Why Choose Trangia?
After a long and gruelling expedition, you finally find yourself at the summit of a Munro that you have been long yearning to bag.
Nothing quite compares to the feeling of conquering a mountain; in that moment, you are both figuratively and literally on top of the world. Blue skies sprawl above you, and below majestic landscapes abound, like scenes lifted straight out of a David Attenborough documentary. When you wipe the sweat from your brow and are finally able to regain your composure, it hits you: you’ve been so focussed on the climb that you haven’t eaten in hours, and boy, are you hungry. Excitedly you burrow through your rucksack for food, but the endorphins you released upon your triumphant ascent quickly dissipate when you pull out the lunch you packed for yourself: a bruised banana and a squished ham and cheese roll that’s been hastily wrapped in cellophane
Something about the whole situation seems somewhat juxtaposed; here you are at the top of a mountain, a true achievement of human endurance, and your reward for accomplishing this feat is a crudely prepared lunch.
Besides the trail itself, choosing the best foods to bring along with you on your trek can be a tricky path to navigate. Many will opt to make up their food at home and bring it with them: for some it’s a sandwich, for others it’s a tin of beans or even last night’s leftovers. There are also backpackers that will choose to cook their food over a campfire – an admittedly more bohemian method of cooking, but one that can be time consuming and even harmful to the environment. Sure, these options are all well and good, but what if there was a way to reward yourself with a meal more befitting of your accomplishment? No, sadly McDonalds are not starting a chain of mountaintop restaurants (note to self: pitch this idea to Ronald), but we do have the next best thing:
The accomplishment of overcoming a challenging trail should be rewarded with something of equal glory. Whether you’re hiking a mountain or spending a weekend away with the family, Trangia is the perfect piece of kit to bring along with you on your next trekking adventure. Read on to find out the benefits of owning a Trangia Cook System!
Trangia: Then and Now
Trangia stoves have been around for over 90 years. Throughout such a long time span, it’s natural for any invention to go through a multitude of changes, be that in relation to branding, advertising or the actual product itself. Let’s look at Ford as an example, comparing their first ever car to one of their more recent models:
If you look very closely, you will notice that these are actually two different cars.
About the only thing these cars have in common is that they both have 4 wheels and some seats. It’s a great example of just how far we have come technologically, as well as the lengths businesses go to in order to keep up with the ever-changing demands of the modern day world. Similarly, let’s have a look at how the Trangia Cooking System has changed since its inception in 1938:
Can you spot all six differences?
The short answer here is that is hasn't.
From the above comparison, it’s clear that throughout an almost 80-year lifespan the Trangia Cook system has barely changed at all - but why? Sceptics may argue that this can be attributed to laziness or even neglect, however this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reason the Trangia Cooking System has undergone a minimal number of changes since its inception is because it is – and always has been - a sound, all-encompassing piece of kit. Sure, the design has been modernised and the Cook System has been refined over the years, however at its foundation is the original, ingenious design that it has always been. The fact that it has undergone so few changes throughout its lifespan is a testament to just how effective the Trangia Cook System is. As the old saying goes: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Why choose Trangia over a typical camping stove?
If you’re on an expedition and you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with no electricity, you may think your options are going to be pretty limited when it comes to cooking. With Trangia you needn’t worry: there is an entire cooking system at your disposal, ranging from items such as stoves, pans, frying pans and kettles. It's practically like slinging your kitchen over your shoulder - your cooking options will be vastly increased, meaning
From the above image, it may seem like the Trangia cooking system is pretty complicated compared to the typical camping stove. With so many different parts to account for, you would be forgiven for thinking the stove is a hassle to pack up, and after a lengthy trail the last thing you want is spending unnecessary time setting up your cooking equipment. You’re exhausted, hungry and you want your food now, damn it!
Don’t let all the different parts deceive you; the Trangia Cook System couldn’t be easier to assemble and pack away, as all of the Cook Systems and their pans pack away neatly into one compact unit. Have a look at the System in action below:
The Trangia Cook System is also very easy to set up and use. For example, in a typical backpacking situation, one person can put up the tent while the other sets the Cook System up and pops the kettle on; this means that you can enjoy a hot cup of tea in your tent sooner than with a conventional stove. A conventional stoves effectiveness is often weather dependant, however the Trangia Cook System will work in any temperature and in any weather. Even when it’s windy, you can simply turn the windshield into the direction of the wind, which will actually increase the heat output of the burner.
The System also has a low running cost in comparison to pressure stoves, as there are no jets to clean and spares are easily available. It’s safe to use as the stove is less prone to flares, and its clean to operate, as fuel vaporises quickly without leaving any residue. Speaking of fuel...
Vango Gel Fuel
Vango Gel Fuel is a great companion piece to the Vango Cooking System. This is a smokeless, non-toxic and environmentally friendly cooking fuel. The viscous gel formation means that it has significantly less chance of spilling than liquid, making it a far safer alternative to other fuels on the market. Have a look at the Gel Fuel in action:
Vango Gel Fuel combines with the Vango Cooking System to create a safe, environmentally friendly outdoor cooking structure. It has also been approved for use by both the Scouts and DofE – as with any flame, please exercise the necessary precautions when using the Gel!
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