Coleman Triton InstaStart 2-Burner Stove
We are by no means camp chefs, but we do try to whip up something tasty every now and then. When we started camping, we thought a campfire and hot dogs was the only way to eat... then we discovered the bags of dehydrated food that you can add water too... and still kept wondering how to eat.
Breakfast burritos are a staple of our camp life now. They can be pretty much prepared completely at home, then wrapped in foil and thrown over a fire... delicious, warm breakfast. Still... we thought there might be some other (better) ideas we could try out.
We invested in a set of Lodge cast iron skillets and a good pot - and this stove. We went from basically a Jetboil for water, to what seems like the most powerful stove we could have gotten. When we're car camping, this thing makes it so easy to whip up breakfast and coffee and dinner, and a lot of options for food!
The model we chose has a starter button, so you don't have to use a lighter and fight with wind. This makes it super easy to start a fire and cook up a nice breakfast. The lid opens to form the rear wall, and then two wind flaps fold out and attach at the sides. On a windy morning, these things save the day. A quick turn of the knob and push of a button, and poof, a raging fire. This stove puts out an incredible 11,000 BTU's of cooking power... this means it can boil water in a matter of minutes and heat up a cast iron skillet in seconds. The two-burners take up a bit more space than a single burner unit, but it's great for cooking multiple things at once, or making water for coffee while cooking breakfast, without having to get out a second stove. The heat is adjustable independently on each side, from a simmer to raging boil.
The grill easily fits two smaller skillets, or a skillet and a pot. Plenty of space for cooking. The grill is removable for cleaning. The propane attaches via a fairly standard arm. We use the standard Coleman 16.4 ounce propane tanks, and we have been on the same tanks for at least 4 uses for cooking and boiling water. We haven't ran out yet, though I assume we may be getting close to the end of that tank.
The stove doesn't come with a carrying case, but I believe Coleman has one you can purchase separately. The stove folds up and has a clasp that locks it closed, so a case isn't really needed. If you throw this in the back of your car for a trip, put a hand towel or piece of cardboard inside to dampen the rattling of the removable grill - otherwise, the rattles will take over the trip.
Overall, if you're looking for a convenient, easy to use, easy to clean, and adjustable stove... this just might be a good choice. We love this thing for car camping... who doesn't love pancakes and bacon and eggs and coffee, and cooking and eating breakfast outside?!
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