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The Trangia 25K is iconic - all the old-school campers have one but it still refuses to go out of fashion. This stove performs well in all 4 seasons and is completely bombproof. The 25K is really just the Trangia 25 plus a kettle. The total weight is around 1.3kg.
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Trangia 25K Reviews
Reviewed by Sam Walker (Leeds or Birmingham) on 2005-12-28:
General comments: What can I say? The Trangia 25K is the original piece of cooking kit and an old-master it certainly is.
It's incredibly stable, you would have to be pretty clumsy to be able to knock it over.
It's also very very efficient, the base acts as a windshield, so it's near impossible for the flame to be blown out by the wind. Meths doesnt burn as hot as gas so this is necessary to cook stuff in a reasonable time. I find about 7-8 minutes to boil a pan of water, far slower than a gas stove. This is the main disadvantage of this stove, it takes ages to boil. It also isn't as efficent as say gas, so you need a lot more fuel, though this isn't a massive problem, meths is cheap and easy to buy in hardware shops. I found it without much hassle in Spain and in France
It's very easy to use too, even by young campers, I learned to use a trangia aged 10 and had no problems, though extunguishing it can be a problem the only way to do it is to let the meths burn or put the lid back on.
Simerring is also a problem. The brown ring isn't that easy to move when the stove is burning so not as flexible as gas, but not a major concern.
It's also fairly cheap too, about £40 including pans isn't a massive price and well worth it if you camp with youngsters, but I think time has moved on and gas in now far far more straightforward to use in most conditions. Comment on this review...
Pros: Cheap. Easy to use. Very sturdy.
Meths isn't very expensive and easy to pick up.
Cons: Doesnt burn as hot as gas. Difficult to simmer. Meths not very efficent so need a lot of it. Bulky. Heavy?
Reviewed by SarahJ (Belfast) on 2006-01-21:
General comments: This is a great stove when you're camping as a group, unless anyone is really creative with their food, a pot between 2 or 3 people is enough for rice / pasta and the frying pan can be used as a lid to boil the water quicker. So this particular Trangia does about 2 different meals and the kettle can be put on while you're eating for a cup of tea afterwards, though you may be finished eating and have begun the washing up by the time it boils! The great thing about Trangias is their compactness, however this usually means the pots have to be clean when you put them away or you've got twice the washing up to do later (this may sound gross, but I camp with scouts and they've yet to realise this).
The burner on the Trangia 25K is very easy to light and stays lit usually until the fuel goes, or you manage to knock the burner lid back on, which is a nice change from my gas stove which is pretty tempermental. Even if it is windy, the windshield on the trangia does the job well. The only bad point is the weight, but this is made up by the convenience so it balances out and you can leave stuff out if you don't need it.Comment on this review...
Pros: Compact, easy to use. Hard to dent.
Cons: Slighly heavier than carrying a gas stove and pots.
Reviewed by Mick Wood (Chesterfield) on 2006-01-24:
General comments: Go to any outdoor centre in the UK and take a look in their storeroom and you'll find yourself faced with trania upon trangia, and for very good reason. The Trangia 25K is a self contained cooking system having all the pots and pans and stove in one very nice and neat cooking system. The heart of this cooking system is the meths burner which is the epitomy of simplicity. Fill it with meths, light it then cook away! If your after a technically cool stove then the trangia won't do, but ask almost every outdoor enthusiast who's been doing their stuff since childhood and I'll guarantee they all started their outdoor culinary skills on the Trangia. The adjustability of the trangia comes from the partial obscuring of the burner with the 'simmer ring' - open it fully for full power, close it half way for...half power, close it fully to turn off - simplicity itself! If your a parent thinking of buying a youngster a relativley safe (no stove will ever be completley safe) first time stove on which to learn the art of outdoor cooking then this is THE stove for you to buy. The only down side of this stove is the time it can take to cook the food, it's the tortoise in the tortoise and the hare world of outdoor cooking. Nevertheless it's the first time, self sufficient cooking system.Comment on this review...
Pros: Complete cooking system in one. Self contained, Ease of use - great first time stove for youngsters.
Cons: Slow cooking
Reviewed by Ben.D (Aberystwyth) on 2006-02-28:
General comments: I have owned my Trianga 25 since I was 17 I’m now 35. Each part of the kit is still the original with the only replacement being the rubber seal on the lid for the meths burner. Each of the pans and the kettle look like the have been used in hell, they are battered and bruised but still have many years use left in then. I have lent them out to various friends who have very little camping experience, this is due to the fact that the Trangia is so simple to use ( I would never lend out my Whisperlite for the opposite reason). the design is so simple, it houses all you need for cooking, the frying pan works on its small supports, the kettle boils in ok time, although it does not hold much water and the pan grips, being detachable, don’t heat up and burn your hands.
