Trangia 27-5UL 2011

Trangia meths stoves are extremely well-established and come in a wide variety of designs. The 27-5UL comes with two aluminium non-stick pans and a pan lid that doubles as a frying pan or plate, so you can do some proper cooking with this system. The Trangia is also ‘Recommended Kit’ for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants. It’s unbelievably simple to set up and use, and it works well in the wind too, thanks to the windbreak that encloses the burner. It’s virtually impossible to knock the pan over if you accidentally kick the Trangia when moving around camp. This set is large enough for two people to share, but there are also versions with a larger pan and with a gas burner (£85) instead of a meths one, if you find the 11 minute boil time with meths a little too slow. Simmer control is a little hit or miss as you simply place a cover over the burner.  But the Trangia 27-5UL’s limited flame control is irritating, and compared to some options this is very heavy and bulky due to the large metal housing that acts as a windbreak and pan support. Boil times are slow, but are more impressive with gas. Lighter and lower-priced Trangias with more impressive boil times are available.

Fuel type meths
Also included windshield, 3 pans
Packed size 18.5x18.5x10cm
Pan support diameter 12cm
Boil time 11min (meths); 3min to 5min (gas)
Weight 736g including 3 pans and burner
Made in Sweden

The Trangia 27-5UL is a classic cooking system that’s ideal for campers who prefer to keep things relatively safe and simple.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2011