View Full Version : Tip - warmer for Trianga (supercat)

02-22-2010, 06:36 PM
So I've been playing with the trianga burner lately and have been a little bit bummed on getting it primed under colder winter conditions. So, setting the burner on the frozen ground is a no no. It just prevents it from warming enough to get the gets working well. Raising it on another platform, or at least on a bark shelter helps.

Then I started looking on-line at the winter warmer solution. Its basically another little stove with some drops of alcohol in it to warm the bottom. I have a super cat stove that is sometimes carried as a back up and it got me thinking. Why not use the super cat to warm up the trianga and decrease the primer time. So my first experiment was a disaster. Well, it worked too well and the super cat + trianga combined to make a super fire ball scary pee my pants kind of experience. Luckily I had a big stew pot to cover the whole thing and starve it of oxygen.

So I think you can get that to work, but be careful in the bush and really limit how much alcohol you put in the supercat stove. The second solution, more tame, was to use a little beeswax candle inside the supercat to heat the bottom. This is slower, but also safer and still works.

So the premise is the candle sits in the super cat. The vent holes of the supercat keep the candle supplied with oxygen. Make sure your candle has enough room. The trianga is placed overtop the supercat and its bottom is heated at the same time the top is lit. The time to prime (jets flaring) is reduced considerably and the supercat acts as a platform in itself keeping the stove off the frozen ground.





The disadvantage is the smaller platform furnished by the supercat making it less stable than the trianga on its own. Still its a solution that cost me nothing and hopefully helps me increase my stove efficiency in winter. I will be testing this out in the field on the weekend.

02-26-2010, 06:55 PM
I've always understood that the purpose of the groove on the top of the burners is for priming in cold weather. I normally spill a few drops in the groove to get the stove to bloom faster.

Based on something I saw on a DIY stove page, I went to the Dollar store and picked up a package of cheap scouring pads today. I cut one to match the bottom of my Svea burner as an insulating pad and gave it a test run.

It survived without melting, plus it still serves as a pot scrubber http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/2803/thumbup6ly.gif