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Triad Stove (T-301)

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Product Code:  RB104
Brand:  Vargo


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Is this the lightweight backpackers dream?

Fed up with all the other backpackers proud of their super lite titanium gas stoves, when you struggle with your big Trangia? Isn't it time to change your ways and wipe the smile off their faces?

This is the answer. One exciting little compact stove for those who prefer the silence of cooking with meths. At last a stove which performs like a Trangia and yet fits into a mug. Weighing only 28gms the legs and arms act as anchors and allow the stove to be pushed into the ground for maximum stability.

It also has the simple advantage of being dual fuel, meths or esbit tab. Just flip it over. A silent, light and fuel efficient cooking system. Just take as much fuel as you need for your trip and enjoy the admiring glances from other backpackers as you unpack your entire cooking system out of a mug, including the tea bags!

Ideal for every day camping, lightweight trips, adventure racing, european camping and as an emergency back up!

Compact design
Dual fuel performance
Burn time 25 mins (1.75fl oz meths)
Boils 500ml in 12 mins
Incredible 28gms
Support dia 85mm
So, so simple!
Ideal for European trips

Average Rating (32 Reviews):  
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superb little stove
Monday, 11 April 2016  | 

I've been using the triad for just a week now, but it has no secrets. I've always hiked with buddies and we usually carried a primus omnilite between us, but I've been having a lot of spare time recently and ended up hiking solo more and more often. I bought the triad and a woodgas stove in an effort to go a little lighter, with the triad used for making a quick coffee and the woodgas stove for cooking. Over a few days, this makes a considerable saving on fuel weight and volume.

First impressions on the triad:

-positively bombproof
-foolproof; easy to light, though it needs to be lit when full, or primed from below, to start jetting properly. A trangia type burner will generally jet even if lit with minimal fuel in it.
-very powerful; much more than a trangia
-can't simmer; in fact, it's a roaring inferno, for alcohol stove standards
-lightest stove you can get, considering it's just over an ounce and includes pot supports
-tricky to place a mug on it, as most mugs are too small for the pot stands. You can play with not opening the stands all the way, but need to be careful. Very stable with pots though.
-relatively easy to de-fuel back into a bottle. Tip it slowly, letting the fuel drip down a leg and into your bottle.
-a windscreen is a must
-very reasonably priced; 25 quid for a well-made titanium stove with pot stands
-work out your fuel burn and budget your fuel carefully. Relatively thirsty compared to the trangia (of course, it will also boil water faster than a trangia)

Overall verdict;
Superb, definitely recommended bit of lightweight kit. Over longer trips though, fuel weight could be an issue. You definitely need a windscreen with it.

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General Service
Tuesday, 12 January 2016  | 

Very pleased with the prompt and efficient supply of a stove and cooking equipment. Yet to try the gear outdoors but everything appears to be as described and of good quality.

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Impressive little stove
Wednesday, 18 November 2015  | 

We've used this stove twice so far. For the first attempt, was a disaster until we'd filled it up fully and then it worked brilliantly.

The stove is wonderful, puts out a lot of heat and works well with the 1300ml titanium pan. A windshield is definitely needed. The stove is a lovely design and I can see it lasting us for a very long time.

It is perfect for what we require. A very small, light and compact meths stove for our cycle tour.

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Triad stove
Tuesday, 29 September 2015  | 

I used the little triad stove while walking the west highland way. I only wish the rest of my gear had been as light and effective. It was easy to light and just took a minute or two to prime. I usually got just enough burn time to cook a pot of 10 minute pasta and make a cup of tea. The worst feature was that sometimes (if I was a bit slow or used too much water) it would run out of fuel just before I was ready. That is really annoying as you then have to wait for it to cool, refill and start again (a bit more capacity and I would have given it 5 stars). If I was cooking anything more complicated I used the stove upside down in solid fuel mode as I could add half fuel tablets as needed without running out and interrupting the cooking. It is so quick and simple to use that I am going to keep it in my car so that I can pull over and have a quick brew whenever I want.

