Coleman Classic Review Tested by GearLab

With decent simmer control and solid output at full tilt, the Coleman is one of only a few stoves in its price range that’s capable enough for cooking diverse meals. Last but not least, its 11-pound weight and manageable size make the Triton easy to transport in a car and store at home. When cooking one pancake at a time, this stove is fabulous — two or more revealed a hot spot in the center of the pan, a pretty typical issue for stoves with small burners. While compact stoves such as this one can fit larger pans, they generally aren’t able to heat them evenly.

One owner posted a solution that involves about 10 minutes of labor and the application of silicone lube. Though our test unit’s dials didn’t feel unresponsive, we followed the instructions, and we were pleased with the resulting more-sensitive controls. If you often cook for a crowd, the FireDisc’s paella-pan-like design is ideal for making big meals. This stove is great for those who don’t want to tote extra cookware. Coleman fuel or white gas produces vast amounts of deadly carbon monoxide. An un-opened container of Coleman fuel stored in a dry area with no rapid extreme changes in temperature will remain viable for 5-7 years.

I always release the pressure after it cools, starts better next time. The Peak remains my first choice winter emergency stove and lives in my car when the Scottish winter descends. It has been called into action coleman propane stove many times to provide sustenance, to myself and to unlucky, or ill-equipped travellers, on snow-bound roads and in makeshift overnight shelters. While they do aid in wind protection, they could be larger.

I did last year pick up a BSA 3000, which is much lighter but not as well made as the Peak 1. I am sure this review applies to the new model as well…they are exactly the same except for the tank design. I think the newer wider base with no legs might be better. Used in in all types of conditions, run hard and put away wet. Once started, I pump (if you need a fast boil) a little more.

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Wind resistance and the distance of your cookpot from the burners make a big difference. Still, BTUs are a good place to start to determine the cooking power of a stove. We also liked that this was slightly more compact than the other two-burner stoves we tested, with a slim and streamlined design. While a blazing 20,000 BTU burner is great for a spaghetti feed, for items that require a little more finesse you’ll want to make sure the stove has effective simmer control. This requires fuel regulation that doesn’t fluctuate and a flame that remains strong even at low heat.

Butane is generally considered safer for indoor use or storage than propane (though good ventilation and caution is still a must!), making it a better choice for campers who may be cooking inside an RV. Butane canisters will need to be warmed up to work in temperatures below freezing. This stove uses butane instead of propane, which may be a drawback for some. Butane fuel canisters are not as widely available or common among campers as propane. The burners are coated in black paint that burned off in the first few uses, producing a pretty awful smell and staining the bottoms of the pots we were using.