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Trangia 28-5 Mini Aluminum Cook Pot

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4.33 / 5 (6 reviews)

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david epley
( RenMan )
Trangia Aluminum cookpot on 08/07/2005 19:20:58 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I love my Trangia cooking pot. This compact, low profile pot is just under 1L and is all the pot I neeed when cooking for myself. The lightweight lid doubles as a fry pan, although I've rarely used it that way over the last 7 years. What is especially nice about the lid is that if you place it on the pot upside down, then pour a bit of water in it, you have a ready made boil gauge. When the water in the lid has small bubbles, then you have a rolling boil underneath. No need to lift the lid and check, thereby wasting heat and fuel. The water in the lid can then be added to the pot, or used for a hot drink or after dinner cleanup.
The other nice aspect of the lid is that it snaps snuggly onto the pot, and my whole kitchen fits inside. No need for a stuff sack.
The pot gripper is also nice as it is small, light and just enough to do the job, no gizmo-ness to it.
I give this pot 4 out of five due to the weight. Mine comes in at 145g (5 oz.) with lid. There are other pots which are lighter, but I'm at a point where compactness has more value than an ounce, or even two. Packed size is 15cm x 6.5cm (5.75" x 2.6").
They do make a titanium version that I hope to try out this fall.

Edited by RenMan on 08/07/2005 19:42:18 MDT.

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Richard Matthews
( food )

Colorado Rockies
versatile on 01/03/2007 14:27:17 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

The lid from the AntiGravityGear 3 cup pot fits pretty well on the pot.

Pour in a bag meals become monotonous quickly. This set gives me the ability to fry.

The skillet works well with the alcohol stove and on longer trips I substitute a canister stove.

The non-stick coating on the fry pan seems to be very durable and work better than most of my kitchen skillets.

Sean Perry
( shaleh )

SF Bay Area
just bought it, ain't taking it back! on 08/07/2007 01:58:30 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Used my Trangia a few times in the last week since I bought the kit, both at home to test and in the field.

* the lid fry pan. Pancakes for breakfast!
* perfect size for one or two people
* reasonably light
* secure lid fit

* secure lid fit!
* metal scratches up quickly when using the pot lifter

Ok, so why is secure fit listed twice? The lid clicks into place and when the pot is full of freshly boiled water it is almost impossible to remove the lid without burning/scalding your hands. But the strong hold is great for storage in the pack -- no more gear rattle.

For use and convenience I give it a 5 but for durability and appearance I give it a 4, maybe even a 3.75.

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Theron Rohr
( theronr )

Los Angeles, California
Very nifty! on 08/15/2008 22:06:23 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I recently got this set so I have not used it too much yet. Regarding the tight fitting lid - you can just set it on top of the pot as though it were in frying pan mode. It has a groove on the bottom to make it stay in place. You only need to snap it on when you are packing up the set. Otherwise obviously it will be tough to get it off when the pot is full of boiling water!

This is a cool set - very compact and minimalist but just right for one person, or two if you take turns cooking. It has more flexibility than just a single tall pot (like jetboil) and I love that it's an all in one cooking system for not much money.

The only caveat is you need to make your own windscreen for it. Which is interesting because an integrated windscreen is probably the signature feature of the fullsize Trangia sets. Maybe that's why it has such a low profile on their website.

[update] After using this for a while I am lowering the rating to 4/5 (what's new eh?) The reason being the aluminum pot started pitting and getting a bit nasty pretty quickly to the point where I don't like to use it anymore. The frying pan works well but I now only use the burner with another setup as my winter stove. It's really too big for this pot and tends to overheat in warm weather. Still a good starter option though.

Edited by theronr on 02/10/2011 12:47:11 MST.

Michael Reagan
( MichaelReagan )

Southern California
Great for emergency use too! on 09/11/2008 13:01:42 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I personally find the Trangia 28 a bit heavy for my style of backpacking, but I do keep one of these behind the seat of my truck. It's great for heating a meal or brewing up a cup of tea at the trailhead, and it is light and handy enough to toss in a daypack for short jaunts or fishing trips.

For car-camping with my wife, I like my full-sized Trangia 25. We also have the optional gas burner which works extremely well. The little 28 sometimes gets used on the side to make a sauce or heat veggies while the main meal cooks in the 25. It's a good system.

Trangia kits are super!

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John Tunnicliffe
( BenWaller )

Northern California
Trangia = Good Enough on 08/12/2009 19:41:17 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I've been using a mini Trangia for a couple of years in generally mild weather and have found it to be entirely adequate for single-person use or as an additional burner for small groups of 2 or 3. It is a robust little stove with, in my opinion, no faults. It is what it is and it does what it is intended to do well. Somebody was thinking clearly when they designed this little jewel.

For use with tall mugs and small containers it is necessary to modify the pot support so that the "fingers" are turned in toward the burner appriximately 1/2 inch; a pair of pliers and 5 minutes is all that is required.

Thus far I've no scratches on the inside of the lid from the lifter and I have kept the poly protection disk with the kit since purchase. Reasonable care is all that is necessary here.

When using the pot with cover the proper method is to lay the lid upside down on the pot; it is clearly designed to be used in this way. The lid snaps on for storage only.

In frying pan mode, for burning up some salami or scrambling a couple of eggs or whatever, the lid works well.

The uncoated pot of course can be a nightmare to clean if your attention wanders. But then you should be paying close attention when playing with fire in woods anyway, yes?

It was simple enough to make a windscreen of appropriate size for storage inside my 900ml ti mug; I'm still using the one I cut out when I first bought the thing. No big deal.

The burner is a nifty and sturdy/practical piece of work, with o-ring sealed cap and snuffer/simmer ring. It appears to be tough enough to walk on and remain functional, though I've done no testing in this regard. Suffice it to say that I don't have to baby this burner at all, unlike some other lightweight alternatives.

Another useful feature of this burner is that a full charge of fuel can be stored in it, which lends some pretty handy "grab-n'-go" functionality to the entire kit.

I like it. I take it everytime I pack, which I cannot say about any of my other stoves, and I've got a lot of other stoves.

It's a good piece of gear in my view and I highly recommend it to all.


Edited by BenWaller on 08/12/2009 19:44:15 MDT.

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