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Gear Details: Stoves

Caldera Ti-Tri Sidewinder Stove System

Manufacturer: Trail Designs

Product Details:
Product Year2011
Fuel Type:Solid Fuel
Pot included:No
Weight (lbs, oz): 3
The Caldera Ti-Tri Sidewinder System utilizes a titanium conical windscreen designed to support and surround your pot, and completely capture 100% of the heat produced by either the provided alcohol or solid fuel stoves....or can support a wood fire. In addition, the Sidewinder is designed to store sideways in most wide short pots as shown here. The system includes the titanium cone, stove, fuel bottle, Gram Cracker solid fuel kit, titanium support stakes, tyvek packing sleeves and is designed to provide the ultimate in packability, wind protection, fuel efficiency, fuel options and stability for the ultralight backpacker. An optional titanium floor and Inferno insert is available.


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I own the entire stove set, which means the optional Inferno woodburning insert. The stove includes an efficient alcohol burner (designed just for that stove, ESBIT fuel tab holder and the optional Inferno wood burning insert.

As an ESBIT stove with the Gram Cracker fuel tablet holder this is THE most efficient ESBIT stove yet. Previously I used the base of my Vargo Triad alky stove and an MSR windscreen for ESBIT cooking and used almost 2X as much fuel as I presently do with the Sidewinder stove.

With the Inferno insert kit (inverted ti cone and bottom raised screen) it is a HIGHLY efficient woodburner that can all be stowed in the matching 3 cup anodized aluminum pot. There is a large array of pot sizes and materials to choose from. Each stove fits its pot precisely for maximum efficiency.

The Inferno insert recirculates gases from the initial
burning and therefore burns very hot, thus the need for making everything from titaniuum.

While some other "gassifier" stoves may burn a bit more efficiently none can USE the heat as efficiently as the Sidewinder/Inferno stove and its close-fitting matching pot.
Plus the Inferno can be fed larger sizes of wood so you can leave it for several minutes, unlike some other gassifier stoves that require constant feeding of twigs.

The testing and design that Trail Designs put into the Sidewinder stove has given us a 3 fuel stove of the greatest efficiency for each fuel type, alochol, ESBIT or wood. Great flexibility for different camping/cooking situations.
Posted by Eric B., Dec 20, 2011 Star Star Star Star Star

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