I've used both the propane/butane canisters and the…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 180 dollars
I've used both the propane/butane canisters and the white gas on this stove. The propane/butane canisters are easier to light but one goes through fuel fast (3 days on one canister), the white gas is more fuel efficent but the start up is a flame up experience that you need to warn other campers to stay away when when lighting it. It takes about 3 minutes to settle down to a steady flame but you won't be bothered by mosquitoes during this time.
- Multi fuel
- Moderate flame control
- Dangerous flame up when using liquid fuels
- Legs on propane holder break easily.
The setup is easy in both canister and liquid fuel usage.
However watch out in moving the support legs on the propane/butane canister holder, in very cold weather these can snap off easily.
Need the wind shield when cooking as flame goes out easily in the slightest of winds.
Can heat water realtively fast (6-7 minutes).
Packs easily and small.
The pots not always really stable on the burner unit.
I found it goes through the propane/butane canisters fast (3 days, 1-2 uses/day) while a 500 ml of white gas can last 4-5 days.
The Triangia Multi-fuel stove is probably a better stove due to the flame shielding and pot support. This however packs into a much larger size than the Coleman stove.
I purchased the Coleman Fyrestorm based on MFG claims…
Price Paid: $149
I purchased the Coleman Fyrestorm based on MFG claims and first impression at store. It was hard to dish out $149, especially for a Coleman product, but I did. Once home my views changed.
The pump is a pain to install due to fuel pickup tubes I could see myself breaking when conditions are extreme, those times when all you want to do is get the darn stove lit and not be fumbling with it. The plastic parts of the pump looked fragile (especially the tubes), but I like the metal plunger since I heard other brands with plastic plungers breaking. The fuel lines and stove itself where well design and seemed quality.
After fueling I expected the pump to feel like larger Coleman products but it did not. It felt poorly made and too much resistance from the get-go. The stove lit well and went right to blue flame which was very impressive. After about 30 seconds it went to yellow and never again went to blue. I was using new Coleman white gas so I know fuel was good, re-read directions and was doing nothing wrong. I tried changing pressures and fuel level but noting worked. Finally called it quits when it started throwing tiny fire balls.
Now, this stove might had been defective (sure it was) but would I trust another that might fail after 2 or 3 uses and while camping? Not me. If stove was half the price I might have exchanged, but at $149 I wanted my money back, which the store did.