Pros: The set is compact, stores everything you need and comes with a nice little strap to hold it all together. The meths is relatively safe and can be used in the porch of your tent and it is also very cheap to run. The unit will last you for years and you can now get a gas attachment although somewhat pricy.
Cons: Meths can be quite smelly and it burns black so your pans get covered (get a trianga bag to store your unit). Themeths does not burn as hot as other fuel so cooking cantake longer. The 25 is quite a large kit for one, ideal for two.
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S Hartley responded : Use a 10% water, 90% meths mix and the stove will burn cleanly. (2009-01-22)
Stan Williams responded : We've found that ethanol based fuels need 10% water adding, and waiting for the Trangia to get up to temperature reduces sooting a little. However if you can find pure methanol (Bever spirit in the Netherlands) then there is no noticeable sooting. A Norwegian product called Fin Fyr (ethanol with other fuel alcohols added) burns quite cleanly too leaving only a yellowish tinge on the underside of pots and pans. A good pan scrubber is part of our cooking kit.
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Reviewed by Daniel winter (Bangor) on 2006-02-28:
General comments: The first camping stove that i used was a trangia. and is probly the simplist and most versatile on the market .
The package is very neat as everything packs away into itself and stays together using a strap.The main stove consists of a windsheld and a support that sits on top .to put pans on .
The package comes with a meths burner. This works well as its not affected by the cold or the wind. It boils in a good enouch time. The downside to the meths is that it makes the pans very dirty and smells .You can buy a gas attachment that is more efficient .
The package comes with 2 pans / a frying pan and a kettle . To move them around there is a handle that fits to each .. The kettle useally gets left behind when im trying to save weight as water can be boiled in the pan .
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Pros: Neat and compact design . Everthing you need in one package the only other extra is a bottle of meths .The burner is ideal for cold conditions when gas would useally get to cold to burn efficiently
Cons: Meths burner is very dirty flame meaning lots of cleaning is needed . Heavy compared with newer stoves so not great for lightweight camping .
Reviewed by Paul (Manchester) on 2006-03-13:
General comments: The trangia is legendary. I have had mine now for 4 years, and it is as battered as I have seen, yet if still functions fine. They are lightweight, and use mentholated spirit burners for heat. The 25k is a large set, ideally suited for two on an expedition. I use mine to cook al sorts, I have brought a non stick frying pan for mine and this has enabled me to cook bacon, sausages and burgers easier. The large bowls cook ample pasta for 2 after a day on the hills. Despite the functionality, and the weight I have just started using gas, they go sell a conversion kit for the trangia, as meths takes along time to boil water. I waited over 10 mins to get 2 cups of tea from a trangia, but with gas, it takes minutes. This was especially important to me, bring on the move most of the time, I have time for a quick cupa. Another thing is that meths will turn the pans black, and this is hard to clean. I have used brillo’s on mine, and it looks shinny again, but is a pain to clean, especially when wild camping. This is the another reason I now use gas. Comment on this review...
Pros: Trangias are built for life, look after them, and they will continue to look after you. The trangia system continues to improve, so keep you eyes peeled as they dring out lots of useful gadgets for them. The bag and spare simmer ring have been useful. The kettle looks cool, and gives enough hot water for 2 large hot drinks.
Cons: They take along time to boil water and turn pans black. Also they dent really easy, but this is part of their character I think!
Reviewed by connie martin (edinburgh) on 2006-04-04:
General comments: Im not going to leave a big long review on this, there isnt much left to say. I think that the trangia originated as a swedish army camping stove and for good reason. The flame is virtually in extinguishable even in a gale and it was my very first camping stove. You can happily abuse this stove and it will work fine, I think that mine is in the attic and I would be confident that I could dig it out dust it off and away you go. Meths is really easy to find in almost every diy or supermarket these days so not a problem on fuel. You can pick up lots of bits of these on ebay at really dirt cheap prices so if you are travelling or camping on a budget is a good low cost option. I don’t personally like the smell of meths much and about the only way to put it out is to starve it completely of oxygen or just let it burn out. Good alround cheap stove. Never knew that you could get a gas conversion for it though. Excellent range of foldable pans available for this though. Top class all rounder.Comment on this review...
