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Coleman 2-burner stove performance issue.

Recently I was on a rafting trip in which we used the Colemen Triton side-by-side with the Coleman Basic. The Triton burned A LOT more fuel than the Basic and still didn't boil the water. The flame control was inferior too. Is this common with the Triton or perhaps an issue with my stove? According to the specs, the Triton has more BTUs.


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@mtoldmixon Thanks for reaching out!

With all things being equal, there is likely a connection issue somewhere on the Triton Stove or potentially on the propane canister. We recommend checking the gaskets on each connection to make sure they are present and in place. Additionally, based on some reviews we read, it sounds like some stoves have issues controlling the flame (either non-existent control or very challenging) and folks are attributing it to the valve design. Other reviewers talk about how quickly it boils water, so that leads us to believe there is something going on with your particular stove.

Given that the Triton stove has almost 60% more BTUs than the Basic stove, it makes sense that it uses more fuel. However, it does not explain the lack of efficiency in boiling water. Sometimes a higher BTU stove can be less efficient (and take longer to boil water, as an example), but that is typically because the pot or pan is undersized for the burner and that allows most of the heat to escape around the pot as opposed to heating up the contents. 

There are a couple tests you can do to see if you can isolate the issue. Be sure to test the stove after each of these steps:

  1. Remove the burner valves from the stove (pull off the black adjuster caps, carefully remove the nut holding it on, replace the black adjuster cap and fully unscrew and remove the valve). If you have had your stove for a while and never done this there will likely be dirty grease on the valve. Wipe it clean and replace with a clean lubricant like a silicon spray. If it is particularly gunky you may want to try to clean the inside part of the stove with a small brush as well.
  2. We would recommend swapping out the propane canister to make sure that wasn't the issue (perhaps you did this already).
  3. Try interchanging the coupling that connects the propane to the stove (if they are the same).  

Hopefully this helps!

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probably not going to help much, but if there is any breeze at all, a wind screen is necessary to keep the flame on target or you may not get a boil.

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