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Coleman Cascade Classic Review

An affordable, portable, and fuel efficient two-burner stove with slow boil time and low wind resistance
Coleman Cascade Classic
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Price:  $100 List | $100.00 at REI
Pros:  Piezo igniter, fuel efficient, reasonably priced, easy to clean
Cons:  Slow boil time, average wind resistance, below average durability
Manufacturer:   Coleman
By Mary Witlacil ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 12, 2022
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  • Time to Boil - 20% 3.0
  • Wind Resistance - 20% 4.0
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 8.0
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 7.0
  • Ease of Care - 15% 8.0
  • Portability - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Cascade Classic is an upgrade from other Coleman stoves without sacrificing the features that make it a great entry-level car camping option. Like other Coleman stoves, this one has adjustable windscreens that can accommodate larger pots or provide better wind protection. With just 10,000 BTUs per burner and a higher cooking grate, it lacks the power of other stoves in our review, leading to slow boil times and just below average wind resistance. On the upside, it has a piezo igniter that works consistently well, it carries well and is decently compact, and it is one of the most fuel-efficient stoves in our review. We recommend this stove for folks who want an affordable 2-burner that simmers well and is easy to care for and set up.

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Pros Piezo igniter, fuel efficient, reasonably priced, easy to cleanLarge cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistanceLightweight and compact, easy to use and set up, inexpensiveGreat simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignitionAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions
Cons Slow boil time, average wind resistance, below average durabilityHeavy, bulky, on the pricier side, closures not durableMinimal wind protection, slow boil timeBoils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)No auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots
Bottom Line An affordable, portable, and fuel efficient two-burner stove with slow boil time and low wind resistanceA wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenanceThis lightweight single burner butane stove is reasonably priced, portable, and easy to useVersatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we testedThis is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price
Rating Categories Coleman Cascade Cla... Camp Chef Everest 2X Eureka SPRK+ Butane Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic
Time to Boil (20%)
3.0
9.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
Wind Resistance (20%)
4.0
8.0
2.0
2.0
5.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Ease of Set Up (15%)
7.0
7.0
10.0
10.0
7.0
Ease of Care (15%)
8.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Portability (10%)
8.0
6.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Specs Coleman Cascade Cla... Camp Chef Everest 2X Eureka SPRK+ Butane Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic
Weight 9.71 lbs 13.97 lbs 4.94 lbs w/case, 3.49 lbs stove alone 4.1 lbs 9.8 lbs
BTU per Burner (from manufacturer) 10,000 20,000 11,500 9,000 10,.000
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) 7 min 56 sec 3 min 25 sec 13 min 10 sec 13 min 6 min 25 sec
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 5 min 23 sec 3 min 17 sec 4 min 36 sec 4 min 30 sec 4 min 45 sec
Cooktop Material Aluminized steel Nickel-coated steel Stainless steel Enamel Coated Steel Aluminized steel
Packed Size 21" x 13" x 3.5" 27" x 15.5" x 8.25" 15.3" x 13" x 3.6" 14" x 12" x 3.5" 21" x 13" x 3.5"
Cooking Surface Dimensions 20" x 12" 21" x 9.5" 9.5" x 9.5" 8.25" x 8.25" 18.75" x 10.5"
Burner/Flame Diameter 3.25" 4.75" 3' 2.875" 3.5"
Distance Between Burners (center to center) 11" 12.25" N/A N/A 7.75"
Windscreen? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Rotary Yes No
Number of Burners 2 2 1 1 2
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop
Fuel Type Propane Propane Butane Butane Propane
Model Number MS2HP 2572201 GS-3000 2000020943NP

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Cascade Classic is a reasonably priced tabletop stove. While it features below-average wind resistance and a slow boil time, it is compact, easy to use, and simmers well. It wasn't a top performer in any of our metrics, but it does well enough to be a decent option for the budget-minded car camper looking to get a stove without breaking the bank.

Performance Comparison


Coleman Cascade Classic camping stove - with adjustable windscreens this stove can accommodate larger pots...
With adjustable windscreens this stove can accommodate larger pots or provide better wind protection. The choice is yours!
Credit: Jared Ross

Time to Boil


To evaluate boil time, we set up each stove in our windless garage at 5,000 feet in elevation and timed how long each stove took to boil 1 liter of 58° F water in a 1.7-liter tea kettle. The Cascade Classic took 5 minutes and 23 seconds, which was the second slowest performance in our review. Several other stoves with 10,000 BTU burners performed better in this test. We think the slow boil time is due to the gap between the cooking grate and the burner; this means the burner has to work harder to heat up your pots and pans.

