I ordered the Trangia 212 I still wasn't sure whether the dimensions would seem
to large for a personal survival kit or offer what I thought would be a great
alternative to carrying more than one tin. I needn't have worried, the size was
perfect for the K1, materials and construction from the Swedish manufacturer also
toped any other tin I had come across.
My pre-order worries about the rivets
that attached the hand being the same as the BCB Mini Mess tin latch rivets were
also unfounded. The only fault was the finish on the edge of the lid and the edge
of the base, a bit rough and not a smooth fit when the lid was dropped into place.
I fixed this by simply sanding the area down with a fine sponge sanding block,
a few minutes spent and a perfectly smooth finish was accomplished.
Trangia 212 is a great find as a personal survival kit container, well made, ideal
for cooking (inside both the lid and the base), comes with a handle that doesn't
detract from it's survival kit adaptation. By the way, you can get the Trangia
210 that simply excludes the handle, why you would want to do this I'm not sure,
you'll only end up making one in the field or just burning your hand.
the down side the lid is not sealed, on the upside it's very easy to put a piece
of PVC electrical tape around the seam to get a perfect watertight seal. There's
a lot to be said for the seal being on the outside of the tin, as with PVC tape,
you can see the seal is good with internal seals it's guess work. The only other
thing for me is the shape of the corners, they are bit to rounded and make packing
a little more difficult than it need be.
Overall a great premium aluminum
tin that makes a great container for the K1 Survival Kit with the added bonus
of allowing you to heat water and food with minimal effort, well, apart from building
the fire and lighting it.
a look at the Trangia 212 Small Mess Tin Gallery