Coleman Dual Fuel Stove, Is it the best?

Hello, my fellow adventurers. I would like to tell you guys about the stove that is mounted in my rig. It is the Coleman Dual Fuel Stove. I absolutely love it and, basically, use it every day. It has become a staple piece of equipment, not just for camping and overlanding, but everyday life. I use it to cook my lunch when I am at work, and for coffee when I’m in the garage working on a project. Hell, I have even used it while doing yard work; I hurried and made some food so I wouldn’t make a mess in my wife’s kitchen. Now, to what you guys really want to hear; some tried and tested proof for this thing. It boils 2 cups of water under 3 minutes. That comes in handy when I make Mountain House Meals or Top Ramen with canned chicken. (Tastes like mom’s chicken noodle soup!) It does take a little while to make coffee in the system I have, but it’s an old percolator. However, it gets the job done.

 

I have been honestly surprised on how efficient it uses the fuel as well. I fill it up once or twice a season, and that’s about it, which is fantastic for a forgetful person like me. And the other great thing about it, if I forget to fill the fuel reservoir, all I need to do is snag some gas from the vehicle and I am back up and going. I have only used the Coleman brand fuel in it, so I don’t know how it does with Gasoline. I will try it out and update this article later; but if it is half as good as the Coleman fuel you will have nothing to complain about. The built-in wind guards have been a life saver on some of my back-country explorations. Even though, the current layout of the kitchen drawer hinders the proper deployment of them. They still sit close enough to the actual cooking surface to protect the flame. Being able to remove the grate for easy cleaning has reduced the amount of adult language around my campsite when it comes time to clean up. Not to mention, being able to remove that same grate and, on occasion, use it over the campfire for that authentic ash covered and overcooked hotdog that everyone has had. Considering the overall size that has such a tiny footprint, it is easily justified in having a permanent location in the back of my vehicle.

 

 Here are some of the technical specs for you guys to look over.

  • Dual Fuel™ design conveniently burns Coleman® Liquid Fuel or unleaded gasoline
  • 1 gallon of Coleman® Liquid Fuel lasts as long as 4.5 cylinders of propane
  • Wind Block™ panels help shield burners from wind and adjust for various pan sizes
  • Band-a-Blu™ burners for reliable cooking power
  • All-Season Strong™ technology provides reliable operation in all weather conditions
  • 17,000 total BTUs of cooking power
  • Fits a 12-in and 10-in pan at the same time

Whether you’re staying in a cabin, tent, or under the stars, the Coleman 414-700 Two burner dual fuel stove will enhance any camping adventure. Equipped with one 13,500 BTU burner and one 11,000 BTU burner you can whip up a meal in minutes. The Coleman Stove operates with 3.5 pints of clean-burning Coleman Fuel or unleaded gas. You get up to 8.5 hours of constant burn time when fully filled.

 

Now, that you have heard me talk about the things I love about it; let me tell you my complaints. I do believe it could be a little easier to ignite. There may be an easier option, and I may just be working harder not smarter, but that is honestly the only complaint I have. I have been trying to come up with more cons so I don’t come off biased, but when you get yours, you will fall into the same category that I am in now; scratching your head, trying to come up with something bad to say.

 

 

All being said, if you are looking at getting one of these to replace the propane stove, that you probably have right now, there are two options I would recommend:

First, the one that I currently have, which is the Coleman dual fuel Powerhouse version. http://amzn.to/2pb7ykR It is the more expensive version at $169.99, but is perfect for a family of 4-6. Unless, you’re like me and really enjoy your food a family of 2, the powerhouse version is perfect for you.

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Second, the Coleman dual fuel Guide Version. http://amzn.to/2qBR7PC It is a little smaller with only 14,000 BTUs, but does have a larger 4.5-pint fuel tank. It is also a bit more budget friendly at $83.44, currently on Amazon.

I know they both are more expensive than most propane models, For Example;

The Texsport Rainer compact dual burner. http://amzn.to/2qbq6pt Currently $40.57 on Amazon.

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Or the Texsport Compact Single burner. http://amzn.to/2pNvHAI Currently $24.25 on Amazon.

