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A Micro Alcohol Stove System That Fits In Your Pocket! Compact, Tough, Great For Camping, Hiking, EDC!
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The CORE Polar Alcohol Stove is a complete micro alcohol stove system that fits in your pocket! 

Its not just an alcohol burner, its a complete and efficient self contained micro stove system with an integrated pot stand. Its tiny and light, but its really tough, dependable, easy to pack, and it gets the job done quickly and efficiently, automatically! Partially made from Titanium, its practically unbreakable. It lights up and gets hot quickly even in the coldest polar vortex temperatures thanks to its carbon felt wick capillary design which will practically never wear out. It works great in summer or winter, it's really simple to use and it takes just seconds to set up. It's also tune-able and spill proof, and with 1 oz of fuel, it'll bring 2 cups of water from 'Zero-to-Boil' in around ~5 minutes and automatically keep simmering efficiently for ~15+ minutes with its 'Auto-Simmer' feature!

 It's a great micro stove that you can really depend on!     

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How It Works    

The Core Polar Alcohol Stove incorporates many unique features into its design. The stove is very simple and for that reason its very dependable. It doesn't have any tiny parts to lose or break, seals to wear out, tiny orifices to block or parts that can be easily crushed. For example its not remote fed because that's a feature that most commonly breaks, leaks or wears out; but it can hold enough fuel in one filling to run for an hour if necessary. If you step on it or manage to smash it somehow, its easy to bend back into shape and it'll still work. Its an efficient and tune-able stove that doesn't sacrifice performance for durability or dependability.   

The Core Polar Alcohol Stove's carbon felt wick and titanium heat sink capillary design is a very dependable design for operating in sub zero temperatures. In cold temperatures, alcohol doesn't evaporate quickly, so it won't burn efficiently until it heats up. To combat this, many non-wick type stoves require pre-heating by pouring extra fuel all over the sides of the stove and lighting the whole stove on fire first to heat up the alcohol in the stove enough for it to start burning well enough to cook on. That's really a fire hazard and a waste of fuel that you could be cooking with! The Core Polar stove's pre-heating proces is almost instantaneous; you just add fuel, light the wick, place your pot on it and start cooking... even in the coldest temperatures!       



Assembly



Performance

Zero-to-Boil Phase
Zero-to-Boil Phase

The Core Polar stove is dependable. It's titanium pot stand is large enough to provide a sturdy base, but still small enough to allow flames from the wick to contact a large area of the bottom of the cooking pot.  The stove body itself is wide enough to provide plenty of stability for your average ultralight pot.

The stove was designed to work in two phases automatically, which makes it unique. When fuel is added to the stove, the main wick itself will absorb nearly ~1 oz of fuel and hold it, making the stove practically spill proof. Any fuel that's left will slowly be absorbed into the wick as the fuel in the wick is consumed.  

Phase 1  'Zero-to-Boil'

The stoves main operational phase is the 'Zero-to-Boil' phase where it generates the maximum amount of heat to get your pot to a boil, fast.  The stove's titanium pot stand acts as a heat sink, and because the wick is sandwiched between the outside of the stove body and the pot stand, when the wick is lit, the pot stand instantly begins to transfer heat from the flame, all the way down to the bottom of the wick. This basically creates a grilled alcohol sandwich (man that sounds good). As the pot stand heats up the wick, it heats the alcohol in the wick, causing it vaporize and quickly rise to the top of the wick to be burned. This means that pre-heating is almost instantaneous and there's almost no fuel wasted before the stove reaches a useful cooking temperature. It gets lots of heat into your pot, fast! The 'Zero-to-Boil' phase lasts about ~8 to 9 minutes which is usually about ~3 minutes more than it takes to get 2 cups of water to a boil and really get things cooking.

The High Power Wick

When you're freezing your butt off and need something hot fast... the last thing you want is a stove with only two speeds... slow and slower.

The Core Polar stoves main outer wick is positioned about level with the edge of the stove body while also touching the bottom of the stove so it can soak up fuel. This gives a good sized flame pattern and an efficient burn for your average backpacking type cook pot; and it also increases the life of the wick. However, there are times when you need more heat for bigger jobs, so the Core Polar Kit  and the Core Polar Ultimate Kit come with a 'High Power Wick'. The high wick is taller, standing above the edge of the stove body. This wick provides lots of fuel/oxygen contact and generates a huge, hot flame. It'll use more fuel over time, but it'll definitely get things hot fast! 


Phase 2  'Auto-Simmer'  

The stoves secondary phase is the 'Auto-Simmer' phase. This is a tune-able phase which can be enabled or disabled by either adding or removing an 'Auto-Simmer' wick to the core of the stove.

