Camp Stoves

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  1. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

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    Folks, We carry the largest made bottles into the field for work which is the 30 OZ MSR fuel bottles. These bottles rock for toughness and are pressure vessels so they don't leak. Exception is if the caps O ring fail :-(. We immediately replace the safety caps they come with, with normal ones. The only down side is 30 OZ isn't all that much fuel if you are boon-docking for days and/or heating water for showers. Boon-docking is what we do 90% the time. As others have stated, HDPE plastic is not bothering by gasoline fuels.
     
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    its big. its heavy.
    but i can BAKE dinner & dessert in an oven, & safely take a shower while its cooking.
    got scaffold bench to make legs. together, its normal counter height.
    got the hose that connects to second big propane tank.
    then got the quick connect hose so i can run it off trailer tank.

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    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    Oh, hell. I'm in trouble now ...
     
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    Look for a pizza stone that will fit on the shelf. It will help with heat distribution eliminating hot spots and the need to keep turning your food. I adapted adjustable feet on mine to help with leveling. Smart thinking on the scaffold legs I went crazy trying to find something to put it on that was the right height.
    Edit: progress report on cap gasket for your Coleman stove? Oh yeah the gasket needs to be fuel resistant so I don’t think Home Depot will have it.
     
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    I buy cap gaskets in bulk off eBay.
     
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    I have several different stoves ,the one I like the best and use the most is a early 60s model two burner coleman that was my dads ,I also have 2 two mantle and a one mantle lantern and a coleman tent heater that were his .Their simple and just work .I have a new 3 burner coleman propane stove works ok but is very hard to control the heat,and a two burner campchef weekender propane stove well built works good but is big and heavy.
     
  7. Arlyn Aronson

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    We used a ancient stove for a long, long time but now a have a new one. The father-in-law keeps buying camp equipment then gives it us, after he decides that he'll not use it. Nonetheless, they both work fine and we'll keep using the new one since its slightly smaller in size.

    Camp food is best!
     
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    I use Wally World propane for a few years till they are shot. I get by with bring a propane skillet and have 3 burners to use outside of the camper. Simple meal of shish James bobs and rice or noodle.
    Get elaborate and I have homemade sauce on low all day. Meatballs, sausages, and garlic bread on the campfire Requires all burners. 7B411CF7-81BA-42AD-B854-5DF5294D63E0.jpeg
     
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    this is a double post
     
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    HPDE plastic does perfectly well with fuels. This is the plastic that fuel cans you buy, is made from. We also use MSR 30 oz fuel bottles but found that 30oz container its not enough volume. Today we simply use the 1 gallon steel cans that white gas comes in from the manufacture . They get bent to snot in the fire wood box getting banged around, but we've yet to have one leak. Go figure.

     
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    I have that one but switched it to propane
     
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    backpacking i use a solo stove twig burner. I have been contemplating getting dual fuel lanterns on up for shtf times not weekend practicing to homeless.
     
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    @Arlyn Aronson We did have a metal Coleman can develop a hole, years ago. Thankful it was on our way home, and only got on the stuff sacks for the sleeping bags. We now use a “plastic” gas can, plus have metal MSR bottles for backpacking.
    Still happy to stick with white gas for the camp stove and backpacking on. Coleman doesn’t get used every trip, we use the TT one lots of the time these days- after years of trying to cook in the wind, it’s nice. We also have a longer season.
     
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    I could go into detail on this, but I am very strongly against the 1lb propane cylinders. If you get a propane camp stove, make sure you get one you can hook up to a refillable cylinder. I have a Coleman Classic 2 burner Perfectflow stove, I think they are something like $45.00 at Walmart.com. I like liquid fuel stoves / lanterns / heaters better for simplicity sake, but they are a bit more difficult for some people to use. Propane is fine if running off of a bulk cylinder.

    Avoid Brinkmann stoves at all costs. Their regulators are junk, and are not replaceable so the stoves are disposable.
     
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    I've had lots of different camp stoves. Coleman aren't the fanciest, but they seem to be the most durable, and parts are available long after other MFGs have gone out of business...

