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Old 12-15-2011   #1
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Partner Stoves...are they worth the $$?

Our Coleman white gas stove finally crashed and burned (literally) so it is time for replacement. Thinking about moving into the propane market for a replacement. A store in town carries partners, and a variety of lesser priced models, more like the Coleman. The Partner's seem top notch,, but they are also top dollar.

Are they worth it? If not, suggestions for alternatives? Thanks.

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Old 12-15-2011   #2
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My opinion is yes.

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Old 12-15-2011   #3
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I'm a dirt bag kayaker and I have one. After dealing with all kinds of stoves for the last 37 years on the river, car camping, picnics, outdoor cooking, and living in the garage while the kitchen was remoded I have found nothing better bar none. I recommend the one that fits in a rocket box. The down side of the one I have is that it doesn't split appart but that's not that big a deal. Also order the the repair kit, get 4 3/4 or 1" square tubular steel bars the width of the stove to place oversize pots pans and grills on so you don't put too much heat on the controls and melt the O rings. They're not that hard to replace but they throw you off your pace when they burn out in the middle of a meal.
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Old 12-15-2011   #4
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PS go to the Partner web site and see all the products they have. They have your supplier order what you want if they don't have it in stock.
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Old 12-15-2011   #5
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Get a split apart.
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Old 12-15-2011   #6
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Long time owner of Coleman stoves and still have older models white gas and propane unit. The White gas stoves (especially the much older units made in the US) are handed down father to son . I have not used the ones made in China and cannot give an opinion, but I have seen the Coleman propane units on a lot of private permit trips. They do rust but get the job done at a cheap price. The el cheapo china made Coleman stove users I have talked to always say to take at least two of them on trips - just in case.

A long time ago, I finally took the plunge and got a Partner Steel 4 burner. I do not use the Colemans any more. Lost count of the meals cooked on my Partner 4 burner. It has been used and abused (left open several nights in driving rain storms that filled the burners - took some spluttering for a while but the propane blew the water out, burners lit and that was years ago. Now I close em up at night.). A little brillo pad clean up and the cases look good as new. I have the repair kit, never used it. My take is if something ever wears out Partner Steel can replace that part in overnight mail. I ended up getting one of the little Partner Steel 2 burners for use when I am truck camping and it does duty as a coffee and dish washing stove on river trips.

Bottom line, If you want a stove that can be repaired, will take all the abuse even a river runner can dish out and not fail - save the money and get a Partner Steel. I look at my Partner Steel stoves as an investment so buy one now as the prices will go up as Aluminum escalates in price with the economy we now have.

I have been on a lot of commercial trips and the Partner Steel stove is the most often one I see. I have seen some that have been cooking meals day after day for more years than the cooks can remember. Beat up, dinged, stained and still getting the job done.

And, Partner Steel is made right here in the USA, by Idaho craftsmen who are proud of their work and stand behind it. Call em up, ask a question and they will connect you to the person who builds the stoves. Try that on products built in China!!!
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Old 12-15-2011   #7
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Well that is a unified response. Thank you for the recommendations.

We are used to a one burner camp stove backpacking, or rafting, the two burner Coleman. I am not sure what I would need any more burners for but I guess I could just get more pots and pans dirty. What do you think...two burners or four? My inclination is to have the two burner stove and get a bar b que set up for dinner meats.
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Can the four burners separate? Giving you two stoves? Kind of nice to spread out the kitchen
Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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I'm a dirt bag kayaker and I have one.

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Yes all their folding stoves are available in a break apart option, I recommend that so you can use larger pans and pots on your burners. So that leaves you with either a four burner or two burner stove, the four burner can also be used with Partner's breakdown stove stand freeing up table space. The 2 burner is very compact when folded and if you get the break apart option works with large pots, pans and works great for other non rafting trips like car camping with one pound bombs. I use the small 2 burner with a Woodland stove giving me 3 burners, I haven't been on a trip yet that needed more then 3 burners going at the same time.

Bottom line buy a Partner stove and it will probably be the last stove you buy.

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Can the four burners separate? Giving you two stoves? Kind of nice to spread out the kitchen

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