Auto-Simmer Phase
Auto-Simmer Phase

When the Auto-Simmer wick is added to the core of the stove before its lit, as fuel is added to the stove, the Auto-Simmer wick will absorb some of the fuel and hold onto as much of it as it can. Then, the rest of the fuel is absorbed by the main wick as needed. The Auto-Simmer wick will continue to hold onto as much of that fuel as it can, even while the main wick is burning, until the main wick runs out. Once the main wick runs out, the Auto-Simmer wick is hot and ready and it automatically kicks in. The fuel in its wick vaporizes and rises to the top of the stove where it ignites. The ports in the top of the stove bring the vaporized fuel right up next to the bottom of the stove where it ignites, and the tiny, efficient flames come into direct contact with the pot surface for a good long hot simmer. 

The Auto-Simmer mode can last up to the ~15+ minute mark with only 1 oz of fuel added to the stove; or even longer depending on how many Auto-Simmer wicks are placed in the center of the stove and how much fuel is initially added. 


 Stretch Goal: Auto-Simmer for Pocket Polar Stoves 

At 100 supporters (ACHIEVED!), we'll throw a Carbon Felt simmer wick in with the Pocket Polar kits. The wick fits down into the center bottom of the stove making it spill proof for up to ~1.5 oz of fuel while also extending the simmer time to 15+ minutes with only one ounce of fuel.  

Extinguishing The Stove

When you're done cooking, but there's still fuel left in the stove,  the stove is small enough that you can just blow it out!  


Prototype Performance Testing By Spiguyver Backpacking 

Special Thanks to Mark over at Spiguyver Backpacking for doing some real world field testing on this stove. Check out his channel for some great info on backpacking and gear!


 Size and Packability 

The Core Polar Alcohol Stove packs down into a small, smooth, strong self contained package which makes it perfect for backpacking or EDC carry. It's efficient design outperforms many stove and pot stand systems that are 3 times its size and weight.   

While its true that there are many kinds of ultralight soda can stoves out there that work well; its pretty hard to find one that's as tough, dependable, compact and as easy to slip into your pocket or backpack without getting mangled than the Core Polar Alcohol Stove.    

The Pocket Polar comes with a small velvet bag that the stove fits in so you can slip it in your pocket, and it has just enough room left for a mini bic lighter or small fire steel.

The Core Polar Kit and the Core Polar Ultimate Kit's stove's bag is made from tough (not cheap) nylon fabric and is large enough to fit the entire Core Polar Ultimate Kit, including the stove, extra wicks, the Titanium Snowshoe, the Carbon Felt Snowshoe/Mitt, the 2 oz Fuel Bottle full of fuel, and the skeletonized cross bars (if you get them). 

Throw in a small fire steel or lighter and you've got a complete stove system! 

The Core Polar alcohol stove system is a simple, efficient, tune-able, compact, tough and dependable little system. It's a great kit to take backpacking, in summer or winter; to just to stuff in your pocket or every day carry EDC kit for emergencies; or to just pull out of your pocket to make a hot cup of your favorite drink, anytime. 


Statistics

  •  Stove Weight: 43 grams / 1.5 oz
  •  Dimensions:  2.25" x 2.25" x 1" 
  •  Burn time on 1 oz of fuel: ~13 min conservatively
  •  Time to boil 2 cups @ 60 degrees (in protected wind conditions): ~5:30 
  •  Stove Body Material: Tin/Aluminum
  •  Pot Stand Material: Titanium 
  •  Snowshoe Material: Carbon Felt or Titanium
  •  Fuel: Denatured Alcohol or Heet

The CORE Polar Stove Titanium Snowshoe

The Core Polar Titanium Snowshoe comes with the 'Core Polar Ultimate Kit' and it supports the stove when cooking directly on the snow and makes an extra stable base for fair weather use too. The images below depict a mockup of the snowshoe which will be made from titanium. The design may be modified to be able to be disassembled into two smaller parts. In testing, a 4in x 4in prototype foot was able to easily support the weight of a titanium or aluminum pot and 4+ cups of water while remaining very stable on the snow.


More Stability for All Seasons

Carbon Felt Snowshoe

The Carbon Felt snowshoe makes a great platform on the snow for the stove and helps stabilize it and keeps it from sliding around.  In the warmer months, it's great to use as a pot grabber for grabbing those sizzling hot metal wire handles on your pot. It's completely fireproof so it's doubles as great safety device when used under the stove to soak up any potential alcohol spills. 

