For all-round performance, the Coleman F1 Power PZ ticks a lot of boxes. The burner has four rather than three pan supports and these are wider than most, so it’s far more stable in use. The burner head is wider too, so you can expect a good spread of heat across the pan to prevent hot spots. To make lighting easier you also get piezo ignition, so there’s no need for lighters or matches to be carried. The unit screws directly to a gas canister and, thanks to its features, is easier to use than its lighter counterparts. But all that extra functionality does mean the weight is higher at 146g, which is twice as heavy as the lightest stove we tested. However, it does come with a stuffsack (not included in the weight) and it packs down small enough and is plenty light enough to be ideal for most campers. Also, at £30 it’s very well-priced. If you want a really light stove then this isn’t for you, and you can also get lower-priced models; but for general camping and backpacking the Coleman F1 Power PZ is a great all-rounder.
Packed size 11x8x7cm
Pan support diameter 15cm
Weight (without fuel) 146g burner
The Coleman F1 Power PZ is ideal for general camping and backpacking, for anyone who isn’t too bothered about maximum price savings or low weight. It won the Trail ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine June 2013