Trangia Cookset – Go Light
When was the last time you weighed your gear? If you have a fully loaded kit, one designed for long term sustainment, I’m betting it probably weighs over 60lbs and after a full day of humping that around, you’re probably sick of it. My kit, excluding weapons and ammo, weighs in at 70+ lbs. For a day out, it’s not a big deal, sure it gets heavy after a while, but it’s tolerable. Now imagine a week in the field with it, or a month or longer, you get the idea. Then you might start thinking about cutting weight.
Of course you can’t just start tossing out valuable gear but you can examine it and see how you can go lighter. In this case, it didn’t take me long to ID my cookset as a prime target for an upgrade. My big set, designed to support my family is big, clumsy and not even close to light weight, much less ultralight. I’m mentioned this in passing to my parents who then quickly offered to send up their cookset.
They’ve been backpacking since I was a kid and have the market pretty much cornered on ultralight gear. In a week, I had my new cookset, the Trangia 27 Series stove. Their model is about 15 years, but looks like brand new. They had added a few upgrades that included a strainer and two plates.
Check out all the models in the Trangia 27 Series at the link below:
Trangia 27 Series:
Trangia 27 Breakdown
The Trangia cookset is composed of the base, a windscreen, two pots, a frying pan, a detachable pan grip and of course the alcohol burner. Then of course there’s more than a few upgrades you can do, such as adding some plates, cooking utensils or a strainer. The base model without the upgrades weighs in at 770 grams, which is close to 2lbs. Not bad for a mess kit that will last forever, is made from quality materials and can easily feed two more individuals. The entire set is extremely easy to setup and breakdown. The cookset, once stowed away in the bag, takes up very little room in the pack and even with a bottle of alcohol, the signature is still small.
The burner, when topped off with fuel, will burn for what seems like a lifetime. I had no problem cooking up a batch of mac & cheese plus cooking fresh sausage. The burner was going at full blast for at least 30 minutes and when I checked the fuel level it had barely budged.
After cooking is done, the cleanup is super easy since the pans and pots are non stick so a quick wipe down is usually enough to get it cleaned up.
Whether you are out for a day or a week, you need a good cookset. The need for a cookset that can feed more than one is also necessary for any type of survival situation that might involve your family or significant others. Unless you are a complete loner living off the land solo, other people are probably depending on you for food, protection and more. You will not be able to feed the hungry mouths with a canteen cup and folding stove.
Make sure you stay realistic about survival and the people who will rely on you. It’s easy to get lost in buying weapons and gear, but if you’re not taking in account your food needs, then you might as well have left the guns at home along with your common sense.
Here’s a link to purchase the basic cookset, the best prices are going to be on Amazon, no surprise there!
Finally, check out the video below for a full review of the Trangia cookset, plus some tasty chow!