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Trangia Materials

Trangia Materials.
Trangia Have Manufactured Camp Stoves In a Variety of Materials Including, Duossal, Titanium, Non-stick, Hardanodized and Ultralight Aluminium...

Various Trangia materials and coatings have been used in the manufacture of their camp stoves, although the burner unit has always been made in solid brass.

In most cases its the pots, pans and kettle that have been subject to different material and coating changes however the upper and lower windshields and pot grips were always made in plain aluminium , more recently Trangia have produced their windshields in ultralight and hardanodized aluminium.

Below: Ultralight aluminium
Right: Hardanodized 

hardanodized trangia

If you're looking to buy a brand new Trangia stove, the following options are available:

  • Ultralight aluminium,
  • Hardanodized aluminium,
  • Non-stick coated aluminium.

Or if your budget wont stretch to a brand new Trangia stove, go for a used second hand one, there are some good bargains to be had on Ebay .

If second-hand is your choice you have more materials to choose from,

They include the following:

  • Plain aluminium,
  • Duossal,
  • Titanium,
  • Older versions of the non-stick models.

A word of advice ...

Some second-hand models can demand a higher asking price than a new one, this is because they are discontinued and highly sort after by collectors and Trangia enthusiasts.

If you're looking for a bargain, go for one of the plain aluminium models.

Trangia Materials Explained

Still not sure which Trangia material is right for you ?... hopefully the following content will help.

Aluminium and Ultralight Aluminium

Aluminium has been the main Trangia material used in the manufacture of Trangia stoves since the company first began.

Being light and durable, aluminium is excellent at conducting heat, both uniformly and quickly.

Plain Aluminium

plain aluminium

Ultralight Aluminium

ultralight aluminium

Ultralight aluminium is stronger than plain aluminium, resulting in a thinner, more lightweight material.

Ultralight aluminium is the material that Trangia now uses on their camp stoves


Non-stick

The non-stick coating was first introduced in 1969, it was only the frying pan that originally received the non-stick coating, it was during the 1980s that both saucepans, and even the kettle were non-stick coated. Over the years non-stick Trangias have undergone several colour changes to the outer surface of the pans.

The non-stick coating is the ideal surface for frying and is quick and easy to wash.

Care must be taken when using the non-stick pans as they are susceptible to abrasion and scratching, its best to use wood or plastic cooking utensils to avoid damaging the coating. 


1969 Trangia frying pan.

vintage trangia frying pan

Here's a photo of a 1969 vintage Trangia non-stick frying pan, notice the light grey non-stick coating and the plain aluminium outer surface, very different from any of the later non-stick pans Trangia produced.

As you can see from the photos below, later non-stick versions used black non-stick coatings and had painted outer surfaces.

The latest non-stick pans with multi-disc

1980s-90s non-stick Trangia pans

Its also worth investing in the Trangia multi-disc to protect the frying pan from rubbing against the saucepans when the Trangia is packed.


Trangia Kettles.

A note regarding Trangia kettles;

The red non-stick kettle,(now discontinued) is the one and only time Trangia made a kettle in any other material or coating other than plain aluminium.

The red non-stick kettle (as the name suggests ) does in fact, have a non-stick coating on the inside, quite unusual for any kettle to have this feature.

Sold as part of the stove set, or bought as a separate accessory, available for both the 25 and 27 Trangia stoves.

Its now a rare and highly collectable item.


Duossal

Duossal is two materials pressed together under high pressure, aluminium on the outside for good thermal conductivity and stainless steal on the inner surface for a hygienic scratch resistant cooking surface.

Duossal is very durable and heats up quickly, a very popular Trangia material among campers where weight is not such an issue, but if your part of the lightweight, "saw your tooth brush in half brigade" then Duossal might not be for you.

Duossal came onto the market in 1993, Unfortunatly Duossal was discontinued in 2007.

To the best of my knowledge the last few Duossal stoves were manufactured with ultralight aluminium windshields, with  slightly different labelling on the box saying ultralight aluminium, also the wind shield has the Trangia logo that only the ultralight Trangias had, these are very rare as only a small quantity were produced.

Duossal

Notice the darker shiny stainless steel on the inside and the lighter, duller aluminium on the outside.

duossal pan

Ultralight Duossal

A very rare,unused and boxed ultralight Duossal Trangia stove, notice the logo on the windshield and label on the box.

ultralight duossal stove

Duossal is my all-time favourite, yes... it is slightly heavier than plain aluminium but its durability and cooking surface make it a joy to use.

There seems to be quite a healthy demand for Duossal with second hand stoves reaching high prices on Ebay.

I hope one day Trangia decide to re-introduce Duossal back into the line up as I am sure it would be well received.

NOTE,

A kind viewer has brought to my attention that in the autumn of 2013 an order was placed for 3000 Trangia 25 stoves  with Duossal saucepans (no Duossal frying pans) as a special one-time order, There was a small quantity left over that Trangia sold from their factory in Trangsviken. The kind viewer also informed me he had managed to purchase 2 sets in January 2014, but was unsure if they had anymore stock remaining.


Titanium

Titanium was first introduced in 1998, then discontinued in 2007.

Titanium, being very strong meant the pans could be made thinner, resulting in a very lightweight and durable set or pans,

Again, due to being discontinued, trangia titanium pans have become highly sort after by collectors, so expect to pay a high premium for a set in good condition.

Titanium saucepans and frying pans were available for both the 27 and 25 series camp stoves.

I often wonder why Trangia never made a titanium mini Trangia, that really would be the ultimate lightweight camp stove.


Hardanodized Ultralight Aluminium

Hardanodizing is a treatment that makes aluminium very scratch resistant and a lot easer to clean.

Hardanodized ultralight Trangias are top of the range, replacing both Duossal and titanium.


Conclusion

With all things considered, the variety of Trangia materials is excellent compared to other manufacturers offerings, even taking into account that some Trangia materials are now discontinued there shouldn't be a problem finding the right camp stove to suit your needs, whether new or second-hand.