Damned Fine Camp Stove

For the past couple of months, our real kitchen has either been full of holes or otherwise under construction.

As a result, our refrigerator and the rest of our make shift kitchen has been in our atrium.

As we couldn’t move our stove into the atrium, I picked up a camp stove to see us through. Specifically, I wanted something that had at least two burners and we very easy to use. I already have a Coleman dual-fuel stove
, but it is a bit bulky and, though it can run off of unleaded gasoline, it is not exactly “push button” easy to light.

After reviewing a slew of stoves, I settled on the Coleman 2-Burner Fold ‘N Go InstaStart Stove.

It is compact, surprisingly solid, and very easy to use. It also spits out a ton of heat. Seriously. Beyond easily boiling water, frying foods, cooking pancakes, and the like, I have also successfully stir-fried in my very heavy cast-iron wok (seriously — 12+ pounds of cast iron)!

My only complaint is that the adjusting the stove for a low flame is trickier than it should be. If you simply push and turn the knobs, you’ll always end up with a flame that is bigger than desired. However, by simply pulling on the knobs as you turn slowly, the flame height can be set quite specifically to as low as you want.

Great stove. Very attractive design, too.

The 16 oz propane tanks run about $4.50 each and last for about one week with near daily cooking (or, at the least, boiling of water).

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2 Responses to “Damned Fine Camp Stove”

  1. Mike says:

    Does your cast iron wok take a long time to heat up on a normal stove? I’ve looked at carbon steel woks off-and-on and never committed to one, but I’m a sucker for cast iron, and $20 is an ungodly good deal.

  2. bbum says:

    I haven’t tried it on a regular stove yet. It does take a bit to come up to temperature. However, it is large and heavy enough that I can use it on a turkey fryer burner, which achieves that blazing heat that chinese restaurants use!

    It is also versatile enough that I have used it for baking/smoking on my grill (a Big Green Egg).

    At $20, it is a great deal.

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