Caldera Ti-Tri as a Wood Burning Camp Stove


Using Caldera Ti-Tri stove as wood burning camp stove is just one of the options to use this stove. You can run the Ti-Tri using other fuel types too. Here I wrote  some insights regarding this option.

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Caldera Ti-Tri stove, in a nutshell

The basic design is a cone that serves both as the windscreen and as the pot holder. This makes a very efficient system since the pot absorbs most of the heat, and no heat is wasted. The Ti-Tri is made of Titanium (hence the Ti), and therefore, it can withstand fire based on wood. This enables you to run it on few fuel types (wood, alcohol, Esbit) and not just on alcohol like the simple caldera cone.


Using Caldera Ti-Tri stove as wood burning camp stove

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Caldera Ti-Tri stove
as a wood burning stove 
Setup is nothing- you simply assemble the cone, put two stakes through dedicated holes near the top of the cone and you are ready to go. You can use the floor that comes with the cooking system, but you can also run directly on the ground.

There are two advantages for running on the titanium plate floor: First, you leave no trace. A practice that is always nice to follow. Second, you can easily lift the cone a bit and keep an air crack between the cone and the floor in case you want  more air to flow in.




Few tips

Starting the fire

It isn’t easy as setting a simple campfire due to the small chamber you have. You have to accomplish the whole igniting process on a miniature scale. Far from being impossible but still worth mentioning. Using a fire starter such as a cotton ball with Vaseline can be extremely helpful and ease things. My tip - keep in mind that there is no air inside at the beginning so you might want to tilt the cone a bit as you start running. It will enable the required air for the initial fire.
I must say that after the fire is stable, the feeding hole is just enough in size. I found it fairly comfortable to use.

After running for a couple of minutes

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Lifting the cone a bit
to allow just a little more
air inside

After the fire is up and running for a few minutes, the holes on the bottom of the cone might not be sufficient. They are partially clogged due to the half-burned wood at the bottom. If it happens, I simply lift the cone a bit and place it on two or three small twigs spread evenly around the base. It makes a crack between the cone and the floor (or soil) which allows more air to rush in. This increased air supply enables the fire to run  better. Naturally, after a few minutes the twigs that held the cone in the air get burned, and the air crack is closed but by that time your cooking can be over (or you can stick some more twigs and lift the cone back again).






In action

Boiling two cups of water, using the Caldera Ti-Tri as a wood gas stove. On this video, It took me around ten minutes , all-in-all, from ignition to rolling boil. Naturally, this timing varies a lot depending on the weather, the wood you use, the pot you use, the water temperature, etc. This test is on sea level, clear day, around low 80s, water temperature something on the 70s. I am using a Snow Peak Titanium Trek 700 pot.






Bottom line

I think the Caldera Ti-Tri stove as a wood burning camp stove is doing great. It’s simple to assemble, light weight and works nice. On top of that, you always have the backup option of using it with alcohol.