Coleman PerfectFlow Stove & Grill
June 8, 2011
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
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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