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What is the best camping stove?

Postby ae6black » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:25 pm

I am on a search for a good camping stove. I have a Coleman classic propane that I can't quite regulate the way I want. I keep burning my pancakes, which to me is a carnal sin. I got a spiderweb inside one of the orifices and by the time I got the little bugger out I'd enlarged the hole and made the stove cook too hot. Now I have a two burner blow torch. I have an old gasoline unit that works well enough, these units just take too long to get regulated to cook the way I want to cook. Does anybody have a propane stove that they love and why? I am the most familiar with Coleman but would like to hear what others think about their equipment, regardless of the brand.

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby Woodbutcher » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:41 pm

I started with this propane stove, and I really like it. It is a Coleman, but I don't know the model number. My experience was that is was a good stove and the burners worked well with easy adjustment. The reason I stopped using it was that it takes the small 1 LB propane bottles and they did not seem to last that long. I went back to the old Coleman fuel green vintage stove. I can travel and cook on a 2 week trip without filling the tank.

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby Karen Clancy » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:35 pm

Steve is that another teardrop or a previous one ??
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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby John61CT » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:00 pm

Any propane appliance designed for 1# bottles can easily be adapted to use another size tank including the standard 20# BBQ tank.

There are also 1# bottles designed for refilling that you can do so yourself from a big bottle to a smaller one.

Do not refill the disposable ones.

Also same with stoves designed for butane, including the big Iwatani catering style and the tiny backpacker ones, but adapters are pricey.
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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby tony.latham » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:27 pm

We really like our Primus.

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It works great since the hose comes out the bottom and it's always connected to a one-pound bottle in the drawer below it.

However, I'm in the planning stages of build #4. I'll probably use a Partner and have it slide out 90º to give us more access to the counter. They're spendy but great stoves.

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby Woodbutcher » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:29 pm

Karen Clancy wrote:Steve is that another teardrop or a previous one ??



That was my first one...It's been sold.
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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby slowcowboy » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:08 pm

I had a atwood rv drop in the counte stove top. still have It its now going in my new kampmaster. runs on propane ether a normal 20 pound bottle piped in or the green cans. works good on regulation on heat. my old first teardrop I am back to my old reliable vintage white gas colemans. for grilling in the summer. I still at home. still use the vintage white gas colemans. I got a old 2 burner 413A I love. for starting my kingsford charcoal I got a vintage old single burner coleman. a 5000A that's my charcoal chimmely heater to cook my charcoal for all my dutch oven cooking.I love it total open it gets rid of the ash fast which blows away.

I also love a new coleman propane fired skillet.
best propane stove is regular propane rv applainces. so still the atwood stove top is a good propane stove.

but I am a coleman collector so stand on vintage coleman white gas green classics. slow
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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby slowcowboy » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:11 pm

I fully refill the disposable green coleman cans I have a adapter and done it for years. I have worked for years on propane trucks I ant scared of propane. nothing scary about refilling a disposable green coleman can. takes mins. easy simple plumb safe. slow
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What is the best camping stove?

Postby dirtsailor2003 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:45 pm

My 1961 Coleman and my 1972 single burner Coleman are my favorites. Just tuned both of them up. If you can find an older Coleman you can’t go wrong. White has lasts longer than propane. You get about 4x the burn time.

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When I was 8 I bought the 72 single burner at an estate auction. It was a closed box sale. I won with a $5 dollar bid. Inside was the stove, the metal pot carrying case that the stove fits in. Lid is a pan and the body of the case is a pot. Also in the box was the heater top. It all still lives in that box.

The 1961I bought for $20 a while back. Wasn’t holding pressure in the tank and was dumping too much fuel out of the generator. Fixed the tank lid. Cleaned the generator and it’s been running perfect ever since. The old ones are really easy to work on. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one off CL or some other online site as long as the unit looks like the two in the picture. Most sell due to minor issues that are easy fixes.


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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby John61CT » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:10 am

Refilling the disposables is stupid for use or even just to carry in an enclosed living space.

Even more so in a mobile context.

Some anectodal "I've been doing it for years NP" does not change that, even professionals do stupid things.

Especially when 1# bottles **designed and approved by DOT for refilling** have been available for years now.

Illegal to cross state lines with them also.
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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby rkanz » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:47 am

I have a Camp Chef Everest. It is the best stove I have used. Very high BTU and can simmer well. Push button igniter. Works well near freezing. I would replace to stove on my kitchen with one of these. A 1 pound tank lasts several days depending on the amount of cooking. I gave away my Coleman white gas stove.


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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby Cosmo » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:01 pm

I use a 2 burner Dometic glass top

But If you want small and cheap as an emergency or an extra burner or backup stove -
large burner facilitates cooking real food! Light enough for backpacking. Handy if I need a third burner in the trailer. Puts out plenty of heat
$8 and FREE SHIPPING
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M6 ... UTF8&psc=1


Or

$4 and FREE SHPPING
I have used this one backpacking. It can fit in your shirt pocket without the fuel can. Weighs nothing.
Small burner is fine for boiling water but creates a bit of a hotspot for cooking real food.
I can cook with it, but have to be very careful not to scorch the food with the blow torch nozzle. Puts out plenty of heat
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C3 ... UTF8&psc=1

You have to consider these stoves for what they are - $8 and $4 - AMAZING at that price - but not a $70 MSR backpacking stove. Reviews show people are plenty happy with them (if this is your need).


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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby ae6black » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:53 am

I am specifically interested in hearing about a stove that I can use at low heat. My classic Coleman propane works fine at high heat applications. I am looking for a stove that I can simmer soups and what not at lower heat settings and cook pancakes without burning them on the outside while the inside is still gooey because my heat setting was too high. Both of my gas pump style Coleman's work great at high heat but are not as convenient as a propane stove for a quick heat up of canned stew or eggs and pancakes when you only want to have the stove on for a few minutes. Face it when I want to have a quick meal so that I can get out in the woods or out on the water in a hurry, I really don't want to fuss around with a camp stove that takes twenty minutes to begin heating the way I want them to. If I want a slow cooked decent meal, I have three different sized dutch ovens for that. Right now i am looking at that primus 100 that has a small footprint that I like for easy storage in the TD galley. One of the reviews I read however said that the stove worked fine except at low heat settings which is exactly the complaint that I have with my coleman propane stove. Does anybody have any experience with a propane stove that can actually simmer at low heat that you are pleased with?

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby rkanz » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:18 pm

Camp Chef simmers well.


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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby John61CT » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:10 pm

When you find a model interests you otherwise, google it with

simmer

and you'll get reviews and blog/discussion posts wrt that aspect
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