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Jan 8, 2013
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I'm looking for a new 2 burner. Anyone use those grill/flattop/stove all in ones?

Please give me your favorite and why? Thank you!
coop
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined Jan 25, 2005
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I've got a Brunton Winder River Range. The thing kicks ass in many ways.

1) It's beefy. You can jump up and down on it, open or closed
2) The 2 burners put out a shitton of heat. I forgot what the BTUs are but I'm guessing 30,000 each.
3) It completely disassembles for cleaning,
4) It has built in storage in the lid. I can keep all my cutlery, utensils, ktichen tools and cleaning stuff in there.
5) The cover of the top lid is a real cutting board.
6) It comes with an adaptor so you can run from a propane tank or from those green Coleman cylinders.
7) They don't make them any more. You'll have to eBay one. Or check this link: Wind River Range
8) Here's two reviews. BTW, I've never had any trouble getting the cylinder adaptor to work. FJCruiser Forum and SNEWS Review
9) It weights 23 pounds. Empty.
Malcolm Daly
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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Jan 8, 2013
uintas
my old school coleman two burner stove has always worked well for me. Mattberr
From utah
Joined May 1, 2010
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Jan 8, 2013
I like a tabletop stove with one burner and a grill on the other side. Very handy for when you want to keep in simple and are to lazy to deal with cooking on the fire. Camp Chef makes a nice version that is cheap and works great. Benjamin G
Joined Aug 28, 2012
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Jan 8, 2013
This might be useful:

outdoorgearlab.com/Camping-Sto...
Steve86
Joined Jul 17, 2011
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Jan 8, 2013
Middle St. Vrain
coop wrote:
I'm looking for a new 2 burner. Anyone use those grill/flattop/stove all in ones? Please give me your favorite and why? Thank you!


I have one of these and they are awesome! BA Stove

I have road tripped all over with it and never had a problem. Now that I've cooked a lot on the grill, it is seasoned real nice and everything we make on it tastes great!
Adam B
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Joined Oct 14, 2008
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Jan 8, 2013
Stay away from Camp Chef. The quality is so horrible. I bought one and it had screws rolling around the inside, bent hinges, dents, lid didn't line up, knobs crept up from a simmer to medium, crooked knobs, uneven flame, etc. The primus ones are built a lot more high quality. I'm a big fan of the profile 2 stove for car camping generationfourth
From Irvine, CA
Joined Mar 2, 2008
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Jan 8, 2013
amazon.com/Coleman-2-Burner-Po...

You can buy a fitting for it to burn propane too.
Devin Krevetski
From West Woodstock, VT
Joined May 3, 2008
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Jan 8, 2013
I have one of these and I love it! it's got tons of power, super reliable, and it's got plenty of space for bigger pots. My only gripe is that the burners are pretty big and so with smaller pots you can't turn up the heat too high without it going up the sides of the pot, but it's not a huge deal.

if you want a grill/stove you might check out This one
John D
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Jan 8, 2013
Indian Creek Climbing
Thank you everyone for the responses.

I have a really old Coleman 2 burner, and I'm looking to upgrade. I have used the tree and hose attachment with a 1 gallon propane tank. This really saves on fuel cost in the long run and you can run multiple items off of the 1 propane tank.
coop
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined Jan 25, 2005
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Jan 8, 2013
Fitzroy09
I like the stainless Partner's Steel 22". Easy to clean and reasonable pricing. Keith Robinson
Joined Aug 2, 2008
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Jan 8, 2013
Indian Creek Climbing
Yeah, I like the versatility of the rainer 2

campchef.com/rainier-2-burner-...

John D wrote:
I have one of these and I love it! it's got tons of power, super reliable, and it's got plenty of space for bigger pots. My only gripe is that the burners are pretty big and so with smaller pots you can't turn up the heat too high without it going up the sides of the pot, but it's not a huge deal. if you want a grill/stove you might check out This one
coop
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined Jan 25, 2005
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Jan 8, 2013
What ever you get make sure you can get a small refillable propane tank for it.

They're not cheep for the small ones but it's much better then all of the little green cans. And the pouring of white gas for the old one's is a pita as well.

If your planning on multiple years worth of car camping the white tanks are the way to go. Keep one green one as a back up for when the other goes dry. I just topped mine off last night for $4.00.
Tim McCabe
Joined Oct 15, 2006
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Jan 8, 2013
Colombian Crack
The newer 2 burner Coleman's are still great. They pack securely in a sturdy metal box and work well. The flame adjusts nicely and I've never had to push the ignitor button more than once. We use the grill/griddle flattop and it's great. It's cheap, sturdy and reliable. Maurice Chaunders
Joined Sep 21, 2010
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Jan 8, 2013
beck on limestone
Primus Century and 2.5 gallon propane tank Thomas Beck
From Las Vegas, Nevada
Joined Feb 5, 2006
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Jan 8, 2013
blah
another +1 foe the green coleman...mine is at least 15-20 years old and still gets dinner done fast. for best results pair with cast iron, after all its car camping Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From Springdale Ut
Joined Dec 19, 2011
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Jan 9, 2013
Indian Creek Climbing
That is the exact setup I have used for the past 15 years. The 1 gallon white propane tanks last forever and are very cheap to fill up. I keep a green one as backup.


