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Coleman Feather 400B

Discussion in 'Coleman No:400' started by yonadav, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. yonadav

    yonadav Israel Subscriber

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    Just got me a cute 400B:

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    It works like a dream, boils water real fast, and is so compact in size. It outperform my old classic 502 on every aspect. Even the tank does not heat up like the 502.

    One question - how do you remove the generator in order to remove and clean the burner head? (And, does it have a date code somewhere?)

    Yonadav
     
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  3. Doron Papo

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    Hi
    removing the generator is easy
    step 1 - remove the aluminum support near the end of the generator (2 screws)
    step 2 - open the generator nut
    and if I remember correctly release the cleaner needle from the eccentric block in the valve

    The diagram is 400A model it has two valves and this one is a newer model with only one.
    the older one is considered to be more controllable
    here is the 400B
     
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  4. Knight84 Canada

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    Nice stove!!!

    The date could be stamped on the black side/tabs that hold the mixing chamber and burner to the tank.

    Jeff
     
  5. DaveSiegler United States

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    coould you replace the generator with the one from a 400A? I have a 533, I like it but it won't simmer worth a lick. Iwonder if the gen would fit?
     
  6. Murph

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    Best place to check here in Milwaukee is Easterling's Rod and Reel, over on 57th or 58th and Greenfield.

    Guy's got more Coleman parts than Coleman I think!

    That's where I got my replacement generator for my 502, Cabela's, Gander Mountain, and REI didn't have squat.

    You MIGHT try Sherper's down in Hales Corners, but that's a crap shoot.

    Murph
     
  7. Doron Papo

    Doron Papo Israel Subscriber

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    The 400B and 533 generators are the same
    but the 400A and 400B are not as the newer generators have a cleaning wire going all the way through them.
     
  8. itchy United States

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    While the old generator (400 or 508 style) will not fit, I recently replaced a well-used generator on a 533, that had been burning unleaded, with a new generator it and it now has much better control. I may have just gotten lucky with a good new generator but it could be worth a try.
     
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  9. yonadav

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    OK - I found the date there - 03/90. Only 20 years old.
     
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  10. -/- Denmark

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    Perfect for a new girlfriend :mrgreen:
     
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    yonadav Israel Subscriber

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    I guess I can't resist the temptation to dismantle a stove, even if it works perfect. All that was wrong with this Coleman 400B was some rust peeking out of the burner rings, and various corrosion marks around the burner assembly. Following the good advise I got here, I took it completely apart, gave it a good cleanup (including some phosphoric acid treatment to the rust spots - but not on the burner rings.) I put it back together, and now it really runs like new.

    My "standard" power measurement is the time to boil 1/4 liter of water in a rather small pot. It hit the record at 1:57 minutes. (For comparison, 2nd place is my optimus 111 at 2:15, and a radius 42 with BD minicap, also at 2:15.)

    Here are the guts of my 400B:

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    Yonadav
     
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