Being an extreme budget, wanna-be backpacker I’ll run through some of the gear I manage to pick up along the way.
So, first up is my new-to-me camp stove. We’ve had an ancient trangia set for years which has had a lot of use and is still going strong but I wanted something a bit more compact and lightweight just for me. On the ‘Outdoor Kit Exchange UK’ Facebook page I found a guy selling a Trangia Mini which is exactly as it says… a mini trangia!! For your money you get a standard trangia burner and screw on top, a seperate simmer top, aluminium saucepan (holds approx 0.8 litres), non-stick frying pan (which also doubles as a pan lid) and a pan handle. The whole thing weighs 330grams, not for the ultralight community but fine for the rest of us (!) So after a trial run here are my pro’s and con’s so far:
- Small and compact – packs together with the burner and holder inside the pan and frying pan (also the pan lid). Lid snaps shut nice and snug.
- Easy to use.
- More stable than a screw on gas stove.
- Cools down in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee, so can be packed away once you’ve finished.
- Has a simmer ring lid so the flame can be a bit more controlled if needed.
- Non- stick frying pan.
- Great lightweight pan handle which actually works, although it looks really flimsy!
- The pot and the lid / frying pan have handy little grooves on the bottom so they sit snug onto the stand or the top of the saucepan to make them safer and more stable.
- This uses a standard trangia burner and it maybe would have worked better with a slightly smaller version for this model to avoid flaring.
- Generally a bit slower to cook with than gas but I’m not in a hurry!
- It doesn’t like any wind!! This was an issue which has come up a lot on other reviews and I wasn’t quite sure what they meant until I tried it on a breezy fell! I had fortunately taken a folded piece of foil with me which helped fend of some of the wind, but without this the flame was blowing all over the place. This could be a huge issue if you had to use it in your tent doorway on a rainy, windy day!!
- Only really big enough for one person which is absolutely fine for solo trips but not quite up to any more.
Overall, you can’t go far wrong with Trangia’s and I like the compact size of this one but we need to find (or make) a decent windshield before I’d be really happy taking this away with me.