Coleman 426E

Discussion in 'Coleman No:426' started by John Leah, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. John Leah

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    I recently asked for suggestions on what two-burner stove to buy and the consensus was that a Coleman Suitcase was the way to go. I looked around and found there were lots of 424s available (even new) but a listing for an unidentified three-burner caught my eye and, due to a seller who wasn’t particularly interested in working for the sale, it promised to be cheap. It was cheap, I won the sale and it was most definitely worth the punt:

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    The Tank/regulator/vaporiser assembly is stored in the suitcase:

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    And is quickly attached to the front for use but, my, what a monster – true American Heavy Metal!
    Here it is dwarfing an Optimus 8R:

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    And if anyone was in any doubt about where it hails from:

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    OK, there were a good smattering of rust spots on the outside, particularly the lid, but no holes and all easily treated. I plan to use it as intended so will only stop the rot rather than strip and repaint. My stoves get used!


    The tank (a steel pressing so not as appealing as those found on older models) contains the pump, regulator, vaporiser tube and a ‘lighting lever’ which I guess alters the fuel flow or even spray pattern when warming up.

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    The pump differs from Primus norm by needing to be turned prior to pumping and a bleed valve plugged by a thumb:

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    Other parts of the tank are the regulator “Valve Wheel”:

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    And what I can only describe as a priming valve:

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    The tank is attached to the suitcase by means of a couple of lugs (which have the code ‘D82’ stamped beneath them – date perhaps?):

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    One of these lugs doesn’t engage very securely. I can’t detect any damage or distortion but I’d be a lot happier were it more secure:

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    Inside the lid are a set of clear instructions:

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    The 426E has three burners. The central burner being the main, and most powerful one which must be lit when either or both the outer two are in use.

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    I stripped the burners for cleaning (simply remove one screw):

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    The burners are unlike anything you’ll find on a Primus as, instead of a ‘silent’ cap with neatly drilled holes to provide all those nice jets of blue flame, it uses a sandwich assembly where alternate rings are either crinkled or plain:

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    The tank was full of a white fuel (presumably Coleman) which I emptied and refilled with unleaded petrol (I normally use Aspen but thought unleaded would do for a flush and test lighting). I replaced the filler cap seal, oiled the pump, pumped it up, checked for leaks (none) and lit it. It soon settled down and burned with a clean blue flame as did the two outer burners when I lit them. All was going well until... I noticed an ominous drip from the regulator:

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    I quickly tuned the burner off (although they don’t actually go out very quickly) and took a look – the vaporiser tube was loose and after tightening and relighting all was well with nice strong blue flames:

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    So, a very nice stove that’s a far cry from all the brass three-legged stoves in my collection but a worthy and practical addition.

    Cheers,
    John
     
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  2. Rick b

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    Hi John, a nice stove you have there. The number on the tab is the date for the stove ie1982. The handle for the case would need to be above the tab on the fuel tank and will fit more securely.
     
  3. dwarfnebula

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    Nice score! I've been wanting a 426 for a while now.

    The fuel pickup tube in the fount has holes in the top, when the lighting lever is up these holes are opened producing a very lean mixture for lighting. The coleman guys call the pickup tube a "fuel/air tube" It's actually a pretty clever arrangement, only downsides are the added complexity and the need to pump the stove more after you have it primed. Perfect for lazy Americans :lol:

    Poke around on this site, there's lots of good info: http://www.oldcolemanparts.com/resources/ops.php

    Cheers!
     
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  4. Matukat

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    Very nice stove! :clap: :clap: They are slow, but oh so durable and can simmer forever. :-)
     
  5. bbstacker

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    The tank will probably seat better if the carrying handle is up.
     
  6. DAVE GIBSON

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    you have a real winner there and yes the handle needs to be up for the tank to fit right.
    a three burner is a great find,you can be cooking simmering and keeping food warm with the third.
    i think it's fun when our friends across the pond find the wheels,pumps and levers on American stoves to be sort of curious..
    a air valve?and a pricker--give me a break!!
     
  7. dwarfnebula

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    :lol:

    I grew up eating food cooked on a 413, never gave it any thought whatsoever, it was just the stove. It never really occurred to me such a contraption would be a curiosity to anyone. I imagine now a Coleman is kind of a rare thing across the pond, sort of like a Buick or something. It is fun. :lol: :mrgreen:
     
  8. itchy

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    I used to think 3 burners was overkill -- until I got one those. The other thing is that, for traveling, the case has enough space in it to pack a roll of paper towels, utensils, an oven mitt, big box of matches, and nearly what ever else you can think of.
     
  9. Kl80

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    Nice stove. I have a couple of them. I find them good for using my coleman oven on.

    Nigel
     
  10. bajabum

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    Great find, I imagine they're scarce there.
    Make sure you pressure test your tank (iE: pump up and dunk in water).
    I have an older 426B, it had the old cylindrical tank, but it developed pin holes, so I got a new red pressed tank from coleman.

    Still a lot of parts available.

    IMHO, the 426 series is the best 3 burner, as is the 413 2 burner!
    In addition to all the other stuff mentioned above, don't forget a coleman style (filtered) funnel and a BBQ lighter(You don't want to be too close when lighting)
    PS: they are a thirsty lot, bring lots of fuel!