Trangia camping stove review
Trangia has been my go to cooking equipment while hiking since the nineties. I have used it in a sunshine and under heavy rain. I have used it also when I have been doing backcountry snowboarding in a pursuit of fresh powder.
Traditional spirit burner
I have a basic 25-series kit with non-stick saucepans and a frypan with a kettle. A traditional gas burner is lightweight and small to carry. I store it in a separate plastic bag, which is not inside the kettle. I don't want to take any risk of having spirit residue in the kettle.
I have tried different solutions for carrying the spirit and settled for the Trangia's fuel bottle. It makes carrying and handling the spirit really easy and safe. The 0.5 litre bottle is good to go for several hikes, so the smallest bottle could be even better for us.
Soot makes black fingers
Using spirit as a fuel has one minor drawback. It paints the bottoms of the pans with a black soot. I carry some wet wipes in a backpack to clean the soot, so it's really not a big deal.
Experience makes it easy
One full filling burns approximately 25 minutes and with some experience it's quite easy to predict how much spirit I need. If there's still some spirit left after I have done cooking I'll heat water in the kettle and use the water to clean the pans.
Gas burner has serious heat output
I have also a gas burner and I find it much more powerful. Trangia rates the spirit burner to 1000 W output and gas burner to 2100 W output. Still even the spirit burner has enough heat output for winter use.
Actually the spirit burner is a better choice if weather gets really cold. When temperature goes several degrees below 0 Celsius gas does not come out of the bottle. I know that some bottles advertise that they work in as low as -27 degrees of Celsius, but that really has not been the case in practice.
Just turn the knob
Gas burner is really convenient to use, since adjusting the power output is as simple as turning a knob. Gas also keeps the pans soot free. The burner consumes 150 g gas per hour with a full blast.
There's something I don't like about the gas
It's not always easy to know beforehand if a bottle holds enough gas for an adventure. The outdoor temperature affects how well the gas vaporizes and flows out of the bottle. So I usually carry a spare bottle with me.
Another aspect which I don't like is that the used bottles become metal junk. There's no recycling for these bottles like there are for larger 5 kg and 11 kg LPG bottles. I crush used bottles and throw them to general metal recycling bin.
Trangia loves caravan life
I use Trangia to cook meals for our family of four when we are caravaning. Usually it is something simple like mashed potatoes and meatballs with coffee and pancakes for a desert.
I use gas burner especially when I need longer cooking times with Omnia oven. Sometimes I also use Trangia to prepare a meal under a roof awning of a caravan. It's just a different feeling to cook outside of a mobile home.