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What would be the best 425 model stove to keep as I have all from 425nl to the 425h. Looking to downsize. Thanks. 
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Gasman64
The NL.  Just my opinion, which is worth little.  I just like the older stoves with the round tanks.
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ke4ljh
I have the NL and five F models. They all do the job.

But if I had to choose just one It would be the NL. The dura tanks will last forever if cared for the steel is un questionably heavier and more robust.

I would not want to need to get by with just one. I would keep two 425's.

If the possibility exists, keep two 425 NL's. If not keep your next best option. I like having two main burners and two side burners. This is a four burner stove in two suitcases that are easy to store and transport.

I also like the older stoves. They are just more durable.

Here is my 425NL I just finished painting late last night. Have not fired it up since the new paint job. That will be today.

Had to rush the photo just a few minutes ago for the thread. Better photo's to follow.

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Stephen - Florida
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boneweed
I use an E for camping because I don't like messing with legs or worrying about theft. But I would definitely hang on to any older models.
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Aspbear
I would go with a D or E, small light weight, I like the fold over legs to lock the lid and the torpedo style tank with the fuel cap on the top end. Easy to empty but I would use a removable grate for easy cleaning.but in the end the 413 is a much better stove.IMO
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Trout
First off let me say that my earliest memories of camping were of my parents using the 425B to feed the family.

That said:

I prefer the 425C model in the smaller suitcase stoves.  It has real legs that hold it higher off of surfaces (Like plastic tables covers or plastic ice chest lids) than the newer ones and it has the double 'bobby pin' windscreen holders that hold much better than the single wire type.  It was still made of the heavier steel, both the case and burner parts, than the in some of the later 425 series.  And as mentioned, the torpedo tank is easier to empty than the round NL tanks.  And you don't have to take the tanks off the stove to fill them.

I have a couple of 245NL stoves and like them a lot but for every day use in the small footprint suitcase stoves I'll opt for the C.
Just my 2¢.
Mike
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michiganphil
fuel brained wrote:
What would be the best 425 model stove to keep  


The one you like... they're all the same size, and all perform the same.
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curlyjoe_99
I suggest test cooking on each of them and keep the two that fit your cooking style the best.
IF there is a tie, but different models, then the older the better for myself. but, that is just me.

I always need a way to make coffee while the pans are on the suitcase. A second suitcase is a great way to go if ya aren't interested in a single burner for your coffee.

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fatherof31970
I have several of all the 425's. They all work great but in the end my C's are my babies. Quiet, dependable, love the legs on them, and the torpedo tanks are so much easier to use then the nl tanks. And all the models with removable grates make clean up a snap.
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Traderjac
My vote would be for the NL as a keeper.
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ecblanks
All roughly the same. Older ones a little heavier, but I think the lid design allows for better accessibility to the cooking surface. For example I have the large Lodge griddle and it does not fit on a 425F without removing the lid (hinge gets in the way), but on a NL - C it works as is. I do prefer the newer windscreen clips and don't like the legs on a NL or C, so I guess my vote goes to 425C
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ecblanks
But NL looks coolest hands down
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Trout
ecblanks wrote:
But NL looks coolest hands down


Or you could get at least 1/2 cool on the looks and have more stable legs and windshield holders by just putting the cool looking bronze NL cylinder tank on the C stove.  It should slip onto the case and into the burner with no modifications as I recall. 😉
Mike
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ke4ljh
The feature I think many might agree that becomes most important with these stoves is:

Simmer Control.

The 425NL has very fine simmer control.

I did a comparison just just now with a fount for the NL and a 424 dual fuel fount that just happened to be out and ready.

Best Simmer Control With NL Everdure Valve.

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The simmer control is so fine the flames from the burner are hard to see. Yes, that's both burners simmering.

Best Simmer Control with 424 Valve.

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First hand impression while looking first hand at the simmer. The NL Everdure Valve has twice the fine tuning simmer control of the newer founts in this case a 424.

There is no doubt the CONTROL VALVE of the earlier stoves have more fine tuning control over the new versions of the 425/424 founts and control valves.

The newer 425/424 founts that I have get the simmer down less than half as low as the older founts with the more fine tuning in the valves for simmer control.

I know when cooking with the NL and Everdure Valve, I never have trouble getting the simmer down low enough.

With the newer valves that I have, all 425F's or 424 valves, I can never get the simmer down low enough when I need that very low simmer, which is every time I use the stove. The newer valves just don't get the simmer low enough.

I don't know when these valve changes took place. But I know that when I need a simmer on a newer stove, I must raise the pan or pot above the stove by hand or set it up on bricks to moderate the flame. As the very fine simmer control just is not there on the newer founts and valves.

If you have the NL stove already check that feature out.

I don't have a 425C. But I do have a bunch of 425F's. The simmer control on the F models is very poor. At least with the founts and valves that I have. About 7.

None of them come close to the fine simmer control of the NL Everdure VALVES.

For those of you with the 425C's. I understand exactly why you like the C model based on what your describing.

How is the simmer control on the 425C's. I have never had occasion to use a C model.

Are there some of you with experience with both the NL & C model simmer control?

Tell us about it!     What are your impressions?

Stephen - Florida
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Eel
Hi Stephen - I think it's about the tanks/gens, not the manifolds/burners.  My three 370B/417 tank/gen run my 425E and 425F cages perfectly.  But red tanks on the 417 cage don't simmer well.

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Barry R
I picked up a nice 425B at the flea market last week. It was in good condition and the guy only wanted $5. I have a few single burner Colemans and never really thought about a two burner but for that price, it was begging me to bring it home. All it needed was a new fuel cap washer and it fired right up with a nice blue flame. I'm very impressed with it. I think the 425B series is from the '50s. I don't have a clue how it differs from the other 425s. I'm sure you could find a good one on eBay. There's a bunch listed all the time but the shipping will drive the price up. Thrift shops and yard sales are hit or miss and can waste a lot of time. Flea markets and craigslist probably will yield the best deals. Once you're standing there with cash you can usually bargain a better deal.
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