Trangia Stove Review

I looked for a long time before I purchased my Trangia stove.  My criteria were quite simple: I needed something that was quick to set up, easy to maintain, and simple to use since my brain isn’t always working after a long day of hiking.  Rather than a collection of different camp stoves, I wanted one stove to do it all.

After a lot of research (I was sick with bronchitis so I had to spend the time bound to the couch somehow), I chose the Trangia alcohol stove, 27 series.  The 27 series is slightly smaller than the 25 (go figure).  The entire package is small and light which makes it good for backpacking and has no moving parts that can break, get lost, or need to be replaced.  It comes with two nested pots and a pan that can be used as a lid.  The pots and pan sit on top of a frame that twists onto a wind screen.  I chose the anodized version for a non-stick surface but if I were going to buy a second set, I would get the stainless steel instead as I have put a few scratches in the finish when I’ve accidentally used metal utensils.  I’ve had mine for years and have used it for both backcountry and front country camping and it has never failed me.

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This stove uses methylated spirits as fuel.  The liquid is poured into the fuel cup and a simmering ring can be put on that to reduce the amount of flame.  With no compressed gas canisters, there are no problems with moving across the border between Canada and the United States (like I often do) or travelling on an airplane.  The fuel is inexpensive and can be purchased in any hardware store where it will be found either in the automotive or paint sections.  Simply pour some fuel into the cup and light it on fire.  It is hard to see the flames during the day so make it a habit to hold your hand over it to check for heat before you pick it up.  Make that mistake once and you’ll never so it again.  At least not until the next time.

The Trangia stove is fairly fast to to heat and I’ve brought a pot of water to a full boil in approximately five minutes in temperatures close to the freezing point.  I don’t use the simmering ring as most times I’m boiling water for a quick meal of ramen noodles or for coffee or hot chocolate.  I find that the ring is too hard to adjust once the flame is burning as the cup and ring both get extraordinarily hot.

The photos below are of my actual stove and how it looked after about seven years of use.


Trangia stove
The top section is both the lid for the stove as well as the pots and is used as a frying pan.
Rear: windshield Centre: nested pots Front: frying pan/lid, burner, detachable handle
Burner with simmering ring
Clockwise from left: simmering ring, fuel cup (burner), lid.
Assembled windscreen. Notice the difference between the left and right sides on the bottom portion for blocking the wind.
One of the pots in place.
Frying pan doubling as a lid for the pot.
Using the frying pan.

When cooking for one person, there is less of a concern about having multiple dishes ready at the same time.  In fact nine times out of ten, I’m making a one-pot meal.  This is not the stove that I would want to use if I were cooking for more than a couple of people but if that were the case, then I would want multiple stoves or cook the dish that takes the longest first and wrap it in a towel while I cook the second part.

One aspect that I don’t like is that you cannot tell how much fuel is left in the burner unless you lift up the pot and take a look to see if you’re running low.  I’ve done some dumb things but pouring a flammable liquid onto an open flame is really low on my list of things to do.  Unless I’m trying to get a bonfire going in which case, that’s to be expected.  On the flip side of that, if you have lots of fuel but you’re done cooking, you can smother the flame with the closed simmering ring, then screw on the lid once it’s cooled off.  A gasket inside the lid keeps it from leaking.

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Specs as I measured them:

Dimensions: approximately 7″ across and 4″ tall (or 18 cm x 10 cm)

Weight: 1 pound 10 oz (or 787 grams)




No moving parts

Easy to fuel



Too small for multiple dishes to finish at the same time

Finicky to adjust temperature

Unable to determine how much fuel is left

Have to let cup empty before adding more fuel

Tips for Use:

A relatively level surface is the best place to set it up.  A table is ideal but the ground will do as long as there isn’t a lot of grass or other vegetation near by since the stove does use an open flame.  Also, if you’re travelling with dogs, you’ll want to make sure they stay well away: both so they don’t knock it over but also so they don’t kick dirt into your food.

If it’s windy, you’ll want to make sure the solid portion of the windscreen is facing the wind.  That minimizes the risk of fire and also makes for a more efficient use of fuel and quicker cooking.

2 response to "Trangia Stove Review"

  1. By: Maureen Posted: March 26, 2018

    Great review. Looks like a super product and I love how it appears you’ve used it numerous times for a really good review. Will definitely look into it. Thx!

    • By: adventuredawgs Posted: March 26, 2018

      Thank you. It it a tough little stove but the simple design means that it stands up to wear and tear like a champ.

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