User Review: Trangia 27-7 UL/HA
Source: received it as a personal gift
Easy to use foolproof stove for summer use.
- Completely foolproof
- Easy to use
- Wind resistant
- Poor in winter
- Slower than gas or petrol
- Flame adjustment somewhat iffy
I have been using Trangias in the Finnish scouts since 1997. I have had my own since around 2005. In total I have cooked around half a years worth of meals on one.
The Trangia consept is very simple. Place an ethanol burner in the middle of a windproof pot and a potfull of water on top of that. Due to the simplicity there is not a lot that can go wrong. The flame is adjusted with a seperate aperture placed over the burner. The size of the hole can be adjusted and the aperture can be removed for more heat. The whole thing packs inside itself into a fairly small package.
The good features are the simplicity of use. The completely foolproof design and the failry good adjustability of the flame. Also the design lets it work in very high winds.
The downsides turn up after longer or more extreme use. While the aperture can be opened or closed to get atomic level flame control, there is a large gap in flame intesity between aperture on and aperture off. Unfortunately the level of flame needed to fry pancakes is in this gap. Secondly ethanol does not evaporate well in cold conditions. When using one of these in -19 we had to place candles under the burners to get the ethanol to eveporate enough to light it.
In short, an excellent stove for warm conditions, but for cold conditions a petrol stove would be better.