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Which Trangia?

Discussion in 'Touring and Expedition' started by scraynes, 5 Dec 2010.

  1. scraynes

    scraynes Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Jersey
    I've finally decided that the tragia stove is the way to go. Only downside seems to be cooking time, but with good planning that can be solved. It’s flexible, simple and easy to get hold of fuel seem to make it the right choice.

    The next issue is which one to get?

    I've decided that for the extra weight I'm better of getting the 25 series - again little extra weight for the increase flexibility. I can use is solo or for me and my little boy in years to come when the smaller one will be too small.

    I've also decided not to get the kettle. I can always get one at a later date - and for boiling water it's just as easy to use one of the pots with the frying pan lid to speed things up.

    So I'm left trying to decide which material to get. The basic aluminium, hard anodized or the non-stick.

    I think the non-stick will be too easy to scratch and so won't be very durable and that the basic alu will stick more easily as well as look sooty very easily.

    What are the advantages of hard anodized? Slight amount of non-stick? more durable? better at hiding the soot?

    I'm thinking the HA is the better option - which leaves me deciding between the 25-1 HA or the 25-7 HA. The difference being that the wind shield are made of hard anodized as well as the pots and pan.

    I know lots of you out there have Trangia's - so just wondering if you've got any real world experience which would help me with my decision.

    Many thanks
  2. vernon

    vernon Guru

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
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    The final choice is down to you. We all have personal opinions about which is best. You've done all of your homework. I don't think that you need to worry about durability. My thirty year old kettleless 25 series is still going strong. I think the only choice then was kettle or no kettle.
  3. andym

    andym Senior Member

    Hard anodising if done properly should be very durable - I have hard anodised pots at home that I've taken a metal scourer to without problem (but be sure it is hard anodised before you test this out!). Possibly less sticking. Soot cleans off pretty easily.
  4. roundisland

    roundisland Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    I have a 2 person non stick trangia and have used it many of times over the last few years and find it works really well. I found a second hand trangia kettle on ebay recently for a few pounds.
  5. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn Don't follow me, I'm lost too Staff Member

    just sold some of my trangia kits (3 of them) to get the ultra light weight version - make sure what you buy on that front is the newer UL version of whatever you get - (incidentally boiling times for water are quicker in the kettle and we eat out of the pans directly so the kettle means we can boil water whilst we eat). Some of the 'offers' are clearing out old non-UL models and there is a surprising difference in weight.

    I considered the HA version but in the end stuck with the standard UL version. One tip you can do if it is really an issue for the potd going black is to put a little washin gup liquid on the underneath of the pot BEFORE cooking and apparently it stops the black soot or makes it easier to get off - just wipe over grass etc immediately after cooking. We had a non-stick one and got rid of it, we personnally did not like it. No experience of the HA version. We personally use the 27 version for 2 people (it is close on size but not too much of an issue)

    I would recommend (and again this is from personal experience of about 25 years using trangia), to get the gas converter kit when you buy the trangia - it is possible and much cheaper than buying it separately. It makes life easier especially if you plan to use the trangia in cold weather (meths won't light in very cold weather, winter gas will (though after 1 week of -15C a couple of years ago and no warming evening my gas stopped burning warm enough to get food luck warm)). Gas is also easier and the trangia will still have a meths burner with it so you have both options. It is just significantly cheaper to buy it at the same time as part of one of the kits.

    The gas is a cartridge gas which is resealable and comes in numeruos variations (summer, winter which are different combinations of different gases), you can also get an adaptor for single use cartidges (France) that allow it to be used with the trangia - costs under a tenner.

    One other tip, is never leave meths in your meths burner - they leak and once you have spoilt your only meal, you won't make the same mistake - meths is awful and it takes a full container of water brought to the boil for 10 mins or so and then diposed of before the taste off the pots is gone. You have 3 options, 1 burn off the excess meths (you will learn to judge it with time), 2 decant it back into a better container AFTER it has cooled completely, 3 - once cooled completely, store the burner in another water tight bag and keep it away from anything that can spoil if covered in meths - eating implements, food etc.
  6. ComedyPilot

    ComedyPilot Secret Lemonade Drinker

    And don't forget the 4th option, drink it, or sell it to tramps.......:thumbsup:
  7. willem

    willem Senior Member

    The teflon non stick is heavier and more fragile than hard anodized, but works better. Hard anodized is rather more expensive, however. My personal preference is to have the frying pan in teflon and the rest in hard anodized. Weight weenies can gain another 40 grams with a hard anodized frying pan, plus much better durability. However, replacement Trangia teflon frying pans can be bought separately, and are pretty cheap.
    Willem
  8. andrew_s

    andrew_s Über Member

    Location:
    Gloucester
    If you use gas in cold weather, it is best to run the stove with the canister upside down (once you've got the stove running, and provided the stove has a preheat loop, which the Trangia gas burner does).
    Using the canister upright means that you are using the gas that's boiling off the top of the liquid gas in the canister. The problems with this are that the liquid gas gets cooled, and that more of the propane part of the gas mix is burnt than the butane part. The end result is that by half way through the canister there isn't enough propane left in the mix to give any sort of performance at the burner. The boiling point of butane is about 0°C, and below that you'll be doing well to use a half used canister at all.
    If the canister is upside down, liquid gas is pushed out of the canister and turns to gas at the preheat loop. There is no evaporative cooling and no preferential burning of propane, and hence performance remains good right to the end of the canister. A drawback is that flame adjustment is somewhat delayed action.
  9. Ticktockmy