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However, if you add in the cost of the small propane bottles as well as the extra space to bring a few, the dual fuel options make the most sense, in my opinion. I can’t forget to mention, I personally know people using their grandfathers Coleman Dual Fuel Stoves. These things really stand against the test of time. I hope this has been helpful for you guys. However, if you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below, and I will reply to you as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping in, I really do appreciate it. Until next time. Remember, there is a whole world of wonders around you. Get out there and “Forge an Adventure.”

Crucible Cam

Daily Driving My Xterra (Overland Vehicle)

Holy Hell! The Last couple of months have been so busy. Never mind that, how is everyone doing? And, how do you like the site and blogs? If you have a moment let me know what you think in the comments. (I know, shut up).

Okay, let’s talk for a minute about a topic that presents itself often – My Overland Xterra . You can see that it is a budget friendly overland / Off-road vehicle. One question I get frequently asked is, “doesn’t it suck driving this with the low gas mileage and all the equipment in back?”

Camp Setup

I will be the first to admit that driving this vehicle has its quirks, but to me they are vastly outweighed by the freedom it provides me. For example, the rack in the back has my tools, flashlight, axe and other miscellaneous things attached and makes a fair amount of noise. And yes because of the gear in the back it sounds like there is a small monkey smashing on a drum set when you hit the bumps. The Bumper rattles because its missing a bolt and the winch support rubs against it. The CB Microphone swings around like a pendulum waiting to smash you in the head. I could continue but I think I have made my point. However, the simple fact is no matter what little things rattle, squeak or smack you it doesn’t matter. The fact is that I have everything I need in and on the vehicle to say, “Screw it” and disappear into the mountains for a couple days without any prep. Or, at any time I can pull up and help just about any stranded motorist with their problems. Whether it be a flat tire or smaller mechanical issue, I have it Covered.

Not to mention that I can walk out from my job on lunch, hang my hammock and kick back to watch whatever crazy adventure Casey Neistat is up to. (The man is awesome to watch, just saying). I can do it all, while my lunch cooks on the stove and my drinks chill in the 12v cooler. Let’s also completely look past the benefits it offers me in the winter here in Utah.

Hammock Lunch Link

Yes, it does suck as far as gas mileage goes, but that crappy gas mileage is miles into the wilderness. That’s mileage towards a new adventure. Sure, sometimes that adventure will be coasting down the hills of some canyon to get gas, but hey it’s still an adventure. Now everything stated above is obviously just my opinion but I truly can say that I wouldn’t change a single thing about my Xterra. I drive my dream vehicle every day and am damn proud of that. Maybe that’s because it is something that I built and is something that I can continue to mold into whatever my little redkneck heart desires or maybe I am just crazy.

 To sum this up daily driving an overland vehicle may not be for everyone. If you are easily annoyed with rattles and squeaks, or if gas mileage and speed are the things you from your vehicle than NO it’s not for you. But regardless of the opinions of others if your vehicle gets you to the places and adventures you want, Whether that be the mall of the hustle and bustle of the big city. Then to hell with what anyone thinks that’s what makes life an adventure.

Crucible Cam

RTT Lights

 

Camp set up

Viair OBA System

Viair Heavy Duty On Board Air System

Hello From Crucible Outdoors,

Let’s talk about the VIAIR HEAVY DUTY ON BOARD AIR SYSTEM pt# -10005. I installed my Viair system in the Xterra for several reasons: airing down and up on the trail, air tools, as well for future use with air lockers. This thing is awesome it has helped me out in a few situations. For example I was headed out to my friends bachelor party, about 30 min into the drive, Pop!  a tire gave up on holding air. No big deal right? Unless the spare is flat as well, and wouldn’t you know it that is exactly what I was facing. It’s 11:30 at night and I’m sitting off to the side of the freeway trying to solve my predicament. About the time I start getting my tools out to start fixing the problem, a Highway patrol car pulls up to check in on me. I don’t know if they do that all over the country but here in Utah they do. I start talking with the officer and removing my spare tire, He was the first one to notice it was flat. Being a nice guy he started trying to figure out a way to help me get off the road and into the next town. I grabbed the air hose and chuck, plugged it in to the tank, and started going to work. I am not joking but that officer walked back over to me and chuckled, tapped me on the shoulder and said “Man what else do you have in this thing?” Naturally I had to get the air wrench out just to show off a bit more. It wasn’t 5 min later and the Officer came back over and told me he had called off the incident management truck. Telling them I was more equipped to handle the problem than they were.

