Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Testing the New Stove

The UPS guy dropped off my Trangia stove this late this afternoon. It wasn't long after that I headed to the back patio to test it out.

I poured one large water bottle worth of water in the pot and lit the stove.

Despite a gusty wind, the little stove managed to bring the water to a boil. It's time to go camping.


  1. Simple. Effective. My kind of hardware.

  2. I have the same one. You may want to build or purchase a windscreen. I made one out of aluminum, let me know if you want more info. Hope you get out camping, and have a great trip!

  3. Pondero-I've got to say, so far I'm impressed.

    Apertome-I'm going to buy some of that thin metal stuff they use for roofing and make a simple screen that I can roll up tight for transport.

    I'm also thinking about buying a flat plastic flask to carry extra fuel. How are you carrying your fuel? Are keeping the stove filled with the cap in place?

  4. We recently switched from a homemade alcohol stove to a trangia. I bought the trangia because I thought I could leave fuel in it. Turns out mine leaks with the lid on. I tightened the lid to see if that would fix the problem but in the morning when it was cold I could not remove the lid until I used a lighter to heat it up. We keep fuel in a nalgene bottle with warning labels all over it to discourage drinking.

  5. When you said you were looking for a stove I had the idea of a cumbersome, probably heavy, contraption in my head.
    I like this, its all contained into the pot and looks light. This is something worth picking up - Thanks for the idea!

  6. i have the backpacker and the Swedish army one (as well as there knive!) and there good...have fun!

  7. I keep fuel in my Trangia. Only leaked once when I didn't tighten the cap enough. Additional fuel I keep in a discarded pop bottle.

    Another option for a windscreen: I bought a replacement windscreen for a MSR Dragonfly. Works great. I always use a windscreen. The stove works more efficiently with one. The screen actually captures some of the escaping heat and allows the pot to heat faster, even when there is no wind.

  8. I've kept some fuel in it before with no leaks, but mostly, I bring fuel in a cheap plastic squeeze bottle.

    My windscreen is made from one of those "disposable" aluminum baking sheets. It's light, but not durable. But, I have been able to make 2 or 3 windscreens from one sheet. Curious how your roofing idea works out.

    I agree with Doug; I always use a wind screen, even if it's not windy.

  9. Great info guys. I think I'll avoid storing the stove while it's filled. I'll cut up an aluminum baking sheet or turkey roasting pan to make a temporary wind screen.

    PaddyAnne-I agree, the word stove conjures up images of something much larger.

  10. Trangias are wonderful stoves. I have two (lost one, ran out and bought a replacement...then guess what I found in the bottom of a stuff sack). You've made a great choice, they will last a lifetime.