User Review: Trangia 27-5 UL
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70
A complete cook system that is quiet and efficient. Always a pleasure to be around.
- Ease of use
- Ease of maintenance
- Well made
- Slightly slower cooking times
- Poor high altitutde (>14K feet) performance
I'm an "Outdoor Professional" having worked as an Outward Bound instructor, Park Service Backcountry Ranger and program logistician since 1985. I've been using the Trangia Stove System as my only backpacking and expedition sea kayaking now for more than six years. In other words, this is NOT a "I just unpacked the product and it rocks!" type of review.
- Very easy to use. No pumping, no toxic fuel spills, no clogging.
- The most quiet stove system I've ever used. I really appreciate being able to hear the sounds of the beautiful places I get to visit and work in.
- Extremely simple to maintain. In fact, about the only maintenance I ever do is to replace the burner cap O-ring every couple of years (and only because its failure would compromise another pro which is...)
- Unlike most homemade alcohol "Tuna Can" type burners, the Trangia burner can have its flame snuffed with the "snuffer lid". Then the sealed lid is screwed on retaining the unburned fuel in the stove.
- Uses fuel readily available on most countries. No more searching for White Gas (Naphtha) when visiting remote locations.
- When comparing the total weight of the system with other complete systems — stove, windscreen, pots and pans, fuel, fuel bottles — the Trangia beats them all.
- Flame control is simple and effective using the "snuffer" in a partially open position
- Extremely stable design - haven't spilled a meal once.
- Unlike white gas stoves, it can be transported on commercial flights.
- Designed in Sweden for the Swedish military. Made by happy, well-compensated workers who use the product themselves as they enjoy their 6 weeks of annual vacation time.
- Very, very well made. Always a pleasure to handle and be around.
- Lower heat output (BTU's) than white gas or Isubutane camp stoves. One should add 30% to boil times. But unless you're trying to melt snow to make water, why is the "boil time" a useful metric? So I sit QUIETLY a minute longer waiting for my coffee water than the guy with a filthy, noisy, smelly (not to mention toxic) White Gas stove. Last time I checked, enjoying the wilderness was the reason I was there in the first place...
- By design, the O-ring in the lid is slightly loose and has been known to fall out when the lid is off the stove. I always carry an extra O-ring. Its only happened to me once in six years. Nothing that can't be remedied by simply paying attention to detail.
- Performance drops off markedly above 14,000 feet. This is not a mountaineering stove. However, it works very well for Grade V Big Wall climbing as a suspension system is easily fabricated for the windscreen.
The Trangia is superior in all but the most extreme cold or high altitude environments.