beginner multifuel stove advice

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BillyBlade

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Jul 27, 2011
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The consensus on the CCS forum is that these DO NOT burn kero/paraffin efficiently.

I'd estimate mine has now had a total burn time of over 200hours, and has done so for the most part on straight unleaded without issue, and occasional diesel mixed with unleaded or whatevers to hand.

No problems so far to speak of.

I know that some people may feel otherwise, but I can only report as I find.
 

dasy2k1

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May 26, 2009
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I use a primus model 8 at the moment (technically not multifuel, designed for paraffin only but runs fine on diesel)

I would love to get hold of a primus gravity II mf which runs on practically anything flammable including gas, petrol. Paraffin.... You just have to pick the right jet for the fuel (otherwise it will work but be very inefficient and probably quite sooty)

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Mike8472

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Jul 28, 2009
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Just ordered myself a multifuel coleman 550b exponent from america.
.its apparently what is issued to US military.

Will post some pics when it arrives
 

tree beard

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Feb 21, 2011
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I now use a Coleman 442 and I love it, It's very easy to use . . . . I used to use a Sportster 533, but I got bought a 442 ( which is very similar really ) and I can really recommend either of these.
I use my stove every other weekend, mostly two nights out (carp fishing) and I drink lots of tea through the day, I bet over the weekend it boils 5 to 7 litres of water, does two fry ups and an evening meal as well.
I've never had any trouble with either of the Coleman's . . . . . I've always used unleaded . . . although I do add a tiny squirt of Redex every now and again. . ..
I also use a Coleman double burner, same there, at least 6 years old, only use unleaded in it, bit of Redex . . . never any problems.
I've also got a Primus multifuel which I do like, but . . . . priming is a bit tedious/smelly and it's quite noisy. . . . at the side of the coleman it gets left at home alot, but I guess it's horses for courses.
The 550 looks like a 442 with different legs, you'll be fine . . .
 

Mike8472

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Theo the US vesion is very similar to the dutch, don't think it has a extra fuel bottle though. Should be here in about a week so i will pop some pics up then.

I went with the 550b due to the fact that it was a multifuel stove and if it was issued to military it has to be pretty bombproof!
 

stekker

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Theo the US vesion is very similar to the dutch, don't think it has a extra fuel bottle though. Should be here in about a week so i will pop some pics up then.

I went with the 550b due to the fact that it was a multifuel stove and if it was issued to military it has to be pretty bombproof!

That's the mean reason to buy me one!
I'm sure you'll never regret it.

Greetings Theo.
 

kiltedpict

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Feb 25, 2007
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Oh well, that's my offer been accepted- delivery in 13-25 days! I'll take that for £35 plus £1 delivery from Hong Kong :)

Stove arrived on Saturday, picked up from post office just now.

First impressions- very well made, surprisingly light burner. Fuel bottle a little too orange for me (clashes with the beard and hair!) but has a metal pump.

Will try it out this evening.... can't wait :)
 

kiltedpict

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Well, that was a lot of fun! Giant fire ball and then a jet engine!

Really happy with this purchase, although would love to know of there is a safe way of depressurising the bottle after use?

Stuart
 

ged

Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)
Well, that was a lot of fun! Giant fire ball and then a jet engine!

Sounds like you're getting the hang of it! :campfire: :)

Really happy with this purchase, although would love to know of there is a safe way of depressurising the bottle after use?

Never seen one. Does it say anything about it in the instructions? :)

Unless it's for long term storage or transport I don't usually bother depressurising my pressure stoves. The exception is the Nova, which has that clever little turn-the-bottle-over trick. I bet if you turn your stove over it will pump air out of the burner instead of fuel. Of course I don't know if that's safe. :)
 
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rik_uk3

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Well, that was a lot of fun! Giant fire ball and then a jet engine!

Really happy with this purchase, although would love to know of there is a safe way of depressurising the bottle after use?

Stuart

You can de pressurise. On the pump you have the metal tube and the plastic fuel line. Very very gently bend the fuel line away from the pump, maybe 30 degrees...don't break it.

When you have finished cooking carefully turn the fuel bottle over 180 degrees this puts the fuel pipe into the air in the fuel bottle, fuel in the line burns off and the pressure in the bottle drops. Same sort of thing with the Nova or Omnifuel; job done.
 

spandit

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Jul 6, 2011
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I just unscrew the pump slowly. Best to do it again the next time you use the stove too otherwise you'll make a mess when you screw the burner on
 

stekker

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I usually depressurise my Coleman550B by slowly loosen the fill-screw when the burner is cold.

Theo.
 

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