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trangia mini

in Stoves - Alcohol

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ben wood
( benwood )

Locale:
flatlands of MO
trangia mini on 01/30/2009 10:41:50 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

great stove, comes with cookset which includes a stove with simmer ring, potstand/windscreen, pot, frypan/lid, and pot gripper. the whole thing weighs in at 11oz. and is quite tough. i have used in 15 deg with no problems. i like the way everything in the set works together and fits in the pot. it keeps everything simple.

the only reason i wouldn't give it a "5" is because of the weight. you could get away with a whitebox or similar and a titanium pot/cup for about 6-7 oz.

all in all i would recommend it.

Michael Reagan
( MichaelReagan )

Locale:
Southern California
Great solo system! on 03/03/2010 12:25:03 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I'm a fan of the Trangia 28 (the "Mini") despite a few minor drawbacks.

First, the good. The stove is the proven Trangia double-walled alcohol burner that has essentially been the benchmark "camp stove" in the UK, Western Europe, and Australia for decades. It is tough, easy to operate, virtually maintenance-free when used with the proper fuels, and offers a simmer-ring to control the heat output to a reasonable degree.

The pot is sized for solo use, and will cook a Ramen meal easily. The lid doubles as a small fry pan large enough to cook two eggs. The pot-lifter works well with both pot and pan.

The pot stand is very stable and holds both the pot and fry pan at the proper distance above the stove.

The whole thing stores inside the pot (with room for matches, a small sponge or towel, and a tiny bottle of soap if you like). The lid snaps firmly in place to hold it all together, making a compact package small enough to stow in your car's glovebox.

And now the bad (which is really not too bad). As mentioned above, the unit is rather heavier than the best ultralight alternatives. If gram-counting is your passion, this stove will feel like a brick. It is very durable however, and tossed in the toolbox of your truck, will bounce around for years until needed. It makes a great "just in case" piece of kit for this reason.

Also, the potstand is really just that: it holds the pot. Calling it a windscreen is optimistic at best. In any sort of wind you are going to need a separate screen or otherwise create a barrier with gear, lest the slightest breeze blow the flames in every direction.

All things considered, I love this little cookset and carry one in my truck. I don't generally use it for backpacking, but there's really no reason I couldn't.

Michael

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Big Daddy
( Warrior )
Nice Little Setup on 11/21/2013 23:16:31 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Ordered, and received this Trangia Mini a few days ago, and thought I'd do an unboxing and review of it. I've seen it designated the 28-T before, although the Trangia site just calls it a Mini. Doing this inside, as it's raining outside.

Specs:

0.8 liter aluminum sauce pan
15 cm, or 5.90551 inch non stick aluminum lid/fry pan
Spirit burner w/ simmer ring
"Windshield"
Handle

The box:

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Stacking instructions:

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Unboxed. Note the dimples in the lid, to enable it to snap to the lip on the sauce pan:

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Lid off. Has instructions included:

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Components separated:

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The handle will snap to the bowl, but it's not really necessary. It would get hot if you left it on:

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The bottom of the sauce pan is embossed, so it will sit on the windshield correctly:

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The lid is the same way, to sit on the sauce pan while boiling:

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Although not quite, we'll be testing boil time with 2 cups of cold tap water:

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Using denatured alcohol:

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I didn't measure the alcohol, but here's a shot of how much I put in:

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This is what 2 cups looks like in the sauce pan. I guess you could add a little more:

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Lit the burner, and waited for it to bloom:

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The time I put the water on the burner. Do not adjust your computer screen, my phone's screen has about had it:

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Waiting for boilage:

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Time it took for it to attain a rolling boil. A total of 9 minutes:

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Simmer ring snuffed the flame right out:

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Didn't seem to use too much:

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How it goes back together. The springiness of the handle holds it all in place, to where it doesn't rattle at all. Works well:

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Obviously, this was done indoors, so there was no wind involved. Notice on the specs, I put windshield in parentheses. It's more of just a stand. It's not gonna block too much wind. A wind screen would be necessary. I had read before of the expected boil time to be 10-13 minutes, so 9 was a reasonable result indoors.

Do I like it? Yes I do, and am looking forward to getting out and using it. I think it was worth the $29.95 shipped I paid for it.

Thanks for looking.

Edited by Warrior on 11/21/2013 23:23:59 MST.

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