The Carbon Felt Snowshoe Supports The Stove And Prevents Slideaways
The Carbon Felt Snowshoe Supports The Stove And Prevents Slideaways

 History 

The First Core Polar Alcohol Stove
The First Core Polar Alcohol Stove

The Core Polar Alcohol Stove design came about one winter weekend after testing prototype stove designs of all sorts to find a design that worked as well in the cold as it did in the heat. The design progressed into what appears to be a modified variant of the "Fancee Feest" food can stove which, through some research, we found was originally invented by Dan Yeruski of 'Zelphs Stove Works' back in 2007;  so we'd like to give credit where credit is due. 


Stretch Goal: Cross Supports for Core Polar Ultimate Kits

ACHIEVED!

Mockup of the Core Polar Ultimate Kit with Titanium Cross Bars
Mockup of the Core Polar Ultimate Kit with Titanium Cross Bars

The top of the Core Polar stove has slots in each corner which were designed to allow titanium cross supports to be inserted for better pot stability when used with its Titanium Snowshoe. At 50 Core Polar Ultimate Kit supporters, we'll offer Skeletonized Titanium Cross Supports for only $7 a set. (Hey, titanium is expensive! :)

Titanium Cross Bars Disassembled
Titanium Cross Bars Disassembled

Stretch Goal: Core Polar Stove Sticker

If you'd like a cool 'Core Polar Stove' vinyl sticker that goes on the stove, covering its clear window, please add $1 to your pledge with a note that you want one. We need a minimum of 100 backers that want a sticker in order to place a sticker order. (Sticker design still in process, but it will be cool)


WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

We need your help because we're just a small business and need to make a bulk order of Titanium to get a good price for this project, and the stuff is pretty expensive. With your help we will be able to use our combined resources to get a good enough deal on Titanium to keep us going. 


So Why Would You Want One?

Well, if you want a really good alcohol stove, one that's practically fool proof, that's super dependable, that works just as well in summer as it does the coldest winter, that's light weight and easy to pack around, completely adjustable, easy to cook with, and can make you that hot whatever, whenever, wherever, without ever letting you down...

Then this is the alcohol stove for you.

Thanks for your support!

- Rewards -

Pocket Polar 

  • One self contained Core Polar Stove that fits in your pocket! 
  • 1 Core Polar Stove 
  • 1 Carbon Felt Wick (not shown)
  • 1 Black Velvet Micro Pouch

Core Polar Kit 

  • 1 Core Polar Stove 
  • 1 *Carbon Felt* Snowshoe/Spill Catch/Mitt 
  • 1 Carbon Felt Wick
  • 1 Carbon Felt High Power Wick  (for extra hot when you need it!)
  • 1 Fuel Bottle. 
  • 1 Core Polar Stove Bag 

Core Polar Ultimate Kit 

  • 1 Core Polar Alcohol Stove
  • 1 *Titanium* Snowshoe Foot 
  • 1 *Carbon Felt* Snowshoe/Spill Catch/Mitt 
  • 1 Carbon Felt Wick 
  • 1 Carbon Felt High Power Wick (for extra hot when you need it!)
  • 2 Carbon Felt Auto-Simmer Wicks (for extra long simmer times)
  • 1 Fuel Bottle  
  • 1 Core Polar Stove Bag 

Shipping

Shipping is through USPS Priority 2-3 Day Insured Mail for US residents, and that translates to about 1.5 to 2 weeks shipping for International orders. Its the cheapest price that we can offer. (Apologies for International orders, but you can check the USPS website for yourself to see that its a little spendy http://www.usps.com).

Risks and challenges

This isn't our first Kickstarter and we already have all the resources lined up to get you your new stove. The biggest risk is if the project becomes extremely popular, the stove bag delivery time may increase. However, we have taken that calculation into consideration in the quoted delivery date of July, instead of June.

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    Core Polar Ultimate Kit

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    1 Carbon Felt High Power Wick
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    Core Polar Ultimate Kit w/ Ti X Supports

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    1x *Titanium* Cross Support Kit
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    1 *Titanium* Cross Support Kit
    2x Carbon Felt Wick
    2x Carbon Felt High Power Wick
    3x Carbon Felt Auto-Simmer Wicks
    1 1oz Fuel Bottle
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    3x Titanium Cross Supports
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    3x Carbon Felt High Power Wick
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    4x *Carbon Felt* Snowshoe/Spill Catch/Mitt
    4x Titanium Cross Supports
    8x Carbon Felt Wicks
    4x Carbon Felt High Power Wick
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    4x 2oz Fuel Bottle
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