fuel: Coleman White Gas

MSR Dragonfly Multi-fuel Stove

MSR Dragonfly Multi-fuel Stove

MSR Dragonfly Multi-fuel Stove

VERDICT: An excellent stove for expedition use, excellent flame control too. A first for MSR!

PRO’s: Powerful, adjustable flame, multi-fuel capable

CON’s: Noisy, fuel hose a little short

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

TODAYS BEST PRICE: £126.00 from Go Outdoors

MSR camping stoves are legendary among hardcore outdoor folk with this reputation having been earned on countless expeditions to far flung corners of the globe. However, this reputation has always come at a price: cooking on an MSR stoves is like cooking on a blowtorch. MSR is touting the Dragonfly stove as a softer version of their expedition-grade XGK stove with one important additional capability: controllability. But is it any good ?

The MSR Dragonfly is the heaviest of the MSR range of stoves but that’s not a complaint. MSR stoves are so light that you’ll barely know that you’re carrying one and this one is no exception. There have been no compromises on the quality of materials used to make the stove so the additional weight comes purely from the additional components needed to adjust the flame.

So how does it differ from the XGK ?

The MSR XGK uses large diameter tubing between the fuel tank and burner to ensure that, no matter how dirty the fuel that you use, it simply won’t clog up. The Dragonfly, on the otherhand, has a tapered needle mechanism to adjust the flow of fuel at the base of the burner and it’s this weak link which can clog. If it does, stripping it down for cleaning is relatively straight-forward but it’s quite easy to lose one of the tiny safety seals. In our opinion, you should carry spares and try not to strip it down in the first place ! Fortuantely spares are very easy to get hold off as the design has barely changed is its introduction in 1998 which is testimonary to the robustness of the design.

So, accepting that this could be used as an expedition-grade stove so long as some spares as taken with you, what do you get ? You get the burner, the pump and the hose to connect them plus a foil circle to protect ground, a windshield and a small bag to carry everything. What you don’t get is the fuel bottle but this is because MSR want buyers to chose the size that suits their needs but these are inexpensive.

This is a true multi-fuel stove: although it work best with Coleman Whitegas it will also burn unleaded petrol, kerosene, diesel, and even jet fuel ! All without the need to leave a trail of empty gas canisters behind you.

Starting the stove is easy, if a little scary the first time you do it. Simply pump the fuel bottle 20-30 times to pressurise it, open the flame adjuster to let out a small amount of fuel, then close it again. Light the fuel carefully if you wish to retain your eyebrows, wait a few seconds and then slowly open the flame adjuster. The stove will burst into life with a satisfying roar. Actually, we mean ROAR ! This stove is noisy!

What’s immediately clear is just how powerful this stove is (boil time for a litre of water is 4 minutes) especially if you put the included windsheild around it to ensure that the maximum amount of heat goes into your pot. Annoyingly this is not adjustable and limits the size of the pot that you can put on the stove. This seems strange as the pot supports can actually take larger pots that the windshield allows so our advice is to ditch the included windshield and buy two of the folding ones that most camping shops stock.

But does it simmer ? After all MSR’s main selling point for this stove is its controllability. And the answer is . . . . yes ! It really does simmer and the flame adjuster offers the ability to go from a gentle flame to a passable impression of a blowtorch with a fair degree of control.

On the face of then, this is the best stove in the MSR range. We’d certainly take it anywhere that we go camping but we’d also take a spares kit just in case we needed to strip it down. There’s no getting away from the noise of this stove but then all pressurised multi-fuel stoves are noisy to some extent – the quietest one we’ve tried is the MSR Whisperlite International. If we were being super critical we’d also say that the fuel line is just a tad short which limits where you can place the fuel bottle. A longer, more flexible fuel line would be nice but we can live with the one that it comes with.

Overall this is a good stove – the controlability of the flame is excellent and its light weight means that you simply won’t know that it’s in your rucksack. Coupled with its ability to run on almost any fuel and we reckon that this is an excellent stove for expeditions. Just remember to pack a spares kit just in case.

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Coleman Two Burner Unleaded Petrol Stove

Coleman Two Burner Unleaded Fuel Stove

Coleman Two Burner Unleaded Fuel Stove

VERDICT: A rugged and dependable dual-fuel stove from Coleman that’ll last years.

