User Review: Coleman Xtreme Powermax Stove
Price Paid: $59.99
I've used this stove in temperatures ranging 70 F down to -5 F on approx 10+ backpacking trips in the White Mountains of NH and on several canoeing trips in north-western Maine.
It’s easy to setup, lights quickly, runs great, and heats 1 liter of water in about a minute. I’ve found it to be very durable (never once had to repair or use a tune-up kit) and it packs well. After use, just disconnect the canister and stow the stove…
If you’re camping in cold temps (below 20 F) it’s a good idea to carry a couple of full fuel canisters so you’re always running one that a more than half full. This is because the performance drops off in the cold temps unless the canister is still relatively full.
NOTE: This is a limitation of the fuel and not the stove. What I end up doing is using up the half empty canisters on a summer or fall hike when it’s warm. I discovered this drawback during a trip in the winter when the stove couldn’t produce enough heat to melt snow after the fuel canister sat out in the cold all night.
Luckily my companion had a liquid fuel stove so it wasn’t a big problem. After that I always seal the bottle in a plastic bag and put it inside my sleeping bag with me so it stays warm. When time comes for breakfast I heat my water as soon as I get out of the bag. This has worked well.