When you’re not worried about the weight of your gear – and you have many mouths to feed – then consider bringing this cookstove. The Coleman 2-Burner can cook up a full breakfast or dinner for eight in no time plus keep a pot of piping hot coffee ready in the wings.

The Coleman Car Camping Cook Stove

This is the stove your alcohol-burning single flame looks at and wishes it could be when it grows up.  You may curse yourself while you are towing it along, but you’ll soon forget all about that when you fire it up and hear those 20,000 BTU’s come roaring to life.

With a published curb weight of 11lbs (our 40 year old Coleman model weighs 10lb, 8oz), it may seem like bringing a howitzer to a knife fight. The full fuel canister alone weighs more than two Jet Boil Stoves. It’s a beast - and I mean that in a good way.  This example is at least 40 years old and came into our possession as an early inheritance from my father-in-law.  It’s the same one my wife remembers her parents using on early morning day camps in the Colorado Rockies and  has some sentimental value to us as a family.  First introduced in the early 1950’s, the Coleman Dual Burner is still available from retailers and has changed little over the decades, attesting to its timeless design and rugged build.  It might be one of the few things our kids will fight over when we're dead.

Still going strong! See it in our Morrow Mountain State Park campground post.

Close up photo of a Coleman Propane Gas Stove control knobs
Photo of a Coleman 2-burner camp stove on a wooden table

Its two burners are independently adjustable and the replaceable propane tanks are long lasting.  It has built-in, convenient side windscreens allowing you to angle the stove from the elements to take full advantage of the heat. You’ll appreciate the speed in which it can boil a pot of water when you have a crew of hungry kids staring you down at the end of a long day on the trail.

The Pros:

  • 20,000 BTU's. Nuff said.

The Cons:

  • Its size & weight

The Wrap-up:

When the power goes out or the zombie apocalypse arrives and you’re wondering how you’re going to cook dinner, you'll remember this cookstove and breathe a contented sigh of relief.  Keep a high-pressure tank adaptor on hand to connect this to a standard refillable propane tank for power outages or extended car camping.

Tale of the Tape:

Size: 23.25 by 5.5 by 14.75 inches (W x H x D) when closed

Weight: 10lb, 8oz

Fuel: Replaceable 16oz Propane

BTU: 10,000 each burner

Cost: $35.00 - $42.00

Photo of a lit propane gas burner of a Coleman camp stove.
Image of two aluminum pots on a Coleman 2-burner camp stove
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