Coleman Camp Stove Review

by Shaz

A Colman propane camp stove is probably the most essential camping accessory. A hot meal at the end of a day in the great outdoors is something to really look forward to.

Unless you are one of the rare Bear Grills type campers, you will no doubt appreciate one or two home comforts, like a Coleman camp stove especially when it comes to cooking!

An open fire is great, but not always practical and often illegal if there is a high fire risk involved during the summer months.

A Colman propane camp stove is definitely the answer. They are so much more efficient than other stoves on the market, which will often need to be re-ignited if there is the slightest wind blowing. The fold up wind sheilds take care of that problem easily and efficiently.

Camp Stove for Camping and Picnics

Propane Camping Stove Review

There are several brands of portable propane camp stoves on the market but I will review just 1 because I have used Coleman products for the past 33 years, and have never had a problem with any of them. For that reason and because I've been reading other customer reviews lately, I am convinced that the 'PerfectFlow' propane camp stove is the best value for money.

I am very impressed with the design of this stove. As you will see from the video and photos it is very easy to start, easy to use, and cooks like a dream.

I have tried cooking with butane powered portable stoves before but even light wind conditions can reduce the heat distribution dramatically. I got sick of waiting an hour for the water to boil, so I will only recommend Propane camping stoves for this reason.

The camp stove pictured above and below is the top of the line model, but I have located a more affordable 2 Burner propane camping stove by Coleman.

2 Burner Cook & Grill Propane Camp Stove by Coleman

Coleman PerfectFlow Insta Start Grill Stove

This is a 4 and half star customer rated all in one stove and grill. It features Coleman's InstaStart technology which lights at the push of a button and...

Only $88.35
Coleman 2 burner Grill-Stove Carry Case

Keep your new stove in top condition while not in use. It is made of strong vinyl, with a comfortable web handle that will ...

Only $36.16

Coleman Propane Canisters - 12 pack

COLEMAN CO-FUEL 5103A164T 16.4OZ Propane Bottle (12 pack)

Coleman Propane Fuel is recommended for use in Coleman Propane Fueled Camping equipment - Size of bottle = 16.4 OZ PROPANE

$97.86  $84.43

How To Start Your Propane Camp Stove

Push Button Ignition System

Firing up this stove for a session of cooking couldn’t really be any easier. This model is fitted with an ‘Instastart’ ignition system which just means you hit the button and it lights up. The burners both burn evenly and consistently. 

Even in very windy conditions this stove will start first time and continue to provide a constant cooking source. See video of windy conditions below.

Propane Camp Stove in Windy Conditions

Cleaning Your Propane Camp Stove

There is a handy drip tray underneath the cooking surface, which is really easy to keep clean. Just to be on the safe side, I always keep an eye on the drip tray and clean it after cooking steaks, hamburgers etc so that it doesn’t overflow.  

I keep a supply of paper towels handy just to give a wipe over to remove any ‘spitting’ from cooking meat. That’s really all the cleaning that is necessary for your camp stove, but I always give the stove another good clean once I get back home to keep it in top condition.  Other than that, there is nothing to do.  It is a very user friendly and reliable stove.

I would encourage you to click on the Amazon link above and read the customer reviews there.

What to Cook On A Propane Camping Stove

You can cook just about anything on this camp stove. Here are a few suggestions from my personal favourites;

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • French toast
  • Pancakes
  • Coffee
  • Steaks
  • Hamburgers
  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms

This unit makes cooking for the family a breeze! If you're still not convinced that this is the best one on the market, just read the customer reviews at Amazon (click on the link above where it says:      '2 Burner Cook & Grill Propane Camping Stove by Coleman').

More of my camping related articles

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A gas grill can be used at the beach; baseball games; on road trips; camping or even on your patio at home.
A camping checklist takes the stress out of trying to remember everything you need to pack.
Updated: 02/13/2015, Shaz
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Shaz on 01/25/2012

Thanks brlamc, I'm in Australia, so we are enjoying our camping weather right now.
Hope it doesn't get too cold for you.

brlamc on 01/25/2012

I liked this article. Too bad we have to go through more winter before we can get outside.

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