Trangia Spirit Burner ($17)

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Denatured alcohol

3.8 oz.

A standout alcohol stove with a thoughtful design.

You’ll have to buy a pot stand and windscreen separately.

In the realm of ultralight backpacking, alcohol stoves are gaining popularity as the most simple cooking method this Trangia Spirit Burner offers an excellent choice. It is a faithful copy of the basic tin-can style, but it also has some modern features that are added to the mix. With a robust brass structure as well as an “simmer ring” that allows you to alter the flame it is the Spirit is durable it burns well, and offers better temperature control than most stoves that use alcohol. Furthermore, a lid that screws on lets you store any excess fuel in the stove, rather than adding it to the container (and eventually losing a few drops in this process).

The Trangia Spirit Burner was the first of its kind, however there’s no shortage of copies of designs — including the Soto Alcohol Burner which was previously mentioned. What makes the difference between the two models is a matter for splitting hairs on the most (they’re each of them high-end) However, the Trangia is less expensive with a price of $7 (the Soto is $20). Of course, you’ll have to match the Alcohol stove up with a screen and pot stand. This can be as basic as an aluminum foil piece and a heap of rocks, or as sophisticated as the Soto Stove Lite below. In the end, even though the Trangia is widely considered to be the best to use an alcohol stove by thru-hikers it is possible to go lighter by using a stove such as AntiGravityGear’s Tin Man that weighs at 0.4 pounds. However, the Trangia offers a more balanced mix of weight and features and we like its sleek and user-friendly design. Remember to conduct your homework prior to going because some wilderness zones have banned alcohol-fueled stoves.