105 of 105 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2008
I bought this stove for a recent camping trip after using one my brother has for over 10 years. The materials used today is slightly flimsier than my brothers stove, but overall functionality and other critical materials seemed to be the same. The stove was easy to light up and came with a fuel filter/funnel. It turned out great for use with smaller frying pans and pots and provided plenty of cooking heat. The wind guard helps tremendously in the area we were at and allowed cooking where other unshielded butane stoves couldn't be used. The design allows easy storage and carrying with a handle to allow the stove to be carried like a small brief case.
During the trip a friend brought his Powerhouse version of this stove providiing more BTU and having a larger cooking surface. This was great for larger pots and the extra added BTU cooked a bit quicker. So consider the larger unit if necessary. It'll all depend on what you're using it for and how big of a family/group you are cooking for.
Things to watch out for. Although these are dual fuel - try not to mix the fuels. Always use fresh fuel or else it can take a while for these stoves to "warm up" and burn cleanly. Be sure to oil the pump mechanism on a regular basis. Basically there is a little more maintenance than propane models but it's really worth it. The older models seemed to be more rust resistant as well so be sure to clean up parts and pour out fuel before long term storage.
Most parts are easily replaceable/repairable and can be easily sourced.
64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2007
I have had a Coleman dual fuel stove for many years. It has been great for camping, of course, as all coleman stoves are but it was also great during a hurricane. We lost power for two weeks and had all electric. I had no coleman fuel on hand but did have gasoline. We were able to at least keep baby bottles warm and cook our meals every day. Excellent for any automobile camping and very handy as part of your emergency kit.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2011
All of the current propane models of Coleman camp stoves I have tried had questionable build quality & materials and the gas valves seem to have two settings, OFF and HIGH. They are made in China and seemed destined for the landfill with a quick stop at a couple of campgrounds.
This dual fuel stove is quite the opposite. It is definitely an upgrade on build quality & materials. The box said "Made in USA". It is NOT complicated to operate this stove and there seems little to go wrong with it. The valve allows anything from full bore HIGH to a gentle simmer. The fuel is much less expensive. It also consumes less volume than those green propane canisters and there is much less waste (no empty canisters). The ability to use unleaded gasoline means you have options. Certainly unleaded gas is by far the least expensive fuel option. I recommend using Coleman fuel (white gas) when possible, only because it has no odor and evaporates quickly leaving no residue should a few drops be spilled. Parts are readily available for this stove. With care, it should last decades.
It is also possible to buy a propane regulator for this stove which would make it a tri-fuel stove. How convenient. See the Century® Propane Stove Regulated Converter.
Buy the classic.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2007
This item is a necessity when tent camping or camping with a pop-up. Also like the multi fuel feature. Makes it very convenient if one should be in an area where one cannot buy coleman fuel but regular gas is available. It is easy to start and easy to maintain. My last coleman stove lasted almost 30 years and the only maintainence was to replace a generator and a pump one time each.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2010
If you buy this stove, it is something you'll take on all of your family campouts for decades, and you'll give it to one of your kids one day. This is a piece of classic Americana, but it works better and more reliably than any newer design. Yes, it's slightly old-fashioned, with a manual pump that pressurizes the gas, and a tube in the stove which warms up in order to draw the fuel out, but it adds to the charm and fun, and I've never found it to be any trouble. The directions are printed inside the lid in case you forget. I recommend the little red plastic fill spout accessory that Amazon sells, it makes fillups easy and foolproof.
As you can see, this camp stove uses liquid fuel instead of a tank of pressurized propane. The liquid fuel is less expensive and longer-lasting than propane, and you always know how much you have because the fuel sloshes around in the container. It's difficult to tell how much propane is in a cylinder. I borrowed a friend's propane stove before buying this stove. Since you can't tell how much fuel you have, you wind up buying more propane cylinders before a trip, and you mix them up, so you wind up with a trunk full of half-empty cylinders. And, of course, there's a lot of waste with the empty propane cylinders.
Once this stove is lit, it burns and burns and burns! You'll have no trouble boiling up a pot of water for spaghetti, and the fuel lasts for hours and hours. I really love this little stove and I can't wait to break it out again. By the way, it's not just great for camping, it's also easy to toss into the trunk for picnics and cookouts. Enjoy!
By the way, if you're gonna go retro and buy this, there's a companion gas lantern from Coleman. Apart from the hassle of the flimsy mantles on those lanterns, they burn very brightly for many hours. The stove/lantern combo makes a fantastic pair.