Pros: timeless classic never let you down. windproof to the extreme
Cons: cant get it to go out.
Reviewed by Matthew (Norwich) on 2006-04-05:
General comments: I loved my trangia, but I have just gone of it! Having used a trangia for year I finally went out and brought a gas stove recently and the trangia has been left in the garage. I still use the kettle as that is really cool. Basically if you’re going to buy a trangia be prepared to wait for water to boil, or food to cook. It takes about 7-8 minutes for 1 pint of water to boil, and that’s when it is quick. This may not be a problem for some people, but once you have something quicker you will never look back. Another problem is that the buring of mentholated spirit seems to turn all the pots and pans black. This is very hard to clean off, so you have been warned. I don’t hate the trangia that much really! It has lots of good points
• It is very neat and compact
• The kettle is good, and increases the speed of boiling water
• It has a wind shield as part of the stove
• Very cheap to run
• No maintenance
• No moving parts to go wrong, so it will never let you down
I only recently found out that they do a gas conversion for the trangia - worth considering.
Pros: As mentioned above
Cons: Very slow at boiling, turns pans black
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RDM responded : For people commenting on the meths turning the pans black - just add about 10% water to the meths and the pans stay clean, it also means that you can take less fuel and dilute it on the go to get more out of it. Also yes it does take about 10 mins to boil the kettle but who's in a rush? not me I like to take things steady when i'm on holiday (even if it is just a camping weekend) by the time the tent's up the kettle's boiled so you don't have to wait, just be a bit more intelligent with your time. The gas burners are excellent for the price, and I also use the petrol burner conversion, now that IS fast.
Hope this helps.
Mark Godden responded : Another angle on the messy pans. Take a microfibre cloth with you and, when you've done cooking, wipe off the brown sooty dust that will have accumulated. Do this every time and the pan will blacken, but it won't smell and the black coating will not come off on other kit or taint food. Don't dilute your fuel, it burns better neat. The whole system works better with blackened pans and as I say, no mess, no odour. Careful though. The pan bottom must be cool and crucially, dry when you wipe the soot off. This only works with a microfiber cloth such as an MSR packtowel or similar. You can get microfiber dusters in any supermarket and they work brilliantly. Change your Trangia habit now. Don't dilute fuel, wipe off the soot, let the pan blacken. You'll end up after a while with a glossy, black pan bottom you can see your face in. Again, no smell no mess. (2007-11-07)
Gideon Gelbart responded : Here in Canada, the alcohol (Ethyl) is denatured (made UNdrinkable) by addition of Methyl-alcohol. It is often sold as fondue fuel (with slight blue color) and does NOT blacken pots. HINT: use a piece of thin wood with aluminum foil stapled on the top as an insulating base for the stove - especially good for the army surplus stoves. The foil prevents the wood from burning. (2007-12-11)
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Reviewed by Dave Jones (Bristol) on 2006-04-07:
General comments: This is an excellent pot/pan set which I have been using for the last couple of years. I always take this away on my surf trips as it is compact (all pans etc stow inside of each other), and it is very sturdy……if a little heavy compared to other sets. The burner is good but it is quite a bit slower than gas burners so you have to be patient! It runs on meths which is easy to get hold of doesn’t tend to blow out in the wind.
It can be troublesome if you want to simmer things but I tend to use this for boiling purposes and use the other pans on my gas stove.Comment on this review...
Pros: Durable, cheap(ish), windproof(ish), cheap fuel.
Cons: Not as quick as gas and difficult to adjust
Reviewed by Berger (West Yorkshire) on 2006-04-08:
General comments: The Trangia is a superb simple easy to use stove. Absolutely anyone can use one of these I first started out using Trangia stoves when I was in the cubs, which is about 20 years ago! The design has not changed in this time and has not needed to be changed because it works well. They do now sell ones with non stick pans but in my opinion it’s not worth the extra money. They run on meths which is a very cheap fuel and lasts a long time, the only problem been it tends to burn black so all your pans are black on the outside but does this really matter? They are designed so everything fits inside one unit which s very handy as you know where it all is, the only thing separate is your fuel bottle. I do have gas stoves but I do tend to prefer the good old faithful trangia, I know they are sometimes not as fast as gas stoves but there is not that much difference at the end of the day.Comment on this review...
Pros: Everything you need to cook in one small unit, Lightweight, Lasts for years, Simple to use, Cheap to run.
