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Coleman stove

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by ogre, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I went to Fisherman's at Delta Park yesterday looking for a Coleman stove. I found plenty of cans of fuel but the only stoves I found were propane powered. I've never used a small propane fired stove before.

    I would be mostly using it for cooking during extended gas/power outages. Should I keep looking or go with a propane model?
  2. jdub75

    jdub75 PNW Well-Known Member

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    I have been using a propane one in my camper for years. Much less messy, and the fuel doesn't get contaminated when sitting for long periods. I do believe the camp fuel ones will be cheaper to operate over the long run tho.
    I like the propane for compatibility, too. I have a Mr. Buddy heater that works w/ the little propane bottles & I have an adapter to run either off a 20# cylinder, too.
    my 2 c.
  3. JUSTIficatioN

    JUSTIficatioN Seattle, Wa Member

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    I've been using a coleman propane most my life when I go backpacking and i like em'. No oil that can potentially spill all over your stuff and plus you can buy different sizes of propane bottles if your trying to maximize space. In my opinion though coleman doesn't seem to produce the same quality of product they used to though.
  4. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    If you're camping in an area where you can drive up I'd suggest a coleman with the adapter hose. That hose allows you to use a full sized tank instead of the smaller disposables.
  5. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I have the Big 5 cheapie that uses butane cannisters. The cannisters are super cheap on sale, $1 each. It's for short term power outages, etc

    The ultimate survival cookstove for a fixed position is a small steel drum with a top grating and firewood :cool:
  6. subman681

    subman681 McMinnville, Oregon Member

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    I like the thought of the dual purpose stove, gives options, which is a good thing. Haven't use one yet so don't know of any issues (i.e., whether or not indoor use would be a good thing or not, etc.).
  7. MSol

    MSol Mount Vernon Member

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    I have the MSR WhisperLite Internationale (white gas / kerosene). I does a great job quickly getting primed, and then producing efficient heat, with reasonable control. The system is flexible (fuel type, bottle sizes), light (unless you tote around a bunch of the 30oz fuel bottles, and good at high elevations. I have owned and used many stoves, both military and civilian, and this system is my personal choice as the most well-rounded available. You can sometimes find good used ones on Craigslist, or find them new at REI.
  8. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    A bit off topic, but I love sheepherder's stoves. They heat quickly, take a small amount of wood, and heat a pretty good area if it's insulated. They sure will heat an uninsulated wall tent in sub-zero weather, and they're good for cooking. They are very light weight.

  9. Wheeler44

    Wheeler44 SW Washington Member

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  10. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Anyone else see that propane Stove/Oven combo at Costco? Not sure if this is the one but it was very similar.


  11. CEF1959

    CEF1959 Willamette Valley, Oregon New Member

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    I've used a lot of Coleman stoves and a lot of propane stoves, and I like both.


    Pros: Multifuel, meaning white gas or unleaded. Fuel will be available anywhere for as long as civilization exists. Lighter for backbpacking.
    Cons: You have to fill, pump and light. Not quite as convenient as propane.


    Pros: So easy and fast. No filling and pumping.
    Cons: Heavier to carry the cartidges while backpacking. And when the cartidges are no longer available? Hmm.

    If you want a Coleman stove and can't find one locally (or even if you can) www.campmor.com has a great selection at great prices.
  12. Wenis

    Wenis Tri-Cities, WA Member

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    For backpacking, I bought the MSR DragonFly stove from REI because you can also use white gas, kerosene, unleaded gas, or diesel. I chose this over the popular isobutane stoves because if you were ever stuck somewhere without your special can of isobutane, you are very unlikely to find one at a convenience store, where unleaded is practically everywhere. In a SHTF scenario, I like options.


  13. shoggoth80

    shoggoth80 Greater Seattle Area Member

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    If you are packing, and can tolerate very simple... ESBIT stoves are about as light as you can get...
    OR just the ESBIT fuel, some small crossed aluminum tabs... and three rocks you pick up from the trail.

    For camp cooking, it's all a matter of whether you are doing it for just yourself, others etc. Some of those multifuel stoves look really nice. Size, and weight, and method of camping would dictate use.

    As far as your power outages go... the multi fueled stoves might be the ticket... especially if you store petrol already (I wish I could... I want a couple jerry cans for the Jeep).

    I have a 2 burner camp stove (Coleman) that comes with me on every camping/outing that we can use a car to reach our destination with.

    I wouldn't use any of the tab fuel stoves inside though, some of the fuel types emit fumes that can be bad. Propane/gas I might... but there is always risks of monoxide poisoning etc. so even then, I would consider that pushing it.