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Coleman Hyperflame Fyrecadet Review

Coleman Hyperflame Fyrecadet
Price:  $150 List | $87.20 at Amazon
Pros:  Big sturdy burners, dedicated storage area for fuel adaptor, large comfortable carry handle
Cons:  No windscreen, cooks very hot and unevenly, recesses that are hard to clean
Bottom line:  While powerful and solidly built, the Hyperflame is hyper hot and struggles with being able to cook evenly or slowly.
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Weight (pounds):  10 lbs
Total BTU (from manufacturer):  22,000
Top material:  Cast aluminum
Manufacturer:   Coleman

Our Verdict

The Coleman Hyperflame Fyrecadet is a burly stove that, unfortunately, provided a mostly frustrating cooking experience. The stove offers wide 11,000 BTU burners, but its boil times weren't overly impressive compared to the other stoves we tested - even those with lower BTUs. More importantly, when we turned the flame down to what appeared to be a nice low setting, the stove still cooked incredibly hot and fast. Simmering and sautéing were practically impossible, and we ended up with several charred meals. For $25 less, you can get the Camp Chef Everest, our Editors' Choice, which delivers higher BTUs and simmers delicate meals with ease and confidence.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Penney Garrett

Last Updated:
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December 26, 2016

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The Coleman Hyperflame is a powerful and sturdy stove with a lot of potential. It has the fun feature of being able to remove the burners and snap in a griddle or grill, accessories available separately from Coleman. Unfortunately, this stove cooked a little too hot and unevenly for our liking, and overall didn't measure up to the other stoves we tested.

Performance Comparison


Wide sturdy burners give this stove fantastic stability.
Wide sturdy burners give this stove fantastic stability.

Time to Boil


With 11,000 BTUs per burner, this stove did decently with boiling. It boiled a quart of 60-degree water in 4:30 and a quart of 50-degree water on a cooler day in 5:10. On their own, these aren't bad times, but other stoves simply did better, even those with lower BTUs. With as hot as this stove cooked food, we were shocked it wasn't able to boil a bit faster. For comparison, the Everest clocked in at 2:30 for the 60-degree water and 3:30 for the 50-degree water.

Wind Resistance


The Hyperflame doesn't come equipped with windscreens, but the burners are well protected by design. Again, this stove wasn't the best in this category but still fared decently. During our box fan test where we set up a large fan 2 feet to the side of each stove while boiling water, the Hyperflame boiled a quart of water in 6:45. This was the fastest time by almost two minutes for all the stoves without a windscreen, but considerably slower than our wind-protected winners.

The Hyperflame doesn't have a windscreen but the burners are relatively well protected.
The Hyperflame doesn't have a windscreen but the burners are relatively well protected.

Simmering Ability


This is the category where the Hyperflame let us down. This stove cooks SO hot and fast, it was near impossible to manage any delicate meal. You can turn the flame down very low, but it's hard to tell that it's still on, even though the heat is still raging. We tried cooking a raw sausage patty and in minutes the outside was cooked to a hard brown crisp while the inside remained raw. Finishing the meal required breaking the sausage apart into small pieces.

At the end of it all, we were left with a very charred pan that only a good soaking could get clean again. We also noticed that despite the large wide burners — burners we thought would distribute heat equally — almost all our meals cooked unevenly.

The Hyperflame is hyper hot! Delicate or slow cooking was very difficult on this stove.
The Hyperflame is hyper hot! Delicate or slow cooking was very difficult on this stove.

Ease of Set Up


This is a very easy stove to set up. The lid lifts up, and a small arm folds down to hold it in place. The metal fuel adaptor has a compartment in the bottom of the stove, a feature that we loved and that this stove did best. With most other stoves of this type, the adaptor gets packed inside where it rattles around noisily when being moved or carried.

Dedicated storage compartment for the fuel hookup on the underside of the stove.
Dedicated storage compartment for the fuel hookup on the underside of the stove.

Ease of Care


The burners on this stove can be detached entirely, helping to make cleaning straightforward and easy. However, there are recesses all around the burners that are impossible to reach and that are bound to get filled with crud over time. It's not as good a design as the tried-and-true setup of more traditional models or some of the more innovative designs that allow you to remove the drip tray entirely.

Portability


This stove packs down to 23.5 x 15.5 x 5 inches, on the larger side for the two-burner tabletop models we tested. The main reason for the slightly larger dimensions is the giant handle this stove has. It's nice for carrying, but a bit awkward at times when you're trying to Tetris things into the back of a car.

Best Applications


This stove has a good design for slightly larger groups. It is a compact two-burner tabletop model, but it provides a large cooking area and decently high BTUs. The lack of a windscreen means that you can fit wider cookware on the burners and, if you want to buy accessories, you can pop off the burners individually and attach a griddle or grill instead. We did not try these accessories so we cannot attest to how well they work.

However, if your camp meals tend to require lots of slow cooking and sautéing, this stove will frustrate you. It cooks hard and fast no matter how low you have the flame.

The only stove with removable and interchangeable burners.
The only stove with removable and interchangeable burners.


Value


At $149.99 this stove is pricey. If it cooked better, we would deem it worth the price, as it's a solid design with some good things going for it. But as it stands, it feels expensive for what you get.

Conclusion


While the Hyperflame provides nice wide burners, a well-functioning auto-ignition system, decent wind resistance (considering there's no windscreen), and some cool accessory upgrades, we can't recommend it to anyone without a serious warning regarding how hot it cooks. Across the board on sites like Amazon, we saw complaints about burnt food and the lack of a truly low setting. It's unfortunate because, without this issue, it would be a solidly performing stove.

The Hyperflame cooked the most unevenly of all the stoves we tried. Despite the large burner it repeatedly cooked much hotter in the center of the pan. Here you can see the uneven brown on some breakfast arepas.
The Hyperflame cooked the most unevenly of all the stoves we tried. Despite the large burner it repeatedly cooked much hotter in the center of the pan. Here you can see the uneven brown on some breakfast arepas.

Penney Garrett

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