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Coleman 502A Stove

Discussion in 'Coleman No:502' started by teckguy_58, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. teckguy_58

    teckguy_58 United States Subscriber

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    Hello,

    I found a Coleman 502A Stove. This stove is new to me because I have never seen one of these before. Now I do have several 502 stoves, but I didn't know Coleman made a 502A. The stove looks much like the original 502, but uses the same generator as the Coleman 400A Feather Stove. When I started checking this stove out I found the generator was plugged and also the pump was shot. I replaced the generator and used a different pump that uses the leather cup instead of the neoprene pump cup. When done with the fettle the stove fired up well with a lot of yellow in the flame, but the flame turned a nice blue after it ran for a while. This 502A does very well on high and mid range and does simmer, but is very touchy to control the simmer. Pictured included enjoy.

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  2. OMC

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    Congrats on the score. The 502As are rare as they were not in production very long. Although not especially old it's a good model and already sought after by collectors.
    Performance-wise the *508A was it's equal and 508A was cheaper to produce so they ended the 502A?
    502A is the exact same as the Coleman Centennial One Burner except the basic 502A is red vs the centennial is in chrome. As it says right on it, it's a "Classic" ! Again your 502A is the model design Coleman put out there as their "Centennial" milestone... and then ended it's production...? I like the 502A better than the 508A. 502A Performance I expect matches the 533 and 508A. btw the gen is same as a 1 lever 400B feather stove (not 2 lever 400A).

    *508A, iirc, is closely matched to the "533 Sportser 2". The 533 being dual fuel version and remained in production.

    Again, congrats it's a great stove.
     
  3. kerry460

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    nice stove mate :thumbup: :thumbup:

    cheers,
    kerry
     
  4. teckguy_58

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    Hi OleManColeman,

    Thanks for the correction about the gen. I guess I was having a senior moment, because it states on the packaging for the gen replacement what you have already stated.

    I have several 508 and 533. I also have the 400 and all of them preform pretty well. I prefer the 508 and 400 over the 533 due to the ease of flame control due to the lever control arm. The 533 performs very well also.

    Cheers,
    Norman
     
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    Hi Kerry,

    Thanks.

    I've seen your collection and you also have some pretty nice stoves.

    Cheers,
    Norman
     
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    Well done there I love the 502 and to me the 502 is the best single burner Coleman made. I have never seen a 502A and I love the red colour. I wish it had been in production much longer and not so rare.
     
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    Nice one Norman. Won't be long before you have it running on butane I guess!

    John
     
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    Nice post, nice pictures.
    Well done.
    Question:
    You mention difficult to get the simmer right. Would less pressure in the tank allow you to simmer, as one would do with an MSR remote fuel bottle style stove?
    Just a thought.

    Ken in NC
     
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    Hi mr optimus,
    Thanks and I also have never seen a 502A until I got this one. Who know maybe more of these 502A stoves will show up on the bay of evil.

    Hi John,
    I may just try it on butane and if I do I will post the pictures.

    Hi Ken,
    I think it has to do more with how the control valve is setup than pressure, but I will try decreasing the pressure to see if it helps. This stove runs great on high and mid range, but simmer isn't as easy because you have to play with the control valve quite a bit. Of course once I get the control valve figured out it will simmer fine.

    Cheers,
    Norman
     
  10. idahostoveguy

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    I think many of these later generation generators and valve combinations have a difficult time with simmer unless there is a separate control near the jet-end of the generator. They do quite well at higher pressure and bigger flame, I've found. I think the Coleman 508 non-A and the 400A were the last ones of similar design with a simmer control. After that, Coleman went to single valve, with a cleaning needle that extends the entire generator and is actuated from the single valve. Not a good design in my opinion.

    Coleman fuel is about the only fuel you can run in them without having to replace the generator. I guess generators are relatively cheap, if you can find a large source of them.

    The 533 supposedly runs on unleaded fuel, but I have yet to have one run well without turning into a yellow flame so I stick to Coleman Fuel/white gas in these as well.

    By the way, nice 502A. I would love to stumble into one of those one of these days.

    sam
     

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