Coleman Cascade Classic camping stove - while we love the adjustable wind screens on the cascade classic, it...
While we love the adjustable wind screens on the Cascade Classic, it did not have a fast boil time in either our windy or windless test.
Credit: Mary Witlacil

Wind Resistance


We subject each stove to a 2-4 mph wind test in our garage "lab" at 5,000 feet to test this metric. The Cascade Classic took 7 minutes and 56 seconds to boil 1 liter of 58° F water in our wind test, which was a fairly average result. The great design of the Coleman windscreens is likely why it did better in this test than in the standard boil test. The windscreens can be adjusted for better wind protection or extended to accommodate larger pots.

In addition to evaluating each stove for windy and windless boil times, we also took a look at fuel efficiency in the course of these tests. To measure this, we first weighed a brand new green propane canister, performed our wind test, and then remeasured the canister. We repeated this process for the non-wind test and then averaged the results. The Cascade Classic consumed 23g (0.81 oz) in the windy test and 16g (0.56 oz) in the windless test, for an average of 4.37% (19g / 0.67 oz) of the fuel per boil. These results rank this stove as the most fuel-efficient tabletop stove in our review. It may have sluggish boil times, but it uses fuel very efficiently, a boon for anyone looking to conserve fuel, reduce waste, and save money.

Coleman Cascade Classic camping stove - to install the windscreens, you slide the aluminum tab into a slot...
To install the windscreens, you slide the aluminum tab into a slot onto the side of the stove. Not the easiest design, but it gets easier with time, and allows for more flexibility with pot size.
Credit: Jared Ross

Simmering Ability


For this metric, we made a pot of rice to see how well the stove could handle maintaining a low enough flame to produce fluffy rice. The Cascade Classic performed pretty well in this category. We could absolutely dial down the knob to get the burner to produce a low enough flame to cook rice. The burner is somewhat recessed in the stove body, which means that the low flame was decently resistant to gentle breezes when used on low. All of this is fantastic if you want to cook sauces or rice at a reasonable price.

Coleman Cascade Classic camping stove - as you can see, the cascade manages to sustain a very low flame for...
As you can see, the Cascade manages to sustain a very low flame for all your simmering needs.
Credit: Mary Witlacil

Ease of Set Up


The Cascade Classic is as intuitive and straightforward as they come. The regulator pairs easily with its receiver, which is critical to avoid cross-threading the delicate brass threads. The igniter is an easy-to-turn knob on the front of the stove. It worked fairly consistently; while these tend to wear out with use, we were able to get it to spark within 2-3 rotations nearly every time we tried to light the stove. The closure latch also works well, though we wish there were two of them to ensure the durability of the closure system over time.

This stove did not score higher in this metric because the windscreens take a little effort to slot into position. Once disassembled, there is nothing to hold the windscreens in place, so you have to hold them to close the lid. While neither thing is a dealbreaker, this kept the Cascade from earning perfect marks.

Coleman Cascade Classic camping stove - to secure the stove latch, you press down on the bottom metal tab...
To secure the stove latch, you press down on the bottom metal tab. To open the stove, you pull up on this spring-loaded metal tab. While it is a secure closure, it takes a little effort to leverage it open.
Credit: Jared Ross

Ease of Care


The Cascade Classic is easy to clean, lift the cooking grate and wipe down the drip pan. For the most part, there aren't any holes for noodles to be forever lost, but you will want to be mindful of the large circular hole at the back of the drip pan. We were also disappointed with how the aluminum drip pan puckered at one of the corner seals. Over time, this could be a point of failure and if it gets worse, it could also attract errant food scraps.

Coleman Cascade Classic camping stove - to clean, lift the cooking grate and scrub, just be mindful of the...
To clean, lift the cooking grate and scrub, just be mindful of the large hole toward the back of the drip pan - this might attract errant food.
Credit: Jared Ross

Portability


The Cascade Classic weighs just 9.71 pounds and features a generous carrying handle, making it a very portable stove. The stove's packed dimensions are 21" x 13" x 3.5", which means it will command very little space in your kitchen kit, owing to its trim dimensions.

Coleman Cascade Classic camping stove - the trim weight, compact size, and wide handle make this stove easy...
The trim weight, compact size, and wide handle make this stove easy to carry and highly portable.
Credit: Jared Ross

Value


We think the Cascade Classic is an ok value. It is a reasonably priced two-burner tabletop stove with excellent fuel efficiency and simmering ability, but that boils slow and has slightly below average wind resistance. There are other stoves that boil faster and have better features for not too much more, but this is a decent improvement in quality from other budget stoves in our review.

Conclusion


While the boil time and wind resistance of the Coleman Cascade Classic leave something to be desired, it is an affordable and highly fuel-efficient stove with some good features. If you are a budget-minded car camper looking for a decent stove for summer camping, this is a good option.

Coleman Cascade Classic camping stove - this affordable stove is portable, straightforward to use, easy to...
This affordable stove is portable, straightforward to use, easy to clean, and impressively fuel efficient. All good things, if you ask us!
Credit: Jared Ross

Mary Witlacil
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