Trangia stove) for some reason haven't caught on quite as much that the pressurized or Naphtha (MSR) stoves did. Not sure why, as they are quiet and super reliable.Here in North America, alcohol stoves (eg. the
When I worked in a camping store, I would
show people the Trangia stove and compare it to the MSR stoves and they would
always ask, how long does it take to boil water? Generally speaking the MSR
stoves have a higher BTU output so they will get your tea in your hands
I have never understood why boil time is
the benchmark for stoves. To me, the reliability of a product is way more
important. In the 4 years I worked in the returns and repairs department, I
only saw one Trangia stove ever come back. I can't tell you the hundreds of
Whisperlight and Dragonfly stoves that people tried to return because they
couldn't get them working or parts broke while out on the trip. Mind you, the
majority (almost all) of the retuned stoves were because the user never read
the instructions before using or never pulled out the instructions with the
troubleshooting tips when something went wrong. The biggest complaints I got
were that they were finicky or loud.
That is where Trangia stoves are different.
They are simple with no moving parts. They run on alcohol so the fuel is cheap.
Best advantage? They run completely silent. Yes, the BTU output isn't as high
but how often do you need your water ready to go in 3 min? You are sitting
around talking anyways...
That doesn't mean that MSR stoves are bad,
they are fantastic stoves for what they were designed for, high BTU output. I
love my dragonfly because it simmers nice but man is it loud. It is designed on
the same principles as a jet engine so what does it sound like? Yep, a jet
On a slightly different note, you can
easily build your own alcohol stove using two beer cans. This is an old trick
that ultra light backpackers have known for years but paddlers have been slow
to join in. Build your own stove for about $3 worth of material. Metacafe has a
video showing you how to do it.
is a little primer on stove via the Wikipedia.
Alcohol vs Naphyha StovesFriday, 28 September 2007
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