You can really cook with this stove- this ain't for just boiling water, you can really COOK with it. Wild rice that takes 45 minutes and a lot of temperature control - no problem - and there's still fuel left over! Pancakes and eggs - super easy and won't stick to the fry pan.
No unused fuel is wasted (unlike a penny can stove), just screw on the lid when finished (but wait until the stove has cooled, otherwise you can damage the rubber gasket in the lid).
I noticed that the included aluminum pot brought the water to boil faster than my other stainless steel pot (4 min vs 6 min for 0.75 liters).
The included non-stick fry pan at first seems itsy, bitsy tiny but it's actually perfect for one person, just experiment with it and you'll see. The non stick coating seems really hard and resists scratching, but you have to use a plastic or wooden spatula and you have to store the fry pan with the included plastic shield to protect it from scratching. It's the perfect size for 2 fried eggs, makes a perfect sized pancake, great for cooking 6-8 oz of ground beef/steak or stir frying vegies. As long as the pan is coated with oil, it won't stick!
I think boiling time is improved if after you place the burner in the windshield, dump a little fuel into the bottom of the windshield, then light it from one of the holes in the side of the windshield. Kind of pre-heats everything. This might be more critical in cold weather. I read this on-line and tried it, and it seemed to improve the boiling time.
Before the trangia, I had a penny can stove and stainless steel pots, because I wanted a non-gas stove (ever spill gas on your gear? really hard to ged rid of the smell. but spilled alcohol just evaporates and leaves no smell) and I was really sick of titanium and aluminum pots that burned things or promised a non-stick coating which turned out to be a total lie. But the mini trianga - the aluminum pot brought water to boil faster than my stainless steel pot and the fry pan is really and truly non-stick and durable. The manufacturer makes non-stick pots as well - they're awesome and very durable!
The included simmer ring is adjustable, although it can't be easily turned while it's already on the stove and in the windshield, because the simmer ring gets hot to the touch and the windshield partially blocks you're ability to adjust the simmer ring. However, it's not too difficult to figure out how to work with the simmer ring - use a couple of metal utensils and/or pot gripper to turn the simmer ring, not your hands.
You'll also want to get another windshield, a flexible aluminum thing that you can wrap around the stove and pot.
I haven't used it in really cold weather, but I've read that with good fuel (SLX denatured alcohol or yellow bottle Heat), an aluminum plate to place the stove on, and the pre-heating trick I talked about earlier - it should work just fine.
So...Gas vs Alcohol stoves. Good burning alcohol is not as easily available as gasoline, but with a little planning, things should work out just fine. I had difficulty finding good alcohol fuel in mexico and latin america...until I figured out that the "gas line antifreeze" stuff you can get at a gas station works fine. Otherwise I could only find good alcohol in larger towns and cities or at boat docks (a lot of boats use alcohol stoves). Even though I eventually found what worked...gasoline and diesel is far more easy to get, although I did meet a number of other travellers who complained of having to clean their stoves, or having broken stove parts, or spilling the gas on their gear, or the horrible gasoline smell you get while cooking your food, or the jet airplane noise that comes out of those stoves. It's a good idea to check travellers blogs to see the availability of good burning alochol in the country you'll be travelling to.
trangia mini and kelly kettle 1pint
the philippines is a tropical country and an alcohol stove is just what you need . the burner of the trangia mini is sturdier than the cola stove and can boil 1/2 liter of water using denatured alcohol in about 5-7 minutes . the .8 liter aluminum pot can cook rice (oats and noodles are easier to cook) in about 20-25 minutes or by using a 2/3 fill of denatured alcohol on the burner . when using the fry pan lid as the pot cover , just be sure to invert the lid , otherwise , it would be impossible to use the pot holder in detaching the lid from the pot. when a thin film of cooking oil is applied on the fry pan lid , food intended to be fried will not stick on the lid , thus easier to clean afterwards . the pot holder is not as sturdy as the other pot holders but it is designed to be lightweight . when using the pot holder in lifting the pot almost full of boiling water or cooked food , use your other hand opposite the pot holder as a lifting support protected by a folded glove , a rock , a twig , bunch of green leaves , etc.. the simmer ring cover needs to be loosened by swinging it sideways several times so that it would be easier to adjust the opening using the pot holder . any left over denatured alcohol can be left inside the burner and will not be spilled because of the rubber o-ring on the burner cap . when the windshield/stand , burner and pot holder are nested inside the pot and the fry pan lid in place , just shake the kit a little bit and the components inside will be nested properly and will not rattle during transit . in my case , i placed the windshield/stand and burner inside a plastic bag and put some rice around and on top of it and the potholder on top to optimized the use of space .
