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For those who're unfamiliar with the terminology, "dry camping" is done with an RV utilizing ONLY the resources within the vehicle; without external connections, such as water, electric or sewer.

After reading the heartfelt but negative reviews on Amazon about this coffee maker, I was hesitant to buy it. Fortunately my experience using this coffee maker has been positive. My wife is an early-riser and wants her coffee right away. Usually by 6 a.m. we have the coffee maker brewing in our motorhome. As long as we're at a campsite where there is an electric hook-up our Mr. Coffee, which cost less than half as much as I paid for this one, performs admirably. However, at many of our national parks, national seashores and at many big RV rallies, there are no electric hook-ups or the hook-ups are outrageously expensive. Not only does it seem to be a waste to run our 5.5KW motorhome generator to brew coffee, many of the campgrounds prohibit running generators before 7 or 8 am. Brewing coffee, using an inverter, quickly drains our coach batteries.

I thought, what the heck, I'll buy this coffee maker and give it a try based upon the mostly positive reviews. Before I actually brewed coffee, I washed the pot and basket and gave this coffee maker a test run on our three-burner propane gas range using plain water. The front burner is the fastest, so that's the burner I used. I centered this coffee maker over the burner and turned the burner to its highest setting. This coffee maker took fifteen minutes to pump all of the water out of the tank and into the carafe. If it had failed to perform, I was prepared to return it to Amazon for a refund.

Since then, while dry camping, I've brewed more than a dozen delicious pots of coffee on my RV's gas range. All have been as tasty as the brews that I make with our Mr. Coffee when we have electric power. Both coffee makers allow us to remove the carafe while it is brewing without spillage. Our twelve-cup Mr. Coffee takes about ten minutes to make ten cups of coffee. This coffee maker takes about fifteen minutes to brew ten cups of coffee, which is its rated capacity. Instructions with this Coleman coffee maker say to immediately turn off the heat when the brewing is complete, which is what I do. This coffee maker won't keep a carafe of coffee warm for a long time, but we usually drink what we brew right away.

At this point I have no complaints aside from the fact that this specialized coffee maker cost me more than twice as much as its electric equivalent. However, I have already saved much more than it's premium price by avoiding electric hook-up charges at RV rallies. Even more important, my wife is happy to get her first cup of coffee right away without having to wait until "quiet time" is over, so we can start our generator. Whenever I'm at a campground with electric hook-ups, I'll still use my Mr. Coffee because it doesn't consume our expensive propane and is slightly faster. But for all other situations, this coffee maker makes a tasty brew without requiring electric power and it uses the same paper filters. I have uploaded a photo that shows this coffee maker in action; brewing on our propane gas range. Amazon moved the photo to an obscure location on the page, but it's still there.
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Enthusiast: Campingon July 13, 2016
The coffee maker itself feels surprisingly cheap. I was a little worried about the fact that it is predominately made of cheap feeling plastic. Shouldn't be a surprise as when you get your box you will notice MADE IN CHINA, Glass made in Germany in bold letters. I purchased this after reading all review types, positive, neutral and negative. I'm not willing to call anyone out like some reviewers have and state things like "They don't know what they are talking about", "They OBVIOUSLY are doing something wrong", etc.

IMPORTANT: The first pot of coffee I brewed wasn't a pot of coffee at all. It was just plain water to make sure the device functioned and to help "clean/cycle" the unit of any possible contamination. Some people have claimed that the device overflows, backs up and pours out all over the place. Mine did too at first and here's why:

You MUST ensure that the top portion/basket is swung closed PRIOR to inserting the coffee pot. This is due to the design of the pause and serve lever. I tinkered around a bit with mine because I thought that it wasn't closed all of the way because there is a gap on the left side of the plastic facing you when brewing. If you play with the swing out basket AFTER you place the glass pot the device will back up and leak!

Not sure if its everyone's coffee maker or just a defect in mine but mine does in fact make it look like the filter basket is NOT closing all of the way. Poor design, if so. If your coffee maker does start leaking my best advice is to turn off the fire and leave it be. Don't try to stop it or you WILL burn yourself.

Brewing Time: I was a little taken aback that my coffee wasn't as instant as I would have liked to hope for. However, I think many people living in todays age of drive through's and K-Cup single serves would in fact be surprised at how long it takes to brew. Not sure I'd go ahead and be braisen enough to claim that it takes as long as a household coffee brewer would or not, as its been a LONG time since I too have used home brewers. Some brew faster than others. Especially the expensive models like Keurig, BUNN, anything that has a heating element for pre-heated water.

The product however does NOT lose a star due to the brewing time. After all, coffee after while when camping IS better than no coffee at all, or percolators that give you a cup full of grounds that take equally as long.

A lot of people have claimed that the usage of aluminum for a heating element was a poor decision. While I have not had a problem in this area, I'd have to agree. I have pretty much learned to HATE anything made of aluminum as the melting point is much lower than solid steel and heavier metals. Ever throw a soda can in a camp fire? Watch it melt sooner than later. Ever use one of those pie irons that arent actually made of iron, I did, and it melted the first night! The instructions DO however specify to use nothing more than 15,000 BTU's, so, with that being said; I have seen at least one reviewer state theirs melted with a 20,000 BTU unit, which definitely does denote USER ERROR.

