Camping stoves

Submitted: Monday, Mar 16, 2009 at 23:34
ThreadID: 66910 Views:2559 Replies:8 FollowUps:11
This Thread has been Archived
Gday Guys

Looking for a good camp stove to bolt to my camper kitchen. I have a primus 2 burner which fits nicely but has recently started to play up / fall to pieces. I went into the local camping store today looking for a coleman but they dont make them with a small width anymore and hence wont fit on the camper cook bench. They also have a fidley fuel attachment that allows cans to screw on as fuel this will only get in the way in the compact kitchen. I was hoping to get a good quality gas stove with a regulator but cant find one appart from the coleman

Any comments / suggestions would be great. Otherwise looks like I will have to go the cheaper option again. Thats not a bad thing but we will be using the stove 2 to 3 times a day for six months so I wanted something that will last.

Have a good one.
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 01:50

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 01:50
G'day Diesel82.

Currently I can't post pics of our set up, too hard and too late ....

Bought a low pressure (regulated) cast iron two burner from the local hardware store for about $45.00 and for us, works a treat.
If you supply an e-mail address, will send pics.

Cheers,
Wayne.
AnswerID: 354459

Follow Up By: Squizzy - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 06:56

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 06:56
Have had the same (cast iron two burner) for many years now, no more problems and faster cooking times.

Geoff.
0
FollowupID: 622625

Follow Up By: diesel82 - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 08:58

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 08:58
Gday Wayne

scott.beatty@det.wa.edu.au

Some pics would be great

Cheers
0
FollowupID: 622636

Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 12:04

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 12:04
Like Squizzy, I bolted a cast iron two burner into my Trak Shak.

Never any problems and great heat output.

Willie.
0
FollowupID: 622667

Follow Up By: Wayne's 60 - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 02:04

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 02:04
Hi Scott,

All done, all good and all happy.

Cheers,
Wayne.
0
FollowupID: 622773

Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 05:11

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 05:11
Prims 3 burner is only about $90?

Almost a throw-away item now.
AnswerID: 354466

Reply By: Member - Rick P (NT) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:01

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:01
Have you ever thought about the coleman Duel Fuel stove, they will last for ever and are very compact, a little on the expensive side but put out great heat. They prefer to run on Shellite but can run on unleaded as well.
AnswerID: 354479

Follow Up By: Member - Wayne David (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:12

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:12
diesel82 - I'm with Rick P (NT) and his suggestion of the Coleman duel fuel stove. The heat the stoves put out is fantastic and as they can run on either unleaded or Shellite is worth considering.

In fact if for any reason we run out of gas at home and the kitchen stove is out of action, out comes the Coleman to the rescue. It cooks quicker than our flash home kitchen jobbie.
0
FollowupID: 622653

Follow Up By: austastar - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:12

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:12
I have just recently bought the coleman dual fuel stove (and the dual fuel lantern) and am delighted with it.
It is stable, fast, controllable, easy to light, economical, wind does not worry it any where near as much as gas.
It is so convenient not being tied to a gas cylinder.
cheers
0
FollowupID: 622654

Follow Up By: Honky - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:43

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:43
I have never used the gas stove on my camper in the last 4 years apart form toasting.
It still has the white contact on the lid.
Onlu use the Coleman duel fuel single burner and if I have any trouble with it I will get another.

0
FollowupID: 622658

Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:04

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:04
Check out the Lido Junior. It is used in quite a few caravans. About the same width and depth as a Coleman, but higher as it has a griller space beneath the burners. May or may not fit your setup. Cost a bit more, but a good unit. Only useful as permanently mounted, not a design you will take in and out.
AnswerID: 354480

Reply By: DaveO*ST-R - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:38

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:38
I'm with Mfewster...have a look at the Lido Junior. Not cheap (around $290), but a great stove that will last. Whether it would fit in with your kitchen dimensions, I do not know. Without going out to the garage, I can't offf the top of the head tell you exactly but width wise, I can tell you it will fit into a 510mm space. The gas connection is at the rear.

