horizon wrote:I had always assumed that the Trangia with its somewhat pathetic wafty blue flame was a slow burner. My plan was to use it in conjunction with a camping gaz burner when I needed a quick brew. I've got the camping gaz now (£5 so a bargain) and I will still run them together but I do now know that Trangias are in fact fast and powerful, especially in windy conditions.
Use them for snow melting and you'll find they are very much not the Weapon Of Choice if you want seriously "fast and powerful". That is moot for most cycle camping, most of the time, but if you have a major heating job to do then anyone buying them for their speed and oomph will have got it worng, I'd say.
Where they are effectively fast is where you can use their ability to chug along by themselves to do something else. You can get a brew on before you pitch the tent, and it'll be nicely along the way by the time you're done without worrying about it blowing out, falling over etc.