To make your trip a little easier, and be sure you have a place to cook on, you can bring along a Coleman stove. These are very handy stoves that are easy to operate with easy to follow directions for the first time user. You must take the time before you leave for your trip to sit down and figure out exactly how to use your Coleman stove. This will ensure you and your fellow campers do not have to wait extra time for you to figure out how to use it. Planning ahead is always important. This article will list step by step instructions of how to setup, light, clean and store your Coleman stove. I will also list a few tips on cooking on the Coleman Stove as well.
In order to set up the Coleman Stove you will first press on the latch to open the lid. Insert the wire clips into the slots opposite the baffles. You will need to close the burner valves and double check them to be sure that they are securely closed. You must inspect the gasket on the stove before you try and use it. Check under the stove grate for the regulator and go ahead and remove it, then screw the propane cylinder to the regulator and make sure it is good and tight using your hands. Next you will need to fasten the regulator to the stove and again tighten this using your hands to be sure not to tighten it too much.
To light the Coleman stove first you will need to open the burner valves and turn the ignite knob a few times until you see the burner lights for the electric ignition stoves. Next light a match and hold it near the burner if you are using a standard ignition stove. Then simply adjust the flames using the burner valves to desired flame. The best thing to do is to start out with a smaller flame until you know your food will not burn easy. Some meats may require a higher flame so be sure to keep a close eye on your stove if you have small children around. When you have a Coleman stove griddle you can cook most anything right on top of the grill, from eggs to meat. When you do not have a griddle you will need to bring some pots along with you to cook on. Cast iron pans seem to be a popular choice for outdoor cooking but most any kind will work. Refer to your manual for suggestions on which type is best for your type of Coleman stove. You can shut off the burners by turning the valves the opposite way you did when turning it on. Be sure to turn the knobs all the way off firmly to be sure they are all the way off.
When you are done cooking a ready to clean up, start by lifting the grate off the top of the cook top. You will need to take a clean soft cloth and put a little mild cleaner on it, then wipe the grate clean. Next take a damp clean cloth with mild dish detergent on it and wipe the cook top clean as well. Be sure that when you are done using your Coleman grill you remove the propane cylinder and replace the plastic cap. Take the regulator off and put it back under the grate where it is stored. Lastly fold baffles together and close the lid. Also remember each Coleman stove may be different to put together so be sure to keep instruction manual. Be sure to store your stove in some kind of plastic bag or covering, so that it is protected from dust. When your Coleman stove is stored properly, this will ensure many years of use.