    Ticktockmy Über Member

    I think there should be a sticky regarding Trangia,s as this comes up time after time after time, and there enough Trangia Compertent peeps on this forum to create one..
  10. scraynes

    scraynes Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Jersey
    Right I've placed and order and it's on the way.

    In the end i decided that the 27 should be large enough for 2 basically. Decided to get the Hard Anodised one. If you look at their website, you'll see that they do models where all the windsheald are hard anodised as well, but they aren't for the uk market - just Europe. I think they look better, but performance isn't any different.

    I didn't get the kettle, because I had it in my mind that i can boil water in the pot and use the free space for cooking assortments. I have to say that i now think that a kettle might be a good idea if 1-it's quicker to boil and 2-I can boil water by sitting it on top of a pan.

    In the end I didn't have a choice - I've ordered from our famous 'rainforest river' who didn't have the kit with kettle, but i can get it at a later date as a seperate item. The deal was too good to be true. Free delivery, ex Vat (I live in Jersey) and a promotion of a £10 voucher for spending over £50 on 'sport' items. I did find another very good deal from a 'simple walking' shop - but not quite as good.

    I also decided to get the trangia fuel bottle - I don't want fuel spills in my panniers - and decided on the 1 litre bottle as I don't have to fill it, but would be useful if I'm away for a couple of weeks.

    As soon as it arrives, I'l be investing in a plastic pot for the burner - thanks for that tip.

    Again thank you to you all for the replies - they've helped me make my decision.
  11. willem

    willem Senior Member

  12. scraynes

    scraynes Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Jersey
    Thanks for that Willem,

    I'd found that one on one of your previous threads.
  13. andym

    andym Senior Member

    BikeBuddy is a nice bit of kit, But you could use some shockcord to secure it and stop it rattling around,
  14. willem

    willem Senior Member

    The Trangia bottle in my Bikebuddy (or the stainless thermos in another) does not rattle at all (unless I misunderstood Andym). One of the reasons I use the Bikebuddy is that it is the most secure way to have a bottle hanging underneath the downtube (ordinary bottle cages are not quite secure hanging underneath that tube).
    Willem
  15. zacklaws

    zacklaws Über Member

    Location:
    Beverley
    Good choice, its the model that I use, but its not the fact that its too small for cooking for two as I sometimes struggle to cook a meal for one, its what you cook, if your boiling spuds, stews, soups etc, theres no problem, its if any of the meals require stirring a lot like a stir fry, there's not much room for manoeuvre in the small pans for moving stuff around it, hence you cannot fill the pans so deep, otherwise food is always getting knocked over the edge of the pan.

    But I bought the corresponding billy can for the 27, and its the only pan that I use its that good, and big enough for stirfries and probably large enough to cook a small meal for 4 in. Also when packed away, all the components fit inside the billy.
  16. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    My thoughts on the Trangia:

    I have the HA 27 with kettle and use it on cycle tours with my g/f. It is large enough to cook enough rice or pasta for 2 in one pan and the veg/sauce etc in the other. Having the kettle is well worth it IMHO.

    The HA works well but has scratched a bit, though I prefer this to what would ultimately become flaky non-stick.

    I found a circular plastic food container with a seal and locking tabs that the burner fits in perfectly and keeps the meths where it should be.

    I add 10% water to the meths and this seems to minimise soot.

    I have the Trangia 500ml bottle, works well and reduces worries about leaks or refilling the burner safely. 500ml was just about enough for our last 12 day tour, cooking dinner every other day, plus hot drinks at breakfast.

    I bought the Multidisc, serves a useful function as strainer, lid and cutting board.
  17. Gotte

    Gotte Active Member

    Location:
    Stockport UK
    I know it's a bit late now, but I just got this:

    http://www.clasohlson.co.uk/Product/Product.aspx?id=156003397

    Excellent item. Lighter than the Trangia 27, and boils 2 cups of water for me in 6 minutes, rather than the 10 it takes with my trangia 25. It's a touch smaller that the Trangia 27, though the frying pan/plate does protrude a bit, increasing its bulk.
    Only downside is there's no simmer ring, but if you use the pot holder to take the windsheild off, or are pretty adept at dropping the cap (upside down to stop it burning the seal), then this isn't really a problem.