Unfortunately, to many, fire is fire and when you advertise that it's for a camp stove, a lot of individuals won't mind to pay attention to things like BTU's, etc.

Overall: I highly appreciated the fact that I was able to have quality coffee at my disposal. The unit loses a star for its overall build quality as I question how long this will truly last. I've been really careful in between brewing pots to let the unit cool for a while, etc. I'm afraid just one simple mistake will leave me without my morning and evening cup of coffee, and hunting for a replacement. Coleman, if you're listening, people associate your name, or at least once did with QUALITY and RELIABILITY. I'm sure i'm not the only one willing to pay a few extra bucks to an extra $20.00 for heavier metal and some quality materials, overall.

I will update after my next time using it to update how well it's held up. I may even poke around and see if I can remove the pause and serve lever somehow without breaking the unit, as I have no use for it.
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on August 3, 2016
This coffee maker is perfect. I wouldnt change anything on it. It's simple to use and easy to understand how to use. From opining the box to having coffee it took us about 10. We used to bring instant coffee with us camping and it sucked. This year I decided to see if there was a camping coffee maker and I ran into this product. Freaking awesome! This thing is very simple. Just set it up exactly like you would for your counter top coffee maker except set it on a camp stove. Then light up the stove. After I light up my stove it takes about 2 minutes to for it to start working. I didn't time it but it seems to be about 10 minutes for a full pot. We actually had 3 other families go camping with us and all the parents came to our campsite in the morning to drink coffee. We ended up brewing 2 pots every morning because all the other adults brought the instant coffee.

I like that the box has a plastic handle on the top of it. We stored the coffee maker back in the box after the camping trip. It's a sturdy box so why not? I want it to last as long as it can.

I did notice that if I turn the stove up it brews faster and slower if I turn it down. This might be in the directions but I somehow lost them before we took off for the trip. I think I accidentally threw them away before I had a chance to look at them. Ops! That goes to show how easy this thing is to figure out.

If you love your coffee this is a must have. The heck with the instant coffee. It's for the birds!

Helpful?...............Thank You!
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on June 28, 2016
Love love love our Coleman Camping Coffee Maker!!! We are finally using during our 1st camping trip of the season and it brews coffee just like our coffee maker at home!!! Ba bye percolator, no more grinds in our coffee. Thanks Coleman, for yet another awesome & reliable product!!! Rosemary Burr
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on August 29, 2015
Took this out for our first camping trip. I love this coffee pot. It is easy to use, brews quickly and coffee is hot. Love the smell of coffee brewing while camping.
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on June 1, 2017
This is the second one of these I've bought - really like them. Fresh, drip coffee in the RV even when I'm out in the sticks and no shore power. The last one I had started to get rusty at the bottom, but it worked fine until we had the carafe handle pointed the wrong way and melted it. Was looking for a new carafe, but the cost of a whole new unit was only $10 more, so bought that instead. I will keep my eye open for a carafe at Goodwill so I can have the second unit as a spare.
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on April 13, 2016
I have had three of these Coleman coffee makers. The first one lasted several years, purchased in 2003, finally starting to leak, so I replaced it. When they work they make excellent drip coffee just like home. Both the second and third makers purchased 2014-2015 only lasted for some 10-20 pots. The metal that is used to cover the underneath portion of the maker just above the stove flame has melted twice. Apparently since making them in China, the base plate alloy is liberally full of lead. The bottom melted out just as if I had melted a whole roll of solder, the burner is now ruined. I only use a medium flame on the stove when brewing the coffee. The stove is the same Coleman camp stove I have had for over 35 years. Apparently Coleman quality has gone downhill since China is making their products. The Coleman company is also receiving this review via email.
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on July 13, 2017
I ordered this to take on a 2 week camping trip to Yellowstone/teton to replace my percolator. It worked great and made coffee as good as my drip coffeemaker at home.I also got the Quikpot stainless Carafe to take along instead of the glass one. There's a small metal tab under the carafe handle that I had to bend out of the way to make it sit on the hot plate properly. The coffeemaker worked perfectly on my propane camp stove and made perfect Sumatran every time. It was also faster and required less attention than my percolator. If you know how to use a automatic drip coffeemaker at home you should have no problems. Just center it over a burner and go. The problem with people who cannot make it work is not with the coffeemaker. It is simple.
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on May 10, 2017
Love it! Makes an excellent pot of coffee. Perfect for camping (dry or hooked up), use on the inside-trailer propane stove or outside on the Coleman gladiator or grill. The single & minor criticism is that there's no way to keep the pot warm, once the brew is ready the whole coffeemaker comes off the stove. For a keep-the-rest-of-the-pot-hot feature you have to sump it into a metal percolator over a very low flame.
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on August 21, 2016
Took this camping and was sooooo happy to have fresh coffee out in the woods. The only thing Is the glass pot. Just have to be careful when packing. Best camping gear we have bought. #coffeelovers
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