if it is quite windy , you may need an additional windshield or create a windbreaker using your backpack , etc . , otherwise , the provided windshield/stand is enough for its purpose . it would have been better if the pot is also non-stick just like the fry pan lid .
it just happened that 3 days after i received my trangia mini from rei.com , i also received my 1 pint size kelly kettle from ireland . i found out that if the trangia mini is inverted , the bottom of the pot will nest at about 1/2 of an inch deep inside the fire base of the kelly kettle . i then placed repacked rice , crushed noodles and oats inside the fire base and the chimney of the kelly kettle . the nylon bag provided by kelly kettle is quite loose , but if you place inside the inverted trangia mini and the kettle , both fit perfectly . there is even enough space for my 2-person emergency blanket , a 50-gallon plastic bag , firestarter , some tinder , slingshot rubber , fishing kit , snare kit , first aid kit , signal mirror and whistle , 1AAA battery flaslight and headlamp and other small sized survival items at the sides of the nylon bag with a mere dimensions of 6 inches in diameter and 12 and 1/2 inches in height . i will use the kelly kettle as a back-up for my trangia mini in case i run out of denatured alcohol . both are also appropriate for disaster / emergency preparedness . TRY IT.
Leave worries behind
Many serious hikers take their stoves very seriously. In fact, some take the issue of the stove far too seriously. Most of us who are serious about hiking and backpacking have a collection of stoves, occasionally with a few museum pieces that we once thought would be great -- until we had to fiddle with them on trail.Few debates in the hiking literature are as hot as the one over stoves, and some reviewers go to ridiculous lengths to compare boil times and rates. In my experience, if you are worried about boil times and want your two cups of water to boil at the fastest possible rate, then stay in a hotel or lodge. Part of the beauty of being out doors is the opportunity to s-l-o-w down. Take a breath and enjoy your time away from phone calls and hubbub. Although it is true that alcohol stoves are somewhat slower than gas stoves (although the difference is seldom more than one or two minutes if you know how to use an alcohol stove), they are utterly idiot proof and indestructible. There is nothing to go wrong. Although I have canister and multi fuel stoves, the only one I ever end up with on trail, for long or short hikes, is the Trangia. This stove has not changed in its basic design since 1925, when it was first introduced by the Swedes. This stove nests in its pot and is extremely compact. It is particularly handy in a small day pack, when you want some tea or noodles during a short hike or (up here in Minnesota) a nordic ski outing. When I travel with another hiker, I simply put the wind screen/pot holder in my mess kit. Another positive feature is the ready availability of fuel. Although I often carry denatured alcohol, I frequently use methyl alcohol -- HEET in the yellow bottle. Isopropyl alcohol will also work (as will rum), although the water content in iso renders it less efficient. I have found that most seasoned distance hikers use alcohol for the same reasons mentioned above. Unless you are boiling lots of water, this stove is more than adequate, and is very light weight and compact. Some reviewers on-line may suggest alcohol does not perform as well in winter. My experience in northern Minnesota is to the contrary. I simply pour a small amount of fuel in the wind screen/pot holder. When this burns it pre-heats the stove and it performs well. Another advantage of alcohol is that the fuel is water miscible, which means it will simply evaporate and will not destroy everything in your pack, or contaminate the ground, if it leaks. I use a couple of 8 oz flasks (also from ) for fuel and typically have more than enough fuel for about four or five nights on trail. There is certainly a time and place for canisters and multi fuel stoves, but based on my usage pattern, I'm not sure when or where.
Be very very quite...
I love this little stove! As many people have already stated, it is all but silent while it burns and heats up water faster than other alternative fuel stoves I have used in the past. It works well with denatured alcohol/paint thinner as well as high proof booze (think ever-clear or high proof rum). This is a huge advantage as you can find some form of fuel for it anywhere around the world and don't have to spend your time looking for an outfitter, just walk into a hardware store or liquor store and you're set. You can heat water for a meal on just a couple of oz. of fuel (as little as an oz. if you only need 4 cups of water or less hot) and it stores about 3oz in the burner itself. In the summer months when it's just going to be me and maybe one or two other friends I grab this stove over my other choices and it's a no brainer for day hikes do to how light it is. If I'm traveling with a larger party or in the winter when I'm going to be melting a lot of snow, this is not a good choice. Go with a Multi-fuel for winter and/or a canister stove for groups.
