How to Care for your Coleman Stove
A cleaner Coleman® stove works better and looks better! The benefits of regular cleanings include better fuel efficiency, flame control and no rust or corrosion.
Although there isn't a set schedule for cleaning your stove, you should clean it whenever it is dirty or after a boil-over that causes buildup in the burners. Annual cleanings are recommended before storing your stove at the end of camping season.
Under most conditions, stoves can be wiped out with warm water and dishwashing soap and then dried before storing. For a deeper cleaning, here are a few suggestions:
• If there has been a boil-over; remove the burner by unscrewing it or for a Hyperflame stove removing the wind shield/pan support. If there is a build-up, clean the top with dishwashing soap and warm water before rinsing with clean water.
• If the stove has a massive amount of grease and dirt build-up inside the case, on the grill or burners, use a high-pressure hose on it. Don't use any type of cleaner because it can damage the paint on the inside of the case and the metal of the grate and manifold.
• If a stove has been cleaned with a water hose, turn the stove upside down to ensure all the water is removed from inside the manifold. Any water left inside the manifold can cause it to rust and disturb the flow of fuel to the burner, preventing the stove from burning properly.
After cleaning, proper storage of your Coleman® stove is also important.
Put it into a plastic bag, sealing with a twist tie to prevent spiders or other insects from crawling in the unit, which can block the fuel and airflow.
Liquid Fuel Stoves
With a liquid fuel stove, transfer as much fuel as possible out of the fuel tank and back into the fuel can to prevent a lacquer buildup on the tank's fuel tube. Keep in mind that storing a liquid fuel appliance with fuel in the tank can eventually cause a buildup on the fuel tube, which restricts fuel flow to the generator and burner.
When it's time to take out your stove, remember to oil the pump cup on the tank's pump plunger at least twice a year with a light machine oil. Pump cups are usually leather or rubber and can become dry if not oiled regularly. Oiling the pump cup allows the cup to seal against the inside of the pump barrel. Without a good seal, the tank will not be able to prime to have enough pressure for a good flame.