Reviews: Emberlit titanium, Deadwood stove, ultra-mini propane, and Coleman two burner dual fuel


These stoves/cookers run the gamut of brand new (the Emberlit) to ages old (the coleman) which I have used for decades, although my storage stove one is new.

The old Coleman helped me through 14 days of no water or power after a Florida Hurricane ripped through. I set it up on the catwalk of my condo and fed myself and adjacent neighbors for those two weeks. I also used it to boil water for both drinking and cleaning the pots and pans. Everyone ate well as we cooked up the thawing food from our freezers and no one got sick or Montezuma revenge. The worst part was humping five gallon buckets of water up five floors from the pool to flush the toilets.

Deadwood Stove

The Ember-lite and the Deadwood, I recently won here on MSO. The mini propane was an Amazon buy that I couldn’t resist at $6.52.

Ember Lite Titanium Stove

I’ll test them all in a water boiling contest against a solar boiler that I also have. I will also try to solve the problems of pressure canning over a live fire to see which works best. I’ll list the prices and source for each.


COLEMAN: $65.00 various sources (Sears, Wall-mart) 


Weight:12 pounds

Fuel: Coleman fuel or unleaded gasoline

Wind shield: yes

Burners: two, ring type (burn time full on both burners: 2 hours)

Set up time: under 5 minutes including fueling

Boil time for 1 quart: 4 minutes

Not exactly for a BOB, but great for a retreat




Weight: 4.5 ounces

Fuel: deadwood, Sterno cans or heat tabs

windshield: yes

set up time: under a minute

Boil time for 1 quart: under 5 minutes dependent on fuel type

Folds flat 1/4”x6”x6

Super light BOB candidate


DEADWOOD STOVE: $149.00 Deadwood Stove Company



Weight: 18 pounds

Fuel: deadwood sticks

Wind shield: yes enclosed

Set up time: under 10 minutes to attach legs

Boil time for 1 quart: 5-8 minutes dependent on fuel

Solid 11 ga. welded construction 21.5” H, 8.5”x.8.5” cook surface

Bulk and weight exclude it from all but retreat use.





Weight: 3.9 ounces

Fuel: butane/propane bottle any size

Windshield: no

Set up time: under 5 minutes

Boil time for 1 quart:

piezo ignition

Super small: Case size:1-5/8”x2-1/8”x3-3/16”

fold out minimal pot supports

Tiny and packable if you exclude the fuel. Nice back-up BOB cooker.


SOLAR BOILER: Solutions from Science




Fuel: Sun powered

Wind shield: unnecessary

Set up time: under 2 minutes including filling

Boil time for 2 cups: 5 minutes-depending on sunlight

Self contained thermal container with fold out reflectors and fold out angled support legs.

Novelty boiler good for a cup o coffee. Fuel-less


The only one of these that proved at all useful or practical for pressure canning was the Coleman. The others were either too light weight to support the canner or too problematic to maintain a constant heat and thus steady pressure over the 90 minute period needed.


All of these have their strong points. Feeding fourteen retreat members will not be an easy task, they will all prove useful. I also have two older single burner round tank Coleman that have an accessory to double as a heater, and a single burner propane hurricane stove. There is also the fire pit, tripod and cast iron cookware. I believe we are prepared to cook up that storage stew or boil water for a mountain House pouch.


Regards, D.



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1 Comment

  1. D, thanks, I have been looking at different means of cooking and heating water. I do have an old squad stove that is dual fuel and has give good service over the years. What section of Florida/ I’m in the Jacksonville area.

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