Coleman Triton Series Instastart 2-Burner Stove Review

Anna with Coleman Instastart Stove

Today I’m reviewing the Coleman Triton Series Instastart 2-Burner Stove which I purchased from REI for around $90. Anna and I used this stove for the first time on a camping trip to Codorus State Park In P.A.

The stove was ready to go right out of the box. I simply attached the supplied fuel adapter to the stove and then to the propane tank and started cooking. There were a few scratches on the stove cover right out of the box. These must have occurred at the factory or during shipping; not a huge deal to me since I’m just camping in the woods.

One thing I noticed while trying to start the stove is that the red igniter button takes some force to use. I couldn’t do it one handed because I kept pushing the stove away. I had to either brace a finger around the “soon to be very hot” grill top, or use my other hand as a backstop for the stove. This meant I couldn’t keep one hand on the control knob and one hand on the starter like I would like. It just felt awkward.

I’d much rather just light the burner with a lighter (Which would save you $20 over the Instastart version). If the burner was placed at a 45 degree angle from its current location it would mean half the force would be going into the table, making the stove less likely to slide away from you. There is also no rubber on the base and the metal is pretty slippery. It's easier just to light the stove with a lighter.

I also found the markings on the control knobs useless. This is the case for most camping stoves and since it can be difficult to see the flame during daylight hours you're kind of left guessing.

The knob turn from completely off to max output is an arc of around one or two degrees, certainly not the 40 degree arc painted next to the knob. The only way I knew the size of the flame was to try and see its height, not an easy thing in the daylight. Larry also mentioned this problem in the comments at the bottom of the page. Unless you have great dexterity in your fingers it seems like this stove is either off or full blast.

On the positive side, this stove was simple to setup, had no gas leaks that I could tell, worked in very windy conditions, and made us some decent asparagus and fish.

Ken with Coleman Stove
Specs:
  • Two 11,000 BTU burners for a total of 22,000 BTU’s of cooking power
  • Up to one hour of cook time on high
  • Pressure control system to insure steady fuel pressure
  • Adjustable wind blockers which fit a variety of pan sizes

Pros:

  • Easy to setup
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Worked well in windy conditions

Cons:

  • Instastart button difficult to press without pushing stove away from you
  • Dials not accurate and difficult to adjust flame

Coleman Instastart Stove Front Coleman Instastart Stove Ignitor

The next level up from this stove would be the: Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart EvenTemp 3-Burner Propane Stove available from Bass Pro Shops.

Coleman Triton Series Instastart 2-Burner Stove
May 6, 2013
7.0/10 stars
The Coleman Triton Series Instastart 2-Burner Stove provides an easy and portable cooking solution for all of your camping needs. The stove is light-weight, economical, and easy to use.
Comments:

Jman wrote:

Can you tell me if this stove can run off a LPG bottle?

Ken wrote:

We've hit the two year mark of using this stove and still have no major complaints. Most reviews online say the same thing, this stove just works. I recently read a review about the disposable 1lb fuel canisters not being eco-friendly. If you'd like to use the larger refillable propane tanks there is an adapter available which allows the Triton stove to take such tanks.

Jake wrote:

I have this stove and like cooking with it. I've owned a few other stoves over the years and they all seemed to have flow control issues. I just figured it was part of camp cooking.

Larry wrote:

The lack of control over the flame makes this stove - and the less expensive versions - USELESS AND DANGEROUS. Consider this: The photos in most used ads I saw for these models featured large burned-on blobs from spill-overs that the owner had clearly tried (unsuccessfully) to scrub off. When I tried to set a low flame on the three I tried (I took them all back), the control would spring back a tiny bit and that was enough for the flow to increase to almost full. Half the time I tried to avoid burning eggs or boiling rewarming coffee, I ended up dousing the flame because the control had to be nearly turned off before the flow would slow at all. There were times when I did not realize there was un-ignited propane flowing from the burner. For me, safety comes first, so COLEMAN IS NO LONGER A TRUSTWORTHY BRAND. I would never buy one of these for someone I liked.


Ken wrote:

Hi Judy. You can simmer but it takes very steady hands in my opinion. The knob turn from simmer to full power is only a fraction of an inch.

Judy wrote:

Are you able to set a very low flame as to be able to simmer? We purchased the basic propane stove and were unable to use a very low heat and will be taking this unit back to the store.

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