2018-04-18 As you can tell from my website, I like to play with the toys! One "item" that I've missed, especially with any kit that has a skillet is a flat edged wooden spatula. I have been especially concerned with my Trangia skillet as it has a nice non-stick surface that might be damaged with metal utensils. Well, today I found the solution at a thrift store. I bought a normal kitchen sized spatula for a quarter. Then I brought it home and cut it down to match the Pampered Chef spoon I had found earlier. I shortened the handle and then reshaped both the handle and the business end of both the spoon and spatula so they fit nicely inside my Trangia-27 UL Cooking System. Now to fry some eggs or something to break in my new Spatula!
2018-04-14 "Complete" Trangia Cook System.
2018-04-11 After using various containers for the alcohol for my Trangia and other alcohol stoves, I broke down and ordered the 300ml Trangia fuel bottle from Amazon. It is one of the better purchases I've made related to all of this. It is very convenient to use. The design of the top makes it almost impossible to spill when adding fuel and the amount dispensed is very easy to control. I've heard others say this, but now I'm convinced. It is well worth it.
2018-04-03 Today my new Trangia 27-3 UL Cooking System arrived. I've been eying the thing for some time. But watching a video from Wiltshire Man, put me over the edge. I know, it's just one more alcohol stove! How many do you need? Don't ask!
So... I did what every new stove owner does, I boiled two cups of water!
It was 36F outside. The 2 cups of water from the kitchen was 66F. I poured 1-1/2oz of denatured alcohol into the burner and fired it up. 7-1/2 minutes later the water was boiling vigorously, consuming about an ounce of the alcohol in the process. I used the (slightly) larger of the two bowls that come with the set and the skillet as a cover. The vent holes in the stand were facing toward what little breeze there was.
Weight unpacked but complete, 1.62 lbs. Includes burner, stand, windscreen, 2 pans, skillet, pot gripper and strap to hold it all together. It's a bit bulky but not bad.
My Otimus tea kettle doesn't fit perfectly but it boiled one cup of water in 3 minutes using only about 1/4oz of alcohol!
The hardened, anodized skillet seems to have a non-stick coating on the bottom and is of a heavier material than the pans. It looks like it will work well but I have not tested it. Overall I think I'm going to like the kit. Just have to get out and use it for real! I think one of the stoves secrets is that the way the windscreen is designed, almost all of the burner's heat is directed to the pot, pan or kettle making it very efficient.
The Swiss Army Volcano Stove shares that concept as a wood burning stove. It is much less flexible in terms of pots that work well with it but is efficient with its own pot.
Now I'm going drink my cup of Lemon Zinger tea!