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Camping stove, Trangia

fridonna

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Hello! Currently cycling the Norte. I brought my Trangia for cooking when camping or when the Albergues dont have a kitchen. I prefer to eat vegan so value the dietary autonomy this option gives me, however I’ve reached a conundrum. We are obviously still in wild fire peak times so I feel uncomfortable using it - not that I think it will cause a fire, as it’s on gas and very contained, but mostly that it’s disrespectful to people who live with these wildfire risks as a reality, and might not know how this Trangia works/it’s degree of safety. An option is to go far away from people, which often means into a forest, however this also kind of defeats the ‘trying my best to prevent causing a fire’ strategy. I’ve only used it once so far, at a campsite bbq area, but would love to hear how the rest of you deal with this. How do you go about it? Any tips? Also can’t really navigate the legality of this since it’s not an open fire. Thanks!
 
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Robo

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I don't have any direct experience but am well aware of these hazards as I live in Australia.

In your situation I would make sure I knew the local regulations in relation to cooking fires during a fire hazard season. Here they are quite strict and very specific. Maybe drop into a Police station and ask them?

If I were to use a gas stove, I'd use it well away from flammable materials and on a non flammable surface.
Picnic table or bench in a park, on a concrete path etc. (out of the way of other people)

Just some thoughts......
 

dougfitz

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I agree with @Robo, check the local rules in Spain.

A Trangia using the liquid fuel burner would be banned here in Australia during total fire bans, but if you have the gas burner it would be okay with requirements about the amount of clear space and distances from other vegetation. I expect there to be similar rules in Spain that would differ only in the details.
 

mishlove

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I use a Trangia when camping in the backcountry and find its design "relatively" safe......however with any open flame caution is the order of the day and local regulation rule.....where to find them will be a challenge I am sure.
 

davebugg

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2019
It is an uncontrolled, open flame unlike isobutane backing stoves that have valves which can immediately increase, decrease or shut off the flame, and most also will shut off if tipped over.

Any alcohol burner, including the various homemade and iterations of the Trangia are illegal to use in National Forests or National Parks in America during bans on campfire…..and most states follow USFS regulations also.

I would be surprised if Spanish jurisdictions did not have the same policy on alcohol burners.
 
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dougfitz

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It is an uncontrolled, open flame unlike isobutane backing stoves that have valves which can immediately increase, decrease or shut off the flame, and most also will shut off if tipped over.
The OP suggests that they are using the gas option, rather than an alcohol burner, with their Trangia. This does have a valve to adjust the flame and shut it off. So much depends upon whether they are referring to the complete Trangia cookset, or just the burner by itself.
 

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