Cons: Can be slower than gas, turns pots and pans black but I don’t see this as a major problem.
Reviewed by Jim Sabiston (Cardiff) on 2006-04-09:
General comments: Let me get one thing out of the way before I get into the body of this review: This is a love story. My Trangia and I have been together for what seems like twenty five years. The relationship long ago reached that point where the thrill of something fresh and new was gradually replaced by the warm, fuzzy comfort that comes with well worn experience, reliability and trust. A model relationship. A good fit.
I don't recall precisely where or when we first met. It was a long time ago, after all. Many other gear relationships have faded to a vague memory in the time I have shared with my oversized Trangia. Come to think of it, there was even a marriage in there somewhere. Yet, here we are, still spending our time together after all these years. Sure, my eye occasionally wanders to one of those lightweight little trollops that frequent the camping shop shelves these days, but I know deep down that my frumpy Trangia will be ready to warm my bones when really needed.
The fact that the basic design continues in production to this day says something about the soundness of the original concept and the ongoing quality of construction. It was supposedly intended as an alpine stove and it certainly excels in this application. A close examination does little to dispel the impression that this design has been around for awhile.
And now for my actual review : Simple designs, it heats food, you can kick it. Comment on this review...
Pros: trusty and its not rusty
Cons: frumpy :(
Reviewed by richard (leeds) on 2006-04-12:
General comments: Well I have had this cooker for years now, I bought it probably when I was around 13 or 14, I am 30 now.
The stove has been all over with me and used all year round, it is certainly not the lightest stove around but comes all in one neat package. The stove has had a lot of use the only thing I do is when get home make sure it gets a really good clean, I upgraded the aluminium frying pan to the non stick one, which was money well spent as the non stick ones clean really easily. I will maybe get round to getting all non stick ones one day.
One confession to make about my stove is that I haven't actually used the meths burner for years now I found it too slow, I bought the gas burner for it, which was quite expensive around £45 if I recall correctly but makes the stove much more usable. I had to modify the stove to cut a hole for the gas adapter to fit through but this has had no adverse effect on its use.Comment on this review...
Pros: A robust all in one stove, very stable, allows you to cook 'meals' as opposed to just boiling water.
Cons: Heavy in relation to the small gas stoves available, meths is slow.
Reviewed by Rich L (Aberdeen) on 2006-04-13:
General comments: I have used the Trangia 25 K extensively with youth groups in the local area for over 5 years. They are robust and compared to many gas or pressurised fuel stoves are very safe and stable. We recently have had a hot-fill accident with a trangia, which is caused by refilling the burner whilst it is still very hot. Unfortunately the meths ignited and caused a serious burn. This is the only accident that the group has had with Trangias in 11 years. As far as I am aware this is probably the only safety thing that could go wrong with a trangia. Compared to wobbly gas burners they are immensely stable and resist being kicked or knocked over well. It is important to keep the burner holes clear with a needle as they burn much better, also do not use the screw top to extinguish the burners as the rubber seals get damaged and they leak meths. The 25k has everything you could want in the set and is reasonably compact and light for such a compete kitchen set up. The kettles are excellent and we train the kids to stack these on top of the pans so you can always have warm water. The quality of the aluminium is good and the pan lifters remain sturdy throughout the lifetimes of the sets. The burners are less sturdy and it can be easy to damage the soft brass lid and simmer ring. In summary, a classic and rightly so…..superb.Comment on this review...
Pros: Sturdy, reliable
Cons: heavy, expensive initially, slower than gas
Reviewed by Mark R (York) on 2006-08-01:
General comments: The Trangia stove setup has been the mainstay of my camp cooking kit for many years. We purchased the Trangia 25K model as it is slightly larger than the 27 model and also has a kettle for speedier boiling. First lets deal with the old criticism of Trangia – it’s too slow. This may be true if extreme speed water boiling is your favourite weekend hobby, but I find that at the end of a long days walking, being able to set my stove up and leave it entirely unattended whilst I pop my tent up is more important than shaving a few minutes off my brew time. Some also argue that the Trangia stoves are bulky, but I find that when backpacking, I can just take one saucepan and the frying pan, and the space inside the packed stove can be filled with bits and bobs, so low weight and bulk is maintained. To me, the benefits of the Trangia over other stove systems are numerous. Having an ultra-stable stove setup is brilliant – it’s virtually impossible to knock a Trangia over unless really dedicated. The fuel (meths, or other alcohol if not available) is cheap, readily available and relatively safe to use, as the stove is not pressurised in the way that some are. The construction of the Trangia is rock solid – my Trangia 27K model is all aluminium (some non-stick pans are available) so is virtually indestructible and any burnt on food is easily removed with a pan scrub and some elbow grease. In addition, the price of the Trangia is impressive, considering you get a stove, burner, two saucepans, frying pan, kettle and a handle. Whilst not providing all the cooking answers asked of it by ultra-lightweight backpackers, for most UK-based campers looking for a compact stove, the Trangia is definitely worth investigating.Comment on this review...
