Coleman Apollo Dual Fuel Stove
Price Paid: $69.99
I bought this stove last year, but just used it for the first time in the field recently.
I spent 10 days backpacking around the Yucatan peninsula down in Mexico and used the stove to cook several meals. It is dependable, requires no priming, is efficient and best of all simmers better than any remote/separate bottle liquid fuel stove I have ever used. It also boils water extremely fast.
It is a little loud but not nearly as noisy as the trusty old MSR Whisperlight International I sold after 11 years a few months ago (great stove but does not simmer). I also own a Primus Omni-fuel which was my stove of choice for international travel until I got the Coleman.
The Coleman is lighter, has all of the same liquid fuel options, and I could never quite get the Primus to simmer. The simmering problem seems to be related to the little cup that the flame comes out of. On the Coleman it is a little perforated mesh screen. On the Primus it is a metal ring. The mesh seems to give a much more refined and controllable flame.
The pot legs are serrated and grip even un-grooved pot bottoms well. The package comes with the bottle, wind screen, protective plate, a repair kit and detailed instructions which are also listed in brief form on the fuel bottom. It is a little heavy but otherwise is an excellent purchase.
I actually look forward to using it on future trips. One more note. White gas can be bought at many paint stores all over Latin America for about $2 US per liter. Just ask for gas blanco.
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Dual-fuel system operates on both white gas or unleaded gasoline (fuel sold separately). Includes bottle, pump, aluminum windscreen and stuff sack. Precise flame control lets you saute a white sauce on simmer or quickly boil water on full heat. Pump system requires 30% less pumping than comparable stoves. Refillable 22 fl. oz. fuel bottle attaches to stove via a 9" line, allowing you to situate fuel away from heat; detaches easily for separate storage. Reflex technology means no priming or preheating and reduces time from start-up to full ignition. Stainless-steel burner and integrated cleaning needle require little field maintenance. Swing-out legs/supports open wide to provide a stable base below and pot stability above; serrated surfaces minimize pot slippage. The Coleman Dual Fuel Apollo stove's wide supports hold large backpacking pots, and what's really sweet, it folds small to store inside. Unfolded stove measures 6.9" x 6.9" x 4.5".