How to Convert Coleman Camp Stove to Propane

How to Convert Coleman Camp Stove to PropaneThe Coleman camp stove has been a staple of car and RV camping for generations. These green two-burner stoves are sturdy workhorses that will last for years with proper care, and are ideal for putting together a hearty hot meal at the campsite. When bought from Coleman, these stoves are designed to operate with Coleman fuel (white gas) or unleaded gasoline as fuel source. However, they are easy to convert to operate on propane canisters with a simple modification.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Propane conversion kit
Step 1
Purchase a propane conversion kit. These consist of an attachment for connecting propane cylinders, a pressure regulator, and an insert that connects to your current liquid fuel camp stove.
Step 2
Lift the fuel tank off of the hangers that are inserted into slots on the stove front. Pull the fuel tank away from the stove--the attachment that feeds fuel into the stove will slide out of the stove. Note where the attachment was inserted into the stove mechanism.
Step 3
Slide your propane conversion kit into the large opening at the right front of the stove, so that the nozzle is inserted into the stove mechanism you took note of in Step 2.
Step 4
Make sure the gas knob on the conversion kit is set to "off" and then thread a propane canister onto the propane conversion kit by lining up the nozzle with the kit and twisting the bottle to the right, until it is firmly threaded into the propane conversion kit.
Step 5
Turn the conversion kit control knob "on" to release gas into the system, then light the burners with a long match or grill lighter.

Tips & Warnings

Follow all fire safety precautions provided in the manufacturer's instructions regarding use of fuel, lighters and burners.

Article Written By Nichole Liandi

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.

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