PRO’s: Burns petrol and Coleman White Gas. Folds up for easy storage and transportation. Very sturdy.

CON’s: No grill

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

Coleman have been making camping cookers for years and it shows when you look at the Coleman Two Burner Unleaded Petrol Stove. It’s not the best looking camping cooker on the market but it is one of the most rugged – we know one someone who’s been using one of these for ten years without a single problem.  If you’re looking for a serious camping cooker for family or group use and don’t want to haul a load of gas cylinders around with you then this could be the stove for you.

It’s a self-contained stove that doesn’t need bulky gas bottles because it runs on unleaded petrol or Coleman White Gas (a form of refined petrol which is readily available worldwide).

When not in use it folds down into a compact, flat package complete with carrying handle. Yet it still has two powerful burners (the boil time for a litre of water is a very reasonable 4 minutes) which can take large pans and two adjustable windshields on either side of the stove with a third non-adjustable one behind.

If the thought of a petrol stove puts you off there’s really no need to worry. It’s just as safe as a non-petrol stove but with the added flexibility that you can buy the fuel for it almost anywhere in the world. We can’t deny that lighting the stove, like any other liquid fuel stove, is a little more involved than something like the Coleman Perfectflow 2 burner stove but we actually like the ritual that you need to undertake. It just makes the cooking process seem that little more real somehow. Or perhaps we just need to get out more !

Anyway, the process is simple. You just fill the detachable fuel tank using the supplied filter funnel to remove any sediment that may be floating in the fuel, pressurise the tank by pumping the pump around 40 times and then slot the fuel tank into place. At this point the right hand (master) burner can be lit using a match and, in our experience at least, it’ll light first time, every time no matter how cold the weather.

For optimum performance the stove should really be run on Coleman gas and should run for around two hours from a full tank although.

Although the design may look a little Heath Robinson, it’s rugged and tough and features a safety cut-off system which turns off the burners should the front mounted fuel tank be dislodged in use whilst the stove is in use.

In terms of cooking facilities there’s nothing fancy like a grill on this stove. What you do get though are two powerful burners with large pan supports which can take large pots with ease. The right hand burner is the primary one whilst the left hand is the secondary and can only be turned on when the primary is already on. Both have independent controls and can be adjusted from a simmer to a satisfying roar!

When you’ve finished cooking, once everything is cool, the fuel tank can be removed and stored under the grill. The sides fold in, lid folds down and everything clips shut.

In our view this camping cooker is ideal for base camps and expeditions pretty much anywhere in the world as well as family camping trips. Don’t be put off by the price – although it costs more than your average stove we’d consider this to be an investment that won’t let you down no matter where in the world you take it for many years to come.

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Coleman Unleaded Sportster II Stove

Coleman Unleaded Sportster II Stove

Coleman Unleaded Sportster II Stove

VERDICT: Sturdy design, low weight & dual fuel capability make this one of the best expedition camping cookers

PRO’s: Lightweight, solid construction. Dual fuel capable, good flame adjustment, fast boil time & stable

CON’s: None

OUR RATING ★★★★★ 

The Coleman Unleaded Sportster stove is an efficient, robust single burner stove which can either run on Coleman White Gas (Colemans’ own fuel) or unleaded petrol.  Because of the ease with which either of these fuels can be obtained, this powerful little stove (it boils a litre of water in just over 5 minutes) is perfect for expedition use by solo travellers or small groups in this country or abroad.

Unlike gas powered stoves running on propane or butane, liquid fuel stoves offer much more consistent performance and are not adversely affected by cold temperatures or altitude.  This dependability makes them the first choice of hardcore expedition users.

Coleman have been making camping stoves since 1901 and it shows: despite it’s relatively lightweight (it weighs a little over 1 kg), no corners have been cut and all the essential parts have been made of heavy duty steel.  This is one stove which’ll last and last especially if you keep it in the supplied carry case.

In use you get a dependable flame which can be easily adjusted between a simmer to a full rolling boil whilst it’s expedition credentials show in the sturdy design of the combined pot rest and integrated windshield.

If you’re venturing off the beaten track, or just want a stove that you know will last and last, then this is the one for you.

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