Reviewed by Gideon Gelbart (Montreal, Canada) on 2007-02-19:
General comments: I camp with a tent-trailer (also called a "pop-up"), but enjoy cooking on a fire or small stove. Have used the Trangia burner (only) in a homemade setup. works great. Trangia system is used by scandinavian military forces, having proven itself dependable in most conditions. As yet, I have NOT had any blackening of cookware. Suspect the quality/purity of the fuel may be a factor!!
Trangias will soon be available in "Hard-Anodised" aluminum; expected to be about 22% lighter but stronger than before. Also the T-27 set uses smaller/lighter pots, etc. than the T-25.
P.S: also own a swedish army surplus kit - heavy but very rugged!Comment on this review...
Pros: GOOD: simple, absolutely reliable, QUIET. Spills are not environmentally dangerous. Relatively odourless, unlike kerosene or naptha. Quick set up balances slower cooking times.
Cons: BAD: slow cook times due to lower Btu value of fuel ( hey, your'e out there to relax and enjoy; NOT continue the "rat-race"). Flame is hard to see in bright light (proof of clean burning??).
Reviewed by Robin (Scotland) on 2007-03-07:
General comments: All these people having problems with the meths turning their pots black -all you need to do is follow the instructions and put a wee bit of water in the fuel mix!!!!!Comment on this review...
Reviewed by Matthew Thornton (Lincolnshire) on 2007-05-31:
General comments: I have to say, regardless of the subject of slow cooking with meths, the Trangia 25K is a great design as it is the whole cook set rather than just the cooker. If you show any outdoor enthusiast the Trangia design, they will instantly be able to recognise this great piece of equipment. I have on numerous occasions tried to destroy the cook set as I was never sure about its performance, but after dropping it, hitting it, and generally carrying it around for endless years, it still remains in remarkable. My worries were put to rest when I purchased the gas converter to make this just as speedy, and even more stable than many cookers brand new on the market today. The design is a bit on the heavy side, but this is an almost reassuring weight rather than a cumbersome weight. If you loose the kettle especially when packing, you can put all sorts of rubbish in the pans as they make a good storage device, specically for food at night, as the Trangia is completely animal proof, so no more sleepless nights guarding food from hungry god knows whats! One piece of advice I would give to people getting one is scrap the meths and get the gas, especially when camping at altitude – there, you need as much heat as possible! 8/10.
Pros: Overall, an amazing product, completly worth the money. No need for a wind shield and a completly solid design.
Cons: A tad heavy but can be changed by buying sepperate light weight pans. Also, a meths converter maybe should be supplied when you buy the stove, but other wise fine!!
A great product!
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Mark Godden responded : HOW TO WRECK A TRANGIA
I'm a huge fan of Trangia - it's the best bit of outdoor kit there is. They can be wrecked but you have to try hard and be ever so slightly drunk.
In absolute desparation, I used the upper and lower windshields of a Trangia as a brazier to get so charcoal briquettes burning so I could rescue a joint of lamb on the barbie. I used the Duossal frypan to carry the blazing coals to the barbie. The frypan is now slightly distorted and the windshields have melted at the point where the burner would sit. The MSR windshield I used to protect the ground had vanished completely. The clips that hold the pans on the upper windshiled had turned blue.
I'm not proud, it's not big or clever, but I have wrecked a Trangia. I'm replacing it of course. There's no better or more reliable way of getting hot food and a drink no matter what the weather throws at you. (2007-11-07)
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Reviewed by Lynda (Stirlingshire) on 2007-07-09:
General comments: Easy to use and light to carry. Everything fits so well together. We have had our trangia 25K for several years and have used it in all weathers whether we have been car camping, hill walking or on canoe trips. Also very handy during power cuts. The design is so simple that there is very little to go wrong. You have to be careful when filling the fuel container with meths, ensuring that the fuel bottle lid is on and the bottle well away before you strike a match. Great little stove which we have found incredibly versatile.Comment on this review...
