Gear reviews, Stoves » Trangia Stoves Mini Trangia
Fuel: rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol, grain alcohol
Cost: $30 approx.
There are many variations of the Trangia alcohol stove but this is the smallest and lightest by far. It’s also the most limited offering, aimed specifically at adventure racers according to Trangia.
Even though I own a perfectly functional MSR WhisperLite I chose to buy a Trangia Mini for my bikepacking trips. The simplicity, lack of moving/small parts, and wide availability of fuel seemed ideal. The preferred fuel for many is HEET brand fuel line anti-freeze, which is just a fancy name for denatured alcohol. It’s widely available at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, grocery stores, and gas stations. One can also use rubbing/isopropyl alcohol or grain alcohol.
There isn’t too much to say about the working of the stove. You fill it with fuel, light a match, and it’s on. It’s so simple I really would consider this a great starter stove for younger campers. When you are done cooking simply cover the flame with the simmer lid and it’s off. The remaining fuel is stored in the stove with the o-ring equipped cap.
Some cons or things you should know. This is clearly a one person stove with main pot just big enough for two packs of ramen noodles. The frying pan is small as well, but you certainly could fit a veggie burger, meat, or some chopped veggies. The pot stand isn’t super stable, but with a level surface you’ll be fine. The pot handle works well and I was able to safely lift pots of boiling water, but some might find it flimsy.
My favorite part about this stove is morning use. Wake up, remove lid, light match….a few minutes later you have coffee and oatmeal. No pumping, no priming, no fuel smell.
Every Trangia kit is based on the same stove so find the kit you like and I don’t think you will be dissappointed.
Trangia web site – http://www.trangia.se/english