In preparation for traipsing around in my mobile cabin, I purchased a Coleman 2 burner classic propane camping stove. What I like about it is it’s inexpensive, light-weight, portable and functional. Having never used an outdoor propane stove before, I made sure to read the directions thoroughly. There’s something about propane that invokes every cautious cell in my body.
In addition to the Coleman cooktop, I also purchased Comfort Lot travel pots/pans. I have a great set of cast iron cookware and also a nice set of Calphalon cookware, but I didn’t want to bring either of them with me. The cast iron pans are very heavy. They’re versatile, but just too heavy to lug around. The Calphalon pots and pans are lighter, but they’re also large. When traipsing around, I want a lighter, more compact footprint. Therefore, the smaller, lighter travel pots seemed to make sense.
Adding a DIY Non-Slip Footer to the Coleman Camping Stove
When I opened the box to look at the Coleman stove, I was surprised to see that the bottom didn’t have anti-slip stoppers. My concern was there was nothing to prevent the stove from slipping off of a table. I didn’t even want to use it without putting something on it to keep it from sliding.
To solve the problem I created a DIY anti-skid footers for the cooktop. Here’s what I used:
- Everbilt heavy duty felt pads (self-adhering)
- 2-sided tape
- An old yellow rubber glove
Here’s how I made it:
- Cut a couple inches of the sleeve off of the rubber glove.
- Stuck the self-adhesive side of the felt pad to the underside of the rubber glove sleeve.
- Cut circles out of the rubber glove sleeve using the felt pad as a guide.
- Applied double sided tape to the four “legs” on the underside of the stove.
- Stuck the felt pads to the tape on the bottom of the stove. If you’re doing this, make sure to adhere the felt side to the stove, not the rubber gloved side.
- Turned the camping stove over and voila! Non-slip footings! With the DIY non-slip footings attached.
I felt comfortable using the stove on any tabletop.
Taking the Coleman 2 Burner Camping Stove for a Spin
Before going on the road, I figured it would be better to try the camping stove and travel pans at home. This way I could see where the hiccups were and whether or not the travel pans could do the job. I also had to keep in mind that I’m not cooking for an army, so the smaller lightweight pans and the mere two burners would suffice.
The cooking experience was very different than cooking at home. First of all, I had to plan out all of the ingredients and utensils before starting. At home, I could always reach in a drawer or open a cabinet to get what I needed. It’s not like that on the road. So, I took a minute, gathered all of my ingredients, utensils, pots/pans, bokashi bucket and kitchen towel and got started.
After hooking up the propane, the most interesting part of the exercise was getting a feel for the burners. Maybe because I set up the stove in the sun, I couldn’t see the actual flame. As a result, I had to rely on the low whooshing sound of the propane and the speed at which the food cooked. Once I got used to it, it wasn’t so bad.
Using Travel Pots and Pans
The lightweight travel cooking set is just that, lightweight. They’re thin so things can burn quickly. I cooked a simple bacon and egg meal. I cooked the bacon first and fiddled with the flame until I got things running smoothly. There were a few “well-done” marks on the pan, but nothing too crazy.
With the bacon done, I cut up and sauteed the onions for the eggs. By this time I felt more comfortable with the thin pans and temperature of the burners so scrambling the eggs wasn’t too bad. I added some herbs, tomato, kale and feta cheese. I’ve got to say, everything came out pretty good.
All in all, I’d call it a success. Am I ready for the road yet? Probably, but I want to get a few more things under my belt first.
UPDATE 7/9/18: Originally I used double-sided tape to adhere the non-stick bottoms. However, I removed the tape and replaced it with Gorilla Glue to keep the nonstick footers attached. It’s working marvelously.