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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby tony.latham » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:34 pm

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?


I just asked my wife on her thoughts on our Primus Firehole and how it simmers. Which I think is the 100.

She says she doesn't have a problem with it but you need to keep an eye on it when it's at the lowest setting to make sure it doesn't go out. But she threw in this caveat: We don't do much cooking that needs a low flame.

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby KTM_Guy » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:28 pm

I’m going with a Partner Steel stove in my build. I’ve never used one but haven’t read one bad thing about them. Maybe the price. Partnersteel.com. Best price I have seen is from them direct. It’s build to last a lifetime.

If I only camped with electric I would go with an induction countertop cooktop with two burners. I have been thinking of one for outdoor cooking next to the grill at home. You do need induction ready cookware.


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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby exminnesotaboy » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:32 pm

KTM_Guy wrote:I’m going with a Partner Steel stove in my build. I’ve never used one but haven’t read one bad thing about them. Maybe the price. Partnersteel.com. Best price I have seen is from them direct. It’s build to last a lifetime.

Well, never heard of this brand and I just spent the last hour researching them. Looks like there will be no question which stove I’ll be buying next - and I don’t care it is double the cost, quality is not cheap.
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Re: What is the best camping stove?

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby ae6black » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:27 pm

Tony, could you ask your wife if the Primus cooks pancakes well? Also would a cast iron frying pan work better on a propane stove than the thin steel pan that I bought from Walmart that has a Teflon coating on it? I've honestly never cooked with a CI skillet while out camping even although that's what I use almost exclusively at home.

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby tony.latham » Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:24 pm

ae6black wrote:Tony, could you ask your wife if the Primus cooks pancakes well? Also would a cast iron frying pan work better on a propane stove than the thin steel pan that I bought from Walmart that has a Teflon coating on it? I've honestly never cooked with a CI skillet while out camping even although that's what I use almost exclusively at home.

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She has cooked them. They were delicious (as usual) and she didn't have a problem with the stove. We have a Coghlan's Two Burner Non-Stick griddle that fits and works well. $20 on Amazon.

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby ae6black » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:10 pm

Special thanks to John61ct who suggested googling the model of stove that I am using and having problems with and the word simmer. I did I can't believe what came up. I was referred to an Amazon site that sells the Coleman classic propane stove that I've been having problems with. When I read the first review, I initially didn't believe what was written. There on Amazon, the first review of the stove I am having problems with said: take off the two black knobs, then remove the valve assemblies and scrape off the grease on the two rubber o rings, being careful not to get any lint or cotton from a cotton swab on the assembly. Next put some dilithium Bulb grease that I picked up from the Walmart Automotive section for a few bucks. It's just silicone grease used to keep bulbs from corroding in their sockets. I put this light grease on the two rubber o rings and reassembled the valve assemblies. I put the stove back together and couldn't believe the difference. This stove works perfectly now! A special thank you to Joh61ct on this site who told me to google the stove I was having problems with and the word simmer, which I was having so much trouble actually doing in real practice. You saved me from buying a new stove, because now the one I have works better than at anytime since I've owned it. Who would have thought that Coleman would put the wrong kind of grease on their valve assemblies? This thing now runs effortlessly on a low setting without turning up to blow torch status on it's own. While I haven't tried anything on the stove yet, I can see that pancakes from now on will no longer give me problems and I am not going to scorch what I am reheating in my pots and pans.

I am officially ready for the 2018 camping season and a happy camper!

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby John61CT » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:37 pm

Thanks for the kind words and happy to help.
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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby inthewoods » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:01 am

exminnesotaboy wrote:
KTM_Guy wrote:I’m going with a Partner Steel stove in my build. I’ve never used one but haven’t read one bad thing about them. Maybe the price. Partnersteel.com. Best price I have seen is from them direct. It’s build to last a lifetime.

Well, never heard of this brand and I just spent the last hour researching them. Looks like there will be no question which stove I’ll be buying next - and I don’t care it is double the cost, quality is not cheap.


I can attest to the quality of the partner steel stove. It’s a tank and all metal. I’ve had it for 4 years now I think! I bought the 22” and if I had to do it again I might have gone down one size but other than that it’s great!


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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby Socal Tom » Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:00 am

ae6black wrote:Tony, could you ask your wife if the Primus cooks pancakes well? Also would a cast iron frying pan work better on a propane stove than the thin steel pan that I bought from Walmart that has a Teflon coating on it? I've honestly never cooked with a CI skillet while out camping even although that's what I use almost exclusively at home.

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I’m not Tony, or his wife... but I can tell you a pan with some weight will cook more evenly than those thin Coleman nestable camping sets. I use a stainless steel set we had left over. I was always burning stuff in the Colman set. The flame on my stove is still a bit high on simmer, but much easier to manage with a real pot.
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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby KTM_Guy » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:46 pm

inthewoods wrote:
exminnesotaboy wrote:
KTM_Guy wrote:I’m going with a Partner Steel stove in my build. I’ve never used one but haven’t read one bad thing about them. Maybe the price. Partnersteel.com. Best price I have seen is from them direct. It’s build to last a lifetime.

Well, never heard of this brand and I just spent the last hour researching them. Looks like there will be no question which stove I’ll be buying next - and I don’t care it is double the cost, quality is not cheap.


I can attest to the quality of the partner steel stove. It’s a tank and all metal. I’ve had it for 4 years now I think! I bought the 22” and if I had to do it again I might have gone down one size but other than that it’s great!


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Curious to why you would go down a size, to the 18" i would guess? I am racking my brain trying to fit the 22" in my build. The 18" would make things easier to fit. I was going to make some cardboard models of the 16", 18" and the 22" burner layouts and see how our pots and pans fit on each.

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby inthewoods » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:23 am

KTM_Guy wrote:
inthewoods wrote:
exminnesotaboy wrote:
KTM_Guy wrote:

Curious to why you would go down a size, to the 18" i would guess?

Thanks


I don’t usually do a lot of two pot meals where both burners are running at same time. Only time I use the two burners together consistently is with my cast iron griddle / grill. but the burner spacing is such on the 22 that the heat distribution isn’t even across cooking surface of my griddle. Ends get hot quick and leave the middle a little lacking. So it would have been nice to have those burners a bit closer together that’s really my only beef with it. I don’t recall what size I would have liked better. It’s really a small point for me - more of an annoyance - I like your idea of doing the cardboard layouts to visualize how things would fit.
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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby bobhenry » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:00 pm

My ol Sears was a $4.00 find at Goodwill in 2007 and is still with me. So at about 36 cents a year I think it was a great old camp cooktop.

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Re: What is the best camping stove?

Postby Sparksalot » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:09 pm

The best stove is the one you already own. I worked with a Coleman propane unit I'd had 15 years. It's been in the tear 10 years now, and keeps going.
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