User Review: Trangia Mini Trangia
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $26
This stove is compact, lightweight, and very packable. It is solidly built and very durable, made for back country use and years of dependable service. Its simple design with no moving parts ensures no maintenance ever needed. It does what it is intended to do, cook my food while out on the trail.
- Solid construction and durable
- No maintenance required
- Very quiet
- Ecologically sound
- Slow cooker
I have been using my Mini Trangia for a couple of years now. I do have other stoves and burners I can use that are operated with white gas or propane canisters, however I prefer the ecologically sound use of an alcohol stove. It is a quiet, non disruptive method of cooking while in the outdoors. There are no canisters to dispose of, and if the fuel spills it simply evaporates without harm to the environment.
I use it mostly for boiling water for dehydrated foods and beverages, but have used it to fry eggs and spam too. It works very well. Boil times vary form 6 to 10 minutes depending on the weather and temperature of the water so its not the fastest way of cooking on the trail, but the extra few moments are worth the peace, relaxation, and ecological benefits using this stove brings. You can simmer with it by using the simmer control ring supplied with the stove. You ignite the stove with a match, a lighter, or a simple spark from a ferrocerium rod.
I have used this stove in many different weather conditions with success, in both cold and warm temperatures, in snowy and rainy conditions, and in altitudes up to 10,000 feet. Sure some of these varying conditions do affect the performance of the stove, but it still works. I should add that the use of a windscreen should be considered in most instances as it does seem to be affected in winds over 5 mph.
I carry this stove not only for hiking, I also throw it in my day pack and carry it with me everyday. It is lightweight, compact, and very packable. Because I am on the road everyday I take along with it some water, coffee and a Mountain House meal. I never know from day to day whether I will be close enough to a restaurant to grab a warm meal, so this little stove has been a Godsend and has saved me allot of money in dining expenses.