200A and 202 reproduction
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in stock.

cusickmj
Mother In-Law gave me two stoves (Coleman Stoves 425E and 425C) from their family. Probable haven't been used in 35+ years. Would love to use on camping trips; but not sure I can restore. Is converting to propane a better/easier option. No experience with stoves. Is this something a novice can handle? Thanks for any input/advice.
matt cusick
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LongueCarabine
Working on these stoves is not all that difficult, these stoves are fairly simple. There are lots of helpful posts in the Technical Assistance forum on this site.

Brian

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BSAGuy
Hello and welcome, Matt.  Great to have you here on the CCF.  Congrats on the heirloom stoves.  If you are the least littlebit handy and enjoy tearing stuff down to learn it inside and out, working on these stoves is fun, easy, and rewarding.  The design and operation is not tht complicated and most stove, even if they have sat idle for decades, will fire right up.

Here is a good link with step by step instructions for tear down, cleaning, and reassembly.

https://www.oldcolemanparts.com/resources/re_stove.php

Skip step #10.  That is best done with a special tool and usually, the check valve doesn't need to come out for cleaning.
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MartyJ

Start with a new gas tank cap or replacement washer. Then pull the pump leather and oil it.  Fresh tank of gas and should be ready to go.  That should cover 90% of issues unless mud daubers got in the mixing chamber. 


Those stoves are very reliable and with proper care will last a lifetime.  


BTW, just a personal preference but if you want to burn propane, might as well get a propane stove.  

Marty
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cusickmj
Thank you
matt cusick
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cusickmj
Thank you all for your input.
matt cusick
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cusickmj
MartyJ wrote:

Start with a new gas tank cap or replacement washer. Then pull the pump leather and oil it.  Fresh tank of gas and should be ready to go.  That should cover 90% of issues unless mud daubers got in the mixing chamber. 


Those stoves are very reliable and with proper care will last a lifetime.  


BTW, just a personal preference but if you want to burn propane, might as well get a propane stove.  

Marty, thanks for the input.  Last I saw a this type of stove was 50 odd yrs ago camping w/ my dad. Wondering why the preference for gas vs. propane. Is it performance or the idea of keeping the stove intact as it was meant to be? Just curious for my own knowledge. Thanks again.
matt cusick
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outlawmws
Keeping it intact is one but propane, unless you run it off a 20# bulk tank, gets expensive quick.  Running out in the middle of a meal a PITA, etc...

I started as a kid with white gas,  then when I got my own gear went white gas,  then (when propane was cheap) started using more propane shifted to a bulk tank and mast (lantern on top_), with a white gas lantern for added portable light,

I got sick of carrying 2 types of fuel plus spare propane bottles in case the bulk tank ran out, messing with refilling the bulk tank, having to haul the large and heavy bulk tank...

Its FAR easier to be all white gas and NOT have 2 fuels to deal with.  I can burn 3-4 lanterns, AND my stove for 10 days (cooking for 4) and have fuel left over with a 1 gallon spare fuel can.  Usually I've also refiled all the GPA's before I left for home
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cusickmj
Thank you, makes sense. I'll give it a try. 
matt cusick
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Gasman64
[welcome], Matt, from the other end of Pennsylvania! As the others have said, there probably won't be much to it, so I hope you're cooking soon!
Steve
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cusickmj
Thanks.
matt cusick
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Duck
Welcome to the forum Matt. Congrats on getting 2 stoves that we’re part of your in-laws history.
we like pics here so if you get a chance to post a couple... especially when you get them fired up.
btw once you’ve worked on them and get them fired you’ll understand the attraction so you might as well plan on building shelves. 

Joe
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cusickmj
I tried to add pics. Kept telling me the file was too large.
matt cusick
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GCinSC
Matt,

Give it a try to get one going as it was designed, Coleman fuel or if you can get it Crown camp fuel. A forum favorite and costs less. It's a real cool sight to see one of these come back to life.

On a PC I use Paint and Resize function takes a few tries to get it down to new size and that's one way to do it.

Gary
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Jayhawksr
HerE is a great YouTube video on rebuilding a suitcase stove. It is by one of the members. It should give you a good idea of the process. 
Richard (KC native and KU Alumni living in Maryland)
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TwoCanoes
The 425C was made from 1962 to 1964 and the 425E from 1967 to 1979. I have a C that I use more than all my other stoves combined. My family used a 425C when I was a kid.  Good luck getting yours going and using them in camp. By the way, these stoves work pretty well in the back yard, too.
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74HARLEY
Welcome from California! Most likely all you need to do is a cap gasket and oil the pump. If they were stored with Coleman/ Crown fuel that's ok too. It doesn't go bad.
Joe
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Welcome Matt, let us know how you get on!
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