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Old 10-10-2015, 09:28 AM   #11
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Heat diffusers help but you are still using more fuel than is necessary. I have 5 portable stoves in my garage in my quest for the ideal one. Maybe the old style Coleman white gas pump models are better?
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Have you tried the camp chef explorer? It turns down to just a wisp of a flame or full blast like a furnace.
I've had a ton of stoves over the years and this is by far the best I've used. Yes it is a lot bigger than the stoves I've used in the past, I have the room for it and for me it isn't an issue.
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Old 10-10-2015, 10:09 AM   #12
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The Explorer is a great stove, and would have been my first choice, were it not for the shear size of it. From what I have heard, the Ranger II simmers well too, and sometime next summer I will be able to do a review on one. Unless a better small stove option comes along, one that is capable of being used with a low pressure QC.
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:13 PM   #13
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I will definitely get the heat diffuser. That will help a lot! A long time ago I taught blind adults how to cook and we used something called a "flame tamer." I'd forgotten about it.
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What about using this, unopened? And you can still use it for making toast.
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:58 PM   #15
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Glenn, that's an interesting idea. We have one of those that we never use, but keep thinking we might so it's always with us.
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Alton Brown dislikes single-function kitchen tools. Why have a garlic press when you can do the same thing with a chef's knife?
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Old 10-11-2015, 02:46 AM   #17
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Well, I never have been able to get the toaster thing to lie flat after I first unfurled it. Maybe it would would work. I'm trying to get what I need (or want — it's so hard to distinguish between the two) down to a minimum and the both the diffuser and toaster have so far made the cut. If anything had to go it would be the toaster. I'm not to concerned about using a bit more propane but I really don't want to burn what I'm trying to cook. I do have a garlic press in the trailer mainly because I like using it. I'm really quite conflicted!
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:31 AM   #18
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I was recently given a Ranger II as a birthday gift by my son and daughter. Not sure how much I will use it because most of our camp cooking is done on the Weber Q100. I did have a Brinkman SS camp stove that I used occasionally, but unlike grills, they cannot be converted to LP easily. Typically, I use a stove once or twice a week for breakfast fare. Not sure I will simmer anything on my current trip, but I might try so that I can provide feedback. And it will definitely get a workout in February at Scamp Camp for the chili dump and potluck suppers.
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I was recently given a Ranger II as a birthday gift by my son and daughter. Not sure how much I will use it because most of our camp cooking is done on the Weber Q100. I did have a Brinkman SS camp stove that I used occasionally, but unlike grills, they cannot be converted to LP easily. Typically, I use a stove once or twice a week for breakfast fare. Not sure I will simmer anything on my current trip, but I might try so that I can provide feedback. And it will definitely get a workout in February at Scamp Camp for the chili dump and potluck suppers.
I would love to hear how the Ranger II performs, though only have heard mostly positive things so far.

While we do use the BBQ a fair bit, our outdoor stove gets a lot of use. The most important being that coffee first thing in the day. When camping in groups, which is most common, it sees me makes many, many cups o' Joe some mornings. Pancakes, bacon, fried potatoes, stews, soups, and dozens of other things get cooked on the outdoor stove. Not being able to find achieve that perfect simmer has always been frustrating with the Coleman.

Though, with getting a good quality stove for inside our 5.0 might see more things cooked in there, but as the dear wife is usually still sleeping when I make the morning coffee, that will always be made outside. Drinking a coffee inside just seems like a weird thing, having never done it before.
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I definitely will provide a review once I have used it a bit.
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