You don’t need to spend a fortune on a gas stove if you don’t need to save every gram and don’t crave a luxury design. For just £25 you can get the Coleman F1 Power PZ, which has an excellent range of practical features. Firstly you get a 7cm diameter burner that helps to spread the heat across the base of the pan, reducing the chances of burning food. There are four pan supports, rather than three, and they’re wide at 15cm diameter so you can put larger pans on the burner and they’ll still be pretty stable. To make lighting easier you also get a piezo ignition, something not included in the lighter stoves or some higher-priced stoves. The burner then screws directly to the gas cylinder and a fold-out knob allows good control of the flame. The drawback of all those very practical features is that the Coleman F1 Power PZ isn’t the lightest option, tipping the scales at 144g, and it’s less compact when folded down. You do get a small stuffsack for it, though, which is more than some stoves offer. If you need the lightest stove then this isn’t for you, but if you want low price and good features then the Coleman F1 Power PZ is hard to beat.
Packed size 11x8x7cm
Pan support diameter 15cm
Weight (without fuel) 144g burner
If you aren’t in need of the absolute lightest or absolute cheapest kit, then the Coleman F1 Power PZ is a great-value general purpose camping and backpacking stove.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2014