Great Car Camping Stove
My wife and I use the Fold-n-Go Stove for car camping, and we love it. The 16-ounce propane canisters can be found anywhere and last a surprisingly long time. Setup, use, and cleanup are all quick and easy. Heat output is good, and the burners are spaced far enough apart to cook with large pots and pans.
We have not experienced many of the negative issues other reviewers have complained of. The stove does not include a windscreen, but we accept that as part of the compact design. As we use the stove for car camping only, it is as stable as the picnic table we set it up on. In that regard, we also place our cooler and other camping items around the stove to block the wind. Although stove performance does decline noticeably as the wind picks up, even with our makeshipt windscreen, this setup has worked fine for us. It just takes a few minutes longer to cook in the wind. Both burners provide even and equal heat output, and the pot supports are quite large and sturdy. Finally, though it is a bit pricey, we recommend purchasing the carrying case for the Fold-n-Go. We have enjoyed the convenience of being able to simply pick up the carrying case and go, knowing that everything we need for the stove is there, including two fuel canisters.
The only negative aspect of the Fold-n-Go is the poor temperature control. Although the flame control knobs adjust over a long range, they both have a very tiny range for USEFUL adjustment. In that tiny range, the flame output changes from very low to nearly maximum. It IS possible to set the burners to a simmering level, but it is quite tricky.
All in all, we LOVE our Fold-n-Go, and highly recommend it to our fellow car campers.
a real performer for me
we've had one of these for going on three years now. we picked up the case right away, for convenience. neatly fits two tanks and cutting boards.
it goes car-camping with us, and has to be one of the best stoves i've used in a long time. i myself use wide cookware(perhaps part of the issue with height/heat comes from using narrow camping cookware-we take stuff from home) and cast iron cookware(this stove is perfection for cast iron).
the height of the pots allows me to get a good look at the flame, a technique that's very useful for hitting a simmer. a soft touch on the knobs helps.
the heat outstrips the flat two-burner my in-laws have, and the tanks seem to last a little longer too(maybe it's that higher heat output letting me cook faster).
my one complaint is the grates. you bump the stove wrong, and SPOING, they're out. not a huge deal, but sometimes a little irritating when you're packing it down.
i do say, next to the white gas triple barreled suitcase-sized monster, this is probably my favorite coleman stove.
never noticed too much issue with wind, but i guess we must camp in a area that's fairly well protected. it might also be the cast iron cookware, too, keeping that heat nice and even.
Coleman Fold N' GO
I received this as a gift from my brother 3 years ago and ended up buying him one I liked it so much. The two burners with electric start are great. Easy to light and easy to maintain temperature. It is easy to clean and it fits well into a DRY BOX or Dry Bag in a Canoe. It is much easier to stow in a boat than the traditional large Coleman green stoves. The Fold N' Go's are lighter and lock down tighter and more secure than their predecessors. The bottoms stay cool during use and can be put on plastic dry boxes,buckets, and tables without worry of melting or getting hot. I would highly recommend this product for canoeing or vehicle camping. It would even make a nice stove for a rustic cabin or basecamp. You can't beat two burners! One for coffee and one for food. Buy it you won't be disappointed!
Great For Car Camping
I've really enjoyed using this stove on all my car camping trips. It's great to have the second burner and it's easy to set up and clean up. The Instastart feature is also a plus. A couple of caveats: You will need some type of windbreak in windier conditions. I had to improvise and use a pot lid and then the unit worked fine. Also, make sure the surface you use it on is flat or else pots and pans will tend to slide off.
Excellent car camping stove
I use this stove for car camping. It's too big for backpacking. In my opinion it's perfect. I use my plastic food bin lids as wind screens when it's windy. It is very safe, there is no risk of burning with the easy lighting. The spark starter broke on one of the burners broke after about three years of heavy use but REI replaced it free of charge. The small propane tanks are not refillable but they are recyclable.
rocks the campground
When I took this camping, it caused a stir. My entire car-camping crew were ga ga over it. It's really easy to use and has amazing power--almost like a stovetop burner. It packs away easily and lights WITHOUT a match.
Only downsides: wasn't sitting flat very well--might have been the table? Also the pans can slip right off because there's no walls. Watch out if you have kids.
Recently purchased the stove in the Seattle store for a two week car camping vacation in the Pacific Northwest. Very handy especially with the custom carrying case (sold separately and holds two fuel canisters and several plates and cooking utensils). Excellent fuel availability. Clean burning. Will also be great for tailgating!
Definitely a keeper!
My husband and I recently purchased this stove so that we could have the two burners and cook a camp dinner that would have everything prepared at the same time. This stove met and exceeded our expectations and now i don't know how we ever survived a meal without it!
love this stove!
My boyfriend and I are avid outdoor folks, this stove, couldn't make it easier.
It's a bit bulky for backpacking, but for everything else; camping, road trips, cook outs, angry vegans who don't want you cooking fish in their house... it's perfect!!!
A useful little stove
A nice little stove that folds compactly, is extremely easy to use, puts out good controllable heat, self lighting. To heavy for backpacking, but uber convenient for car camping.