1943 US Coleman 523

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  1. plumberted

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    I have just got round to restoring this stove and found an inscription on the instruction plate US Coleman 1943. When dismantling it I found 2 tubes fastened underneath with a complete set of spares for both burners! It works brilliantly but there is no simmer control,the roarer burners are either full on or it extinguishes itself when trying to adjust the control knobs. A great stove.

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  2. teckguy_58

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    Hi,

    You can get a very nice simmer using the cleaning needle. The pricker lever "is" designed to be the simmer control and that is per Coleman. It does get quite hot so you will either need a glove or use a tool to turn the pricker lever. I hope this helps.

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    Norman
     
  3. snwcmpr

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    I have heard the same.
     
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    I have two 523's, and have used them for some cooking duties. They do a good job of cremating grilled cheese sandwiches and spam slices, but are excellent for their designed use; boiling water fast for sterilizing medical instruments. I have heard these called "vehicle stoves" and think I can remember 523 stoves without the Medical Department insignia. I think that a slightly modified / upgraded 523 was produced for the US Army until the 1980's.

    There is some information that the Coleman 500 was purchased and issued to US Army units early in the US involvement in WWII. I've seen a Canadian 500 (on CCS, I think) painted in olive drab paint, at least a suggestion that it was a military stove.

    Paul
     
  5. scouterjan

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    I have the Armstrong version, great for 2 pots of coffee, for better simmer use the cleaning needles and don't pump it up as much
    Jan
     
  6. ArchMc

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    I think these were just designed for medical use, and therefore no provision was made for simmering.

    ....Arch
     
  7. Lee Russell United States

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    Incorrect. They made 2 models of the same 523. The 523 Jeep stove( just a regular 523 double burner) the 523 Medical stove had the Caduceus on the case. Of course you could use both for either purpose. Designed like that. The cleaner needle will adjust the flame. Great heavy duty stoves that will last forever with the occasional cleaning and changing of the gen.
     
  8. snwcmpr

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    Welcome to CCS.