As far as this specific Trangia, I'm not a big fan of the pot and the lifter is all but worthless, but the pot holder/wind screen works OK. It can hold a pot as big as the MSR Alpine 2L pot with no problem. It's a little wide for some of my solo Titanium pots but if you bend the tops of the peaks down in a bit, it holds them fine. I made a little wire pot holder that weighs a fraction of the one provided and just use the burner when I'm soloing usually, so I'm not too worried about this. I would definitely suggest adding a tinfoil wind-screen if there is any breeze at all. The burner, being made out of brass, is practically indestructible, however the other components can get a bit squished if they're abused (they don't like it if they are in the top of your pack and it takes a tumble down the mountain on top of them) though they can be "popped" back into shape without much problem.
If you don't already have a Trangia I would highly recommend this set; if you already do have one, it's probably not worth getting, unless you are just looking for another burner.
(Suggestion: let the stove warm up for about 20 or 30 seconds before you put your pot on top to allow it to really get rolling. It seems to help it burn more efficiently.)
It just works
Received this stove as a gift for small backpacking adventures / day trips out of our main camp in the BWCA and also on bike trips. What a treat to receive this now that I have used it.
If you are looking for something inexpensive yet seemingly indestructible I'd highly recommend this stove. Easy to light (pour the fuel into the center and hold a match or lighter), fuel available almost anywhere (I burned methyl alcohol in the yellow HEET bottles, nice hot clean burn and only $2 dollars a bottle), light weight and limited potential for problems.
If you are going to be in colder weather only you will have to keep in mind it can be harder to light right away as the fuel eventually needs to vaporize from heat in order to get a nice sustained burn. I have not tried the stove in really cold weather, but I have fired it up in the 30s camping north of Duluth and it did take two lights for the stove to get hot enough to sustain a burn. I put a little of the fuel on the ring around the top and lit that. It seemed to help heat those outer walls and get my full burn, maybe I just imagined that. It always lit though, not a negative as much as it is simply a consideration being an open alcohol stove.
I didn't time my boils so I can't say exactly how long it took, but no one in our canoe complained about how long it took to get a hot lunch on the shores of Lake Superior. We cooked lunch for 2 couples and I would guess it was ten minutes a piece from cold to serving. Because your base is significantly smaller and lighter than the pot when full of water, make sure you have a solid resting place before lighting. Or for those times the view is too good where you are at, just leave it there and be careful :)
There are faster heating stoves our there and fancier, but for the price and the ease of this one you can't go wrong. If you are looking for a smaller backpacking / day pack stove I would advise you end your search here. I put a significant amount of trust in reviews on here when I buy and I honestly love this stove, hence my review. Enjoy!
Makes sense to me
This is a very solid piece of gear. No fossil fuel, no metal fuel bottle and no pressurized gas canister. It boils water and if you manage your windscreen appropriately the frying pan lid, which is a substantial component of the overall weight of this kit, actually works quite well unlike most other convertible pot lids I have used. The pot itself is a heavy uncoated aluminum so it is unsuitable for direct contact with food but it is fine for boiling water for freezer bag cooking, which is what most of us who use alchohol stoves mainly do anyway.
This thing is not as light as a cat food can alky rig but it is a better stove. The burner has a threaded cap, with an O-ring seal, so you can keep some fuel in it and you don't have to waste what you don't use, unlike most others. Using the simmer ring I've gotten 45 minutes out of a single fueling. On the other hand, with your windscreen in tight to your pot and running wide open (no simmer ring) it will boil 16 ounces of 45 degree F. water in a Snow Peak 700 in about 7 minutes or less and it will do 16 ounces in about 6 minutes if you're using the supplied pot. Note: sea level.
The pot lifter included is very light and works well and the stand too is just about perfect, though you will have to bend the top "posts" in for smaller pots. No big deal, anybody can do it.
The bottom line is that this stove does exactly what it is supposed to do, with no moving parts and nothing to fail and it frees you from any reliance on fossil fuels in the woods, which seems to me a good thing. I like the idea of actually being able to burn EverClear. I don't like the idea of drinking white gas.
I really appreciate the simplicity, the common sense character of this product and I would recommend it to those of you who are considering an alchohol rig for use on those excursions where culinary extravagance or welding is not required.
Buy it. It is cheap and it works and it will work for a very long time, probably longer than you.
Love this alcohol stove (at least the burner, anyway). The burner is bomp-proof and can be kicked around like a hockey puck and still work well. I especially love the cap with O-ring that allows you to save for later any fuel that didn't burn up. No waste, and no other alcohol stove can do that! I haven't had much luck with the simmer ring but still bring it along because it's the easiest way to extinguish the flame. This little stove is especially efficient at boiling small amounts of water--perfect for freezer bag cooking that calls for only a cup or two of boiled water. It does require a bit of extra care because the flame is invisible in daylight and you can easily burn your hand or sleeve, but most get used to an alcohol flame quickly and won't have any problems.
