Sweet Jesus does Coleman have a stranglehold on the camping stove? I’m not talking about portable backpacking stoves. Nope, I’ve got one that fits in the palm of my hand, but for that countertop, tabletop, car camping, van camping, backyard-with-the-kids camping scenarios, well, Coleman is king.
Now, I have funny stories about these stoves. Some from my father either breaking them, losing them, or accidentally blowing them up which is NOT easy to do. (This was forty years ago.) I also have a wonderful and heartwarming story about hiking a five-day trail in Alaska in the middle of a blizzard. We came across a Canadian family in sneakers and flannel shirts. That’s it. The father had a four-burner Coleman stove strapped to his back with bailing twine. Let me repeat that. A four-burner, ginormous, green Coleman stove strapped to his back with bailing twine.
His wife was frozen midway up a talus field. Terrified and freezing in the whiteout conditions. As a good husband does, he saddled up to her all cozy then proceeded to scream at her at the top of his lungs. “Get your f^%$%$# ass up that hill!” Life coach, he was not. But the stove, as far as I know, survived.
This current model is smaller than my normal two-burner but man does it just work. I’ve now used it dozens of times and love pulling this thing out. I know there are other stove options, newer, hipper, more stylish but there is something about seeing that green stove that just gets my heart beating in the right kind of way. I think if you are looking for a brand that has created more fun, more contentment, and relieved more pressure, like making my wife’s coffee first thing in the morning, you would be hard-pressed to find any brand more deserving than Coleman. If you have a funny Coleman stove story please share. I love this stuff.