How to Fix a Coleman One Burner Stove

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Coleman outdoor products are widely recognised among outdoor enthusiasts. From family camping and sportsmen to extreme mountain sports, Coleman products are used for cooking, heat and for providing other necessities in the field. The Coleman single-burner stove is a sight on many campground tabletops. Once in awhile, the stove may experience operating difficulties that you will need to fix.

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Things you need

  • Coleman fuel
  • Match or lighter
  • Compressed air can with nozzle
  • Denatured alcohol

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    Fuel and Blocked Air Intake

  1. 1

    Fill the fuel tank of the stove with fuel that has recently been purchased and has not been stored for an extended period of time. Do not overfill the tank, as this can cause operating problems.

  2. 2

    Position the lighting lever located on the side of the burner to the up position. The lever must be up during lighting to provide a proper mix of fuel and oxygen for lighting and initial burning.

  3. 3

    Light the burner with a match or lighter and allow it to burn and warm for up to one minute. Depending on the air temperature and temperature of the fuel, it can take from 20 to 60 seconds for the stove to warm.

  4. 4

    Watch for the flame to change from yellow to blue. As the stove warms, the flame will turn blue, indicating a temperature that is sufficient for cooking. Turn the lighting lever down to reduce the amount of oxygen in the fuel mixture and provide more fuel for a hotter cooking flame.

  5. 5

    Extinguish the flame if it does not turn blue after several minutes. Locate the small air intake holes located behind the manifold at the point where the generator is plugged in. Use a can of compressed air with a nozzle to provide several short bursts of air to remove any debris or insects that could be blocking the air flow.

    Clear Carbon Deposits

  1. 1

    Pressurise the fuel tank by pumping at least 30 times. Open the fuel control and listen for the sound of pressurised fuel moving through the line to the burner.

  2. 2

    Clean the generator if there is no sound of pressurised fuel flowing to clear any blockages by accumulated carbon deposits.

  3. 3

    Turn the fuel control valve completely to the right so the needle assembly mounted inside the generator will be pushed through the gas tip in the end of the generator clearing any accumulations of carbon.

  4. 4

    Turn the fuel control back to the lighting position and attempt to light once again.

    Fuel Line Blockage

  1. 1

    Empty the fuel from the fuel tank on the Coleman single-burner stove. Fuel left in the tank for extended periods of time can break down and create lacquer deposits that can block the fuel line.

  2. 2

    Fill the tank half full with denatured alcohol. Prime the tank as with fuel to pressurise the denatured alcohol and force it into the gas tube.

  3. 3

    Allow the stove to sit for at least 24 hours and then pour the denatured alcohol out.

  4. 4

    Pour a small amount of Coleman fuel into the stove tank, rinse and pour out. Fill the stove tank with fresh Coleman fuel and light the stove.

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