Coleman Dual fuel stoves

Submitted: Monday, Apr 08, 2002 at 00:00
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Hi all. Looking to buy a camping stove soon and like the idea of no gas bottles, hence the Q on Colemans Dual fuel. Our main concern with these if using ULP as the fuel is what effect on a peice of toast or any other food cooked over the naked flame? Is there tainting of the food? Anything harmful? I don't know what Colemans fuel is but imagine it aint cheap. Is the flame "strong" when there is wind about (even when the deflectors are used the wind can affect all stoves) and the burners are turned down low? Any comments good or bad are appreciated. Thanks.
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Reply By: Mark - Monday, Apr 08, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Apr 08, 2002 at 00:00
Grant,
We have been using a Coleman Dual fuel stove for about 4 years now and are quite happy with it. We have started using the Coleman shellite as it burns hotter and cleaner than ULP, also the generator will last longer. We had a problem with our unit and had to return it to Coleman for service, they recommended we use shellite once in a while to clean the generator out, seems ULP leaves residue or something. We got ripped off with the first can of Coleman fuel by buying it at one of those "Specialised" mountaineering shops, $23 for 4 Liters!! only today we saw exactly the same at Gowings for $14.95. At that price we will stick to using Coleman fuel as is seems better quality than regular Shellite & 4 liters last a long while. These stoves take a bit of getting used to and the trick is to get a blue rather than yellow flame, its easy to flood them if you don't use the correct starting procedure, the missus has mastered ours so I leave all the cooking to her now :)
They do toast. Have not noticed any fuel tainting on toast etc and you would have a job blowing the flame out when you crank it up. We use ours at home for wok cooking occasionally as it gets the wok much hotter than our electric stove does. Overall a bit more hassle than a gas but you don't have to lug a gas bottle around and can always siphon out your tank if you run out.
Cheers
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Reply By: Drew - Monday, Apr 08, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Apr 08, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Grant
I have been using a dual fuel stove and lantern for some time. I recently purchased a camping trailer and have now gone all gas as a result. The dual fuel is fine and you should use shellite once every 4 fills from memory. I think I have done about 1 in 10 and it is fine. The good thing is the jets dont get clogged like LPG (high pressure) and you take one drum for everything, chainsaw, outboard etc. I am not sure where you are located but if you want to do a deal I am sure we can work something out on my stove and dual mantel lantern....let me know.
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Follow Up By: Grant Taylor - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2002 at 00:00
G'day Drew, located country WA. We were after the 3 burner model so if that all adds up contact me at geeangee@katel.net.au
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Reply By: Steve - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2002 at 00:00
I've had one for a year now. Can fill it myself rather than bothering trying to find LPG filling stations (which are becoming rarer). The flame is far hotter than LPG, but you can turn it down to a low simmer. I happily cooker a camp oven roast for 2 hours over the very wet easter break. I'm sold on Coleman :)
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Reply By: Jamie Paterson - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Grant. I purchased a Coleman Dual Fuel 4 years ago and was very happy with the purchase. We firstly used it for 9mnths camping around Europe, where LPG and butane systems differ from country to country. Didn't even use shell-lite intermittentantly as recommended and it didn't suffer. Definately no food tainting using ULP. The flame is very strong as long as you are patient enough to "pump it" sufficiently. Flame can be controlled better (low flame) than on our LPG bottle. We loved it so much that we pulled it apart and bought it home - not something I would recommend know as it must have looked a bit like a bomb through airport x-ray. Finally put it back to together last year and it's still going great.
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Reply By: Grant Taylor - Tuesday, Apr 09, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks guys for the replies. All positive as well. We will HAVE to get one now ;~) Seems they are the ducks nuts. Thanks again.
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Reply By: Greg - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2002 at 00:00
Grant
Just another point of view for you - Coleman make the BEST LPG stoves. The difference between them and the rest is that they have a regulator and are therefore low pressure and as such don't suffer from blocked jets and are easy to adjust to a very low simmer. Haven't had any experience with the petrol models but Coleman certainly are leaders in stoves!
Happy cooking!
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Follow Up By: Grant Taylor - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks Greg. Will bear that in mind.
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Reply By: Graeme - Saturday, Apr 13, 2002 at 00:00

Saturday, Apr 13, 2002 at 00:00
We've got a 3 burner which we are very happy with. Plenty of heat and once you work out the lighting procedure is reasonably easy to use. When travelling with the stove though we have had the valve open slightly and leak fuel which gives evrything its packed with a nice petrol smell. Draining the tank into a proper fuel container would solve this though, we were just lazy. The other thing to consider is that the main valve (centre burner control) also affects the end burners. The end burners have there own control but the fuel has to go via the main valve first. SOmetimes there's a bit of pot and pan juggling to get the right things over the most suitable burners. Just something to get used to though.
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