Gear Review: Coleman Exponent 442 Stove

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gear review

Coleman Exponent 442 Stove Jul 18, 2009

Coleman Exponent 442 Stove
Rating: star star star star star 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Maker: Coleman - The Outdoor Company
MSRP: P4,355.00
Outlet: Coleman Sales and Service Centers: SM Megamall, Robinson's Galleria, Alabang Town Center
Date Acquired: June 2008
Frequency of Use: on climbs, but lately, almost 3x/week as I use it for everyday cooking

Foreword
I acquired this stove directly from Coleman in exchange for banner ads in covering the Coleman Weekend Adventure at Lake Caliraya last May 2008. After a little over a year of use using only Coleman fuel, I have a pretty good idea about this gear. Coleman has been synonymous with family outdoor camping. The Exponent series is Coleman's attempt to penetrate the more aggressive market - mountaineers, hikers and outdoor junkies.

    Features (company claim)
  • Burner bowl and pot supports help protect flame in windy conditions
  • Fold out legs help keep stove stable
  • Integrated fuel tank
  • Precise flame control
  • Runs on Coleman® white gas or unleaded gas
    Specs (company claim)
  • 7,500 BTUs
  • Weighs 680 g (24 oz)
  • BURN TIME: 1hr 35 min (high)
  • BOIL TIME: 3 min 45 sec
    thumbs upPros
  • simmer mode that works. Great for cooking rice because you need to simmer when the water boils.
  • attachment to the screw-on fuel cap. It keeps the fuel cap from getting lost or misplaced.
    thumbs downCons
  • it's a little too tall given its narrow frame, making it top-heavy
  • The fold out legs are not wide enough (given the stove's tall profile) to provide stability on top-heavy cooking.
  • The pot support isn't wide enough. It's hard to center a wide cookset. Also, support is mainly in the middle and does not extend to the outer edge of a wide cookset.
  • generator tube is raised higher than the cookset-support, making the cookset tilt either way. I find this to be the most troubling.
    wish listWish List
  • While the burner bowl is useful for low winds, how about including an aluminum wrap-around wind jammer just in case the wind gets unmanageable?
  • wider support base
  • wider pot support
  • lower profile (although the multi-fuel version has a lower profile)

Verdict
(July 18, 2009)The issues I have are more about its design than its performance. Stability is questionable given its tall profile, small-diameter cookset-support and small-diameter fold out legs. If I were to use a big cookset with lots of liquid, making it really top-heavy, I would support the stove itself with pegs and then add additional long pegs as guide for centering the cookset. This stove is ideal for a solo or 2-person cookset. Performance-wise, this stove performed the way it was designed for - it cooks flawlessy even at simmer mode. Reliability is also up there. This unit hasn't failed yet. When I bring this unit anywhere (beach, mountain top, a picnic or even just at home), confidence is high that it will cook the food on demand.

--- TheLoneRider

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"Here are some tips to make it last long..." -- Dennis Lopez
GundaBuchha
(Jul 21, 2009) thx for the helpful post. I have coleman multifuel stove. Which one is the best fuel in the absence of coleman fuel? How to clean the stove after use?


Dennis Lopez star star star star star
(Jul 20, 2009) ...great stove. You are correct with the stability issue, it has been mentioned in gear reviews/outdoor books. But I think it's a compromise in design. Here are some tips to make it last long:
  1. I would suggest you use the Coleman camp fuel. Lighter fluid is not as clean as hoped, even unleaded gasoline (you'll get clogged generators because of the residue from the fuel).
  2. Always clean it after use. The material they use for the newer models of the stove easily corrodes.
  3. If you're cooking for a large group using a big pot, do not rely on the grate to hold your pot (the stand will eventually give out). use appropriately-sized stones or a metal grill to hold large/heavy cooksets.
  4. The rubber plunger will eventually wear off so buy lots from Coleman (about P25 each) so you won't run out. Lubricate regularly and close the check valve/air stem assemby tightly (fuel sometimes leak out through this opening)
  5. DO NOT USE DENATURED ALCOHOL. Someone did in my old stove and ruined it beyond repair.


Jaymz star star star star star
(Jul 20, 2009) been using mine since '93... still burning strong! tho i replaced the generator with a white gas-specific...

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