Sunday, 17 November 2013

Trangia Triangle

Trangia Triangle (part one)

          This is going to be a two part blog that will hopefully be completed next week, the reason for this is because the Trangia Triangle comes in 4 parts not 3, I have sent the burner frame away to be measured as I have something in mind for this stove.
          The second blog I wrote was entitled "is there still a place for Trangia stoves in the outdoors" and whilst I said yes I also said that Trangia would have to respond to the growing lightweight community and they have done just that with the Trangia Triangle, weighing just 115g (without the burner) this is potentially one of the lightest systems on the market. As usual with Trangia simplicity is the keyword and the Triangle is about as simple as it gets, three pieces of flexible steel are interlocked using slots and tabs around a frame which in turn holds the burner.

          There are slots in the side of the pot support/ wind shield where the frame goes and although the instructions say to build the shields around the frame I found it easier to build the shields first and then wedge the frame in place.

 as you can see from the pictures its quite a tight fit for the burner but this does mean that no space is wasted and the bulk is cut down on, 

          The great thing about this set up, like all Trangias, is little to no maintenance is required, (aside from cleaning dirty pots, which is a breeze if you know the trick). This being a Trangia obviously means a slow boiling time, around 15 minutes for a litre of water, other disadvantages to the system are the fact that the weight does not include the weight of the burner itself or any pots, the product does not come with a burner meaning you need to source one yourself (easy enough on the Internet or the bigger outdoor stores) usually around £10 - 15 fortunately the case that comes with the system is big enough to hold the burner as well as everything else,  nor does it come with any pots again meaning you have to source them yourself, not a bad thing as you can choose which pots you want to use, a couple of people have mentioned the thickness of the steel and how it might deteriorate after heating and cooling, as this is a new product to me I can`t tell yet but should be able to report about this in the future. 
          As with the mini Trangia I wouldn`t recommend this for group use as although it is smaller and lighter there is the potential for accidents, the main reason though is that part of the reason for using Trangia stoves in a group environment is to encourage communal cooking and this stove system is obviously for the lightweight or solo backpacker.
          Given the fact that there are already many lightweight stoves on market based around Trangia burners is this too little too late from Trangia? I don`t think so but they are going to have to work hard if they want to catch up to other products such as the Honey Stove and only time will tell.

As I mentioned at the start the supporting frame for the burner is missing, although the stove functions perfectly well without it, this is because I have spotted a potential and hopefully useful modification that can be made to this set up and will blog about this when I get it through. 
This blog has now been published as the Trangia Triangle part two 

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