OR - Coleman 2-Burner Stove - Derek
- Respectfully submitted brownie point (I think this stove qualifies as
base camp gear).
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Coleman 2-Burner Propane PerfectFlow(TM) Stove
Owner Review by Derek Hansen
DATE: September 9, 2008
[Photo of Stove]
Photo courtesy Coleman.com
Name - Derek Hansen
Age - 32
Gender - Male
Height - 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Weight - 165 lb (75 kg)
Email Address - derek.dot.hansen.at.mac.dot.com
City, State, Country - Alexandria, Virginia, USA
I began serious backpacking in 2005 after becoming a Scoutmaster for
a local Boy Scout troop in Virginia. Now, I overnight camp at least
once a month with two or three week-long high adventure treks every
year. I am venturing into lightweight backpacking and keep my base
weight under 18 lb (8.2 kg). I use a hammock year-round.
Manufacturer: The Coleman Company, Inc.
Year Manufactured: 2005
Weight Listed: N/A
Weight Measured: 170.25 oz (4827 g)
Dimensions Measured: 14.5 x 21 x 4 in (39.4 x 53 x 10.2 cm)
BTU: 20,000 in two high-performance, adjustable burners Lighting:
Fuel: Uses 16.4 oz (465 g) propane cylinders
The Coleman 2-Burner Propane PerfectFlow(TM) Stove is a few-frills,
basic base-camp stove featuring the Colmean "Windblock(TM)" system
consisting of slanting metal sheets that fill a double duty of
blocking side wind and supporting the fold-open lid. The stove has a
modern shape with rounded edges and carrying handle. The wind shields
fold down inside the lid for easy packing. The lid has a snap closure
with a small red nob that releases the catch when opening.
The safety and operating instructions label is affixed to the inside
of the lid for ready reference.
The stove is constructed of "heavy-duty enable painted steel case and
aluminized cooking surface." The exterior is painted green, and the
cooking area has a brushed aluminum appearance.
The two burners operate independent of each other and are controlled
by separate valve knobs. The two burner control knobs are inset in
the handle, each controlling the left or right burner respectively.
The burners are fully adjustable to form a low-heat simmer to a high-
heat full boil.
The stove has two removable parts: a grate and an external propane
connector. The nickel chrome grate fits over the burners and is
aligned over the burners by matching the grate into pre-punched holes
in the aluminized cooking surface. The individual wire grates are
spaced far apart and are suitable for placing a pot, griddle, or
other cooking pan on top, but is not designed for placing food
directly on the grate.
The external propane connector which has a threaded end that connects
to the right side of the stove and a non-adjustable valve to connect
to the external propane canister (sold separately). The "PerfectFlow
(TM)" system refers to the non-adjustable connector that links the
propane canister with the stove. The pressure from the external
canister is controlled via the two burner control knobs.
FIELD USE CONDITIONS
My wife and I purchased this stove as part of our family "car
camping" equipment in 2006. The stove fits great in the trunk or the
back of the van and the propane canisters we need are readily
available at shopping centers, grocery stores, and often camp stores
where we overnight.
We have taken the Coleman stove with us on many overnight and week-
long camps totaling over 20 days and nights. Three of our most recent
trips include an excursion at the Assateague National Seashore,
Maryland; camping near Williamsburg, Virginia; and camping at the
Bull Run Regional Park in Virginia.
Our adventure at the Assateague National Seashore in Maryland was at
sea level, and temperatures ranged from 55 F (13 C) to 90 F (32 C).
Williamsburg area is about 50 ft in elevation (15 m) with
temperatures in the same range. Our trip to Bull Run was at an
elevation of about 285 ft (87 m) and had mild summer temperatures of
65 F (18 F) to around 80 F (~27 C).
FIELD USE RESULTS
While camping on the beach in Assateague, the wind was horrific.
Partly a blessing in disguise, because the wind prohibited the swarms
of mosquitos from bothering us, but it made keeping the heat on the
pots very difficult. The wind swirled and blew, seemingly from all
directions. The Coleman "Windblock(TM)" stays were not enough to keep
the wind from blowing the heat off the pot. I tried digging a large
sand mound to block the wind, but that wasn't effective because-did I
mention the sand? I had to abandon the sand idea and resorted to just
piling other kitchen items around the stove and trying to stand in
strategic locations to block the wind. Luckily, I also had a
backpacking windscreen in my kit that I was able to use around one of
the pots. Ultimately, I just used a lot of the fuel to cook and clean-
up our meals. To light the burners, I had to use a Bic-brand lighter,
as matches failed in the wind.
The stove has great temperature controls, but for this trip, I had to
keep the valve on "high" to compensate for the high wind.
The situation in Williamsburg was much different: very calm and
peaceful, except for the rain. Thankfully we had finished cooking our
evening meal before the rain hit, but I left the stove outside before
we retired for the night. The stove was closed when the rain came,
and in the morning I inspected all our gear. The stove was no worse
for the wear and there was some moisture down in the stove basin.
Although not exactly waterproof, the cover seemed to do a good job
keeping the rain out. For breakfast, I placed a griddle over the two
burners and cooked up some delicious bacon and pancakes that we all
enjoyed. The two burners did a good job at distributing the heat over
the griddle, but there were obvious hot spots directly over the jets.