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Must Have
Saturday, 6 June 2015  | 

This must be the smallest and lightest stove you can buy. Makes a brew in a reasonable time. A must for any backpacker, can be used as an emergency stove. You cannot store left over fuel in stove unfortunately, you will need a small container which will probably be bigger than the stove. Recommended

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great bit of kit
Friday, 1 May 2015  | 

As the title says im very happy with the stove, so light and durable, boil time is around 6-7 mins for a pint of cold water outside using the vargo windscreen

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Monday, 26 January 2015  | 

I've used this little stove under a variety of conditions now, from summer to winter. Of course it was delivered quickly and well by BPL.

The stove is very light and, although I am new to it, I like this way cooking. I tend to use this stove to boil water in the mKettle. On a calm warm day, the stove flares well and I can get a cup's worth of water to boil in about 5 minutes. On windy days it can take up to 12 minutes or so, but I'm never in a hurry about these things.

I have had one slightly alarming experience with this stove. Suffice it to say it has three possible states when lit: priming, when fuel is burning on the surface of the stove; flared burning when alcohol vapours are nicely burning out of the small holes on the periphery of the stove; and flame-thrower (no joke - more than a foot up the mKettle's chimney). I think the last issue was simply a miscalculation on my part - it was cold and I primed the stove too much so that the meths began to boil. A quick puff of air and it returned to normal. Live and learn I suppose.

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Thanks for the review. I think you might find the height of the flame you refer to is a result of the 'chimney effect' from placing the MKettle over the stove when priming. This isn't a regular feature.

Superb service
Wednesday, 17 December 2014  | 

Came highly recommended and lived up to their excellent reputation . Thank you

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Thumbs up
Wednesday, 8 October 2014  | 

A new addition to my kit. Very pleased with my purchase. I you want compactness and performance this is the one!

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Light, strong, dependable
Friday, 27 June 2014  | 

Let's be clear about this: if you're somewhere really inhospitable (death bivouac on Eiger Nordwand, Cairngorm blizzard, between the Glyders in a howling gale being situations that come to mind) this is not the stove of choice. Pumped petrol pressure stoves or butane/propane mix stoves will be happier there.

On the other hand, in situations where an alcohol stove is feasible, this stove is a little cracker. There is little short of blunt force trauma that will make it go wrong. This stove is not complete without a windshield. It will most likely not be entirely satisfactory without one. Got that? It needs a windshield and I'm not talking about a brick 6" away. It can be home made or commercial, so long as it's about 3" high and able to surround the pot at a distance of, say, depending on conditions, 1cm. Too close or too high and the burn won't be optimal.

Filling can be a pain. I pour 15~20 ml meths into a cough medicine measure, put it into the dimple atop the stove and gently rotate it whilst keeping the lowest edge of the measure in contact with the titanium. The meths dribbles down the underside of the measure and into the filling hole. Magic. But I didn't fill the stove completely, did I? So how to light it? Firstly I put a 1p piece over the filling hole. That lets the alcohol pressurise sooner and gets it to come out of the jets quicker. I put the windshield in place.

I put the last ml or so of meths into the bowl of a really horrible teaspoon. I light it and slide it under the stove to heat it and get it going. I put the pan of water -a nice mug full- on the stove because there's no point losing the priming heat or letting the breeze cool the stove during priming. Keep away during priming because the flame is invisible and sudden gusts can produce long tongues of the stuff: you don't want to smell burning hair, do you? If it's very quiet you'll hear the alcohol boil and with a little plop the stove will jet.

Soon the water will boil and you can make coffee. So blow out the flame, let the stove cool, pour the last drops of meths into the medicine measure and pour from there back into the Trangia bottle. Don't burn your fingers on the penny.

There, I brewed a mug of coffee in short order using about 15ml of fuel. Wot is economical. If you fill the stove as per official instructions for a longer cooking session you can still use the penny, but use LESS priming meths in the spoon because some priming heat will come from the top: you don't want to make it flare. When jetting nicely, use the spoon to put the penny over the filling hole. This reduces fuel usage, promotes a marginally lower burn and more controllable cooking: with titanium pans, that is a Good Thing. OK, that's my review; hope you found something useful in it.

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