6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Perfectly balanced between, "I love" & "I Hate",
This review is from: Trangia 27 Cookset With Kettle & Spirit Burner (Sports)
It really is slap bang in the middle, before buying this you have to decide exactly what you want it for. Pick correctly and you will give it 5 stars, pick wrongly and you'll think 1! If we ignore the weirder options like self-heating food and suchlike, you have essentially 3 cooking options in camp, gas canisters (GC), pressurized liquid fuel (PLF) & unpressurized liquid i.e. Trangia. All have good and bad points. I'm just going to summarize where the Trangia stands.
The Trangia is so simple as to be virtually idiot proof. You are not going to blow up or poison yourself. You won't forget how it works either, this can be a big deal if you use a tool very occasionally. The Trangia comes with an excellent wind-shield/stand and a set of pans; the kettle is particularly good. The fuel is pretty easy to obtain, store & handle safely although it does have a couple of quirks. The burner is also an excellent replacement for the one included with Bodum's vacuum coffee maker BODUM Pebo 8-Cup Vacuum Coffee Maker, 1 Litre/ 34 oz (in fact that is the only thing I use mine for).
Meths burns pretty cool so Trangia's are relatively slow. Despite being aluminium, there is a good bit of metal here so it is bulky and fairly heavy. The included pans are great if you actually use them, but are quite flimsy and, at least in my set, lack non-stick surfaces.
So you pays your money and you takes your choice; hopefully this review makes it easier to see whether the Trangia suits your needs.