Early Trangia 25K

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  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom SotM Winner Subscriber

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    Used but in very good condition, a testimony to the quality of manufacture and materials and a design that was right from the start. Dates from the late 50’s/early 60’s is my estimate.

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    Main distinguishing characteristic from later and contemporary Trangias, the burner is mounted in the base of the upper component

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    ... later 25 on the right.

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    Burner comparisons, then and now. No travelling cap for the older burner, though there’s an example in the Stove Reference Gallery of an equivalent burner with a plastic keeper cap.

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    Kettle comparison.

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    Comparison of the smallest of the pans and their respective pot grips. The later model on the right is a duossal. Rolled rim on the older of the two and thick gauge aluminium.

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    Comparative weight is 2.5 lbs (1.2kg) for the early Trangia, 3 lbs (1.4kg) for the duossal kit.

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    The burner characteristics with the hinged simmer ring are pretty impressive.

    Getting underway here.

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    Warmed up.

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    Kettle on.

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    Simmer’s effective and the hinged ring can be flipped up and down easily.

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    No soot from the burner, just the usual discolouration.

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    John
     
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  2. snwcmpr

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    Drooling.
     
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    Great to see. I appreciate the comparison to the 25 dousal
     
  4. Mr.stove

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    Beautiful example of old Trangia. Gary
     
  5. bem1965

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    Great post! @presscall
    I'd be drooling also if I didn't already have one :-)

    As you certainly know, the pot rests and rim is prone to rust......

    Also good to know that you have a substantial weight saving by using the old kit over that fancy (ie I don't have one) duossal.

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    Thanks Lars.

    You can be sure I’d often taken a look at your post on an older Trangia and could relate to your enthusiasm before I bought mine, so I’d no hesitation when the opportunity to buy it arose.

    It’s true about the pot rests/rim being of ferrous steel and rust prone, so it was an improvement to move to stainless steel and more robust fold-out rests in later models no doubt.

    That said, they’ve survived well and cleaning off a bit of surface corrosion then wiping them over with black lead grate polish before burnishing them with a cloth has staved off tin worm for a while longer I daresay.

    Incidentally Lars, did you get around to trying out the Trangia burner and cooking/boiling characteristics of the set some more?

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    @presscall

    Unfortunately I have only used my old Trangia a few times for quick lunches at the range. There has been almost no camping for ages. Most of my free time is spent in the saddle pumping away and getting fitter....... For some reason the shed is filling up with unfettled stoves......

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  8. Lennart F Sweden

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    Second version Trangia 25 circa mid 1950's - main difference from first version is the knob on kettle lid - later the kettle bail got a plastic liner.
    Just need to show my first version T25 kettle - still missing the early storm cooker. IMG_20190616_120342.jpg IMG_20190616_120448.jpg