I've been trying to find a replacement for my camp stove. I have for years used the Coleman Exponent Expedition stove which I think is great for cycle touring, it has two burners, has great modulation for the heat and it is light. Unfortunately, Coleman has stopped making the fuel cartridges, they produced an adapter to use a different fuel but that is hard to find also.
So I thought the Trangia alcohol burner made sense, because the fuel (denatured alcohol) is available at any hardware store, anywhere.
with a decent cook set.
Seriously, when do you want to do that after a day of cross country pedaling?
Usually, I cook a one pot meal which includes a variety of foods in casserole form.
So the Trangia stove should be perfect. First you have to realize you are not smarter than the stove
(or it's designers). I set the stove itself down and put the triangular holder on top which made the stove impossible to operate.
Set up the windscreen/pot support first, then set the stove inside,
then you will be able to use the little regulator top properly.
After I lit it, I let it heat up a bit,
cooked a package of pepperoni until it was all warm and greasy,
turned the heat down a bit to keep it from scorching, added some mushrooms diced tomatoes and precooked rice, covered it and let them all get cozy and swap juices together
while I took care of all the waste.
After I had stirred it a few times and heated everything thoroughly, I added some mozzarella cheese
and had myself a very tasty pizza casserole for dinner.
After cooking, there is nothing to do but snuff out the flame and save what fuel is left with a screw on cap.
It works quite well, not as quickly as the jet fuel burner, but it's simple, it's light, it's cheap and works.