« on: October 10, 2016, 06:10:16 PM »
Being very happy with our larger trangia alcohol stove set we recently purchased a trangia mini for friends. It is a simple stove that includes the regular size trangia burner, simmer ring, an aluminium 0.8 litre pot and a small coated frying pan/lid. It also includes a stand into which the burner fits and a pot grabber. We also supplied some UCO waterproof matches for emergency fire starting.
The stand is also the support for the pot as shown in the photos. It does give some wind protection however I have read in reviews that it is not sufficient if there is much of a breeze.
In addition to the stove I built a wind screen with some aluminium flashing and set it up with two stainless rods that go through it to hold the pot about 1 in. above the top of the burner.
So far our friends have used the set up to boil water for tea and fry an egg. They made a thick layer out of crushed aluminium foil to act as a reflector and protect the surface under the burner. They have used the burner and stand along with the aluminium flashing wind screen together and it seems to work although I doubt that the burner height is optimal with the thick aluminium foil underneath. Also I wonder if the stove is getting enough air with the two screens/stands in place.
I have suggested that they experiment with it and get familiar with it at home before planning to use it "in the great wilds". They will likely carry it in their vehicle as an emergency kit.
I am quite impressed with this setup although it is heavy by back packing standards. For day hikes or bikes it would be quite decent although I would be inclined to use my lighter home build setup to reduce the weight carried.