Trangia Billy with Lid and Bail
Historic Range: $22.49-$30.95
This is a big pot, so if you're solo-hiking or just going with one friend, it's probably not what you're looking for. Once you have 3 people and up though, it becomes indispensable.
It does take up a fair amount of space, but this is not an issue for me because it can be packed up with gear, you can put some delicate items in there wrapped in spare clothes, and with the lid on it should be about as safe as you can get. It's also a little heavy, almost half a kilo of aluminium. Those are the two negative aspects you should be aware of.
However the advantages are numerous, it's very well made, durable and resilient. It's untreated aluminium like with the basic Trangia gear, conducts heat very well but is light and easy to clean. The handle is really well designed with a raised curve on the apex so you can hang it from a chain or stick crossing a fireplace and it will stay stable. Even if you nestle it into the centre of a campfire the handle remains cool to the touch, so no risk of burnt fingers when you're handling it. (Although the handle on the pot lid does get a little hot).
It is truly cavernous, I purchased it because I was sick of preparing small lots of food in many small pots once there were more than 2 people cooking together. I used this pot last weekend. Setting up camp in the dark, in November, in rain, can be a little trying, especially on an empty stomach, but this time we set up a quick fire-hole, filled the pot with lake water, cut in a ton of vegetables and beef and a can of Guinness and by the time the tents were up we had a delicious stew to wrap ourselves around.
Considering the low price, it really is an excellent bargain.
Price Paid: €15