Camp Stove selection

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Postby legojenn » Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:20 am

Classic Finn wrote:We are using a double burner Primus Stove. All stainless. Works very nicely. Looks quite nice too. Only thing it doesnt have the sides however that I will make myself as they are basic. ;)


I am looking at one of these. It's a Primus Atle.

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Since much of my camping is solo, the idea of combining the bbq and cooker is great. I know that Coleman has something similar, but I have not had good luck with Coleman products. I picked up a generic two-burner stove for $9.00 at a grocery store during an end of season sale that has lasted longer than the two Colemans.

The price difference between the Coleman BBQ/Cooker and the Atle is $5.00, but I've never owned a Primus product. Any opinions?
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Postby Classic Finn » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:55 am

I know the new primus oden stainless has received good reviews in Finland and Sweden however that particular one has been good except the side wings have been said to be poorly made with sharp edges as well as very thin metal.. This is only what I have read no real hands on experience with it.
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Postby bobhenry » Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:21 am

slowcowboy wrote:any one ever used one of the propane fired crock pots. or ever used one of the propane fired skillets?


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Postby deceiver » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:33 pm

We're using a rather large but formidable Camp Chef double burner. Each is 30,000 btu's so it heats really really fast. pretty much like an in home gas stove. It also has easily slip on legs which I often use too.

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Postby TD Beej » Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:15 am

I just got this from REI http://www.rei.com/product/737001, was $20 more for the stainless but then shipping was free so the net extra cost was probably closer to $10. Anyway I had a question, what's the difference between the Primus and the Century stoves (or the texsport or the stansport) They all look the same with the only real differences being the finish/color and feature level. I guess I have another question which is how fast do those little propane tanks run out, how many will I need to take with me.

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Postby Ratkity » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:53 am

I'm looking at the coleman grill + burner stove right now. I read bad things about the Texsport version. I'm hoping to get a low bid on one on ebay.

They run about $109 at REI (down the street from me).

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Postby Cliffmeister2000 » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:28 pm

deceiver wrote:We're using a rather large but formidable Camp Chef double burner. Each is 30,000 btu's so it heats really really fast. pretty much like an in home gas stove. It also has easily slip on legs which I often use too.

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I have one of these also. I had a 3/16" aluminum plate cut to fit, so it doubles as a Dutch Oven table.
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Postby d30gaijin » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:31 pm

Conestoga wrote:I just got a cheap electric single burner and tested it out. It does truly get hot. :thumbsup: thanks Miriam

New for this trip is a "Sportsman" propane single burner which we're also pleased with:

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Like Conestoga I bought one of these but mine is the two burner model. Seems to be well enough made and fairly heavy duty (might be a bit much for a teardrop but works well in my cargo trailer conversion, as well as around the house when the power goes out). $60. It's wide enough for two pretty good size skillets/pans. You can see it here: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200433963_200433963

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Postby Mightydog » Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:28 pm

TD Beej wrote: I guess I have another question which is how fast do those little propane tanks run out, how many will I need to take with me.


We use ours daily when we're camping. Ours last about three weeks to a month. We usually buy them in the two-pack so one is on the stove and one is in the nice little side pocket of the bag that the stove goes in. When we get into the second one, we go buy another two-pack.

It's a drag running out of propane during breakfast.
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Postby Justin & Katy » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:22 pm

bobhenry wrote:Don't ask me I have a white gas coleman 2 burner I picked up for $10.00 at a yard sale. Used it once.

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I'm telling ya...nothing beats a two burner Coleman liquid fuel stove. It has the potential to burn hotter than propane ever wished it could. I have talked to some people who have had trouble boiling water with propane in the mountains. Just sayin...

Besides, you'll never find a propane stove that looks this cool.


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Postby TD Beej » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:39 pm

I wouldn't mind getting the liquid fuel Coleman and if I find one at a garage sale for a reasonable price I'll go for it.

On our camping trip last weekend we used one propane bottle, we used it plenty and the problem I had was that we were getting to much heat off of it. It was a delicate balance to get the right heating. We were near sea level so going to altitude will probably help the usability. All I can say is it was a good upgrade to trying to do everything over the campfire.

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Postby slowcowboy » Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:47 pm

No, problem at 14000 feet in elevation heating water with propane. never had a problem. just turn the heat down abit to keep the flame under the pot. I use a atwood drop in stove top on my teardrop. No problem. I use it just for heating water too!!

I just bought a coleman instant start propane skillet and stoves are now out dated for me. Sounds crazy but once I bought and treid one of the coleman propane skillets I was hooked.

Only thing propane that has trouble lighting in the moutains at high altude is the flickers to light every thing. Don't leave home with out wood stick matches.

Right now I am working on a match box safe i bought off ebay last week and it is going in my galley. My dad said I needed a lid on the hole where you get the matches out on the bottom, as he had one in a sheep wagon and the matches went all over the place when he towed his sheep wagon around.

I just tonight fashoned a cover for my match box safe out of a new rabbit hutch feeder I bought in a farm store a week agao. the rabbit feeder has to big of a opening to hold the matches with out them going all over.

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Postby Visionsbydarrah » Tue May 10, 2011 1:47 pm

Has anyone here used a Coleman skillet?
I've been thinking about getting one, but would like some real world input.
So what are the pro's and con's?
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Postby slowcowboy » Tue May 10, 2011 7:12 pm

I have a propane skillet. Love it! works just like they said it does.

will do a pound of bacon in nothing flat. I take mine on every camping trip and built a side table on the side of my teardrop for it.

easy to clean to. tefalon and you just take the pan out of the burner and clean up with water.

instant start push the red button and it lights every time.

go get one and you will love it.

only thing really wrong with it is the legs on it are cheap plastic and I had to fix them with washers.

other than that its a real cooking machine at high altude in the rocky moutains.

coleman propane skillets are fun to me.

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Postby slowcowboy » Tue May 10, 2011 7:13 pm

just got to thinking I think I can do a stir fry in mine. I am going to give it a try this summer. take the beef stew meat and the vegtables maybee fresh from the garden and try it out in like end of july. thats when camping gets going in wyoming.

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