User Review: Trangia Spirit Stove
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $17
Although the Trangia Spirit Stove is heavier than the traditional pop can stove, it is far more versatile and the user is able to conserve every drop of fuel being carried.
- Heavy-duty (nearly indestructable)
- Simmer ring allows for more versatile cooking
- Lid allows unburned fuel to be stored in the stove
- Maintenance free
- Heavy (compared to pop can stoves)
The Trangia Spirit Stove takes the alcohol stove to the next level. At 4.2oz, it's heavier than a simple Pepsi-can stove. However, the durability and versatility of this stove surpass anything you'll get out of a pop-can stove.
In terms of quality, this stove is meant to last for years without any problems. It's maintenance free--as long as you don't put the lid on when the stove is still hot (you'll ruin the O-ring). I have known guys who have been cooking on the same stove for more than a decade.
One complaint of alcohol stoves is the inability to control the heat. Trangia addresses that complaint with the simmer ring (included). The simmer ring allows you to control the intensity of the flame, and put it out completely, when you are done cooking.
The lid addresses another draw back of alcohol stoves. With the lid, I don't have to measure out every drop of fuel. I can fill the stove up, cook what I need, and then (after the stove cools down) screw the sealed lid to the top. Any unspent fuel is ready to be used the next time. There's no need to worry about wasted fuel.
The Trailspace pic shows a pot stand with the stove. I haven't seen it sold with that set up for awhile. You can buy some add on's—pot stand and windscreen. I was able to construct my own for $2, using some aluminum flashing and 3 old bicycle spokes (use stainless steel, not aluminum spokes!).
The entire setup—stove, windscreen, stand, nestles nicely into my cooking pot.
This stove is definitely worth the money! I'm currently seeing it sold for around $11 on some sites. If you've been interested in trying an alcohol stove, then I recommend starting going with this one.
Picture: My Spirit Stove, with homemade wind screen/pot stand.