Touted as being modeled after the original Coleman camp stove, this product has garnered positive reviews by people who have been using the old Coleman stoves for over 30 years.
Its sturdy body, use of Coleman fuel that burns cleanly, and durability are its plus points. This newer model shows an improvement over the older one in the form of heavier grates that are removable, making it easier to clean them. Certain other design modifications around the fuel tank and the fuel cap make it safer to use than before.
The Coleman 2-burner classic liquid fuel stove is meant for people who go on camping trips frequently. It’s reliable for cooking food for a whole family that’s out camping, and is also a great stove for use in colder temperatures.
Some customers also report using it as part of their earthquake preparedness equipment, as sit works great for emergency.
Since all of its parts can be replaced with genuine Coleman spare parts, the stove can last for years. Customers have also likened the stove to a “family heirloom,” so it proves that this product has been an integral part of their lives.
This video speaks of the quality and design of the stove. This liquid fuel stove is meant for “serious campers,” unlike people who are happy with stoves that make you feel like you’re “backyard BBQing.”
This product is compatible with Coleman liquid fuel. According to a Wikipedia entry, Coleman fuel is a petroleum naptha product and is historically known as “white gas.” The fuel contains added rust inhibitors and has an octane rating of 50-55. Thus, it causes less buildup of fuel waste.
Read the material safety data sheet for Coleman fuel for more information.
For an estimate of how much Coleman fuel is needed based on frequency of usage, this is an interesting page.
Coleman lays out a detailed comparison of propane, Coleman fuel, butane, unleaded gasoline, and kerosene. According to the company, the main advantages of Coleman fuel are that it provides a high heat output and is economical to use. It burns at subzero temperatures as well, so it can be used when you go camping in the hills. It can also be carried in refillable containers, so the problem of disposal faced with propane or butane containers is resolved.
Number of Burners
This stove has two burners; the primary burner has an output of 7,500 BTU, whereas the auxiliary burner has an output of 6,500 BTU. The primary burner can be used independently of the auxiliary burner but not vice versa. The burners are lit by matchlight.
It has the ability to boil 1.5 liters of water in 7-8 minutes. Customers report being able to use the fuel tank for 2-3 hours depending on how high the burners are.
Although rated to lower BTUs, the burners have been found to be adequate for all your camping trip needs.
Coleman provides answers to some issues that you may face when lighting it, such as the burner burning with a large, yellow flame when first lit, or popping at the burners. Read about them here.
Brand & Reputation
Coleman stoves are legendary. Their quality and reliability is such that consumers return again and again to pick out more Coleman products. Coleman sells all spare parts needed for the stove as well as Coleman fuel. The stove has a limited 5-year warranty.
Coleman provides detailed instructions for cleaning and maintaining the stove that ensures that it lasts a lifetime.
Features & Specifications
- Size: 20.0 L x 15.0 W x 7.25 H [When closed, it is 17.75″ L x 11.5″ W x 4.875″ H]
- Weight: 10.8 pounds
- Color: Green
- Material: Stainless steel
- Heat output: 14,000 BTUs
- Fuel type: Coleman liquid fuel
- Burners: 2 (primary – 7,500 BTU; auxiliary – 6,500 BTU)
- Price range: $100-$150
- Warranty: 5 years
Pros & Cons
- 14,000 BTUs of cooking power
- Removable chrome grate for easy cleaning
- Neoprene gasket for the pump lasts longer
- Good control of fuel flow knob
- All replacement parts available at the Coleman website
- Can last for up to 2 hours on high flame using a 2.5-pint fuel tank
- Uses Coleman fuel that is environment-friendly
- Ability to boil 1-quart of water in 4 minutes
- Can accommodate up to 10-inch pans
- Works in cold temperatures
- Auxiliary burner (6,500 BTU) does not burn as hot as the primary burner (7,500 BTU)
- Auxiliary burner cannot work independently of primary burner
- Poor finishing of the crimp of the rivets
- Wind baffles are of poor quality; made of thin stainless steel
- Fuel tank is chained to the stove; difficult to detach
- Fuel tank has to be pumped 30-50 times to pressurize it
- Works best with only Coleman fuel that people find expensive as compared to other alternatives
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Does this come with a fuel tank? Yes, the stove is provided with a detachable fuel tank, a fuel cap, and a hand pump with a funnel.
Can the second burner be closed and only one used at a time? Yes, the primary burner can be used independently of the auxiliary burner. A valve to the left of the stove has to be opened after the primary burner is turned on, to use the auxiliary burner. This means that the auxiliary burner cannot be used independently of the primary burner.
Can the stove be used indoors? It is not recommended to use the stove indoors due to the production of carbon monoxide, which is a deadly gas. However, it can be set up in the patio since the area is well-ventilated.
What is Coleman fuel? Coleman fuel refers to white gas. It is a common naphtha-based fuel used in many lanterns and torches. Historically called white gas (not white spirit), it is a liquid petroleum fuel (100% light hydrotreated distillate) usually sold in one gallon cans. Coleman fuel is a mixture of cyclohexane, nonane, octane, heptane, and pentane. Though Coleman fuel has an octane rating of 50 to 55 and a flammability similar to gasoline, it has none of the additives found in modern gasoline and cannot be used as a substitute for gasoline, kerosene or diesel fuel in modern engines. Its high combustion temperature and lack of octane boosting additives like tetra-ethyl lead will destroy engine valves, and its low octane rating would produce knocking.
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Judging from various sources, the cost of Coleman fuel appears to be around $9-$10 per gallon.
Although customers report satisfaction with the Coleman 2-burner Classic Liquid Fuel Stove overall, they are divided over whether the new product is of a better quality than the old one. Several conflicting reviews exist. The stove is a reliable companion for people who go camping regularly, especially to high altitudes. Also, it is environment-friendly since it uses Coleman fuel which burns cleanly. However, Coleman fuel is not exactly as cheap as other fuel alternatives.
This is a product built to last, as testified by people who claim to be using it for over 25 years. There’s a certain nostalgia associated with the Coleman liquid fuel stoves that certainly works for this brand.
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