In a continued effort to lighten my load and make backpacking more enjoyable and comfortable, I decided to give the Trangia Spirt Burner / Alcohol Stove a try. For the last few years I have used my Solo Stove when backpacking or camping, and although it has served it’s purpose, I often found myself exhausted after the end of a long day and not wanting to cook with it. It’s use began to feel more like a chore and I wanted to explore options that would be easier to use.
Before we begin, I’ll be reviewing only the stove itself. It’s used in combination with several items that create my full cook-kit, including a Toaks 700ml titanium pot, Evernew titanium pot stand and a Toaks titanium foil windscreen. Combined, everything fits nicely within my Toaks pot. My entire camp kitchen will be reviewed as a combined product with details on each item in a later post/review.
What I like about the Trangia stove
At just $15, the cost of the stove is certainly an attractive selling point. The stove, in the form it arrives in, can be used as is, without the need of additional hardware like pot-stands or windscreens. Though it may not be quite as efficient as it would be with these items, you can certainly use rocks or tent-stakes to keep your pot above the flame if needed.
At just 3.5oz, it’s certainly a lightweight stove and if you’re doing an overnighter or two, you can easily store the fuel you want to use inside the stove itself. You see, it comes with a twist on cap with a rubber seal O-Ring to prevent leakage of unused fuel between burns. Just make sure you let the stove cool off before applying the lid, so that you don’t destroy the seal.
Although you can use the stove as it comes, another feature I like, is just how versatile it is. I purchased a titanium pot stand for it so I wouldn’t have to use tent stakes. Either would work. I could have chosen several different pot-stands, from different companies, in different heights. I didn’t have to use just one particular kind. Adding a titanium windscreen only increases the efficiency of the burn, ensuring that the heat created from the flame isn’t wicked away in a breeze and is directed upward, towards your pot of water. You burn less fuel by burning more efficient. Win-win.
What I DON’T like about the Trangia stove
Having to buy additional items to get the most efficiency out of the stove is something not everyone will want to do. Though the added items, combined with the stove itself, still cost less than some alternatives it’s certainly not the cheapest setup once you add in other gear.
Also, I’d like to see an official Trangia made titanium stove. There are a couple titanium alcohol stoves but all lack the feature of a sealed, twist on cap for storing leftover and un-burned fuel, which I believe is a big selling point of the original Trangia stove. Although I could save 3oz off my packweight by buying a knock-off Trangia in titanium, it lacks this great feature.
I’d totally recommend this stove, so long as you also purchased a windscreen and proper potstand for it. I’ve used mine dozens of times indoors, in my house, just to get a feel for it, and I recommend that you do the same. This will help you better measure your fuel needs and just how much you require to boil the amount of water you need boiled. Denatured Alcohol fuel can be found easily at most Wal-Mart or Lowes or Home Depot style stores, and in a pinch, you can burnalcohol or even liquid “HEET” as sold at many gas stations, as a gas line anti-freeze additive.
But hey, don’t take my word for it. Make sure you do plenty of research before buying any sort of stove of critical piece of backpacking gear. There is a ton of information comparing different alcohol stoves, alcohol stoves vs gas stoves vs wood stoves, etc all online. Proper research will ensure that you select the stove that will leave you happiest.