Sheelite Stove

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I want to buy a single burner shellite stove - what is the best quality brand and which one will boil the billy quickest ?

Thanks ,
Willie .?
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 17:43

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 17:43
MSR Dragonfly. Thing is, is you have to assemble it. If you are looking at straight out of the box, then the Coleman Single ain't bad either. I use both, and I get more heat, and control from my MSR.

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 17:55

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 17:55
Wolfie ,
The Coleman site only had a two burner model when I clicked on stoves .
Thanks,
Willie
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 18:11

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 18:11
Willie, they have two, single burner models. I bought the smallest. Can't remember model numbers, all I know, is they are grey, and also live in a grey plastic container, ready for use.

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 18:41

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 18:41
The Coleman single burner is good but it's hard (next to impossible) to get a really low flame with it so cooking rice or things like long stews can be a problem.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 18:47

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 18:47
Coleman has the single burner DualFuel Sportster II. We have the old model of this and it's been absolutely fantastic to put a quick billy on. It's self-contained (fuel container and burner is one unit) so it's easy to put on a stump or the ground to get it going quickly. I believe that the model might be discontinued even though it shows up on the Coleman website. Get one while you can - there a great stove.



We also have an MSR Dragonfly and as has been mentioned, it's a bit of a pain to unfurl, attach the fuel bottle and fire up. Great for hiking because it folds down fairly small and breaks into the two major components. Although the MSR is VERY hot (read: it will blast a hole through your billy in seconds if you let it run low on water) it is also VERY loud. It sounds like a jet engine in use, and is not very friendly when there are other campers around in close proximity. All that said, it is phenomenally fast at boiling a billy. It will also burn a variety of fuels - Coleman, Shellite, ULP and even diesel (it does get dirty quickly - but it will burn it if that's all you have).

As they are both liquid-fuel driven, you need to pump each one up to reach pressure, and overall the Coleman is by far thebetter for 4WD,ing as you can get a hard case for it and just throw it in a drawer in the car.



Hope this helps
Chris
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 18:49

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 18:49
Everything that Chris has said, is correct, everything. The MSR is loud, very loud, but hell, it's hot.

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Pterosaur - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:35

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:35
I've frequently used both the Coleman and MSR stoves - I used to prefer the Coleman, until it showed its bad side !

If a drop of water (or snow) hits the burner - you get a giant WHOOF - pretty good at removing hair, eyebrows etc., not to mention burning down tents.

So I stick to the MSR stoves - they're the safest and most efficient lightweight stoves I am aware of. (a bit like having a tame blowtorch though :-))

Terry
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:12

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 19:12
Primus Omnifuel is another great stove - also has the option of attaching a butane cylinder, but the shellite lasts ages - you can hardly see that any has been used after a weekend's camping. A litre would probably last a week of hot breakfasts, lunches and dinner. But they are loud.
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) 4124 - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 20:00

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 20:00
I own a single and a double burner Coleman which I bought on e-bay at about half retail. I love both and no gas bottles to carry or refil. You get shellite everywhere now. Don't ever use unleaded in them as it stuffs the generator. Our unleaded is a bit low on octane.

cheers
Reiner
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Reply By: russ36 - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 20:05

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 20:05
i use the coleman single on trips to the southern alps in NZ. the flame is truly savage
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:57

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 22:57
For a compact all in one unit the Optimus stoves are excellent & when I bought one years ago they were the fastest. An MSR is a bit more fiddley to set up but have the advantage of plugging direct into the fuel bottle. I have the Coleman which I run solely on ULP. Although a little bigger than the Optimus it's easier for me to carry one type of fuel which can be also mixed for the chainsaw. On the single burners they never seem to flare or block the generators. (unlike those damn twin burner Colemans)
Cheers Craig.....
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Reply By: Member - Craig D (SA) - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 08:01

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 08:01
I have been using a MSR Whisperlite for years and don't find it very loud at all. Very reliable, quick to set up and use (I prime with metho, not shellite to stop the soot build-up). Boiling times for most brands are all around the same time really, but bu using a windshield, times can be improved upon dramatically.
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 10:32

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 10:32
That's why they called it the "WhisperLite"..... ;)

The DragonFly is FAR louder.... we've had both. On the upside, the DragonFly is infinitely adjustable (as long as you have the wind guards up).
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 09:10

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 09:10
Is it possible to get a case for the single burner Coleman 533 . If not what have people done in this regard , as they look fairly prone to damage .

Thanks , and thanks to all who have helped me on this post .

Willie .
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Follow Up By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 09:41

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 09:41
Sure can - grey plastic. It's a great stove. Check out the Coleman site for stockists. Will last you years.

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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 13:11

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 13:11
OK , I am now the proud owner of a single burner with plastic cover and a metal MSR bottle for spare shellite . I went down to Boots Camping at Lidcombe .

If I am only boiling a billy with it twice a day , just the full tank on the unit should last me at least a week shouldn't it ?

Thanks ,

Willie .
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 13:15

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 13:15
LOL! Same as us. We use Coleman stove and the MSR bottles for fuel cartage as they are a perfect size and strong to boot. Good on ya Willie... I think you'll love the stove - we do.

Cheers
Chris
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