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January 20, 2023

Coleman Classic Propane Stove Review

Written by Zack Newsome
Updated on April 25, 2023
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Our Coleman Classic Propane Stove review looks at a classic camping staple countless families have lugged into the wilderness. This stove is the standard upon which all other propane stoves have been built. Its a simple and inexpensive 2-burner stove that’s the perfect purchase for beginner campers.

Coleman Classic Propane Stove review
The Coleman Classic Stove is an iconic part of American campsites.

Our Verdict:

Coleman Classic Propane Stove review
Our Coleman Classic Stove has been heating up our morning coffee & tea for more than 30 years.

The Colemen Classic Propane Stove is a no-frills 2-burner camping stove that gets the job done. The simple green clamshell design hints at the military use that Coleman was founded on.  Our stove was passed down from our parents, proving its ability to stand the test of time. As our oldest piece of camping kit, it has a nostalgic feel that we love each time we cook with it.  It’s portable enough to be taken on both short and long trips and its simple setup and tear-down keep us using it on every trip.

Despite having both a larger, 3-burner Camp Chef stove as well as a smaller, isobutane portable stove, our Coleman Classic gets the vast majority of use when we are outdoors.  The combination of its size, portability, and ability to handle entire meals make it our primary camping stove and the center of our camping kitchen.


  • 2 adjustable burners
  • up to 20K total BTUs
  • Fits a 12″ and 10″ pan simultaneously
  • wind-blocking panels
  • Dimensions: 13.7″L x 4.1″W x 21.9″H


Overall, the design of the Colman Classic is simple.  There’s nothing fancy about this stove.  It has a green textured enamel surface that holds up against scratches. Designed to utilize the smaller 1lb propane bottles, this stove is designed to set up and pack away in seconds. The clamshell design keeps the burners protected when closed and the wind out when opened. When packed away, the Coleman Classic is thin enough to not take up a huge amount of real estate.

The size is large enough to hold both a 10in pan and a 12in pan at the same time, making it great for cooking an entire meal for 2 or more.  The adjustable burners can be difficult to dial to the desired heat.  The blue propane flames can be difficult to see to gauge the size and temperature.  We often use the sound of the burner to determine what setting we’re on.  The louder the “jet engine” sound of the burner, the higher the flame.  The 20K BTUs are plenty to cook with.  We’ve cooked just about every kind of meal – from fish to steak – with this stove with great success.


We’re not sure exactly how old our Coleman Classic is, but our parents used this stove when they camped and passed it on to us when we began venturing outdoors.  Our stove is at least 30 years old, has been used heavily, and is still going strong.  The simple components of this stove have all held up over the years and our stove works as well as it did fresh out of the box.

The rugged exterior of the Coleman Classic allows the stove to be thrown around when you’re packing for your trip.  Built well with solid materials, this stove doesn’t need to be delicately handled.  You can beat it up and it will just keep doing its job.

Features We Love:

  • The burner sizing and spacing allows for 2 larger pans to be used at the same time.  Many smaller stoves only allow smaller (8″ to 10″ pans at the same time.  We like having the extra space for cooking meals.
  • Durability – there are not a lot of items in our camping kit that we expect to last 30 years or more.  Our Coleman Classic has already lasted 30 years and we’re confident it will last another 30.

Do you have a Coleman Classic Propane Stove?  Has yours been as durability as ours?  Let us know in the comments.

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About the Author

Zack Newsome

Zack is a lifelong adventurer passionate about sharing the joy of the outdoors with others. He loves camping, fly-fishing, sailing, and exploring wild spaces. He launched Outward in early 2022 to inspire others to spend more time outdoors – improving mental health and more deeply connecting with the environment.

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