How to Restore Coleman Stoves

How to Restore Coleman Stoves
An inexpensive way to pick up a Coleman camping stove is to buy a used one, but that may present special problems. After all, Coleman stoves were meant to be used outdoors. They see a lot of rugged treatment and weathering, and a cheap stove is not likely to be in the best condition. Before you take your stove out for its first use in the field, a little restoration is in order to at least give it a shiny new appearance. If parts are missing or worn out, some restoration may be absolutely necessary.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Siphon hose
  • Propane bulk cylinder adapters (possible)
  • Hose (possible)
  • Hand sanding block
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Metal primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat-resistant metal enamel
  • Soft foam brush
Step 1
Remove any existing fuel canister. If your stove uses liquid fuel, use a siphon hose to draw fuel out of the fuel tank and into a separate container.
Step 2
Inspect the stove for missing parts. Coleman stoves are pretty rugged, so it is unlikely something broke off, but you may be missing a stove grill or hose clip. Double check what you should have with the operator's manual, and if you do not have one, download it from Coleman's website. Order any necessary replacement parts.
Step 3
Inspect the fuel hose. Your stove may not have one, but hoses are common to Coleman's two- and three-burner propane-burning stoves. If the hose is cracking, split or torn, order a replacement for your regulator assembly or replace the hose yourself. Replace the hose by buying a pair of propane bulk cylinder adapters and a hose sized to match them. Cut away the old hose, fit the hose to the adapters, tighten the adapters, and then install the adapters into the existing regulator assembly parts.
Step 4
Remove any rust from the housing of your Coleman stove. Scrub the rust off with a hand sanding block and medium-grit sandpaper. Rinse away the debris and scum, and proceed only when you are confident all the rust is removed.
Step 5
Remove parts like control knobs and grills, and use a paint brush coat the entire stove housing with a layer of anti-corrosive priming agent. Allow this to dry for at least eight hours.
Step 6
Apply at least two coats of paint to the Coleman stove housing using a brush and heat-resistant metal enamel. This is a cooking implement, so use an enamel meant for use on stoves, charcoal grills and the like. Keep a soft foam brush handy. If your paint brush starts to form streaks, gently follow along behind the foam brush to eliminate them. Allow at least eight hours of drying time between the individual coats of paint.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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