How to Convert a Coleman Camp Stove to Propane

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How to Convert a Coleman Camp Stove to Propane
Cook outdoors with a Coleman stover converted from gas to propane. (camping kitchenware image by Galyna Andrushko from

The Coleman camping stove has been around since the early 1900s. American troops marched off to World War II carrying a specially designed Coleman stove. Today, outdoorsmen still rely on this indispensable gas-powered cooking stove for camping or everyday living. Traditionally, a red gas can is included with the stove that you fill with Coleman gas for cooking. However, a Coleman camping stove can be easily converted to use a propane can or larger canister. You don't need any tools to convert your Coleman stove to propane. You just need a simple conversion kit and a can of propane.

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Things you need

  • Propane conversion kit
  • BBQ lighter or matches

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  1. 1

    Remove the red gas tank from the Coleman camping stove by pulling it straight out of the stove and lifting it off.

  2. 2

    Slide the propane conversion kit (propane generator), gas-nozzle end first, into the slot (right front) in front of the stove exactly where the red gas tank was inserted. Slide the propane generator all the way back, and insert the generator end into the bracket at the burner.

  3. 3

    Pull the spring near the threaded connector on the propane generator up, and connect the spring to the body of the stove to secure the generator.

  4. 4

    Turn the gas knob on the generator to the off position. Screw (clockwise) a propane bottle to the threaded connector on the generator by hand.

  5. 5

    Open the wind shields and secure the latch. Turn the gas knob on the generator, and use a BBQ lighter or match to light the burner. Note: No pumping is necessary with a propane can.

Tips and warnings

  • You can attach a larger BBQ-size propane canister to a Coleman camping stove using an adaptor hose that is connected between the canister and the propane generator by threaded connectors. When lighting a Coleman stove in very cold temperatures, apply a bead of Fire Paste to the burner and light it. Let the Fire Paste burn for a minute, then turn the gas on to light the stove automatically.
  • Use caution when lighting the stove. Do not let the gas run for more than five to seven seconds before lighting it to avoid being injured. Have the BBQ lighter or match ready and near the burner when you turn the gas on. If the lighter or match fails, shut the gas off, and wait three minutes for the gas to dissipate before trying to light the burner again.

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