Liquid fuel camp stoves are a camping favorite. These stoves run off of “Coleman” fuel or white gas which is inexpensive and widely available. There is a “dual fuel” design that will also run off of unleaded gasoline. Two pints will burn for about two hours with both burners on high. Remember that white gas or “Coleman” fuel produces carbon monoxide and should never be used inside. Use caution when storing the fuel and using the stove.
Coleman Fuel / White Gas
Coleman fuel or white gas produces vast amounts of deadly carbon monoxide. An un-opened container of Coleman fuel stored in a dry area with no rapid extreme changes in temperature will remain viable for 5-7 years. An opened container stored in the same area will remain viable for up to 2 years, although it is at its best if used within a year.
A friend stored a new, unopened can of Coleman fuel in the garage. When he went to use it two years later the can was completely empty, but had never been opened. We are not sure what happened. The lesson is to check your supplies regularly to ensure they are in the condition you expect. Use great care when storing white gas. We recommend storing in a detached shed. NEVER use indoors!
Liquid Camp Stoves
Liquid fuel stoves are dependable and easy to use. They produce a nice hot, even flame and are great for camping or emergency use outdoors. Notice the red tank on the stove in the photo above. This stove will only safely use Coleman fuel or white gas. Do not attempt to use any other fuel.
Multi-Fuel Camp Stove
Notice the gray tank on this stove. It is designed to safely burn either Coleman fuel/white gas or unleaded gasoline. The ability to use multiple fuels makes this stove quite valuable. In an emergency, it may be easier to find unleaded gasoline than Coleman fuel. Keep in mind that gasoline produces significant amounts of carbon monoxide, so do not use this stove indoors. The stove pictured has two burners which will each accommodate a 10 inch pot. The wind block system shields the burner for maximum heat and still allows the stove to fold down to a convenient, portable size.
Single Burner Multi-Fuel Stove
Coleman Exponent Multi-Fuel Stove is a great little emergency stove. It is designed to be lightweight and portable. The burner bowl and pot supports help protect the flame in windy conditions. Best of all, it can safely use Coleman fuel/white gas, unleaded gasoline, or kerosene. The tank holds 10.3 ounces of fuel. Coleman fuel and unleaded gasoline burn at 7,500 BTU and will boil water in under 4 1/2 minutes. One tank will burn 1 hour and 20 minutes on high or 7 hours on simmer. Kerosene does not quite burn as hot at 6,500 BTUs but will burn for 2 hours and 25 minutes on high or 9 hours on simmer.
Coleman Camp Oven is a nice accessory for use on either 2 or 3 burner stoves. The oven sits on top of the burner and utilizes the heat for baking. It has a built-in thermometer to monitor the oven temperature. It folds away flat for convenient storage.
Liquid camp stoves are a great way to cook outdoors for emergencies, camping, tailgating, or other fun events. Use great caution when storing the fuel and never use indoors.