Coleman Classic Stove Review
When I go camping, I almost always bring along a stove of sorts, usually a propane powered one. When I’m doing a combination of hiking and camping, I tend to lean towards my Coleman single burner camping stove because it’s lightweight and easy to carry. But for those times when I drive right up to the campsite and unload, I like to bring the Coleman classic propane stove along because it offers a bit more space as well as some shielding from the elements.
It’s small enough to bring on a hiking trip, but if I was attacking any kind of serious trail where keeping my load light is critical, I’d probably opt for the single burner. But when I can afford the extra weight and space, the double burner is definitely where it’s at and the extra shielding from the wind is unquestionably helpful at times.
Beyond the obvious benefit of having some protection from the wind, what really makes this double burner worthwhile is the fact that you can cook more at the same time than you can with the single burner and when you have more than one mouth to feed, it can really make a difference. Even when it’s just you, which is basically never the case when I go camping, it’s nice to be able to cook different aspects of your meal at different temperatures because when you’re cooking, timing is everything.
This stove might not offer as much space as the one you cook with at home, but it still has enough room to let you toss a couple of pots or pans on at the same time. It’ll fit one 12-inch and one 10-inch pot or pan at the same time and each burner can be adjusted independently so you have two completely separate temperature zones.
In total, this little portable stove offers 20,000 BTUs of power for you to harness for all of your cooking needs. You can use it to heat up drinks like hot cocoa (a camping favorite of mine), cook bacon and eggs for breakfast, or even heat up a steak in a frying pan. The options are endless, just make sure you packed the propane!
Cleaning is straight forward and simple. The grate comes right off so you can soak it and then wipe it to clean it off and while it’s off, you have easy access to clean out the area around the burners. Just make sure you’re not cleaning it while it’s hot.
I like to bring along a collapsible bucket to make it easier to clean things. I heat up some water and then fill the bucket with warm water and soap – makes it really easy to keep everything clean after use.
Back to the “Wind Block” panels that are built into it, these really offer some nice protection when it’s windy out. Without them, it wouldn’t cook nearly as well in windy conditions unless it was sheltered and you probably don’t want to be cooking inside of your tent. The back part of it is really high so you ideally want to put the back towards whichever direction the wind is blowing from and the sides, which are somewhat adjustable, will catch most of whatever tries to get around it. While it might not seem like much, if you’ve ever tried to cook outdoors while it’s windy out, you’ll quickly realize that it makes a hell of a difference.
All things considered, this is one of the best camping stoves on the market. It’s inexpensive, durable, spacious for what it is, relatively lightweight, fairly compact, and it works well. I’d buy it again if I had to. If you need one for your next adventure, I suggest you buy one here. And don’t forget the propane!