Reviews

2

This stove system cooks anything nicely. It is easy…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50, in the bargain bin!

Summary

This stove system cooks anything nicely. It is easy to do real cooking with fresh, healthy ingredients.

Pros

  • Built-in windscreen
  • Stable, your dinner won't take a dirt nap
  • Aluminum pots are a good size to cook in
  • The pots distribute the gentle alcohol heat well
  • The burner "never fails"

Cons

  • A little heavy to carry

I like this stove best for car camping. In it, you can make anything you can make in your kitchen at home. I have fried hamburgers and chicken, tacos, cooked vegetables, made rice w/o burning it, soups, etc. It is also ideal for pancakes. If you get the uncoated aluminum pans, you can even bake with it. I have baked homemade pizza many times with this burner and an uncoated, foil covered aluminum mess tin.

I have fueled the burner many times with yellow bottle HEET. Also, denatured ethanol from hardware stores works fine. E100 from an ethanol "gas" pump should work perfectly, also, and only cost a couple dollars per gallon!

This stove system is so good and so capable for preparing real meals, I am astonished it is not more popular in the US. The people who can sensibly avoid this stove are the boil 2 cups of water crowd. While this stove will easily perform this basic boiling task, other stoves will do that job for only a couple of ounces, instead of >2 lbs, which matters mainly to weight conscious backpackers.

The kettle is a good option for this stove system, and the pot gripper is almost mandatory. I warped and destroyed the green "Multi-disc" using it as a lid during cooking. I threw it away, and don't miss it. If I had porters, this is the stove I would use for every trip.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review of your Trangia, California14er! If you have some pictures of it in use, those would be great to see in your review too.


3 months ago
1

A great minimalist stove. I use this stove for bicycle…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

A great minimalist stove.

Pros

  • Small
  • Fuel doesn't stain
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Limited applications

I use this stove for bicycle camping.  Can't understand why anyone would drop big bucks on a complicated stove that uses bottled tanks that have to be carried out. You just have to remember what it is and what its limits are.  Be patient.  It works in any weather. 

Oh, and DON'T use isoproplyl alcohol. It makes a mess. Denatured alcohol or Heet gdas line antifreeze (in the yellow bottle) burns much cleaner.

1

This stove is quite simply bullet proof. They've been…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: £55

This stove is quite simply bullet proof. They've been areound for quite a few years now but you can always rely on them to heat whatever you need. It's not got the hottest flame but at least its fuel of meths is cheap. It's extremely easy to use and although it's heavier than some of the other stoves there is nothing in it to break. It is simplicity at its very best.

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These stoves have been around for along time, they…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $60 Aus

These stoves have been around for along time, they are bullet proof, simple as that. As long as you have fuel they will work. I have had mine in -40c and +40c it worked fine. At -40c it was slow but eventually I got hot coffee, feed etc.

Obviously gas and liquid stoves work faster and produce more heat but these have no moving parts nothing to break and they go on and on forever. With the gas adapters and solid fuel options they are one of the best all round options if you want reliability and let's face it not everyone is trying to cook a meal on the slopes of Everest.

Solid, reliable and you can pass them on to your grandchildren.

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