How to Light a Two Burner Coleman Propane Stove

How to Light a Two Burner Coleman Propane StoveColeman stoves are capable of withstanding the test of time, and many stoves from the 1970s or earlier are still being used today. If you have one of the two-burner propane stoves, then you’ll want to learn how to light it. As long as you have a lighter and propane, starting your stove shouldn’t be a problem.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Propane canister
  • Match
Step 1
Locate the burner valves on the front of the Coleman stove and turn the knobs to the right. This turns off the burner valves so you can light the stove safely. At the same time, ensure that your stove is put together properly and that the legs are firmly attached to the bottom. Remove the top grate.
Step 2
Find the regulator that came with your propane canister. Unscrew the lid of the propane container and press the regulator onto the top. The regulator should screw into place easily once it’s attached.
Step 3
Find the regulator slot on the back of the Coleman stove. It should be on the right-hand side of the stove. Put the regulator into the slot and screw it into place. Then, reattach the grate by sliding the legs into the back of the stove and laying it down firmly on top.
Step 4
Light a match and hold it above the first burner while slowly turning the burner's valve to the left. Repeat this step on the other side if you want to light both burners, or leave one closed. Wait a second or two for the propane to catch.
Step 5
Turn the knobs or valves to adjust the size of the flames. You may have to a few seconds for the flame to reach a high level. Make sure that the flame is light blue, with yellow near its tips. This means that the flame is burning properly and the stove is ready to use.

Tips & Warnings

If the Coleman stove doesn’t light with your match, ensure that the canister is properly attached to the back. If the canister is loose, the propane won’t reach the burners.
Never keep flammable materials near the stove while trying to light it—even 6 to 8 inches away from the stove is still close enough to start a fire.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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