For the past few years I have been using the Coleman Perfectflow 2-Burner Stove for cooking meals when out camping. You could say its my go-to stove for camping. For me, it has worked flawlessly, which is exactly what everyone wants from their gear, aside from a good price (and this stove is amazing for its relatively cheap price). After all, gear that doesn’t work well doesn’t really help anyone, does it?
As displayed in the name, the Coleman Perfectflow 2-Burner Propane Stove has two burners. I would say that for general camping this would be a lot more beneficial than a single burner stove. Two burners allow you to cook multiple things at once, such as pancakes and bacon (if car camping ), or allows you to simultaneously make food and boil water (for cleaning dishes, for oatmeal or for hot drinks). As in the Coleman description, the stove uses a Pressure-Control System that basically means that the heat on both burners, which are both 10,000 BTU burners, will be consistent. Additionally, the Coleman Perfectflow stove uses PerfectHeat™ Technology, which allows the burners to be fuel efficient.
Important parts of the Coleman Perfectflow 2-Burner Stove include the wind shields on either side of the stove. Displayed as a WindBlock™ wind shielding system by Coleman, these handy little parts prevent wind from taking heat away from the burners and from blowing the flames out. That can certainly be very irksome.
The other part of the stove that I like is the stove top/cook top. (That’s the aluminum contraption that you put over the burners and that pots and pans rest on). All you have to do to take it off is lift it out of the holes that hold it in place. This makes it very easy to clean.
The Coleman stove is powered by propane. This fuel is easily accessible and can be bought at almost any recreational sports store like Sport Chalet, Sports Authority, or REI. You can even find fuel canisters at places such as Von’s or Ralph’s. I always get the smaller Coleman propane canisters (they are easy to store and transport and each one has approximately 1hour of burn time on high, or 4.5 hours on low), but there are other options as well. For example, it is possible to use a larger fuel tank and connect it to the stove with a special hose. (I believe Coleman sells these).
The stove has a small opening on the right side that is used to screw in the pipe that connects to the propane canister. This pipe is bent at each end so when cooking, the fuel canister is tilted towards the pipe opening. (Tip: If the fuel canister is has very little fuel left and won’t sustain a medium size flame, try turning the connector pipe and canister so the canister is resting upside down.) There is also a simple locking button mechanism that keeps the stove closed when it’s on its side. Just press the lock button in and lift the stove lid to open it.
Just to clarify, the Coleman 2-Burner Stove is definitely not for backpacking. It weighs ~10lbs. 13oz. and it’s dimensions (when closed) are: 14.75 in. x 23.25 in. x 5.5 in. I would imagine it wouldn’t be that fun hauling that thing around on backcountry trails! However, for car camping or camping with a group, I would highly recommend taking a look at the Coleman Perfectflow 2-Burner Propane Stove.