We have used mine on multiple trail runs in Moab, UT as well as just in the city helping people out. There was one time I was at a gas station and overheard a women asking the attendant if they had a portable air tank or anything to take across the street to her car. Their recommendation was to go buy a new tire and take that over instead. I walked up and volunteered to drive over and fill it up, ended up pulling the nail out and putting a plug to fix the tire. She was incredibly thankful and offered to pay me for my time. To tell you the truth I was just excited to use my compressor. Having this and some of the other things that are on an in my Xterra have really made me actively look for opportunities to help others on the road and I honestly enjoy doing it.

Here are the specs from the Viair website:

VIAIR’s Heavy Duty Onboard Air System is a pre-packaged compressed air solution that provides a faster 33% duty cycle 400C compressor, 2.5 gallon air tank, and all components needed to install a working system capable of inflating tires right out of the box.

Features:
– 2.5 Gallon VIAIR Air Tank
– 400C VIAIR Compressor
– 35ft. Coil Hose with Tire Chuck
– 1/4” Quick Connect Stud (F)
– 1/4” Quick Connect Coupler (F)
– Dash Panel Gauge with ON/OFF Switch
– Pressure Switch with Relay (110 PSI on, 145 PSI off)
– Reducer: 1/8” (F) to 1/4” (M)
– 1/4” 175 PSI Safety Valve
– 1/4” Drain Cock
– (3) 1/4” Compression Fittings
– 20ft. 12-Gauge Wire with Inline Fuse Holder
– 4” Strip of Continuous Grommet Material
– Accessory Airline
– Electrical Connections

Specifications:

– 12-Volt
– Permanent Magnetic Motor
– Duty Cycle: 33% @ 100 PSI
– Max. Working Pressure: 150 PSI
– Max. Amp Draw: 28 Amps
– Ingress Protection Rating: IP67

I love having mine in the rig ready to go for just about anything. However these suckers draw a ton of power. Due to this you absolutely need to have your vehicle running when in use otherwise you will be facing a different issue.

Read more about this system on Amazon here.

ARB AWNING AND ROOM

Hello from Crucible,

I want to take some time today to tell you about the most versatile piece of equipment we have on our rig. That is the ARB Rollout Awning size 2500×2500. This thing was the absolute best decision we have made towards being able to enjoy the world around us. We have used it Camping, shooting, fishing, family parties, and even a couple of parades. It’s so amazing to head out to the lake or desert and have shade anywhere anytime in less than 2 min. Let me tell you about just one the times this Awning saved the day. We had all gotten together for a family BBQ outside, we pulled out all the stops we had the horses out so the kids could ride around in the fields and the four-wheelers running for the adults. Were we were eating you could only see a portion of the field which made a few of the parents nervous not being able to see their kids on the horses or the four-wheeler except for that small amount of the field we could see. So what were the options stay under the tree in the shade and wonder about the kids safety, or move and stand out in the middle of the day sun. NO I pulled my Xterra out in the field and deployed the shade. We moved the tables and chairs over there and continued our day with piece of mind knowing we  could see the whole field.

I honestly can’t begin to explain just how often I use the awning even when I’m not camping for example one day at work we were out working on or 24ft box truck in the middle of a black top paring lot in July, that was absolutely horrible but I pulled the Xterra over unzipped the awning cover and was back to work with plenty of shade to hide in. We now have the room that attaches to it but I would dare say we will more than likely end up just using the awning with out more than with it. The room is pretty awesome to we have made that the party room/ Extra sleeping space more than a few times as well. It’s funny to watch me and a few friends race to see who can set up their sleeping area quicker. They are setting up the standard 2-3 person dome tent and me with the awning room and awning, its no comparison at all I’m done with that thing before they finish putting the first pole into the tent. I’m going to post a few pictures of the awning with and with out the room down below. Video of me setting the awning up. Video of me Setting up the awning room. You can also scroll to the bottom of this blog.

I don’t want to take to much of you time today but I just couldn’t wait to start telling you guys about this thing. The money was well worth it. Forgot to mention how much the 2 dogs love to sit under the awning and just hide out from the heat as well.