Tim McCabe wrote:
What ever you get make sure you can get a small refillable propane tank for it. They're not cheep for the small ones but it's much better then all of the little green cans. And the pouring of white gas for the old one's is a pita as well. If your planning on multiple years worth of car camping the white tanks are the way to go. Keep one green one as a back up for when the other goes dry. I just topped mine off last night for $4.00.
coop
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined Jan 25, 2005
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Jan 9, 2013
Rob Warden, Space Lizard wrote:
another +1 foe the green coleman...mine is at least 15-20 years old and still gets dinner done fast. for best results pair with cast iron, after all its car camping



X3 have used mine forever (10-15 years), One time the pump seal went out and we packet it with butter and it worked the rest of the weekend then I replaced the pump for less then $10 when we got home.
ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Joined Apr 27, 2010
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Jan 9, 2013
Here is another alternative to the "disposable" green tanks, refill them!

Propane refill kit
ADKMan
From Upstate New York
Joined Jun 5, 2012
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Jan 9, 2013
+1 for the standard green dual fuel colman 2 burner. Have used one for road tripping and field work, its almost impossible to break them. I personaly go with the duel fuel because you can use regular unleaded gas which saves on fuel costs over propane (I wouldn't pay for white gas which IMHO is a waste of money). Dan Bachen
Joined Mar 8, 2010
233 points
Jan 9, 2013
We use an antique cast iron 2-burner Griswold stove, converted for LP. We carry a 5 gal propane tank and put a couple of T fittings in the gas line: 1 for a single burner Griswold for the coffee pot and the other for a propane lantern.
They don't make em like this anymore because they last forever. You can find em on EBay.
TWK
Joined Sep 15, 2012
164 points
Jan 9, 2013
Found this thing in a cableas catalog:
cabelas.com/camp-blind-stoves-...
Anyone think this would be the ultimate for a dirtbag van?
Taylor Lais
From Black Hills, SD
Joined Feb 23, 2010
43 points
Jan 10, 2013
blah
oh my good out door oven thats not made by camp chief...bam purchased Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From Springdale Ut
Joined Dec 19, 2011
46 points
Jan 10, 2013
Taylor Lais wrote:

Found this thing in a cableas catalog

Off topic, however anyone spending money at Cabela's should know it's going to the NRA. The owner of Cabela's gave $1,000,000 in cash to the NRA.

If that's where you want your $$ to go, that's fine. If not, shop REI or local mountain shop instead. As an avid hunter, I've spent plenty at Cabela's in the past, but won't be any time soon.
TWK
Joined Sep 15, 2012
164 points
Jul 21, 2015
Anyone heard of problems getting a mini refillable cylinder (like a 5lb cylinder) refilled, like frequently running into minimum purchase requirements? Kent Richards
Joined Jan 10, 2009
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Jul 21, 2015
Grande Grotto
coop wrote:
I'm looking for a new 2 burner. Anyone use those grill/flattop/stove all in ones? Please give me your favorite and why? Thank you!


I've had a Coleman Combi Stove for a long while. 1/2 Grill 1/2 Burner. It's pretty awesome when you want to grill stuff. You're the camp hero when you bust out grilled pork chops after a long day of climbing. HOWEVER, it's not that great as a second burner for pots/pans AND it gets filthy FAST. If you have the ability to give it a good clean each night or two (camp has running water etc) then it's not a big deal. If you're limited on your ability to get it wet and sudsy, it gets nasty fast.

After several years of doing the split personality I was over it. I still have it for larger outings etc but I sought out a normal two burner as I feel they're better for faster food prep etc. This all depends on your food preferences of course.

I did a fair amount of reading about stove wading through the usual blogs and list reviews.

All of that came down to this. IMO, there are two "classes" of stoves. 1) Your typical Coleman, CampChef etc 2) Hard Core Outfitter Stoves

The Outfitter stoves are impressive beasts with the quality and price to match. I REALLY wanted to get a nice Partner Steel 22" but couldn't justify it for my occasional use.

Numerous sources indicate that Camp Chef, Coleman, Primus, Brunton, Stansport and Texport stoves are all made on the same line in the same factory. They essentially pick certain parts and their quality level (e.g. stainless drip pan vs lesser metal etc) but they'll all be damn close. (OutdoodGearLab pointed out how close the CampChef and Stansport are).

I ended up going with the CampChef Everest 2 Burner from REI as I had a coupon and rewards to cash in. Amazon currently has the Stansport 2 Burner for $69.



mattm
From TX
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