Coleman Liquid Fuel Camping Stoves

Liquid fuel camping stoves are available in small, single burner backpacking configurations and large two and three burner tabletop models that are suitable for family camping. Coleman is currently the only manufacturer of liquid fuel, multi-burner, camping stoves for family camping. The advent of disposable propane canister stoves has greatly reduced the interest in these liquid fuel versions, but Coleman continues to support four models.

chart1The venerable Coleman Model 425 stove dates from the late 1940s and remains largely unchanged, today. Its simplicity and durability are proven by the fact that many twenty, and even thirty, year old Model 425s are still in use. They may not be as easy to start as their propane-fueled counterparts are, and they require periodic cleaning and maintenance, but white gas stoves burn hot and are not affected by altitude, like propane camping stoves.

coleman-stovesColeman updated their original design to support unleaded gasoline, as well as traditional white gas, creating the Model 424 stove. Unleaded gasoline does not burn nearly as clean as white gas, and is only recommended for world travelers that find themselves in locations where white gas is not available. Diesel fuel cannot be used in these stoves and Coleman does not recommend unleaded gasoline that contains more than 10% ethanol. The instruction manual for the Coleman dual fuel stoves also clearly states that, unleaded fuels may vary in quality and can affect generator life.

Coleman Gas Stove Generator Location

The generator that the instructions are referring to is the gas tube that connects the fuel tank to the main burner assembly.

At 32-inches wide, the three-burner Model 428 adds a second auxiliary burner and the larger, 3.5-pint, fuel tank from the Powerhouse Model 424. The other models use a 2.5-pint fuel tank. Because of the larger fuel tank, the total operating times of all the Coleman stoves is a similar two hours, with all of the burners on their highest settings.

How durable and reliable are these Coleman camping stoves? I recently purchased a 1964 model 425 stove for another project on CampingBlogger. Have a look, while I attempt to fire up the stove for the first time…

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  2. Is white gasoline for Coleman camping stoves still available? If so, what’s the likeliest source? I’m a considerable distance from Big Bass and Gander Mountain stores. Thanks for any info. I’m in Northern Ohio. My email is thomachuck@yahoo.com.

    • Coleman Fuel or Crown Camping Fuel is available at Wal*Mart, although pricey. The newest Murphy (near Wal*Mart) gas stations offer regular gas with no alcohol. Or – most hardware stores now offer 1-gallon cans of “4-cycle gas”. Meant for lawn mowers, lawn tractors, roto-tillers, leaf shredders, etc., this fuel is minus the alcohol and automotive additives, and is a bit cheaper than Coleman Fuel

    • having some difficultly verifying numbers
      I have a canadian 421 and seem it the same as 425..
      But the user manual that came with it the part numbers don’t match..

      As well difficult to verify the numbers for the 425
      for the main/ aux burners

      BURNER CAPS & RINGS/FILLERS
      Item No: 425-3451

      1
      In Stock
      Remove
      Add to Wishlist
      $3.54 $3.54
      Auxiliary Burner Assembly
      AUXILIARY BURNER ASSEMBLY
      Item No: 413D3461

    • Well. So I replaced the missing gasket on this original 425 I found (found!). It already worked, even with the leaking cap. Sixty year old Coleman, and it works like new. Now that’s American quality.

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    • What a cool site! I’ve owned a 425 for some 35 years. I don’t know why anyone would own any thing else. My stove has been on over a hundred camping trips and has never, ever failed. About a year ago I found another one at a thrift shop for $12.00. And then just the other day I found one discarded at work. Looked like an older model just from the outside, but what a surprise when I got it home and opened it up. Turns out it’s an original 425 with the gold, cylinder tank and filler cap on the end. It’s at least three years older than me! So I put some fuel in the tank, pumped ‘er up, and voila! She fired right up! No way! It leaks pretty bad from the filler cap, not sure if there’s supposed to be a gasket in there or what. But I’m so stoked about this find.

      • There should be a crusty rubber gasket in the cap – fits between the vent and threads, about 3/8″ thick. If you’re patient, you can dig out the old one and make your own replacement – or search google. I bought some on e-Bay a few years back

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  9. My neighbor was throwing out a Coleman Compact Camp stove model 425F. Since I have a Coleman 2 burner Green 425E499, I very quickly picked it up for free. I checked out the 425F and ediden’t try to fire it up. Everything seems to be working okay. I plan on cleaning it up and giving it to my youngest son for emergency cooking if we lose power.

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