D 38 Speedmaster 500 with L-shaped fuel/air lever

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  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom SotM Winner Subscriber

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    Ok, a bit of a cheat, since the bits missing from my stove when I wrote about it in this topic from the Stove Forum ...

    Stove Forum - '38 Coleman 500 under the microscope

    ... are still missing, but I 'borrowed' the cast iron mixing chamber and generator from my '42 example of the model and installed them temporarily until another source lands in my post-box

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    You'll notice the stove's fired up in that shot, so fuelling had preceded that of course

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    How did it perform, this 71-year-old Coleman? Flawlessly. No fuss, no fuel leaks, no 'ifs' or 'buts'. Lit first time and soared up to maximum heat (see that tracer shooting out of the burner discs? just clearing its lungs after all these years) ...

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    ... then down to a perfect simmer

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    I picked a heat level somewhere between the two extremes, appreciating the seamless transition from high to low and back again (with all levels selectable in between) to brew a kettle for tea

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    One last look at that L-shaped lever that prompted some speculation!

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    John
     
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  2. flivver

    flivver United States Subscriber

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    Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Mike...
     
  3. Knight84

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    8500 Btu's of perfection John!!!

    No cheat at all. I will keep my eyes out for a spare mixing chamber

    Thanks

    Cheers,
    Jeff
     
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    John,

    Like Mike said, Excellent ! :clap: :clap: Did you ever have any doubt ? These old 500's are indestructible and really quite simple in design so not much to go wrong. I'd keep that buner on there and wait for a replacement for which ever stove it came from , as this '38 is the oldest 500 coleman made. A real treasure :)

    Tom

    P.S. With the "burn /light" lever sticking out like that , you'll be less inclined to forget to use it when starting the stove , well I would anyway.
     
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    presscall United Kingdom SotM Winner Subscriber

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    CCS member Dan ('dday') sent me a later model Coleman 500 to strip for the burner manifold I needed. How that went is covered here:

    '38 Coleman fettle

    John
     
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