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Coleman Triton Stove Review

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Coleman Triton Stove Overview

One of my favorite outdoor experiences is sizzling up a hot meal as the sun sets, especially when I’m able to share that tasty trailside dinner with other adventurers. It’s a task I take pride in. Cooking outside over an open flame conjures up an ancient, primal sense of accomplishment from deep within. Never mind that I came fully prepared with several cans of propane and a BIC lighter — I still feel like I’m Arthur “Master of the Flame” McMahon when I’m manning the picnic table stovetop.

The Coleman Triton Stove Series 2 Burner played a pivotal role in the creation of much of my recent outdoor cuisine. The dual burners each pump out 11,000 BTUs of power, and they can boil water at full blast or be dialed down for simmering. The Triton stove is widely available and uses standard propane fuel canisters. For about $80 this stove comes with two adjustable burners, a slim profile for easy storing, and wind guards.

Coleman has been a reputable name in camp stoves for ages and the Triton stove has proven to be as reliable as they come, which is why we’re awarding it our Classic Pick for the Car Camper.

Interested in a camping stove? You can see how the Coleman Triton Stove compares to other stoves, and learn how to pick the right camping stove for you. Read the full Coleman Triton Stove Series 2 Burner below.

Triton Stove Specifications

Feature Type Feature Specs What This Means
Weight 11 lbs (5 kg) Fairly lightweight for a car camping stove. Easy to carry with one hand, yet durable.
Stove Type Compact Double Burner Stove This stove has two burners, is relatively small, and is the most common form factor for camping stoves. More on camping stove types in our Guide.
Fuel Type(s) Propane The Triton series specifically uses 16-ounce green canisters of propane. More on camping stove fuel types in our Guide.
Output 22,000 BTU/hr Each burner has 11,000 BTU/hr output, which is pretty solid. Not the highest, not the lowest. More on camping stove output and BTUs in our Guide.
Simmer Ability Average The Triton series can simmer, but it’s not outstanding at it. You’ll have to play with the dials to get it just right. More on camping stove simmer ability in our Guide.
Wind Resistance Yes, side flaps There are two built-in side flaps. That, plus the back panel, create three sides of wind resistance. More on camping stove wind resistance in our Guide.
Boil Time 4 minutes per 1 Liter of water This is the manufacturer claim, and based on our test it can get close to these times. This metric isn’t critical for camping stoves.
Piezo Ignition? No This version doesn’t have a automatic ignition, but you can buy the Triton InstaStart if you want it. More on how Piezo ignition works (and what it is) in our Guide.
Included Items Stove w/ handle This is a self-contained unit. The stove has a built-in handle, fuel attachment hose, and included side flaps for wind protection.
Dimensions Packed Size: 21 x 12.5 in. (53 x 31.7 cm) This is a fairly small stove when compared to other compact two-burners. It’ll fit easily in a car or on a picnic table.
Manufacturer Warranty 3-year Warranty Coleman offers a three-year warranty for defects in manufacturing and workmanship issues. This is about standard for stoves, but certainly not impressive. We’d like to see a 10 year warranty for stoves, especially when there are relatively few parts to maintain.
Retail Price $70-$84.99 Depending on where you buy this, the retail price is listed differently. We find that under $100 is a great price for a camping stove that’ll last and work for nearly every camping adventure.

Gear Review of the Coleman Triton Stove

Revelation: The Moment I Knew

The Coleman Triton stove was my kitchen away from home for a 2,000 mile road trip through Oregon, Nevada, and California where my wife and I visited several National Parks and Monuments. Every breakfast and dinner we had during those two weeks was cooked on the Triton’s two burners. Ravioli were boiled to perfection, eggs were made over easy, and sloppy joes were simmered for exactly 30 minutes as per the rules of my mama’s secret recipe.

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Camp life with the Coleman Triton stove. Sloppy joe’s included.

The small size and weight of the Triton stove made for easy storage and carrying. It sat flush on any flat surface, the propane attachment screwed in securely, and the wind guards slid into place with ease, giving me confidence in its stability so that I could focus on the food I was about to cook.

