Trangia 25-6UL

It’s a calm early evening, the sun is thinking about setting behind the trees, you’re knackered from a day chasing sheep and all you want to do is relax outside your tent with a cuppa and a copy of Tractor Monthly.

But you’ve travelled light so there wasn’t room for the Aga or even the gas-powered four-burner stove, so you turn to your trusty Trangia 25-6UL. You fill the little gold burner with meths, wave a match over it then lose the hairs on the palm of your hand as you check for a flame.You slot together the two-piece aluminium stove, fill the matching kettle with water and set it over the heat.

If, for the sake of this review, you were boiling exactly one pint of water you would have a steaming mug of Earl Grey avec flies and grass in exactly 12 minutes 27.1 seconds with enough left over for a Bombay Bad Boy. I checked.

The 25-6UL is a nine-piece set-up comprising two non-stick saucepans (1.5l and 1.75l), a 22cm non-stick frying pan, the kettle – which measures in at just under a litre, and an upper and lower windshield.Tucked away in a plastic bag inside the kettle you’ll find the burner and aluminium handle so you don’t lose your fingerprints on the hot pans.Like a Russian doll all of this packs away in to itself – to the diameter of the frying pan and only as deep as the 10.5cm upper windshield, and is held securely together with the supplied webbing-type strap.It’s a nifty piece of kit and really quite light, weighing in at 1,170g according to Trangia. But because I have no idea what that means in the real world it’s easier to compare it to roughly two hardback Terry Pratchett novels. I checked that too.

As convenient and lightweight as this kit is, it also has its limitations because, as much as you’d like it to be, it isn’t the £6,000 range that takes up most of your kitchen at home. You might have two saucepans and a frying pan with this, but you still only have one burner. Therefore cooking anything remotely nutritious takes some forward-planning. That said, those Swedes at Trangia say the 25-6UL caters for 3-4 people… but we managed to cook a hearty meal for six thanks to the methodical Mrs Muz and some clever juggling. I’m not talking about Pot Noodles either – we boiled rice, fried some veg, cremated some chopped sausage and heated some stir-in sauce. Delicious.

The point of this stove, other than its light weight and ease-of-use, is that you can use it in crappy weather thanks to the shields. The lower shield protects the flame from the wind and the upper shield shelters the pans and kettle from the same while keeping the heat in. Only the frying pan is anywhere near the top, and that’s only because of its diameter.

In order to take this away camping with us recently we bought a couple of branded accessories – a little orange bag to keep the thing in and a 500ml fuel bottle.And it’s with the bottle that I have two suggestions for the developers (other than tell someone to bring the £12.50 price tag down).

The first is to make it 14.63% bigger. A standard serving of shop-bought methylated spirits is 500ml and because you have to leave breathing space at the top of the bottle for the clever pouring mechanism you can only get about 450ml in, meaning an annoying 50ml or so is left over.

The second suggestion is to design an opaque window in the bottle so you can see how much you’ve got left. As things currently stand it’s all guesswork and the bottle is so thick that even if you peer inside you’re still not sure what’s going on in there.SUMMARY: All-in-all this is a well-designed piece of camping kit. It’s fairly lightweight, heats up quickly, the fuel is cheap, and it packs away reasonably small. Just don’t expect a gig on Masterchef with it. This review would carry five hammers if it weren’t for the price tag for what is, essentially, a few bits of pressed aluminium.

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  • Ark

    Thanks for this review; I'm thinking of getting this or similar for backpacking with. There are smaller and lighter ones available, but they suffer from wobbly surfaces and lack of wind protection.

    How big is this when it is all packed away? And how many meals do you reckon you could cook with one of those 450ml 😉 bottles of meths?

  • Adam

    From here:
    Dimensions 22 x 10,5 cm.

    From here:
    Aprox 100ml of meths will last 25-30 mins (enough to boil 2x 1l of water) which depending on what you are cooking will do one or two meals. So 450ml will last 4-8 meals, possibly more if all you are doing is heating things up…

  • [email protected]

    Thanks Adam. So, size wise it's like 5 frisbies stacked up.
    And fuel wise it'll be good for a week's worth of pot-noodles for lunch and dinner and porridge for breakfast.

  • Muz

    Yeah, what those two said.
    Before I read what Andy had put I was going to say it was the same diameter as what I remember a frisbee to be, and five stacked on top of each other sounds about right. It's exactly the same height as my Panasonic TZ10 digital camera (on end) which, by coincidence, I happened to have handy so I could check.
    Fuel-wise I'd suggest going for the bigger bottle if you can for obvious reasons, but you'll still get a good few meals out of the smaller bottle although we mainly used ours for making cuppas.

  • Muz

    Oh, and when it comes to wobbly surfaces the base of the wind shield fits exactly in to the frying pan, so if you're not using that then you can use it as a stand to keep the surface even. Even if you don't use the frying pan the base is wide enough so as not to suffer any real problems.
    I haven't used it in a high wind yet but it does seem reasonably well protected from the elements. There's a hole in the side of the base for a gas pipe, which you can also use for fuel as an aftermarket accessory, but if you turn that away from the prevailing gustiness I can't see there being any problems.

  • Ark

    Thanks for the great information; one last question, does the kettle pack into it or is it seperate?

    We do like our tea, but if the kettle packs seperate I think the model without the kettle would be good enough. (Boil water in pot, pour into mugs.)

  • Muz

    Nope – everything packs together.
    I've added a couple of extra pics to the bottom of the review showing everything packed up with the frying pan as the lid and the upper windshield as the bottom.
    With the frying-pan-lid off you can see the rims of the upper and lower windshield, the rims of both saucepans and the kettle inside of the smaller saucepan. The three silver 'things' folded over the kettle are the… er… things that the saucepans and kettle sit on while you're cooking/boiling. They fold back out to accommodate the frying pan.
    The handle for the pans and the burner are tucked away inside a plastic bag inside the kettle.
    The only thing there isn't room for is the fuel bottle, obviously.

  • josh sutton

    Great review (great site all round really!) – my favourite stove, I’d have a crack at Masterchef with one.

  • Brian

    Hate to be picky on such a good source of Trangia info but why does your picture of the burner show it below the burner support section?

    • Good point. I think I was there when Muz took that photo, and it was part of a ‘how to get pretty close-ups’ lesson. So think of it as artistic licence, rather than technically accurate assembly instructions.