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04/15/2019 06:08AM
Wondering if anyone on here has experience with partner stoves and would be able to drop a response as to whether or not you feel like they're worth the cost.

Been looking at buying a lighter weight two burner for use car/camper camping and potentially BWCA base camping or float trips. I have a camp chef explorer that I really love, but it's just too darn big and heavy for a lot of what I do. I've looked at the camp chef everest, eureka spire, coleman, and just about every other option out there, but none of them really feel like they'd stand up to a lot of hard use...

 
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04/15/2019 11:31AM
If you mean, Partner Steel looked often own none. I put them in the catagory of multi burner camp stoves like the classic Coleman series. Just high end quality with attending cost and weight.

I am enamored with the aluminum Dutch oven line, may obtain one soon as planning to head to Glacier National Park this spring.

butthead

PS: Need to add a link to Voyagers Outdoor Gear not so much recommend purchase, but an idea simply assembled. Know someone in metal working? Add a pair of Primus Classic Trail burners (or some similar). Resulting in a built to order multi burner, light and pack-able as desired. bh
 
04/16/2019 11:38AM
butthead: "If you mean, Pertner Steel looked often own none. I put them in the catagory of multi burner camp stoves like the classic Coleman series. Just high end quality with attending cost and weight.

PS: Need to add a link to Voyagers Outdoor Gear not so much recommend purchase, but an idea simply assembled. Know someone in metal working? Add a pair of Primus Classic Trail burners (or some similar). Resulting in a built to order multi burner, light and pack-able as desired. bh"


Everything I've read so far makes the partner out to be the "one stove to rule them all", but I haven't been able to get my hands on one to see. It sounds like they used to retail for around $200 which seems perfectly reasonable for a high end stove, but now it seems like $350 - $400 is the typical price for the 22" model I want which seems like a pretty hefty price considering you can get a whole range&oven for your house for that much...

I've seen that Voyageurs Stove on here before, but not quite what I'm looking for and wouldn't work well in below freezing temps (which I tend to camp in often enough when car/rv camping).
 
DeuceCoop
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04/16/2019 02:20PM
Partner products are bomber for sure and worth the exorbitant price if you need something that hard core. Most of their customers are western river runners whose gear is regularly subjected to very hard use. As a frequent river runner (though not frequently out west) I've often contemplated one myself. I've cooked on one several times. It's definitely one of those items you'll pass down to future generations; very light and very tough, but I just can't justify buying one. What kind of hard use are we talking about? Car camping and base camping don't seem all that extreme, and I know several river runners have had good luck with the Everest, the only issue having been with the regulator. Incidentally I just got one from LL Bean for $75.
 
04/16/2019 02:21PM
If I find a source when out driving the Rockies will bring back more info for ya.
Oh, I did fix the misspelled Partner (old digits syndrome).

butthead
 
04/19/2019 05:49AM
DeuceCoop: "What kind of hard use are we talking about? Car camping and base camping don't seem all that extreme, and I know several river runners have had good luck with the Everest, the only issue having been with the regulator. Incidentally I just got one from LL Bean for $75. "

I'm more or less looking for something that I can buy once and be done with for the rest of my life (and I'm 30 so I've got a few years left ;) ). With the Everest and others the metal feels pretty thin and prone to dent or bend (especially the windscreens) and I don't like the standard regulator connection they have to the 1lb tanks. Also the plastic knobs and clasps that stick out to me seem likely to catch on something and break. The grates on some of them also don't feel heavy enough to hold up to long use with high temperatures (not the Everest though).

I'm also considering the Camp Chef Mountaineer as it's roughly half the cost of the partner 22". It addresses many of the issues above, but I've heard that the fit and finish aren't great, but maybe I don't care as long as they hold up...

