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I saw Kev's video on Youtube about the review on the Coleman 533, and from what I saw, it looks like a very nice little stove, and it's reasonably priced, so I may consider buying it soon... But I want other peoples' opinions on the matter first!:cool:
 

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I have the coleman 533. It has served me well. On 4 daay hikes I have plenty of fuel without carrying extra. I had one of the burners that you just screw onto the 1lb. propane bottle and it busticated on the second day of a 4 day hike in freezing temps. The 533 works just fine in cold weather. I like it for the money.

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Does it simmer?

I too am looking into this stove. Walmart carries it for $38.00. My question is how well does it simmer. I have checked reviews on the net and really have not seen any bad words. I dont find any info on how well it simmers. Everyone worries how fast it will boil water etc... but no one looks into how well it keeps a low flame. If you really cooked on a small stove like this before, you know what I am talking about. Many stoves burn like a jet engine, but few have the ability to turn the heat down so your food doesnt burn on the outside and it raw on the inside.

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i too use to have the 533 colman but have since given it a rest for my penny stove even smaller and lighter i can store it in my pot to keep it safe.
If your not sure what a penny stove is then just google it they are so easy to make its rediculous and if anything you can just make it and take it for a spare emergency stove
 

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They are good stoves I have the larger older model. This design is tried and true and parts if needed can be had anywhere.

As far as simmering. They actually handle this task rather well provided one thing, you warm it up first. Being a fuel generated type system once it warms everything up it starts to work at peak efficency. Often once intially set, the burner has to be readjusted otherwise it settle in at a hotter setting. Its no big deal, you just have to learn the stove.

Serously, for the money......

I know you could pour some alcohol in a can but why bother with something this nice
 

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My 533 simmers just fine for me. Better than some other high dollar stoves I have seen.

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I saw Kev's video on Youtube about the review on the Coleman 533, and from what I saw, it looks like a very nice little stove, and it's reasonably priced, so I may consider buying it soon... But I want other peoples' opinions on the matter first!:cool:
Thank you.

The 533 seems a little big for hiking. Maybe camping with the family it would be ok, but for someone trying to conserve on space and weight - its bulky.

Some of my hiking / camping trips are as light as possible with just a poncho liner and a hammock to sleep with.

My 533 was brought on a couple of little cook outs with the wife, were we roasted some hotdogs, but that is about it.

It all depends on what you are looking for. The 533 seems like it is a well built stove, but for a light hiker, it weighs too much.

As for the simmering, - dont know, never tried it for that.
 

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Boy,I thought it looked pretty sweet for hiking.What does it weigh?Its got to be lighter than my old 502s,and I take them hiking,no problem.
 

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I like them. My cousin also has the 533, and he seems to like it quite well. It gets a quart of water boiling up in no time, and when your'e on the trail during a very cold day, instead of building a fire, we just pop out the trusty 533 and warm our hands over it real quick. I'm gonna to buy one soon.
 

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Sorry for bringing up a year old post but I just got one of these today. Great stove!! I've been using a couple of "cat stoves" and denatured alcohol for a while and they work great but aren't adjustable. The prices have gone up for this stove. Averaged $59.00 on the internet but I found one a Walmart for $45.00.

Got her home and decided to cook a meal. It was 35 degrees and a 27 wind chill. I fired up a pan of potatoes, onions, peppers and smoked sausage in no time and was very pleased with the flame adjustment.

Later I boiled up two cups of water for coffee to a rolling boil in 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

It sure seems to be a great stove and won't cost you an arm and a leg! I wouldn't want to haul it around in a pack but for almost anything else it's great!
 

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I've got one that was my grandfathers decades ago. It still works fine. I have a newer one that I bought a few years ago. It has burned just about anything that will hold a flame. Great stove. One thing to watch for is leaving fuel in it for too long (months-years) as it will gum up. If this happends, just hit it with some carb cleaner and you've good to go.

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a little tip

If you plan to do any pan cooking (eggs) with a stove like this, even boiling water with a larger pot, know that it can be a pain in A$$ if you do not have a very level base and well balanced pan. I know it's a strange point but its one of those "little" things that you don't think of till you are dealing with it in the field.

My issued (i think MSR) lookes exactly like this one except it has 3 plastic fold out legs that are slightly adjustible. Even with that I usually try to shim it some how.

Oh and I have used mine to dry socks, warm up on the trail, I always looked down on these things before and now I will never go on a camping trip where comfort means anything without one.
 

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...I want other peoples' opinions on the matter first!:cool:
Great stove.

Mine gummed up on auto fuel.

Got new parts, been fine since. I've been mixing between unleaded and Coleman Fuel.

If going to use indoors, ONLY use the Coleman Fuel (and I know its expensive).

Outdoors, either fuel seems fine. It is great to cook with cheap fuel.

Hope this helps.
 

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a little tip

... know that it can be a pain in A$$ if you do not have a very level base and well balanced pan.
Oh, yea, ANY cooking thing with a HEAVY handle IS going to be a challenge to balance.

(put more rocks in the soup~!)
 

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I have had one for about 20 years my motorcycle camping stove. Has been a solid performer for me. Nearly indestructible. Was in a leather saddle bag on the side I went down on at 70 mph it was just fine. Did better them me or the bike. A bit bulky for hiking but perfect for the bike.
 

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simmer control

I have heard this stove can simmer but the one I have doesn't like anything but full blast. I contacted coleman this weekend so hopefully they can send me a new generator or control valve. I think it should work and I just have a dud control valve.
 

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Model 502

I got mine from a salvage store. They were throwing it away due to regulations in their store would not allow them to keep it. Lucky me. It works fine after I fixed it up with a new rebuild kit. Suits me fine. No problem with weight. I keep a pint of fuel with it at all times. It is in my vehicle kit always.:thumb:
 

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I have a Coleman Feather 442 Dual Fuel stove that I bought many years ago. It is similar to the 533 but a little bit smaller and lighter. It has worked great whenever I've used it but I've also never tried it with unleaded auto gas, only with the standard stove fuel.
 
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