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Easy to setup, use, and cook.

The stove worked, which allowed us to think relatively little about it, and get down to eating.

Digging Deeper

Stability

The Triton stove can comfortably hold a 12-inch pan and 10-inch next to each other, and its frame will support a fair amount of weight. I had a hefty pot of boiling pasta on one burner and a pan full of searing chicken legs on the other without any issues. That doesn’t mean you should try to sit on it (nobody wants that kind of toasty buns!), and it still needs a flat surface to function this well. Campsite picnic tables are highly recommended.

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As long as you have a flat surface, this stove is solid. It also can fit two pans side by side easily.

Simmer

Full blast is the default on this stove — it wants to fry your chicken in record time. The temperature dials are sensitive at the lower end, which means simmering takes a little finesse, but it’s definitely possible.

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The Triton stove can simmer, but it wants to be a full-blast flame. You’ll have to control the dial sensitively to get it to simmer.

I was able to reduce the flame to make over easy eggs, which will never be possible over a roaring fire. Not the best simmerer on the market, but definitely able.

Ease of Setup

Opening up the stove and putting it together was a snap. The propane can twists into place securely and rests right next to the stove on the table. You do have to provide your own spark, so make sure to bring a lighter. If you prefer an automatic Piezo lighter then you can spring the extra $20 to grab the Coleman Triton InstaStart.

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The Triton stove has a built-in handle for easy carrying.

Boil Time

On average it took around four minutes to get a couple cups of water to boil, but on windy days that was sometimes doubled. The wind guards on the Triton have an adjustable width, which is an uncommon feature on camping stoves, and this is great for making a bit of extra space for larger pans, but it also allows in more wind to steal away the heat of your flames.

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The wind flaps area easy to assemble. While they do aid in wind protection, they could be larger.

Grievances

As I mentioned, the temperature dials are a little finicky when you’re going for a gentle simmer. There is a very tight window between the heat strength of an industrial furnace and no-flames-at-all where the perfect simmer resides. It’s all too easy to shut off the burner by accident. I got used to its sensitivity after awhile, but it was annoying when I had to grab my lighter and reignite the flame.

Final Word

As the successor to the tried-and-true Coleman Camp Stove, the Coleman Triton Stove Series 2 Burner has some serious reputation to uphold. Fortunately it’s a hardy piece of equipment that is capable of cooking a damn good meal and will be a great centerpiece in your car camping outdoor kitchen.

Where to Buy Coleman Triton Stove

We tested the Coleman Triton Stove Series 2 Burner — sometimes called the Coleman Triton Series 2-Burner Stove. It’s a camp staple and can be found in many outdoor stores and online retailers. There is also a version that costs roughly $20 more, the Coleman Triton InstaStart, and comes with a Piezo ignition. We like both stoves, and think it really depends if you prefer an automatic ignition or not.

Compare Coleman Triton Series and Triton InstaStart prices below.

arthur mcmahon outdoor gear reviewer

Arthur McMahon

Arthur loves to walk. It's as simple as that. Whether it be in the mountains, on the beach, or along the city streets-- he believes walking is the best way to experience the world. Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was his first backpacking foray, and he hasn't stopped since. He and his wife chronicled their journey in their book Adventure and the Pacific Crest Trail. They now regularly travel into the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest seeking new trails to hike. Follow his adventures on Instagram. As much as he enjoys exploring the real world, Arthur also ventures into the worlds of fiction. You can learn more about Arthur's science fiction novels and his Paracosms podcast on his website.

Review Policy: We do not accept payments or gifts from brands and vendors, and strive to provide unbiased, independent advice. Brands typically provide review samples which we return, and in some cases we purchase the item so we can keep using it long after the review. Affiliate Policy: We support the hours that go into our reviews and testing through affiliate commissions on purchases made through links in this article. These don't effect the outcome of our reviews or selection of gear, as per our Review Policy.

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