On September 14, 2012

New gear for South America! I just bought a new Trangia stove, the 27-3HA. The naming convention Trangia uses is odd. 27 stands for the size (they say up to 2 people). The 3 means this version has a non-stick fry pan, 2 hard anodized pots, and no kettle. Finally the HA stands for hard anodized (obviously).


Despite being recommended for 1 to 2 people, I feel the 1 liter pot sizes are rather small for even one person. They also make a single person stove that has a 0.8 liter pot, which is the same size as my normal camp bowl. Maybe I just eat a lot of food, but I’m having a hard time imagining cooking enough pasta for dinner in a 1 liter pot after a full day of biking.

Size comparison of a 1 L pot to a bowl

I also have the MSR WhisperLite International stove. There are multiple reasons why I am choosing to take the Trangia over the MSR. First is fuel. The WhisperLite will burn white gas, kerosene, and even unleaded gasoline. If anything is used besides white gas, the stove does not perform optimally (think soot, efficiency, etc.). The Trangia burns denatured alcohol which should be easier to find than white gas. The Trangia is also quieter (silent versus jet engine), lighter, smaller (especially when considering pots), easier to setup, has a simmer control, lower maintenance, less parts (big deal on a long trip), and has no pump. The only downside is the longer boiling time. Compared to the MSR Dragonfly, it takes about twice as long to boil (including stove setup time). This doesn’t worry me since I can start water boiling while setting up camp, checking my bike, stretching, writing postcards, and preparing for dinner. If I was planning on biking until late at night every day I would probably want a faster stove, but this is certainly not the case.

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