Cameron, I read many reviews while researching my commercial alcohol stove purchases, and I ended up buying a Trangia and a Brasslite. I wanted to see how they compared to my pepsi and cat stoves. The Triad XE was reported to be weak and inefficient. Each stove has its proponents, and admittedly, I don't own the Triad.
A few comments on both:
The Trangia is the one I reach for first if Im cooking with alcohol. For a day hike I top it off, screw on the lid, and toss it in my pack (with the pot holder). It has a large capacity, the pot holder is wide and stable(accessory), and it can carry the fuel inside its body for single meals. For a lighter weight option, the lid and snuffer can be left at home if you carry a fuel bottle.
Additionally, it is a nice, heirloom quality brass instrument which will last longer than I do.
The Braslite has a convenient built in pot holder, but because that is a screen, it requires a separate wind screen. Also, it can not seal to carry fuel. Quality of construction is very poor; surfaces which should be flat are warped, the welds are sloppy, and the simmer ring is paper thin brass which will eventually fail due to metal fatigue. Ligher and weaker than the Trangia. Not something Id like to hand as a gift; looks really 'hobo'. Good thing is you can toss a burning esbit in there instead of alcohol. Honestly, a super cat with some gutter mesh attached with a pipe clamp would probably be just as good (just an untested theory, although my super cat boils as quickly as my Braslite).
Hope this helps.
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