    My current stove collection is...

    #1. Coleman 424 dual fuel 2 burner liquid fuel camp stove.
    #2. Coleman Classic 2 burner propane camp stove with perfectflow.
    #3. Brinkmann 2 burner stainless steel propane camp stove.
    #4. MSR Whisperlite white gas stove. (Old one, bought new in 1991).
    #5. Coleman Exponent F1 Ultralite isobutane stove.
    #6. (The one I forgot). A most likely 1970s vintage Century single burner propane... My dad found this at a garage sale and gave it to me in the mid 1980s... It's nothing fancy, but it's an absolute treasure to me.

    Not a big fan of the ultra fancy stove grill gizmos, piezo electric ignition etc... Just not a fan. I prefer simple and reliable.
     
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    I used to have a coleman 2 burner stove. It was fairly new. But not enough cooking space and a PITA to clean if you made a mess. We opted for the 22in Blackstone griddle....wont look back, LOVE THIS THING!!! And bought a propane quick connect hose hook up from propane gear that connects to the LP on the PUP...no no green canisters for us. If we need to boil water we use the stove inside the PUP. Everyone has their preference.

    http://propanegear.com/
     
  17. sleach

    sleach A short run will get you within walking distance.

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    dbhost makes a good point by noting that Coleman has parts available for older models. We have a Coleman white gas two burner of early 1950's vintage, inherited from my parents. It worked "okay", but when McGuckin Hardware in Boulder had a Coleman rep for the weekend we had a few parts replaced. For the cost of new pump innards, new generator tube and valve it works good as new. Brings back memories of my Dad cooking on it in the rain in the Great Smoky Mountains about 1956.
     
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    It should be noted, as others above have chimed in. Many of us are big fans of white gas stoves. I do like having the same fuel for all of my appliances. It's all in keeping it simple. I have like I mentioned, a Coleman 424 Dual Fuel lantern, as well as a couple of late 60s white gas catalytic heaters, and a pair of dual fuel lanterns. The only camp appliance I don't have able to replace its function with liquid fuel is the camp shower. I do however have 50' of 3/8" copper tubing, plenty of hose, clamps, and an unheated Zodi shower rig. My plan is to make a heating coil housed in a steel coffee can to fit over a stove burner. Probably dual coil, 2" inner, and 4" outer, then coffee can. This should be plenty of heat exchanger for a shower. Heat this from the 424 and I am good to go!

    This does mean however I need to carry cans of white gas with me, and that stuff is getting harder to find as the years go by... And those catalytic heaters do NOT like gasoline...

    Propane is easier for sure, and honesty less likely to get me fussed at by my wife.

    The Portable buddy heater is a LOT faster and easier to start compared to the old Coleman heaters, same goes for the stove, lanterns etc... But a fuel leak has the potential to be FAR more disasterous with propane than white gas... Also cold climates, and lower elevations, where the pressure differential between in the cylinder, and exterior atmosphere isn't as great, can cause severe function problems with propane, to the point it may not function at all.

    One thing I STRONGLY recommend with any system, but propane in particular, is a means to leak test the connections, and hoses. Bulk tanks are awesome, but hoses get old, and like I said above, leaks can lead to disaster...
     
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    Not particularly fast or quiet, but still a favorite. We leave the OEM propane stove from our camper at home and use the traditional 2 burner Coleman as our main camp stove. I made a wind screen for this one out of a metal coffee can and it heats the coffee pot even faster... IMG_3506.JPG
     
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    I'd love to find one of these single burner stoves in good shape to add to our two 425 and one 413 stoves. We now do a mix of cooking inside on the LP stove or outside on the Coleman. It'd be nice to have an alternative to the 2-burner stove on some trips. (If we have power, we can use the microwave, and I've been known to take an Instant Pot or 2.) We actually don't do a lot of cooking from scratch for dinner, especially now that we have a freezer that works well. Our menu has improved a lot with the ability to being more foods prepared at home and frozen.
     

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