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Poll: Which is most economical to cook with for multifuel stoves?
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Which is most economical to cook with for multifuel stoves?

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Dunno if its possible to use other fuels in it though. Can anyone tell me?
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Coleman

The problem using petrol in Coleman dual fuel stoves is the seals perish over a period of time, I never seem to get longer than 3 mths out of them.
They are very good when the work tho.

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Standard unleaded in my Coleman. Never used anything else in 8 years. Running like a beast.. FI cleaner every now and then is all you need.
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I run my msr on alcohol normally meths or rubbing alcohol but have used vodka once!

the burn is very clean too not sooty! Very efficient and very hot!

failing that I use gas but you can not take the canisters on a plane!


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I use pump gas in all my MSR stoves, Simmerlite, Whisperlite and Dragonfly. Never a problem.
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My new MSR Dragonfly arrived yesterday. With all the info in here, all should well. Cheers
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Technically I should have voted for kerosene as being most economical. It has more energy in every drop and the cost makes it more economical. Cost comparisons can give different results in other places or times.

But it is harder to light and takes longer to warm up to operating temperatures. I answered unleaded in your poll because it is just easier to work with and I usually fill the bike's 20-litre tank late in the day.

I prefer Primus Omni-lite over the Coleman I had.

I also used plenty of unleaded in a Svea 123 with only mild clogging -- it would clear up after sputtering a bit longer than when burning Coleman fuel.
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After using standard 'pump' petrol in my colemans for the last 7-8 years I finally had a failure.

The generator finally blocked and could not be unblocked where I was. Considering the abuse and crap fuel this thing has been running on, I'm seriously impressed it lasted this long.

Of course, I could have/should have a spare generator with me (£15 on ebay and 5 minutes to fit). I have one now.


However, once home I managed to clear the old one out. I removed the generator pipe and soaked it in solvent for an hour.

I then used my MAP Blow torch (Propane/acetelyne mix available from any hardware store) and attacked the generator. I got it glowing red. Far hotter than the stove can burn. The carbon deposits jetted and 'whisped' out of the pipe. It's like new now. Obviously not a campsite fix but shows you can clear them.

Total respect for these stoves. I've just bought a new Coleman 442 Feather Stove for my next travels. A little smaller with the same gubbins.
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So far I never owned a petrol burner (exept my bike). There was very cheap food ready to eat available in Africa, Southamerica and Asia just at the side of the road for less then 1 Dollar per portion. For Europa i used a 5 Euro Gascooker made in Chine
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So far I never owned a petrol burner (exept my bike). There was very cheap food ready to eat available in Africa, Southamerica and Asia just at the side of the road for less then 1 Dollar per portion. For Europa i used a 5 Euro Gascooker made in Chine
Agreed... But without caffeine first thing in the morning you might as well set fire to my tent and put a headstone up next to it.

I'd carry BBQ and a 10kg bag of charcoal if it guaranteed me a brew in the morning.
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Couldn't agree more Ted . I carry my Coleman for a coffee fix, that I could cook food on it is an added bonus although mostly cant be bothered .

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I`m too can now report my experience with the coleman unleaded, after our 2.5 week island trip and using it daily (wildcamping).

We start with a full tank (coleman fuel) and had the same experience than bevore in africa:

It need his time 3-4 mins to produce a blue flame (yellow flame will produce more soot) - but also then you have to handle a dirty soot bottom.

The power is ok, not like gas but quite ok to cook on two flames.

After the tank was empty we use the unleaded fuel from the gas station. With that fuel you will need 6-7 minutes before the yellow flames get blue. Also it produce more dirt than on coleman fuel.

If you use the coleman mit yellow flame, the bottom of you pan will be black of soot also when you use it once, will makes everything black what get in touch, finger, towels you use to dry them, every place you put will put it. To wash it, need time, hot water and effort.

We dont love that device, but we also dont find a device who is that handy for a mobile 4wd overlander kittchen setup.

It is bulky, but if you try to replace it with gas - you end up with more space used, or a less practical if you look to a windshield and so on.

For extended travelling we will carry not just a spare generator, we will carry a complete Tank/Pump/Generator Combo. Remember that our first generator died in africa, after 3 weeks using (twice a day).

As you see, we dont love the device - but currently we didnt find a way arround the coleman. But a way to live with it ;-) For Weekends the soot stuff dosnt hurt. On extended trips it is uncomfortable to keeping your stuff clean, your towels clean.

Of your Kitchen-Setup is not mobile, you did built a kitchen in your drawers at sample, i would intend to use a campinggaz gas setup.

The blue gas bottles we did find everywhere on remote places, from asia till africa.

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Use a Trangia if you can't get gas use meths available anywhere.

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Use a Trangia if you can't get gas use meths available anywhere.

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You can get these blue campinggaz gas bottles near anywhere.. You can see these blue bottles on hiking hats in Island till remote villages in africa or asia.

With unleaded fuel for the coleman cooker, you can too restock near anywhere too. So the restocking issue dont count really, I think.

But I guess the trangia hasnt a problem with soot....

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Coleman 502

This weekend I was going though a few old boxes of childhood possessions that had been stored at my late grandmothers home.

In one box. I found my old Coleman 502.. from 1978... Complete with half a tank of what was gasoline in 1978..

I dumped out the viscous yellow liquid, added about 3 tablespoons of fresh unleaded from my tank.. swished it around & dumped that out as well...

Filled it with fresh unleaded.. pumped it up.. and it lit and runs like a champ..

I think I'm taking this one to Yosemite with me.. Since the last time I lit it up was about the last time I was at Yosemite..
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