User Review: Trangia 27-5 UL
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 69 EU
Great for 1- or 2-person cooking. Stable, windproof platform and failproof.
- Suitable for 2 persons
- Usable in windy situation
- Fairly heavy (total weight = 2 pots, 1 pan, 1 burner, 1 gripper) = 725 grams
- Slow cooking (only a con when you want fast dinners though)
The trangia 27-5 is a nice 2-person starter set.
It comes with a built-in windshield, 2 pots (both 1 liter) and 1 frying pan. The burner (duh!) and pan gripper are also in the package. Everything fits into a small packet, with the windshield being the body and the pan the lid.
Once setup the platform is stable due to the large windshield. Start-up is easy, pour the fuel in and light it up. Needs a minute or two to reach full potential but you can put the pan or pot on right away. Cold weather startup might be a bit tricky (if you plan on using it in cold weather keep the alcohol flask on your body) but is manageable.
It also comes with a simmer ring allowing the user to choose the amount of flame used to warm the pot/pan. Frying pan is really a pan (unlike some other sets) and can be used together with simmer lid to do some nice gourmet cooking. (so if you're only going to boil water, don't choose this set)
The cooking is fairly slow but this didn't bother me. If this does bother you, don't go with a meths/alcohol stove. Trangia offers a gas/liquid fuel burner which can be used with this (and other trangia) sets.
Fuel efficiency is good, cooking for two people (breakfast, tea, dinner) was done for 10 days on about 1.5 liters of alcohol. Much of this was wasted (used to make hot water to wash utensils etc. and letting the stove burn dry). If managed correctly, fuel efficiency is very good. (fuel is also eco-friendly)
Nonstick coating is good but prone to scratching if using metal utensils. Use plastics (my choice) or be careful not to scratch it. After two years I have a few minor scratches but the cooking has been removed completely anywhere and sometimes I abused it hard. No noticeable damage, just a bit dirty on the outside. (average use = once a month, + 1-2 holidays a year).
Got the most use out of it on a 2 week camping holiday in Scotland, where it was used for 2 persons. Only downside is the slow cooking, when using multiple pots food in pot 1 is already cooled down before pot 2 is hot. Can be solved with products that keep the food warm.
Overall: I like it :). Currently used at home in emergencies (when gas/elec. fails) and also on 2-man holidays.