the wind out while allowing fresh air to flow in through the bottom. It also centers it around the pot while allowing an even flow of heat to exit around the pot. The little spikes on the stoves toes keeps the windscreen perfectly centered around the pot. The stove comes with a pattern that you can use to make a DIY aluminum windscreen from a disposable aluminum pan or oven liner.
Also, the stove doesn't require a separate pot stand like many other small alcohol stoves do because the pot stand is built in. The entire stove weighs only 1.6 oz and has a fuel capacity of about 1.5 oz which is more than enough to boil a few cups of water for a hot drink or to cook small meals. It’s also adjustable so that you can set it to burn really hot and fast or low and slow.
Boil times for '2 cups' of water with '1 ounce' of denatured alcohol, outside, with the windscreen installed:
- Full Open (three-four pennies width): Boil 3:30, Fire out 7:00
- Half Open (one-two penny width): Boil 5:20, Fire out 10:30
- Closed: Boil 6:00, Fire out 14:00
**Stove does not require time to "bloom".
**Boil times can be even faster when using the Olicamp XTS pot.
**A wind screen is recommended when used outdoors.
How it works
The stove works by channeling fresh air into the core of the stove, which unlike many stoves, allows flames to hit the center of your pot instead of just the outside edges. The key is the Titanium Pot Support which heats up as the alcohol burns and transfers the heat into the alcohol so it can evaporate more, and burn more. As it heats up it will burn hotter, the hotter it burns the more air it will suck into its side ports and the more oxygen the stove gets. It also sections off the stove into 4 parts and acts as a wind barrier so not all sections are affected by wind equally.
The other important feature is the top which controls the airflow and channels oxygen into the center of the stove. It also allows the stove to be adjustable. Opening the ports on the sides allows for a fast hot burn. Pressing the top all the way down will give you a long, slow simmer.
The stove contains a carbon felt insulating liner. The liner helps the stove to heat up in cold weather and it also soaks up some of the alcohol to give a few extra seconds of simmering heat at the end of a burn cycle. In cold weather you can pull the carbon felt lining out a little bit and use it like a wick to get the stove going.
*The main body of the stove can be used in the FRAG stove too.
The Core XTS Alcohol Stove comes with:
- 1 Set of Pot Supports
- 1 Stove Body
- 1 Set of Feet
- 1 Stove Bag
- 1 Windscreen Pattern (it does not come with a windscreen)
*THIS STOVE DOES NOT COME WITH THE OLICAMP XTS POT.
You can get the Olicamp XTS pot from Amazon here:
If you already have a Core Alcohol Stove and just want the XTS stand, its $10 available here.
Stove Only: 1.6 oz
With Bag: 2.6 oz
Feet and Pot Supports: Titanium
Stove Body: Tin
Liner/Wick: Carbon Felt
Capacity: 1.5 oz (or more if you like to live dangerously)
Burn time: 1.5 oz. (around 10-12 minutes of burn time on full blast, longer when turned down)
Recommended fuel: Denatured Alcohol (which you can get from just about any hardware store)
Here's a great review of the Core Alcohol Stove by crewhead05 on the BushcraftUSA Forum!