For better even temperatures, I should probably get a cast iron griddle.
I should note that the two adjustable valves rotate in opposite
directions, which can be a little confusing at first. I often forget,
and when I turn on one side, I glance to see why the other nob isn't
turning, only to remember that it turns in the opposite direction to
open and close. The knobs are accurately labeled, it is just a
strange function to get used to.
To light the stove, I typically strike a match and lay it down near
the burner and then open the appropriate valve. This is the
recommended method, but I've also held a small Bic-brand lighter to
light the stove (not recommended) and singed my hand in the process.
Our trip to the Bull Run Regional Park in Virginia was very pleasant
with no rain and very moderate temperatures. For this trip, I only
packed the two propane canisters we had used in Assateague and
Williamsburg. It is hard to tell how empty the canisters are, and I
guessed we had enough fuel between the two to make it over the
weekend. I was wrong. For dinner, we planned for spaghetti, with
green beans and toasted garlic bread. The first canister lasted long
enough to boil the spaghetti noodles, but eventually sputtered out
and the flames died. We toasted our bread over a small open fire and
used the second canister to heat up the sauce and beans and later to
heat up water for clean-up. For breakfast the next day, I was busy
cooking bacon and pancakes on the griddle again with the same
canister. I made it through the bacon and the first few pancakes when
the second propane canister died out, empty. I guess that trip to
Assateague really wiped out the fuel! I quickly drove down to the
camp store only to discover they had no canisters available. I picked
up some wood and we cooked the remaining pancakes on the griddle over
To clean the stove, I typically just wipe down the cooking surface
with a paper towel. I'm pretty careful not to spill, so I haven't had
any difficult messes to clean up, thankfully. The surface seems
pretty easy to clean, but I've also never allowed any food to burn or
sear onto the metal. A quick wipe-down after each meal has kept our
Coleman 2-burner stove looking new for a few years, and hopefully
many more to come.
The Coleman 2-burner propane stove with "PerfectFlow(TM)" system has
been a great stove for base camping with the family. The carrying
handle makes it easy to tote from the shelf at home to the back of
the car or van, and it is very easy to set up and use. The most
difficult part of set-up is to attach the external metal connector to
the body of the stove and to twist on the propane canister.
I've seen some propane stoves with metal stands for the propane
canister. This stove does not have a stand, so the weight of the
canister is distributed partly on the connecting tube and the
canister itself. I've worried about eventual wear on the connection
ends, but so far I've had no problems.
Lighting the stove poses its own dangers, but by following the
directions of lighting the match first and placing it down near the
burner has proved very effective in low-wind conditions. Coleman does
sell "InstaStart(TM)" stoves with push-button ignition for matchless
lighting; this may be an option in the future, but I am happy with
the performance of the basic model we currently own.
I hate to waste fuel, but I also learned my lesson by running out of
fuel by guessing the capacity of a near-depleted canister. It is
difficult to tell if the canister is full or empty and,
unfortunately, the canisters are not refillable.
1. Easy to set-up, and tote.
2. Fuel is easy to come by and works well in varied conditions.
3. Adjustable flame for simmering or boiling.
4. Can hold up to two pots or a griddle over the two burners.
1. External metal connecting tube doesn't have a stand for the
2. Does not have a push-button ignition.
3. Fuel canisters are not refillable and are difficult to measure
their capacity (how full is it?).
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> EDIT/APPROVAL: OR - Coleman 2-Burner Stove - DerekHi Derek - you know the drill. Please see below.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, Derek Hansen
> Respectfully submitted brownie point (I think this stove qualifies
> base camp gear).### Comment: Yes... but this month's OR call is for water-related
gear. ;-) I guess the powers that be may still count it.
> The external propane connector which has a threaded end thatconnects
> to the right side of the stove and a non-adjustable valve toconnect
> to the external propane canister (sold separately).### EDIT: That sentence got mixed up somewhere. Maybe do away with
the word "which"?
> I hate to waste fuel, but I also learned my lesson by running outof
> fuel by guessing the capacity of a near-depleted canister. It is### Comment: Between trips, you can weigh the canister. They should
> difficult to tell if the canister is full or empty and,
> unfortunately, the canisters are not refillable.
list the net weight of the content, so as long as you've taken the
gross measurement of a full canister, you should be able to get a
pretty accurate picture.
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- Thank you for the edits. I've made the changes, uploaded the page, and
deleted the old.
On Sep 8, 2008, at 9:06 AM, André Corterier wrote:
> > Respectfully submitted brownie point (I think this stove qualifies
> as base camp gear).
> ### Comment: Yes... but this month's OR call is for water-related
> gear. ;-) I guess the powers that be may still count it.
\me crosses fingers
I was referring to message #76369 where Ted said, "I will also
continue Base Camp Gear from last month."
> ### Comment: Between trips, you can weigh the canister. They should
> list the net weight of the content, so as long as you've taken the
> gross measurement of a full canister, you should be able to get a
> pretty accurate picture.
Thanks! That is a great idea, and beats the "shake-and-guess" method I