The Coleman company was established by W.C. Coleman in Kingfisher, Oklahoma in 1900. Having poor eyesight, W.C. Coleman wanted to make gas lamps. At first, they only made lamps (which they are still famous for), but later went on to manufacture a vast assortment of camping gear.  Coleman now puts its name on a wide variety of products, many of which are not made in the United States.  To their credit, Coleman does a pretty good job being up front about it.  Their website lists “Made in the USA” on the products that are made domestically.

Today, I want to talk about the iconic Coleman portable gas stove. If you are planning a camping trip, do yourself a favor and be prepared. Sure, it’s nice to cook hot dogs or marshmallows or other stick-foods over a campfire, but what about coffee? Fried eggs? Crêpes? Do what you want, but when you’re struggling to fish your hamburger ball out of the coals with a sharp stick, I will be happily cooking cheeseburgers and homefries on my portable Coleman gas stove.

Now, I have the classic Coleman PerfectFlow 2-Burner Stove. We took ours on a camping road trip around the West last summer and it was indispensable. It’s light, and its low profile takes up very little space. Coleman does make stoves with electric ignition, but my PerfectFlow is match lit. That’s fine. I can deal. We’re camping, remember?

In the interest of full disclosure, I did some research, and sadly I have found that the PerfectFlow propane stove is now made overseas. I’m going to check, but I imagine mine was made domestically, because it is nearly older than I am. However, the Coleman 2 Burner Dual Fuel Compact Liquid Fuel Stove is still made in the U.S. And the great thing about this stove is that it actually gets a higher rating on Amazon (4.8/5 stars).   It burns Coleman brand liquid fuel or unleaded gas.  Grab your syphon!

Coleman 2 Burner Dual Fuel Compact Liquid Fuel Stove