41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2007
I purchased this product for a recent car camping excursion to Algonquin Provincial Park. Previously, I had a propane stove by the Coleman. I switched to the liquid fuel model to be more environmentally friendly. While the liquid fuel is a little more cumbersome than propane, I found the extra trouble was well worth it.
The burner controls on the liquid gas stove made it much easier to regulate the flame thereby giving you a better heat range to cook different types of food, whereas the propane stove went to high almost immediately. Plus, the Park claimed that it costed them $2.50 to dispose of the nonrefillable propane tanks. A friend of mine suggested refilling the propane tanks myself, but there is a clear warning on the side of the tank that says there is a risk of explosion. However, you can buy an adapter and use the larger barbeque-type tanks for the propane stove, but who would want to haul one of these babies for car camping.
So there you have it. Better flame control and greener. Also you can buy a liquid fuel bottle (I bought one made by MSR) to make the transport of the fuel easier.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2012
I haven't had this stove long, but I just cooked dinner on it, and did a review. Go to Youtube, and type in "themarkfellows2" and look for my review. It will be uploaded tonight, and ready for viewing in the morning. I cooked a large pot of Chicken, Egg Drop soup, and it performed great, with plenty of power from the main burner(I didn't use the auxiliary burner, but I am sure it is fine). I boiled 8 cups of chicken broth, 2 cups of water, and cooked 2 pounds of chicken, and vegetables, in about 30 minutes. Start to finish. The stove, lights, and works very well. The Auxiliary burner is easy to light, and extinguish.
I used Coleman fuel that was AT LEAST 10 years old, and maybe 20 years old, and left first, in a porch exposed to cold, and heat, and sunlight. It burned just fine.
I have found Coleman fuel to be Extremely stable.
Propane is more stable, and burns cleaner, but I just can not justify using those little 1 pound bottles, and then chucking them in the trash when they are empty. It just seems really stupid to me to use those.
If they have an adapter to make one of those propane stoves use a 20 pound bottle, more power to you. I will stick with liquid fuel if I can. It generates much less waste than the 1 pound bottles, and you can get fuel anywhere. Plus, this can run on gasoline if you wish.
Anyway, back to the stove. It is great. It lights easily, has plenty of power, has great fine adjustment on the heat, and burns very steadily after the first five minutes, and the generator heats up.
This will be a fine stove for my car camping( I already have an MSR Dragonfly for backpacking).
One big plus was that it was manufactured in the USA. That means a lot to me, over Chinese goods.
Be aware though, the first couple times you use it, you will likely burn some paint off, so you will smell burning paint fumes a little, if you have the burner turned up high.
Also, the stove body gets hot, so keep stuff that will melt away from it.
I put a video on youtube, where I cook a pot of soup with 20 year old coleman fuel. Go to youtube, and look for "the suburban hippie survivalist" and look for my video on it.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2006
I've been wanting a Coleman stove for some time now, and finally got around to actually buying one. Too heavy for backpacking (duh) but perfect for car camping. I had a little bit of trouble lighting the auxillary burner (I think it got wet), but it worked just fine in the end, and all in all, this has been an excellent stove. Though I've never had to use it, I like the versatility of the dual fuel, and I love the reliability of Coleman. It's worth the money because I knew it would last forever!!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2009
This is a great product. We used it everyday, several times a day for 5 days for a family of four (Two men, two women (translated: 2 big eaters, 2 little eaters). It is constructed well and we think it will last a long time. It stores nicely. Simple to use. Easy to clean. Flame even and hot. Boils water fast (important for coffe in AM!). Flame never blew out. Can use one or both burners. Fuel tank keeps pressure for long time...easily enough to cook the meal; if it does go low, easy to pump pressure right up in a few quick strokes. Spacious enough for a 12quart pot and a frying pan if you open wings. Thoroughly recommend.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2011
I've had this and the companion gas burning lantern for about 5 years. I've driven and camped across the U.S. twice and these two items are indispensable. Along with only 1 tin of fuel, I can cook 2 meals a day and light up the latern for 2 or 3 hours each evening for almost 2 weeks (staying efficient in how I heat and cook stuff). Definitely the best car camping investment I've made. Be sure to have small/medium pots and pans though, it has a tough time accommodating the larger ones. A nested camping pot set with the removable shared handle (and lids that double as pans) works great, and they heat up fast, which is key to not wasting fuel.