 
04/19/2019 02:10PM
Any reason to not consider a classic Coleman Camp Stove liquid fueled, or even with the Coleman propane adapter. My 425 is almost 60 years old, now still in use.

butthead
 
04/19/2019 08:22PM
butthead: "Any reason to not consider a classic Coleman Camp Stove liquid fueled, or even with the Coleman propane adapter. My 425 is almost 60 years old, now still in use.


butthead"


I've strongly considered it. Only things keeping me from going that route are the rust and cooking with a "slave" burner (not having full independent control of the second burner)...
 
04/19/2019 08:46PM

My 59 year old stove. Never painted, only replaced the regulator inner parts. About 5 years ago disassembled the burners down to parts, wire brushed all, removing most rust, cleaned the manifold with compressed air.
The aux is run off the main but does have adjustment from off to full, course full depends on how full the main is turned up. Runs like or better than new.

butthead
 
Pilgrimpaddler
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04/19/2019 10:31PM
butthead: "
My 59 year old stove. Never painted, only replaced the regulator inner parts. About 5 years ago disassembled the burners down to parts, wire brushed all, removing most rust, cleaned the manifold with compressed air.
The aux is run off the main but does have adjustment from off to full, course full depends on how full the main is turned up. Runs like or better than new.


butthead "

Looks a lot like the one I’ve had for the past 40+ years. Mine is still going strong and it gets used plenty often - but not on my bdub trips.
 
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04/20/2019 01:16AM
butthead: "My 59 year old stove..."

Mine too. I also have two older models that still work fine.
 
JoshP
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04/20/2019 07:17AM
I have one I use with my squaredrop (teardrop) trailer. Doesn’t see a lot of abuse but bouncing around off road. I feel the construction is everything as rugged as it’s suppose to be and then some. I bought the 16” as that’s what fits in my drawer. Here’s a picture of it with a BWJ cast aluminum frying pan.

 
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04/20/2019 07:40AM
Pilgrimpaddler: "butthead: "
My 59 year old stove. Never painted, only replaced the regulator inner parts. About 5 years ago disassembled the burners down to parts, wire brushed all, removing most rust, cleaned the manifold with compressed air.
The aux is run off the main but does have adjustment from off to full, course full depends on how full the main is turned up. Runs like or better than new.



butthead "

Looks a lot like the one I’ve had for the past 40+ years. Mine is still going strong and it gets used plenty often - but not on my bdub trips. "


Several years ago I saw an old coleman suitcase by someone's garbage so I snatched it for "parts".... also a tarp with a few poles. Anyway the stove layed around for a few months until I decided to take a peak inside. I opened it up and there was still fuel in the bottle, the seals were good so I pumped it up. Started with one match... enough said for those old guys............

dr bob
 
04/20/2019 12:19PM
JoshP: "I have one I use with my squaredrop (teardrop) trailer. Doesn’t see a lot of abuse but bouncing around off road. I feel the construction is everything as rugged as it’s suppose to be and then some. I bought the 16” as that’s what fits in my drawer. Here’s a picture of it with a BWJ cast aluminum frying pan.


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With the windscreen extensions are you able to get a couple 10" pots/pans to fit on the 16"?
 
DeuceCoop
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04/22/2019 10:43AM
I'm more or less looking for something that I can buy once and be done with for the rest of my life (and I'm 30 so I've got a few years left ;) ). With the Everest and others the metal feels pretty thin and prone to dent or bend (especially the windscreens) and I don't like the standard regulator connection they have to the 1lb tanks. Also the plastic knobs and clasps that stick out to me seem likely to catch on something and break. The grates on some of them also don't feel heavy enough to hold up to long use with high temperatures (not the Everest though).


I'm also considering the Camp Chef Mountaineer as it's roughly half the cost of the partner 22". It addresses many of the issues above, but I've heard that the fit and finish aren't great, but maybe I don't care as long as they hold up...


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Understood. I'd probably just bite the bullet then. Partner knock-offs come and go. If you go with the 18" two burner Partner it's only $90 more than the Camp Chef clone, and while the Camp Chef is bigger I'm guessing the 18" size would meet your needs.
 
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