Cheers,

Dave
AnswerID: 354487

Reply By: Pebble - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 19:29

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 19:29
The dual fuel stove, would it be as cheap / efficient to run as gas? I'm liking the sound of the idea.

At the moment we're living in a shed so I've been using a primus normal pressure gas one. A 9kg bottle probably lasts me somewhere around 6 months I think. The trick to those is to bleed each time after use so remaining gas doesn't clog up the jets.
AnswerID: 354566

Follow Up By: Member - Wayne David (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 19:59

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 19:59
Pebble - "would it be as cheap / efficient to run as gas?"

That's a good question and I've been thinking about it to try and work it out, and I just can't seem to come up with an answer. Perhaps it's because there are too many variables.

So unless you ran a test for a similar number of meals, pots of boiling water or what ever.........one tends to go on feeling. My feeling is that gas probably lasts longer.

But it's hard to say when tring to compare say a 9kg gas bottle with the small fuel container (maybe 600ml) on the dual fuel stove.

Gas is less mucking about but when I'm camping I don't mind a wee bit of mucking about at meal time. It's all part of the experience.

Hopefully someone with experience with both will chime in with an answer.

0
FollowupID: 622731

Follow Up By: Pebble - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:13

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:13
Yes good point, I guess one would have to go off usage figures compared to price per unit. I imagine such info would be hard to get.

A general - do you think it's much more expensive to run? Would probably have been a better question!
0
FollowupID: 622734

Follow Up By: Member - Wayne David (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:34

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:34
I've just asked my resident expert (on everything) and she said "gas is much cheaper to run".

When I asked her why was that, the answer was "because I remember you had to always fill-up the fuel stove container". "And the Shellite is expensive".

Yeah right but the dual stove's fuel tank is only small compared to the gas cylinder. So how much is the gas to refill? "$20 or $30".

Well which? $20 or $30? "Oh I don't know"....... and then she stopped talking to me.

Sheesh.........I know I'm boring but at least you'd think she'd pretend to be interested.

Okay so it's kind of going the way I thought it might. Just based on feeling gas is cheaper. Mind you there's absolutely no evidence what so ever. But I for one will not air that view around here.

0
FollowupID: 622736

Follow Up By: Member - RFLundgren (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 19:42

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 19:42
The COleman dual fuel stove is way way cheaper to run than a similar gas unit. We went through this same exercise just prior to leaving on our last trip of 6 weeks around WA. For the entire 6 week trip we would have been lucky to have used $10 - $15 of unleaded fuel and a little of the coleman fuel every now and again, compared to the cost of filling the 4kg gas bottles on the camper.

I have not looked back and will not purchase another gas stove for camping as long as the fuel stove continues to work well.

Cheers

Richard

Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 622869

Reply By: Member - Ros C (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:16

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 at 23:16
G'day,

I have a two-burner Coleman gas stove which has done good service over twelve years and is very efficient. It burns hotter than many comparable stoves and I cook on a simmer quite a lot and save gas.

I also have a dual fuel single burner that is cheap to run and is easy to pull out for road-side coffee. It is also our back-up but nothing has ever gone wrong with the gas stove. As someone else mentioned, these stoves last for a very long time and give great service.

Just as an aside, some time ago, Coleman tested a number of ULP brands and reported that BP was the purest for use in a stove. It's important to use Shellite every so often - I tend to burn one tank of Shellite for every two of ULP. Haven't had to replace any parts in more than a decade.

All the best, Ros.
"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling" Ogden Nash

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

AnswerID: 354622

Reply By: diesel82 - Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:58

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 at 08:58
Thanks very much for all of your feedback. I ended up going for 2 cast iron gas rings mounted in a small frame. After towing to camper to the local store and trying a few different ones this one seemed to be the go. Thanks again wayne for your pics. Hopefully my setup will be a winner just like yours.

All the best everyone and safe travelling
AnswerID: 354650

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (14)