Lighting a Trangia

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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby MartinBrice » 6 Dec 2017, 9:39pm

Thanks, Crazydave789, is this what you meant?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/263332305674

if it fits my mil burner, I'll use it in Spain in March.

or maybe one of these?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272706036248

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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby roberts8 » 10 Jan 2018, 10:08pm

May be late but I dip a twig into the meths, light it then light the trangia.

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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby crazydave789 » 11 Jan 2018, 5:28am

MartinBrice wrote:Thanks, Crazydave789, is this what you meant?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/263332305674

if it fits my mil burner, I'll use it in Spain in March.

or maybe one of these?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272706036248


yep the top cross thingy - will fit but its tight so take a file to the outer cutout a little bit.

the lower one you can simmer with if you use a regular trangia simmer ring.

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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby MartinBrice » 11 Jan 2018, 8:24am

Thanks, I have ordered the lower of the two. Ordered it in early December, it's not arrived yet. It's coming from China.
When it gets here I'll let you know how it does the job.

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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby crazydave789 » 11 Jan 2018, 9:14pm

MartinBrice wrote:Thanks, I have ordered the lower of the two. Ordered it in early December, it's not arrived yet. It's coming from China.
When it gets here I'll let you know how it does the job.


the proper trangia stand takes the mil burner too, but your pot sizes are restricted to bigger pots.

for me its more space over weight

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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby Gattonero » 21 Jan 2018, 1:17pm

On that shape of stoves, I've used the Bushbox one and it's very nice. Folds down smaller than a single CD 8) and it's nicely sturdy for the use.
What I like is the ability to use wood, meths burner or Esbit/Hexamine tablets; I think it's the most useful stove in respect of multi-fuel possibilities, plus can take different size of pots with only a few sizes not been covered.
The downside, is that it requires a windshield, but that can easily be done with kitchen foil, or a reusable one with the bototm of a large disposable roasting tray

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Btw, price has gone up quite a bit! :?
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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby MartinBrice » 24 Jan 2018, 4:17pm

Many thanks to all for your help, I ordered this

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272706036248

for £2.75 on December 7 and it arrived on January 24. It was supposed to arrive by January 22 so I contacted the seller who replied promptly, saying the festival (Christmas or the Chinese New Year) had delayed the post.
It's ideal - light, packs to almost nothing and strong enough to take a pan with a litre of water. I'll take it to Spain as I'll be areas with few cafes, and I can make decent coffee in the mornings - many albergues have no kitchen facilities for travellers.

Here are some pics with a tape measure to show its dimensions. The burner is a Swedish military one, so slightly larger than the standard Trangia issue.

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So - recommended.

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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby Penfold » 16 Feb 2018, 8:14pm

I would think this has been mentioned....But all I use is a gas cooker lighter from Tesco (and others) its like a ciggy lighter with a long plastic tube on so goes straight to the burner and your fingers are well away....Simples 8)
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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby Gattonero » 18 Feb 2018, 10:41am

Penfold wrote:I would think this has been mentioned....But all I use is a gas cooker lighter from Tesco (and others) its like a ciggy lighter with a long plastic tube on so goes straight to the burner and your fingers are well away....Simples 8)


Yes but those are prone to fail I see this at home: sometimes they don't work.
While a flint-stone is 100% proof will work in any conditions that you can light the burner 8)
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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby Penfold » 18 Feb 2018, 9:48pm

Only fail when you run out of gas.....Takes about 3 months for that to happen. Just buy new before you go on a trip or fill your old one....Simples :D
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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby Gattonero » 25 Feb 2018, 9:40am

Penfold wrote:Only fail when you run out of gas.....Takes about 3 months for that to happen. Just buy new before you go on a trip or fill your old one....Simples :D


Nope.
They DO fail: I've 3 of them in my kitchen and they have gas in, yet no flame comes out. Why using something more complicated and with parts than can brake, when a simple (a real simple one) is already there? The spark of a lighter is not enough to light a meths burner.
For a ligther, it only takes some breeze, cold or damp to not work; a flint rod won't care and just make a spark regardless.
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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby MartinBrice » 25 Feb 2018, 4:06pm

Hmm, I'm unsure how effective sparks from a striker would be when meths is cold, it often doesn't like to light in those circumstances. I'll take both the long ciggy lighter and the striker.

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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby SA_SA_SA » 28 Feb 2018, 12:18am

MartinBrice wrote:Hmm, I'm unsure how effective sparks from a striker would be when meths is cold, it often doesn't like to light in those circumstances. .

Yes, harder in cold, but one can use a small nalgene bottle to preheat it in ones pocket as walk to lunch :) . But I would always have some spare matches.
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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby Thapir » 3 Sep 2018, 2:44pm

I just use a match. Then if you think it is lit blow out the match and it will re-light if you stick it in the opening of the stove and the meths is lit. Also heat comes out if its burning. I think the best test is to re-light the match if that happens it has taken. BTW I also have a lighter by Zippo https://coolerexp.com/best-torch-lighter-review/ but it is hard to light the stove with a lighter but I save matches by lighting the stove for another burn by lighting the used match to get a second light out of it. I'm always running out of matches so have become a bit conservative with my matches these days. It comes from not worrying about lighting my gas stove (which I used to use) as it had a reliable PZ ignition. Now with meths I have to remember to check the match box have enough in for the trip.

Anyway if matches always work for you why not use it? Ferrocium rods and a steel is a reliable method for lighting stuff but not user friendly with meths stoves IME. BTW even "water and wind proof" matches can get ruined if too wet. I bought a pack and thinking it's waterproof it got put straight into the top pocket of my sack. I used them twice and then ont he way home it rained heavily and the box got wet and the match heads kindof washed off. No one of them lit when I tried them. Put all matches in a bag or the old film tubs (remember them?) with the striker. Stating the obvious I know.
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Re: Lighting a Trangia

Postby JakobW » 3 Sep 2018, 5:25pm

Thapir wrote: Ferrocium rods and a steel is a reliable method for lighting stuff but not user friendly with meths stoves IME.


I've found even my cheap ebay firesteels never need more than 2 or 3 strikes at most to get the Trangia going; the only downside is that you get small specks of the rod in the bottom of the burner.