The origin of the Trangia stormproof stove dates back to 1925 in the European country of Sweden. To this day Trangia products are designed and manufactured in Sweden and are one of the key leaders in their particular niche at the international level. Today’s backpackers, whom are equipped with a Trangia cook set, are often ambassadors for what Trangia has designed. These reliable stoves provide backpackers with an optimal cooking experience while in the outdoors. The slick, lightweight design of the Trangia cook sets are friendly for any backpacker looking to save space and weight in their backpacks. This article will take a dive into the features and functionality of the Trangia cook set and what it has to offer.
Trangia Features & Functionality
I purchased my first Trangia set after a trusted recommendation from a former professor of mine in university. The lightweight, reliable features of the Trangia set is a valuable asset for any backpacker and I can surely attest to that. The Trangia sets range anywhere from 845 to 1085 grams (1.85-2.40 lbs or 0.845-1.09 kg) depending on the series of Trangia stoves you decide to choose. Regardless of choice, the Trangia sets are lightweight and take up limited space inside of a backpack.
The Trangia has three exclusive cook stove series that carry similar features but differ in size of frypans and pots. This allows for all needs to be met whether its helping solo travelers or those who backpack in groups. Trangia’s 25-series is a great choice for group travelers. The pan and pot sizes are suitable in serving 3 to 4 people. Trangia’s 27-series is exceptional and plenty for backpackers who trek 1 to 2 persons while the Mini series is convenient for anyone out on their own solo adventure.
All Trangia cook sets consist of two saucepans, a fry pan, a stormproof upper and lower windshield, the spirit burner, a grip for the pan/pots and a strap that keeps all items in one while on foot. The biggest saucepan of the 25-series holds 1.75 liters while the smaller of the two holds 1.5 liters. Trangia’s saucepans within the 27-series both hold 1.0 liter each while the Mini-series’ saucepan holds 0.8 liters.
Trangia’s saucepans are made with highly durable material and carry many beneficial features within themselves. Trangia has three different options in material. Saucepans and frypans are manufactured with ultralight aluminum, hard anodized ultralight aluminum or aluminum with a non-stick coating. The ultralight aluminum hold 50% stronger than regular aluminum and have a high thermal conductivity compared to the two others. Hard anodized ultralight aluminum is typically easier to clean than ultralight aluminum and has a scratch-resistant surface. The aluminum with non-stick coating is painless to clean but has a much more delicate surface. I recommend that you use only plastic utensils when cooking with this option.
The Trangia design is made up of a two-part windshield system that helps protect the flame of the burner from all sorts of weather conditions. The burner is set within the confines of the lower windshield while the frypan or cooking pot sits on four supports of the upper windshield. I highly recommend that the ventilation holes of the lower windshield are pointed in to face the wind. This allows for an increase in oxygen supply to the main burner. Strong winds often interfere with the increase of oxygen supply so, if weather isn’t cooperating, turn the stove away from the incoming wind to maintain the flame of the burner. While backpacking in Iceland last July, my partner and I woke up to what we like to call “Disaster Day”. Hurricane-like winds made it nearly impossible to set up and prepare breakfast with the Trangia that morning. I couldn’t even get the fuel to catch a spark. Situations like these are out of the ordinary but can definitely occur from time to time. I recommend finding a protected spot that will block the wind from interfering with your ability to cook, if at all possible.
Trangia’s spirit burners are included within any basic Trangia set and are the foundation of creating heat to cook and prepare food. These burners are fueled with alcohol based solutions. I use methyl hydrate, a substance commonly used in paint thinners, to supply my flame with life. A couple strikes from a flint stick will generally light the fuel inside of the burner. The burner can typically boil a 1.0 liter pot of water in under ten minutes depending on weather conditions and the type of fuel you decide to use. One 3/4 full burner full of methyl hydrate will burn for 25 minutes, on average. I have been told in the past that if you add a slight amount of water (about 10% of the overall volume of the burner) to the methyl hydrate mixture that the flame will typically burn for much longer.
The cap of the burner can be adjusted to have an open flame or a closed position to help simmer the flame and save on fuel.
Personally, I own the 25-series Trangia set of ultralight aluminum saucepans and frypans. Overall, the features and functionality of the entire Trangia series is the reason I do not believe I will ever choose another stove to use while backpacking. The cooking experience I receive from using this set makes backpacking more efficient and enjoyable especially when its time to eat. Often times, I set-up the Trangia while on trail to brew up a quick pot of coffee or tea to help myself warm up in colder weather.
Trangia also has additional accessories available to help boost your overall backpacking experience. Some of the Trangia bundles are equipped with a kettle for boiling water and serving coffee, tea or any other warm beverages.
Fuel bottles are also available in various sizes to serve as a means to carry fuel. When I recently backpacked Iceland I had supplied two 1.0 liter fuel bottles for my 5-day, 80 kilometre (50 mile) trek. This proved to be plenty for my partner and I to boil water two to three times a day for dehydrated food packs, coffee, etc.
Additional frypans and saucepans are available, as well. A saucepan with a lid and bail would be a great addition to the gear list especially if boiling water and carrying it site to site is of interest.
A gas burner, rather than a spirit burner, Is provided in addition by Trangia and is easily connected to any Trangia windshield other than the Mini-series. If you prefer a gas burner over a burner that utilizes alcohol-based fuel than this might be of significance to you.
Taking Care of Your Trangia
Trangia provides a list of suggestions or recommendations to help care for your cooking set. Here is a brief and altered list of the best tips of taking care of your Trangia set:
- Hand-washing all Trangia components is advised. Do not wash in dishwasher.
- Do not leave food to dry and stick, clean saucepans/frypans after eating.
- Dry out all components of the Trangia before reassembling or packing up.
- Empty saucepans/frypans left on the support with a burner still engaged could lead to melting of the pans.
- If looking to refill the burner, make sure it has had time to cool off before doing so.
- Unused fuel left in burner and stored away may leak into your backpack.
- Refrain from leaving your stove unattended in the case of strong gusts of wind displacing it.
Final Thoughts on the Trangia Cook Set
Like mentioned before, the Trangia is a piece of equipment that I will not be leaving behind for any future backpacking adventures anytime soon. It’s ease and functionality make cooking in the wild smooth and simple. Most Trangia sets, depending on the specific series and material you are looking, range in price from $60.00 to $140.00 USD on Amazon. For that price, I truly believe that is a steal for such an exceptional and vital piece of backpacking gear.
4.8/5 stars in my books!