Aluminum Stoves Models 442, 442A, and 443
During the ‘Aluminum Age’ of the early 1960’s, the Coleman factory in Wichita, Kansas manufactured aluminum stove cases for 2-burner and 3-burner stoves. The 2-burner stoves came in two models, the 442 and the 442A. The 443 was the 3-burner model. The model number is located on the top of the burner manifold support bar. It can be found to the right of the main burner on the 2-burner version and in between the main burner and the right auxiliary burner on the 3-burner version. Here's the model information on my undated 442.
All 3 models are in the 1962 through 1964 Coleman products catalog and since all stoves were undated until late 1963, there’s really no way of knowing exactly when they came on the scene. There's a good chance that the 442 production started in late 1961, but the early ones are undated, so we won't know unless someone has production records most of us don't have access to. One hint is that the earliest 442's share the grate with the latest 413E's made in 1961. Another clue is that John's (StanDahl) undated 443 has a Coleman logo without the ®, which, at least in lanterns, is a 1961 to possibly early 1962 feature. Yet another comes from the "Coleman Timeline" which has them being introduced in 10/61. They were advertised as corrosion resistant and light weight.
The 442 and 442A are pretty much a 413F except for the case and hinge. The three-burner 443 is pretty much a 426C except for the case and hinge. Some 442's have a wire welded to the grate to hold the fuel cap of the fuel tank while stored - a hold-over from the last of the 413E's.
All 3 models have retractable legs and the same lid hinge design. Here’s a picture of the hinge.
The Coleman decal on the outside of the lid had 2 different sizes. The one on the top is on my undated 442 and the one on the bottom is on a undated 442A. Note the red lettering on a white instead of the traditional white lettering on red.
The lids on the 442/443 had the same catch for the clasp while some transitional 442's and the 442A lids had added hardware for the lid catch. The picture on the top is on my undated 443 and the one on the bottom is on a 442A.
The top picture is a 442 stove box and the bottom picture of an undated 442 model. Model verified by John. Note the wire welded to the grate and the tank in the stored position. This 442 has the older decal (which appears to be more like paint), and the fuel cap clamp. This style might be the earliest because of the '61 type grate.
The second 442 picture is a mix, with the old decal, but the later plain grate. The model number was not verified on this one.
The aluminum cases on the 442/443 models have a dimpled or diamond plate-like finish. Here’s a close up picture of a 442.
Model 442 to 442A
True to the "nothing goes to waste" ethics practiced by the folks at Coleman, the move from the 442 to the 442A produced a stove with transitional features. This undated stove is in Chris' (cg3006) collection. It has the 442 case and emblem on the outside of the lid, but has the 442A latch catch on the lid, and the badge-like decal on the inside of the lid. It is also stamped 442 on the burner mount and has the original 442 paperwork with it.
Here's a close up of the latch and catch. Note the dimpled/diamond plate-like finish of a 442 and the added hardware on the lid.
The top picture is of a 442A box and the bottom picture is a model 442A dated 3/64. The stove is in John's collection and has the newer badge-like logo with lighting instructions, generator part number, and a plain grate.
The aluminum on the 442A has a smoother finish than the 442/443. Here’s a close up picture of the 442A.
Here’s a picture of my undated 443. The inside logo has been worn off but was originally there. The tank, lid diamond, and windscreens have been repainted.
If anyone has any information that conflicts or can be added to this, pm me. If anyone has a 443 with the later style less textured aluminum, please let me know.
Thanks to John for all the information he provided for this post and to Chris for the pictures of his transitional stove.