Pros: Compact and easy to use
Cons: Sometimes feels like you are doing a 3d puzzle if you haven't packed the stove away for a while.
Reviewed by Calum Nicoll (Inverness) on 2007-07-27:
General comments: I use the trangia 25K set all the time, they take up very little space in my pack. They weigh hardly anything. Meths also has the advantage that it's cheaper and safer than gas or petrol. However, boiling something can take forever. Also, in very cold conditions, it can be difficult to light. Once lit, it is impossible to blow out. The frying pan in particular is prone to getting stuff stuck to it, I guess this is because of the thinness of the pans which allows hotspots to develop which food can stick to. Also, pans used with it always seem to get incredibly sooted up, which looks bad and can be a pain to clean. In fact cleaning these pans at all is a pest. A friend of mine was using the same kind of pans with the trangia gas burner with water in the pan, and the gas melted the aluminium while water remained. The pans really aren't much thicker than a drinking can and can be easily bent or bumped. The windshield arrangement is very stable and doesn't rock about on rough ground. The way it holds the pans is also quite smart, with three "stairs" of thin steel, which can be flicked in or out to hold big or small pans. It is also good how it all fits inside into one neat parcel.
Pros: Lightweight, meths is cheap and easy to store.
Cons: Very thin pans, but this makes it light.
Reviewed by bec (cambs) on 2007-11-08:
General comments: The trangia is legendary. I have had mine now for 4 years, and it is as battered as I have seen, yet if still functions fine. They are lightweight, and use mentholated spirit burners for heat. The 25k is a large set, ideally suited for two on an expedition. I use mine to cook al sorts, I have brought a non stick frying pan for mine and this has enabled me to cook bacon, sausages and burgers easier. The large bowls cook ample pasta for 2 after a day on the hills. Despite the functionality, and the weight I have just started using gas, they go sell a conversion kit for the trangia, as meths takes along time to boil water. I waited over 10 mins to get 2 cups of tea from a trangia, but with gas, it takes minutes. This was especially important to me, bring on the move most of the time, I have time for a quick cupa. Another thing is that meths will turn the pans black, and this is hard to clean. I have used brillo’s on mine, and it looks shinny again, but is a pain to clean, especially when wild camping. This is the another reason I now use gas.
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Pros: Trangias are built for life, look after them, and they will continue to look after you. The trangia system continues to improve, so keep you eyes peeled as they dring out lots of useful gadgets for them. The bag and spare simmer ring have been useful
Cons: They take along time to boil water and turn pans black. Also they dent really easy, but this is part of their character I think
Reviewed by Binky (West Sussex) on 2009-04-27:
General comments: I still remember being given my trangia stove on my 16th birthday, and recall using it for the first time in North Wales. I turn 30 next week and the stove is still as good as new, apart from the obvious scratches and dent here and there 14 years on..
I've cooked many memories on this stove, and it has never ever let me down, it is a dependable, simple, modest and humble stove. I have a petrol and gas stove I use for climbing etc, however for base camps and trail walking the comforting glow of a trangia flame, the famous trangia roar! the smell of meths cant be beaten..... Using a trangia slows everything down, in a good way. Comment on this review...
Pros: Solid, humble stove with a great history..warm flame is great on a cold dark night....like an old friend!
Cons: Bulky and a bit heavy compared to new stoves
Reviewed by Lee (Wisconsin (USA)) on 2010-02-12:
General comments: I am from the states and the only stoves we have are butane and white gas. I had to search high and low on the internet to find a retailer that sells them here. I have no idea why they are not used here, everyone I take mine out people are amazed at the ease of use, the high quality pans and the zero upkeep. sure the fuel might smell, but any spills evaporate clean without leaving any residue and washes out with water. Wisconsin climate is a fickle thing, we have winters with -20 and summers that get up to 110 with 90% humidity. I love never having to worry about the temp, priming, pumping or altitude affecting my cooking, I love that this stove is 'on my side'. I would definitely buy the kettle as it speeds up most tasks with instant or freeze dried food. Comment on this review...
Pros: good stove, easy to use, cheap to run good pans.
Cons: adjusting heat for things like pancakes takes a little getting used to.
Reviewed by sketter (aus) on 2011-08-21:
General comments: Had one since about 1981 and still going strongComment on this review...
Pros: It ALWAYS works
Cons: Its so damn relaible that you're ALWAYS the one carrying (and cleaning) the cooking gear.
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