When you search on the internet for cooking systems that people use on a thru hike, a lot of people create a cooking system with everyday products. I’m not a crafty person so I prefer to get something out of a shop. When looking for a cooking system I have a view different considerations.
- It has to be lightweight
- The fuel for the burner has to be spiritus/denatured alcohol
- Has to be a stable
First, let clarify the fuel. Most of the cooking systems that are sold are not spiritus burners. Most of them are burners like this and you can put it on a can with fuel in it. It’s very efficient with fuel and it will cook faster then a spiritus burner. If you’re going out for a weekend or a week, it’s the perfect tool. The big disadvantage for me is that I’ll have to refill the cans with fuel. And on the E1 trail there aren’t a lot of options for this. But you can get spiritus at every gas station! So this is why I’m choosing for a spiritus burner.
So what did I get? I got the Trangia spiritus burner and the Trangia triangle as a windscreen. The total weight of these two things is 211 grams. It’s definitely not ultra light, but it’s a bombproof setup. Even with a strong wind it’s a stable setup and you can easily boil the water. The advantage of the Trangia Triangle is that you can collapse it into 4 flat metal pieces. It doesn’t take any room up at all. The only disadvantage is that there are a couple of sharp edges on the Triangle, so you will have to look out how you pack it.
To keep in style with Trangia, I’ve also got a 1 litre pan and a handle to cook with. The weight of these two items is 137 grams. The last to items in my cooking setup is the Light my Fire titanium spork (20 grams) and a GSI cascadian cup (51 grams). I know I don’t really need a cup but I do want to drink my instant coffee in a normal way 🙂
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