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Pros: Powerful burner, great wind protection, easy to find fuel, works well in cold
Cons: Difficult and time-consuming to start, hard to turn completely off, left burner can never burn hotter than right.
Best Uses: Ideal stove for nostalgic campers who want liquid gas or camping in extreme cold.
The Coleman Classic 2-Burner Stove is much the same as the Dual Fuel 2-Burner Stove, about which we did a full review. The only real differences are that the Classic only burns white gas while the Duel Fuel burns both white gas and unleaded gas, plus the fact that the Classic is $35 less expensive. That and the fact that the Classic's fuel tank is red and the Duel-Fuel's fuel tank is gray.
Do you need duel fuel or just white gas? While the option of two fuels is nice, we don't recommend cooking with unleaded gas unless you have to. It does not burn as cleanly as white gas. Yes it is less expensive, but if you are really wanting to save money, we would go with a propane stove attached to a 5-gallon propane tank. (Read more about this in our Camping Stove Buying Advice). So we recommend the Classic if you really want to burn liquid gas. That said, we really recommend propane stoves for most applications. The one application that a liquid fuel stove excels in is at high altitude or extreme cold.
To get a better sense of how the stove stacks up against other stoves check our full review of its sibling the Dual Fuel 2-Burner Stove as well as our Camping Stove Review.
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