Discussion in 'Coleman No:550' started by Archivist2, Jul 18, 2008.
Courtesy Iain Perkin
I think it's the best of the current Coleman stoves. It has the best valve (simmers like no other), the best windshield, the best burner (a non-perforated bowl for pre-heating or to catch flooding), it's multi-fuel, it has a levelling feature and it's about the right size. Often available cheaply as army surplus.
I agree, they're very nice, but they have one problem...
The valve knob gets very hot, and can be a challenge if you have big hands...
Some folks make a extension out of a bit of metal tubing, keeps the pinkies from turning red!
I have two, the silver and a bronze colored one.
I agree, it can burn your thumb until you get used to it.
I also have two - one runs on Coleman fuel and one runs on white spirit (kerosene).
I still have one of those 550s kicking around. Good stove. It cooked a lot of wilderness meals for me. Mine is the Canadian version, with labels in English and French.
I was going to toss it (it's rather the worse for wear) but last winter I decided to fire it up for nostalgic reasons. And it went! I need to fix the pot support, which is rather mangled, and re-goop a couple of connectors.
I may convert it to kerosene for laughs. Pretty sure I still have the generator (pack rat syndrome, you know).