manufacturer: Coleman

Coleman F1 Lite Stove

Coleman F1 Lite lightweight stove

Coleman F1 Lite lightweight stove

PRO’s: the lightest stove of it’s type, powerful too

CON’s: can overheat if left to simmer for extended periods

VERDICT: Lightweight, inexpensive and fairly tough (if you look after it)

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

The Coleman F1 Lite is Colemans take on an ultra-lightweight canister mounted stove and competes head to head with the MSR Pocket Rocket. According to the blurb it’s designed for ‘extreme trekking’ (whatever that is) but we reckon that it would be perfect for adventure racers. But it’s not just for super-fit folks. If you can’t be bothered to take a Thermos flask out on to the hills, this would be an excellent replacement!

Weighing in at just 77 grams plus an 11 gram textile carry pouch there’s no denying that it’s light but is it robust ?

In a word, YES.

But you do need to be a little more careful with it than some other stoves. The detachable pan support arms are strong vertically (to take the weight of the pot) but to save weight they are made of slightly thinner metal than normal so heavy handed folk will need to be careful not to bend them when removing them !

As long as you store it in it’s little storage pouch it’ll survive being thrown (well, maybe placed) into your rucksack.

Like many other stoves of this type it operates on a canisters containing a mixture of butane and propane. The Coleman C100 cartridge (recommended for weight weenies), Coleman C250 cartridge (recommended for long weekends) or Coleman C500 cartridge (recommended for extended trips) will fit. If you’re particularly concerned about weight we’d recommend using the C100 canisters.

Again, like many stoves of this type, it’s inherently unstable due to the fact that the pot that sits on top of it will almost certainly be wider and heavier than the stove and gas canister. A set of plastic clip-on feet combined with a level surface will ensure that there are no disasters!

Light this stove and you’re left in no doubt of it’s power. Unlike the similarly priced Campingaz Bleuet Micro Plus, it can boil a litre of water in just 3 minutes although this increases to 5 minutes in windy conditions.

To save weight the flame adjuster knob is a loop of wire and, whilst not as comfortable as the plastic knob found on some other stoves, it’s easy to use and gives a good range of flame adjustment.

If we had to be critical then only niggle we have with this stove is that heat seems to travel down the stove to the collar of the gas cylinder if the stove is left to simmer for a long time. For most types of meal this isn’t a problem as the power of the stove is such that most foods heat up quickly – so quickly that you’ll need to keep stirring to avoid burning if you’re not careful – but for meals where you’re simmering for 20+ minutes it does become an issue.

Would we have one ? Without a doubt yes, it’s lighter than the MSR Pocket Rocket and cheaper too! Highly recommended.

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Coleman Fold n Go Two Burner Stove

Coleman Fold'n'Go two Burner Stove

Coleman Fold’n’Go two Burner Stove

VERDICT: if you’re limited on space & need something that folds this is the stove for you

PRO’s: relatively lightweight, two burners, easy to use

CON’s: needs a windshield to get the best out of it, canisters still not that easy to find

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

Coleman have been at the forefront of camping cooker design for years and have brought out a range of innovative products lately. The most recent addition is the Coleman Fold’n’Go camping stove which features two extra large rings separated by a hinge so that you can cook, fold and go.

Able to take two 12 inch (30 cm) diameter pans at the same time, the Coleman Fold’n’Go is robust and compact. It’s also rugged with a hinge that looks like it could take some serious abuse. Two built-in carrying handles mean that it’s easy to lug around and it’s relatively lightweight means that you can carry it some distance.

As it uses the same Coleman Propane canisters as its cousins the Coleman Perfect Flow 2 Burner Stove and the Coleman Perfectflow Stove and Grill, the same comments about them apply to this stove as well. Namely, that these relatively new canisters aren’t that easy to find in shops so it’s best to stock up with spares before you leave home. That said, we are seeing more of these canisters in camping shops now than we did 12 months ago.

Each propane canister will run for around 1 hr 10 minutes with both rings on so should easily last for between three and four days under normal cooking conditions where you’ll mainly use one ring at a time and occasionally two together.

The time to boil a litre of water is not great mainly because this stove lacks any real wind protection. A simple aluminium folding windbreak will reduce the boil time from 6 minutes down to around 5 minutes and will also help to conserve fuel.

Each of the burners can be individually adjusted although, to be honest, the difference between minimum and maximum isn’t all that great !

So who is the Coleman Fold’n’Go aimed at ?

We’d have to say that we can see it appealing to the festival go-er and perhaps the occasional car camper. The relatively short life of the canisters means that a week long family camping trip might be more expensive with this stove then say the Campingaz Chef Stove and Grill.

