Eating a hot meal is a great morale boost after a long day of hiking. After crunching through granola and protein bars all day its nice to have something a little more ‘normal’ to eat.
Being able to rely on a camping stove is a huge quality-of-life improvement when you are outdoors. After a long day of hiking or setting up your camp site, the last thing you want to do is spend extra time hunched over a stove trying to get the burners lit.
Coleman Camping Stoves
Coleman has a long track record of making camping stoves you can rely on to improve your outdoor experience. In this article we compare two of their top models – the Classic and the Triton, a match lit stove.
We chose the Triton out of Coleman’s match lighted stoves to compare to the Coleman Classic because it is the most similar in size and features. There are two other Coleman match light stoves but they only have a single burner. They include:
The Coleman Perfect Flow Grill Stove, which is a single burner unit with 130 square inches of grilling space. This stove is much smaller than the ones we review in more detail on this page.
The single burner Coleman Powerpack Propane Stove has no wind guards and only makes 7,500 BTUs on the highest output setting. The categories where it really shines are the weight and the size.
Coming in at a featherweight 2.2 pounds makes it one of the lightest camping stoves out there. Additionally, the small 12.5 x 13.4 x 4 inch size makes it incredibly space conscious.
Let’s get back to the main stoves we are here to review, the Coleman Triton and the Coleman Classic.
Coleman Matchlight vs Classic
In our review of the Coleman Triton and Coleman Classic stoves we will highlight the differences and similarities between the two so you can be the judge about which one serves you best.
Here is a quick rundown of the similarities they share:
- Dual burners with independent temperature controls
- Wind guards on three sides
- Burn propane as a fuel source
- Removable, chrome plated cooking grates
- Stainless steel drip pansIf you are interested in their differences then read on. Otherwise you can check them out on Amazon using the links below.
Below we describe the differences in size and BTUs.
The Coleman Triton is 5.8 x 23.1 x 13.9 inches while Coleman Classic is slightly smaller in all dimensions at 4.1 x 21.9 x 13.7 inches.
At first glance these look pretty similar in size. However, there is actually a 33% difference in size between the two. The Triton is 1.078 cubic feet while the Coleman Classic is much smaller at 0.712 cubic feet.
BTUs and Cooking
Here we see the space and weight savings of the Coleman Classic giving a slight disadvantage when it comes to heat output. The Coleman Classic has two 10,000 BTU burners while the Triton cranks out 11,000 BTUs on each of its burners.
Unfortunately there is no clear winner here. The Coleman Classic offers a 33% smaller size while the Triton has a 10% advantage when it comes to output.
Assuming you do not need to heat large quantities of water, we recommend the Classic because of its weight savings. With this recommendation we are also assuming that you will be using lighter and thinner pans on your stove that will transfer heat well and reduce the overall weight of your pack.
This is one article in our series of camping stove reviews. Be sure to check our site for more reviews by using the search bar on the right hand side near the top of the page. Other articles feature MSR, Jetboil and of course Coleman.
For a more general read about camping stoves and the features you may want to consider, check out this article.