The pot stand is a different story. I'd love to see Trangia ditch this heavy/bulky pot stand and adapt one of the widely-available collapsible titanium pot stands instead. I use one made by a small online company but REI offers one here on their website. The collapsible ti pot stands fold flat into a package approximately 5" x .5" and weigh about 4oz.
But I truly believe the whole kit is worth buying just to get the burner and grabber. Use your ti pot and collapsible stand if you prefer.
Benefits of the Trangia Alcohol Burner:
-It allows you to save any unused fuel left in the burner.
-Denatured alcohol is cheap and widely available.
-Denatured alcohol evaporates when spilled and won't ruin your pack like white gas can.
-Denatured alcohol burns super clean (no sooty pots in your pack).
-No more cleaning fuel lines or injector valves.
-No tools required to keep it going.
-No waking your camp mates with the sound of a jet engine as your stove fires up.
This burner is consistent with what most of us are looking for in the backcountry--peace and quiet, reliability, and maintenance-free simplicity.
My favorite cookset!
I've backpacked with a lot of stoves, from homemade alcohol stoves to Coleman and MSR behemoths, but this is surely my favorite yet. I prefer alcohol stoves for my purposes, day hikes and multi-day backpacking at altitudes up to 10k feet. The Trangia is simple, compact, effective, and is very well made. Yes, it's a wee bit heavier than other alcohol stoves, but it's still very light and it's built to last, and has some useful features that homemade jobbies lack. The simmer ring is a nice feature (which you may be lacking in a homemade stove)and makes it safe and easy to regulate or extenguish the flames. With the screw-on cap i can store enough fuel for a day hike lunch or dinner and secure leftover fuel afterwards, another feature I like that I didn't have in my homemade stoves. The pot grabber seemed flimsy when I first got it but in use it's very secure, I can use it as a handle and drink right from the pot. Cooking for two may be difficult in this pot if you're doing more than boiling water for freeze-dried meals, but I guess it depends on what you're making. If you want to carry another pot, this set will nest inside a grease pot, MSR Alpine Bowl, or Snow Peak Titanium bowl. In mine I keep a small sos pad, a Swedish firesteel, a handkerchief, and a foil windscreen. As with any alcohol stove a windscreen is a must. The pot stand is great as a pot stand but a homemade windscreen will be a huge help.
Overall I would recommend this set to any backpacker who needs a simple, lightweight, compact, uber-reliable, maintenance free stove and cookset combination.
The best solo stove available!
Directions: Unscrew cap, light, cook.
In the world of camping stoves, Trangia has made it's mark. This alcohol stove gives those of us not trying to boil a 4-quart pot an option for simplicity, without resorting to propane or iso.
Anyone who has worked for 10 minutes to convince a dragonfly to boil some coffee can understand the benefits of such a reliable stove. It's simple, self-contained design holds enough fuel for one meal, and it can support 2-3 people on the trail. Fuel is plentiful and cheap, available at most hardware stores and marine centers. The stove itself is inexpensive, and should convince you to quit burning HEET in an old tuna can.
No piece of gear is without it's limitations, but there are those that have a short list. I like the nice, silent time in the morning when the stove is heating up breakfast. If you are in a hurry, and do not want to savor being outside, then there are other systems (like Jetboil) that can get you on the trail faster.
Also, if you are careless, it is possible to dump out all your fuel at once, creating an invisible inferno that might burn your brand-new North Face boots.
Finally, you will have to remember to pack a lighter because this stove does not come with an electronic ignition or a satellite uplink to MySpace.
This stove is the perfect solution for the solo hiker or couple that wants a lightweight, clean stove for backpacking.
Dinner for 1?
Great stove for my minimalist rig. I've used several alcohol stove configurations ranging from complete Swedish Army surplus sets, home-assembled sets using coffe pots with tin can wind screen, and the Mini-T. The Mini-T is the best overall for lightweight trips; the pot and lid/skillet working surprisingly well for their size. Don't expect to cook for 2 or more, however, and even for 1, a small stir fry in the pot lid takes about 4 batches. The classics such as "can of tuna with minute rice, clean the pot with a cup of tea" work best. The stove really needs an additional outer windscreen for best results, I use double folded heavy duty aluminum foil.
I am always careful using this set due to the possible lack of stability when working with the lifter; it does not feel as stable as the larger lifter and pots you get with heavier cook sets. I believe that this particular set is therefore not a good choice for kids 12 and younger, even though the alcohol stoves in general are attractive for younger kids who should not yet be using pressurized gasoline stoves. However, the burner and stand would work well with larger and wider 1-2 liter pots having real handles, and that combination would be good for 10-12 year olds while they learn how to take care of themselves in the woods and work up to the true mimimalist Mini-T cookset.