Wards Hot Plate (1930’s)

Hot Plate

Just before my birthday this year, a long-time friend stopped by with a gift. It was a 1930’s Wards Gasoline Hot Plate, Model D-67. This is a type of stove not typically used for camping and is sometimes referred to as a Cabin Stove. It’s not portable like a typical suitcase stove, but it’s not large like a range stove either. Immediately, I thought I might take it on a hunting trip, but upon Continue reading

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Coleman Exponent 445A Stove

445A Stove

Coleman Exponent 445A Stove

A couple of years ago I saw a good condition Coleman Exponent 445A stove on Craigslist for a pretty low price. At that time, all of my single burner stoves had permanently attached fuel tanks, so I was curious about this type of stove with the separate tank and I bought it. I read through the start-up instructions, configured the fuel tube per the instructions and gave it a go. It lit right up and all seemed fine.

The next weekend I took it along on a camping/kayaking trip to use outdoors on the campground picnic table.  I used it for dinner and all went well. When I was done I put it away for the night. The following morning I planned Continue reading

Coleman 222A Peak 1 Lantern

222A Lantern

Recently, I picked up a Coleman 222A lantern. It was made 1 month before my trusty 400A backpacking stove which I’ve been using since I bought it new back in 1987. When it arrived, I looked it over and it was in excellent condition, especially considering it is 30 years old. I tied on a mantle, turned it to ash, added fuel and it lit right up. After a minute or so I saw fuel leaking around the valve, so I  Continue reading

Coleman 501 Camp Stove

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1962 Coleman 501

The Coleman 501 camp stove was a short-lived stove from 1962, which was recalled for safety reasons, and succeeded by the safer and more successful 502.

Before I talk too much about the 501 stove, I need to make clear that this stove was recalled by Coleman for good reasons, and if you want a stove for regular use, you should steer clear of this stove. If you’re not very familiar with stoves, and even if you are, don’t use it. This blog is written for historical information purposes only. Since Coleman designed, tested and sold this stove, it   Continue reading

Ranging Rangematic 1000

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Rangematic 1000 with Brunton Pocket Transit

As mentioned in an earlier post on The Pocket Transit , I began looking for ways to estimate distance for the purpose of calculating the height of objects, like trees, buildings, cliffs, etc. Recall that if I could estimate the distance to the object and then determine the angle to the top I could use the tangent or sine, depending on   Continue reading

Pretiss Waber M1942 Stove Rebuild

I mentioned some weeks ago that I may have a new hobby. What began as a curiosity based on some old military stoves my father owned when I was a kid has turned into regular searches on ebay for trashed-out stoves and lanterns and many evenings tinkering with my purchases in the garage. But, if I’m not building boats at the moment this seems like an interesting thing to do.

The Prentiss Waber M-1942-MOD

The Prentiss Waber M-1942-MOD “Mountain” Stove

A month ago I purchased two Prentiss Wabers M-1942-MOD(ified) “Mountain” Stoves. Both are dated, PW-1-45 (PW = Prestiss Wabers). These stoves were made collectively, I believe, by Coleman, Prentiss Wabers (a.k.a Preway) and Aladdin. When I received the first one, I was working on two other stoves, so I didn’t   Continue reading