Setting The Stage…

I have a lot of stoves, to the point of addiction. I just like a well thought out piece of camping gear so my closets are full of outdoor gear that was used then replaced with the latest trends. As a gear junkie I have perfected the excuses as to why I “need” that new camping item. So when it came time to plan our bikepacking lifestyle, it was easy to justify a new stove.

Our current stove would work well enough if we planned on eating like we do on distance backpacking. It is compact, weighs only 14 ounces for the entire kit with fuel, and also can burn wood. While many may be capable of producing gourmet meals from a denatured alcohol stove without flame control, I can not. My mind was made up to find a stove that is capable of much more than just boiling water.

In the early 80’s my backpack was stolen. In it was a Trangia stove that I really liked but replaced it with Optimus 111 Hiker. I never really thought much more about that Trangia stove until recently. Turns out it made more of an impression on me than I took the time to realize.

Our Criteria

A list of features we were looking for.

  • Multiple fuel versatility.
  • Flame control.
  • Durable enough for many years of use.
  • Capable of cooking fresh food conveniently.
  • Packable.
  • Easy to clean.
  • To be impressed and happy every time we use it.

Why We Chose The Trangia 27-3 UL/HA

This was a tough decision between the Esbit and Trangia. Both offer great products and my final choice was based on the experience I have had with Trangia in the past. I also like the fact that the pots fit inside the windscreen with the Trangia, instead of using a heat exchanger bonded to the bottom of the Esbit pot.

  • Uses denatured alcohol.
  • Can be fitted to use any fuel type.
  • Functional cookware:
    • Heats evenly
    • Cleans easily
    • Skillet actually works.
    • Bowls can work as double boiler.
  • Packable.
  • I like using it.

Meeting My Positives…

Here is a list of where this product fit our needs.

  • Can be set up to use multiple fuels beyond alcohol or mineral spirits.
  • Easy to clean.
  • It is packable. Everything puzzles together nicely.
  • Hard anodized aluminum heats evenly.
  • Durable, time tested design.
  • Has flame control.
  • Is a pleasure to use.

Meeting My Negatives…

Here is a list of where this product could could either be improved upon, didn’t meet our expectations, or is a little voice in my head that I think about when using it.

  • Multi-Fuel accessory is ridiculously expensive.
  • Not much can be done about it, but it is bulky.
  • I want to say heavy but that wouldn’t be fair because the comparison is based on lighter stoves not in the same class as the Trangia 27-3 HA. It is heavier than the Esbit however.
  • Surprised to discover how difficult it was finding denatured alcohol or mineral spirits.

Trangia 27-3 HA Cookset Specifications

Features: 2 Sauce Pans, 1 Nonstick Coated Frypan, HA Upper & Lower Windshield, 1 Spirit Burner.

Material: Hard Anodized Ultralight Weight Aluminum

Sauce Pans: 1.0 L (Graded & Un-Graded)

Spirit Burner Fuel: U.S. Denatured Alcohol & Ethyl Alcohol

Fuel Consumption: Effected by many variables, however, the general rule is 1.0L a week for 2 people. (5 days for us).

Dimensions: ø185 mm x H100 mm

Weight: 25.6 oz (725 g)

Extras Purchased For The Kit:

  • Trangia 27 Kettle
    • Material: Aluminum
    • Capacity: 0.6 Liter
    • Weight: 4.9 oz (140 g)
    • Size: ø134 mm x H67 mm
    • Feature: Fits inside 27 series Sauce Pan.
  • Trangia 27 Multi-Disc
    • Material: Polyamide
    • Weight: 2.6 oz (74 g)
    • Size: ø180 mm
    • Feature: Can be used as a lid, colander, cutting board, and base for use in snow.
  • Trangia 0.5 L Fuel Bottle with Safety Nozzle
    • Material: Not Sure, it may be Polyamide.
    • Capacity: 0.5 Liter
    • Weight: 4 oz (115 g)
    • Size: ø65 mm x H235 mm (H9.25 in)
    • Function: Safely stores and dispenses denatured alcohol and mineral spirits.
  • Trangia 1.0 L Fuel Bottle with Safety Nozzle
    • Material: Not sure, it may be Polyamide.
    • Capacity: 1.0 Liter
    • Weight: 5.6 oz (160 g)
    • Size: ø80 mm x H290 mm (H11.4 in)
    • Function: Safely stores and dispenses denatured alcohol and mineral spirits.

Photos Of The Trangia In Action…

Final Thoughts…

My search took over a year while weighing the pros and cons of countless stoves on the market and in my closets. In the end a Trangia 27-3 HA found its way to my doorstep.

We first used it on our ride down the Oregon Coast to the Redwoods and this stove is nothing short of amazing! The ease at which it cooked fresh vegetables and seafood as we would at home was a welcome change from just boiling water to rehydrate a pouch of cleverly named packages.

I thought the Trangia Kettle wouldn’t be necessary and in the grand scheme of things thats true. However, the convenience of being able to heat water and have use of the sauce pans is something I enjoy.

There are lighter alternatives besides the Trangia Fuel Bottle to transport fuel but the safety nozzle works so well at filling the stove without spillage that I am glad to have them. One word of caution is that before you tip the bottle to fill the stove, press the valve first to release any pressure that has built up. I found this out the hard way and was sprayed by fuel. Happens only once and you learn how to properly use the nozzle.

The one point I can make about using the Trangia cookset is that camp feels much more like a home than a hotel room. For us, the Trangia stove has been everything we hoped for.


A Little About Trangia…

From Sweden, Trangia has been around since 1925, founded by John E. Jonsson. The basic concepts of the design have changed very little over the years, which is a testament of the ingenuity that the Jonsson family has put into this cook system. The first backpacker stove was produced in 1951.

The name Trangia is merged from the town of Trång and “ia” for “IAluminum”. Thus the name Trangia is formed.

Their website english can be found here.

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Longway is the trail name for Tim Todd and is quite fitting due to the fact that every aspect of his life consist of taking the longest route and time to arrive. For Longway the journey is the destination.

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