Coleman Company Signature Hyper Flame Gladiator Stove, Black
- Bulk tank hose hook up for increased runtime
- Coleman Company Signature Hyper Flame Gladiator Stove, Black
- Bulk tank hose hook up for increased runtime
- Steel construction
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If you want some serious cooking while outdoors the Gladiator Stove is for you. It features full steel construction, it's a serious unit for serious cooks.
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I bought the Coleman Hyperflame Gladiator to replace an old generic stove. I was intrigued by the unique windblocking pan support design to replace the traditional grate.
Pros: VERY well made. The body and handle are very rugged. This stove is built to last a lifetime. There are plastic bumpers at all of the corners to further protect the case. I don't know how well they will stand up to abuse, but it goes to improving the overall looks of the stove, which looks great. The handle is strong and sturdy. The locking latch is made of metal, and securely holds the stove closed with no rattling. The pan supports are made of a cheap looking chrome-plated metal that is inconsistent with the other high-quality materials. I don't see the point of having them made of chrome, since it will change colors the first time you use it. As long as they hold up, and the chrome doesn't peel, then I don't care about how they look or feel.
This stove does not have side walls to block wind. Instead, the pan holders have vented air dams along the edge. The place we camped was very windy, so the design was really put to the test, and passed. I never had any wind issues.
The stove is wide enough for 2 large pans, or one built-in griddle and one large pan. Which brings us to the griddles.
It comes with 2 square griddle attachments that fit directly onto the round pan supports. Although the manual does not specify, they appear to be non-stick coated, so I am treating them as if they are. There is a lip around the edges to catch some grease, but not deep enough to fry bacon. The griddles are perfect for frying eggs, sausages, grilled cheese, &c. At first I had doubts because the square shape overhangs the round pan supports that they rest upon, so I was afraid of pressing down too hard and flipping them over. That was not the case. The griddles are heavy enough, and fit securely enough that you would have to apply alot of pressure to one of the corners to make it flip. I had no issues, and was able to cook my eggs normally, without having to worry about the griddles.
The 12,000BTU burners really heat up a pan quickly. It took about 3 minutes to boil water in a kettle. The flame comes out of the face of the burners, not the edges, like I'm used to. This results in a hotspot in the middle of the pan. Also, the adjustment has a very narrow range. It goes from low to full blast in about a half turn of the knob. After that, the knob will make about 3 more turns till it stops, but the flame maxes out at a half turn. This behavior may be attributed to the 7000' altitude, but I doubt it. Either way, it was totally manageable, and once you get a feel for the controls, having those hot flames really helps to get that morning coffee started. The igniter is on the front, and averaged about 2 or 3 clicks to start the flames.
For packing up, everything fits in the stove. The griddles store in their positions atop the pan supports, and the end of the propane regulator attachment fits in a hole in the middle. The regulator still rattles around a bit, but it stays in place.
The lid of the stove is nice and heavy, so it doesn't move around too much. However, it is held up by a little strip that fits into a slot on the stove, similar to the rod that holds up a car hood. That slot, or the notch in the strip that secures it to the slot, is too small, and keeps popping out. I had to keep reinserting it. The top never fell down on me, but with it being so thick, it would come down pretty hard. I am trying to figure out a way to make the stand more secure; thinking about using a file to extend the notch.
Being a high-end stove, it would have been nice to include some screw-out feet for leveling. I used flat rocks and strips of bark to level it on the crooked picnic table, I would prefer legs.
Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase. This is the best camp stove I have ever used. It is nice to see that Coleman is still innovating. I plan to buy a hose attachment to use the 5-gallon tanks.
Dropping the rating from 5 down to 3 stars.
I just returned from my second camping trip with this stove. I was very frustrated with the flame adjustment. As I said before, there are only about 15 degrees of knob turn from off to full blast. The valve has a rubbery feel, so when you are trying to adjust down to a simmer, the valve twists back a degree or two, making the flame either too high or off completely. This may change over time as the washers inside the valve wear down, but for now it is very frustrating.
The other problem is with the flame distribution. There is a distinct hotspot right above the burners. When cooking bacon in a 10" cast iron pan, the food in the middle of the pan heats up or burns quickly while the outer edges stay cooler. You have to manage the food being cooked much more actively because of this. I was looking at the burners for a way to drill holes on the outer edge so that I can get a wider flame, but I'm not ready to start tearing up the stove quite yet.
It almost seems like the burners were designed to work specifically with the griddle attachment, and to boil water quickly. Once those two criteria were met, then nothing else was tested.
If I could return this stove, I would. Barring that, I will probably start fiddling with the valves and burners to see if I can improve things. I can't make it much worse.
Now the not so good, the stove includes two aluminum non stick griddles which aren't large enough to be really useful. You can make due with them but a cast iron griddle that spans both burners works better. The biggest issue is with the burners themselves, they really don't have a low setting so you have medium-high but that's it. Also when you use the second burner the output of the first burner is reduced about 40%.
All of that being said I would recommend the stove and give it a 3 1/2 stars, if Coleman fixed the burner control issue it would be a 5 star product.