Please Note: We won't ship Trangia stoves to Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia or to reshipping houses domestically. We get at least one order per month for these things with stolen credit cards. Why this item? Why five at a time?
Customer writes: I bought the Trangia stove a while back, having been a lifelong MSR Whisperlite user. All I can say is: thank you, thank you, thank you for going through the hassle of importing these and promoting/selling them on your website. Elegance. Silence. Simplicity. An absolute pleasure to use. The jet-engine noise, blowtorch-like heat production, and the mechanical fussiness of the MSR will never be missed. On a recent bicycle tour in Colorado my traveling companion said she just liked watching me cook on my "new stove" because I "exude a childlike joy." It's as simple as this: the Trangia is the Platonic Ideal of a backpacking stove. It could not be improved upon. ---Jason M.
Up there is why Trangia the only stove we offer, and why we sell any stove at all.
Trangia stoves and cook-kits were developed more than 70 years ago, all the bugs were worked out 60 years ago, refinements were added 50 years ago, and and the design has been 96 percent static and percent perfect ever since. Trangia offers too many cookset variations all built around the same burner, base, and windscreen. We offer the ones that make the most sense and are the best value, with hard-anodized aluminum pots, plain aluminum pots supports and windscreen, and the same brass alcohol burner in all its cooksets. We're the only source for this combo in the states, and we have a limited supply. It was, frankly, a pain in the neck to get them, and we're well aware that not many bike riders have an interest in cooking sets. But IF you do, you can buy either of these blindly, and you'll have a killer set-up for the rest of your life.
Trangia's world-wide popularity far exceeds its fame in America, but that's mainly because American products tend to be rated on the Nascar Rating System, which, in the stove and cookpot world, values boiling speed above all else. But when it comes to ease of use, pleasantness of use, and even actual performance in howling weather, the Trangia is our favorite. It burns denatured alcohol, available anywhere, always cheap. It is as quiet as pure silence, so you can talk in normal tones around the stove. There's nothing scary, noisy, or explosive about it. There are zero moving parts. The ONLY part you'll EVER have to replace is the rubber O-ring in the burner lid, and a couple spares costs only four bucks and we have them. There's a simmer-lid, too. It's all there, and it's easy. There are no canisters to discard, and alcohol is not as flammable, dangerous, and smelly as white gas.
One burner full of alcohol (2 to 3 ounces) seems to be enough for a meal and a half. There are Trangia nuts on the internet who have the fuel-efficiency program down to a science, and some claim 9oz lasts them a week. That's either quite impressive or a stretch of the truth, but it is not unreasonable that one could refine one's technique with constant use, and stretch the fuel out even more than the intrepid hacks here at Rivendell Bicycle Works. Denatured alcohol burns cooler than white gas or propane, but you don't cook on max heat at home, and you needn't do that in the woods, either. We use this all the time for tea, soup, spaghetti, pancakes, and fishy soup-stew combos.
You can buy alcohol cheap by the gallon, and carry it with you either in a Trangia fuel can (if you want to buy into the whole Trangia system), or in small Nalgene bottles, available at REI and most camping stores. The pot support and windscreen work together to provide a rock-solid base and 99 percent protection from even 30 mph winds. Trangia makes a medium and a large set, with various combos of pot sizes and fry pans and finishes. We offer the smartest deluxo-combo available, with plain aluminum windscreen and pot support, hard-anodized aluminum pots, and a frying pan (which doubles as a top for the pots). You also get the stove itself and a pot-gripper.
Trangia stoves have proven themselves for seventy years all over the world, and are equally good in your back yard and in the high, snowy mountains. They are our stove of choice on our bike-camping trips, and if you can get past the relatively high price (they are made in Sweden, after all), you'll have the last camping stove you ever need to buy. This is one of those things that we have to offer, even if nobody buys it. It's really that good, and this incarnation--with the hard anodized cookpots--is the best one out there. When you price premium (hard anodized, for instance) cooksets plus stoves, maybe the high price isn't so bad after all. Not cheap by any means, but it is top quality and made in Sweden. Get the 27 (small) for one to two people. Get the 25 (bigger) for 3-4 people. Weights and capacities and prices: Small (27): Two 1-liter pots and a frying pan. 720g (1 lb 9.3 oz) Large (25): One each 1.5-liter and 1.75-liter pots and a fry pan. 865g (1lb 14.4oz) If you're intrigued but confused about how to actually use it, go to videojug.com and search: How to use a Trangia stove. Trangia's website. Our kits are the 25-7 UL/HA (large) and 27-7 UL/HA (small).