Overall, if space is at a premium and you need something that folds this is a good buy but if you don’t then we’d recommend its cousin the Coleman Perfectflow 2 Burner Stove.

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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 Perfectflow 2 Burner Stove

Coleman Perfectflow 2 Burner Stove

Coleman Perfectflow 2 Burner Stove

VERDICT: The Coleman Perfectflow 2 Burner stove is a well designed, compact stove suitable for festival goers and families

PRO’s: Two burners, clever windshield design. Quick boil time

CON’s: Gas cylinders still hard to find. Take a spare

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

The Coleman Perfectflow 2 burner stove is a sturdy little unit with two independently adjustable burners which means that your sausages and beans can cook to perfection !  It’s ingenious built-in windshield (similar to that found on it’s cousin the Coleman Perfectflow Stove and Grill) ensures that as much heat as possible is directed into your pots.  Neat design touches such as this ensures that the boil time for a litre of water is a very respectable 5 minutes.  And it’s built-in piezo electric ignition system ensures that you won’t need to carry matches either.

Although it folds down quite small this stove still feels quite sturdy and feels like it could take some abuse.  On the face of it then, this camping cooker looks like the perfect solution for families, festival goers and even solo travellers who don’t want to compromise on luxury.

So what’s not to like ?

A minor criticism is that both burners are the same size.  In our experience of camping it’s extremely rare that you have two pans on the stove at the same time which are the same size.  More often than not you’ll have a frying pan and saucepan, or two different sized saucepans.

In an ideal world it would make sense to have one larger and one smaller burner so that the ring (and the heat output) could be tailored to suit the size of the pot because this would help to reduce the stoves fuel consumption.

And talking of fuel, we move on to the aspect of this stove that we like the least although it’s by no means a deal breaker.

This stove uses Colemans own high-pressure propane gas canisters which only last for around one hour.  Annoyingly, because these canisters contain propane at high pressure the stove cannot be used with larger, low pressure propane cylinders.

At the time of writing these cylinders are still relatively new and not that easy to find so it’s worth buying a few spares when you buy the stove.  Many retailers realise this and will offer you a discount which is well worth taking advantage of.  Without it, this stove could be expensive to run.

Overall this is a well designed stove, with some neat features but spoiled by the relative poor supply of fuel canisters.  In time this situation will improve so we still have no hesitation in recommending this stove, just make sure that you buy (and carry with you) some spare gas canisters.

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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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Coleman PerfectFlow Stove & Grill

Coleman PerfectFlow Stove And Grill

Coleman PerfectFlow Stove And Grill

VERDICT: A compact stove and grill combination that offers great performance in a small easy to transport package.

PRO’s: Grill doubles as second burner, drip tray for easy cleaning

CON’s: Only one burner plus grill, new Propane cylinders still hard to find

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

Coleman produce a huge range of camping equipment include camping stoves and cookers.  The Coleman PerfectFlow Stove & Grill offers both a standard hob and an open grill with a driptray beneath it to catch any fat drips.  This makes cleaning it a breeze!

At first glance it looks like a winning combination – perfect for campsite fry-ups as well as more elaborate evening meals such as kebabs.  But does it deliver all that it promises ?

Both the burner and the grill have seperate controls and both also have piezo-electric ignition so there’s no need to faff about with matches which is a plus point in our book.  The grill can also be used to simmer a pot so if you’re cooking a meal which requires two pots on the go at once, spaghetti bolognaise for example, then you won’t need juggle them around.

However, if you’re looking for something with two burners and a grill we’d recommend that you take a look at the Go Systems Dynasty Trio which offers two burners and a grill all of which can be used at the same time.

To get the most heat out of the burners the lid connects to the two sidewalls in order to make a substantial windshield.  This helps to  reduce fuel comsumption by directing more heat into the pots.  Not that it’s any slouch – heating a litre and a half of water in around 8 minutes.

The cooker uses Coleman’s propane cyclinders which connect via a steel connector and regulator.  The hose which connects the stove to the cylinder is a bit short which means that it’s not that easy to  position if you’ve got limited space on your camp table.  However, Coleman have informed us that it’s perfectly safe to simply dangle the cylinder over the side so long as it’s not inverted.

Propane is a better fuel that butane as it’s more efficient, every last gram in the cylinder gets burnt and it works better at lower temperatures and altitude.  However, as we noted in our review of the Coleman Perfectflow 2 burner stove (basically a two burner version of this stove) the availability of the fuel cylinders, in the UK at least, is still rather limited although this situation will only improve over time.  We suggest buying a couple of spares when you buy the stove.

In our opinion this is a fantastic little camping cooker and will be equally suitable a family summer camping adventure or a few nights based in the Cairngorms in November.

Highly recommended !

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