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liseverewx

I’m looking to find a single burner coleman stove. If you were buying a single burner to use at camp site and in backyard what would you choose? I want one that runs on white gas. I have been looking at the 502 models. 508 models and even the 400 models but the 400’s and (508?) I hear spare generators are hard to find. Leaning toward a 502...Looking for some feedback. 



Thanks!

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MotorcycleDan
You can't go wrong with a 502. The 400/440/442 series are also a good stove. I have been using a 440 on my motorcycle camping trips for the past 20 years. If you do go with the 400 style, go with the Feather Light 400 or above. They used a different generator than the 508/400 that is still available 
Dan ICCC #900
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hikerduane
500 unless you plan on packing it in to a back country lake.
Duane
Duane-All seasons, year round backpacker and camper.  So many stoves and lanterns, who's counting.
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arizonacamper
You want a 502 still have plenty of parts available and are very common and easy to find. second choice would be a 500
Shawn 
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You can not have too many unless your wife says so!!

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1hpycmpr
When you say campsite, I'm thinking you are car camping and not packing in to a remote site.  I would also vote for a 502.  Easy to use and simmers well.  If you are going to use larger cookware, take a look at the tank-like 500.
Mark
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liseverewx
Thank you guys and yes. Car camping and backyard fun. Looks like I am going to try and find a 502. Any pros or cons toward 500 vs 500A?
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Gunhippie
For car-camping and backyard use, the 500 or 500A. Big and stable enough for a 10" skillet, capable of really cranking out the heat and can still maintain a fine simmer.

500 w/#10 skillet:
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The difference between the 500 and 500A is that the 500 is nickel-plated and pretty, but has the tiny fuel bung like the 242s, so hard to fill. 500A is painted, but has the regular fuel bung like the 220 and 200 lanterns.

500A:
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502 would be my second choice. I rarely use mine since getting my 500 and 500A.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
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stoves1234
The model 500 has a smaller filler cap than the 500A. The 500A uses the same size cap as most other Coleman lanterns and stoves. You'll have an easier time finding the later-made 500A. Either stove will handle larger pots and pans than a 502. 
Jim Brizzolara
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liseverewx
I think I would rather something a bit smaller than the 500. So still leaning toward 502. 
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Newfie
For cool factor, you can't beat a 530 stove.

One of my favourite small stoves is the Peak 1 550B. It runs really nice and you can get a generator that allows it run on kerosene. 
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Majicwrench
I'm another voter for the 500 over the 502.  So much nicer with any sort of large pan and will burn forever (OK not really) on a tank of fuel. I haven't used my 502 in 4 years at least.

If space or weight is an issue, than yeah, get a 502. 


HEY!!! BUY BOTH!!!!!
Keith
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liseverewx
Thanks again. Appreciate the insight and opinions. I would love to have both but will prob go for 502 for now. Maybe a 500 down the road. Already have a a modern coleman Propane stove and 413G for car camping. The 502 would make a nice addition for something smaller to make coffee or heat up a small pan/pot. 
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Gunhippie
I'd forgotten Keith's point about how thrifty the 500/500As are, but it's a good point. Don't recall when I last filled mine.

The 502 will be much easier to find. I've come across about a dozen since I got into this, but only one each of the 500/500A.

Get a good folding windscreen like the one in my first pic above. It makes a huge difference in even the lightest of breezes.

Here's a comparison of the sizes of several singles:

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502 upper right, 500 and 500A front and center.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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SteveA
I haven't fired up a 502 since I found my first 500!  I'm not even sure where they are.
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Tgarner01
No one has told him to get one of every model?... I vote for one of each... Then you'll know😜
Toby Garner
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liseverewx

Hahaha...Don’t tempt me! 

Tgarner01 wrote:
No one has told him to get one of every model?... I vote for one of each... Then you'll know😜

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CaptainFantastic
Personally I go between 500, 502 and a 533...

500 is good for a skillet and frying up steaks, etc., as Timm points out.
502 is preferred if I'm only doing a small-ish Trangia one-pot type effort, e.g. baked beans or similar.
533 is when I want a fast (again Trangia sized) kettle of water out on the road and need a brew at a service station.

530 I use for a the 'cool' factor, but it seems less efficient in cold/wind than the 533 for boiling.
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JimL
The 502 isn’t a powerhouse, but is rock solid, simmers like no other, and parts are readily available.  That straight generator is easy to rebuild if you so choose.  It does get hot, so don’t freak out about that when you use it.  🙂. The 502 was my first single burner stove and I wanted it for its classic style.  I only have six now, but they’re not for sale.

The 500 is also a great stove, but when you get one, build a set of windscreens for it as it is very susceptible to a breeze.  There are plenty of threads on the forum for building them and a member was selling them(Was it you Timm?)  You can see a set on Timm’s 500 on the right in the pic above.

-Jim

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Gunhippie
Windscreens for the 500/500A:

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I made mine from thin stainless steel--22ga 314L. You can use most anything as long as it doesn't burn!

I haven't gotten a roundtuit for getting these produce, but there's the plan.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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10gage
I use my 502 everyday I’m off work to percolate my morning coffee. Great simmer. It’s not to small but not to big. As stated above it’s the perfect one for something simple.
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MrAlexxx
A 500.

The End.

Alex
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liseverewx
Going for 502 first. Then definitely a 500.  They are Cooking tools and every tool has a specific use. 
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Frank6160
I used a 502 then tried my 508. I get much better results with low simmer on the 508 than 502.
Frank
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liseverewx

I like that wind screen.  Looks factory.  Very sleek


Gunhippie wrote:
Windscreens for the 500/500A:

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I made mine from thin stainless steel--22ga 314L. You can use most anything as long as it doesn't burn!

I haven't gotten a roundtuit for getting these produce, but there's the plan.

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Barrett
Nickel spiderweb grate 500 was my Want So Bad stove due to its beauty, with the help of MrAlexxx I imported one and it hasn't disappointed on style or performance, especially with a CI skillet, the 500 goes on every trip as it's great for coffee duty and a skillet or one pot meal any day.
However, after I finish my lazy Saturday morning coffee and breakfast I'm going for a little drive to pick up my 1st 502 as you can never have too many stoves 🙂

So I can only recommend both.... and all the other suggestions lol
Andrew

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stoves1234
Liseverewx, I have a user-grade 502 that I've gone through and works as it should. If interested, give me a PM.
Jim Brizzolara
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Tigerfans2
MrAlexxx wrote:
A 500.

The End.

Alex


You forgot the A.
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MrAlexxx
Tigerfans2 wrote:


You forgot the A.


Dang I did but you know what I mean.  lol

Alex
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Murff
A word on parts, Coleman no longer makes generators for the 502 or early 400 models with the separate control for burner.

The generator for the 508A and newer is the same as the 400B and 442 single burner. 

500 generators have an after market source, for now.

Just an FYI.

Murff

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BSAGuy
liseverewx wrote:
Going for 502 first. Then definitely a 500.  They are Cooking tools and every tool has a specific use. 


That was going to be my suggestion.  You always need two burners.  With 500/502, you have one that's large and stable and a smaller one for coffee or smaller pots.

Enjoy!
- Courtenay
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Gasman64
Good points from Murff...
Steve
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liseverewx
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