Olicamp Xcelerator Titanium Stove Review
January 14, 2014
The Olicamp Xcelerator Titanium Stove is a really interesting offering and one I’d recommend to anyone searching for a 3+ season, lightweight yet stable, backcountry canister stove. It’s weight (just 3.5 oz.) coupled with it being a remote canister stove is what sets it apart from other canister stoves on the market. A big reason this stove stays so light is its fully titanium construction; reducing its weight and increasing its durability. The other thing keeping this stove so light is it’s 3 season rating. Most remote stoves include a fuel warmer to make them 4 season capable. I really like remote canister stoves but before the Oilcamp Xcelerator I never used to use one (other than a true 4 season white gas stove like the Primus Express Lander) on a regular basis because they are generally much heavier than non-remote stoves.
For those who don’t know what a remote canister stove is, the main difference is that they don’t directly rest on top of the fuel canister – instead they use a remote line to place the fuel canister a small distance from the stove with the stove sitting on the ground. Remote canister stoves are great. They allow you to use a windscreen (dramatically reducing boil times and the amount of fuel used to boil water) and, once a canister is out of fuel, you can flip the canister over to get that last bit of fuel out of it that you normally can’t burn.
PLEASE NOTE: You need to be careful when you flip a canister over. This stove is not designed to operate with the canister inverted. If you flip a canister upside down when the canister is still full it will flare up (the flame will jump up 3 or 4 feet… literally… not exaggerating). There are some stoves (4 season remote canister stoves) that are made to invert the canister without the issue of flare up – the downside of these stoves is weight. The Xcelerator is not one of those stoves – invert canisters at your own risk. If you play it safe and only flip the canister on this stove over once it will no longer produce a flame, due to low fuel, you will be able to boil another 1-2 pots of water on an otherwise empty fuel canister. If you are trying to cook in your tent’s vestibule and you end up burning your tent down because you flipped the canister over too soon don’t blame me – I warned you. When you don’t attempt to turn the Xcelerator into a flamethrower it produces a robust flame that is distributed quite evenly across the burner (rather than hyper focused in the center) and is easily adjustable. While I wouldn’t attempt to cook a gourmet meal this stove does allow you to do more cooking than just boiling water and rehydrating freeze dried meals.
Another thing I really like about this stove is how stable it is. Putting the canister on a remote reduces the overall height of the stove and pot keeping it from being so tippy (this reduction in overall height is also what allows you to use a windscreen). To make this stove even more stable Oilcamp featured both leg and pot supports that fold out – creating a nice wide base as well as a nice wide place to put the pot. You need to be careful though – there have been few times when one of these (either the pot support or the leg) somehow flips the wrong direction and gets stuck requiring you to slightly bend it to get it back to where it belongs.
The only negative I can find about this stove is it’s overall build quality. It feels cheaper and doesn’t seem to be machined to the same level of precision as a stove made by more well known brands like Snow Peak or MSR. Oilcamp doesn’t get a lot of chatter and I can’t find an official website for the company anywhere – making it tough to use the warranty if you ever had to. I only stumbled upon this stove while I was looking at a different stove on Amazon.com and saw it in the “related items” section. While I have heard of Oilcamp before this is the first product I’ve ever used (or seen anyone use) that they have made. Overall though this stove has treated me well 6 months at this point and has become my primary stove. While I’ve been very happy with it I can’t guarantee that it will last a lifetime.
If you are looking for a super lightweight remote canister stove look no further – this is the stove for you. If you don’t care about the remote canister part and are just looking for a lightweight quality canister stove there are other, better, stoves on the market.
Olicamp Xcelerator Titanium Stove
Oilcamp now has a website! Here is a direct link to their main page as well as a link to the Xcelerator stove page.