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Coleman camping grill. What to do with it ..

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by G_YamTech_314, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. Picked one up for free from helping a friend move. She didn't need it, and it needs some attention. I don't know how it works, but the air pump on the tank doesn't seem to wanna pump air into said tank. How can I remedy this? What else do I need to know about this cool little guy? I remember seeing comments about them on a certain thread but I can't remember where I saw that...

    Anyways. Here's to new toys/survival equipment.

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  2. wesleyonoel

    wesleyonoel XS650 Addict

    Been years since being next to one of these but seem to remember turning pump knob CCW to unlock, drawing the plunger out between index and "social" finger then depressing plunger with thumb over hole in the center of the knob. Takes a while but eventually will pressurize tank.Afterward turn the knob CW to lock. Might require fuel (white gas?) in tank to function properly............dunno. Give it a try..........They work great!.........
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  3. Will I eventually feel it building pressure? Cause I did it about 100 times and didn't get any kind of resistance.
  4. wesleyonoel

    wesleyonoel XS650 Addict

    Will I eventually feel it building pressure? Cause I did it about 100 times and didn't get any kind of resistance

    Not sure how much pressure the pump will generate. Could be the pump needs some kind of attention? Haven't been close to such a thing in decades!..... Might extract pump from tank for a look at whatever is inside for seals, one-way valves or whatever. Might just need a bit of lubrication?.......... Figure it's worth the effort for the fun of it if for no other reason...................
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  5. I'll rip into it along with a six pack tonight just to tinker and try and figure out what the hell this thing is made of. If I need parts... Oh my
  6. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I'd check with camping stores or the Coleman website for parts.
  7. I fixed it! The diaphragm in the pump was just shrank after years of not being used. This thing is cool as hell!

    If I remember correctly, this thing can burn multiple types of fuel correct? Please enlighten me guys!!!
  8. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I`ve had this since 1958. It was only used to heat the lead my dad used when he plumed the house I live in now. When I got this down a minute ago to take the pic I see it still has fuel in the tank (white gas I think?) The pot, ladle, asbestos rope and what`s left of a 1 gal can of Coleman fuel are at the back of the shelf and I can`t get to them. That`s the only time it was ever used. I just checked eBait sold items and it doesn`t look like I`ll be able to retire from the sale of these.:(.
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  9. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Lead, asbestos rope, naphtha gas, oh my!
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  10. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    ...ahhh, the good ol' days!
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  11. Did a bit of cleanin' on it. Figure if I ever need to cook over it, I want it to be clean...

    This one was used to make lead sinkers for fishing! I know that because of how many boxes of sinkers I moved for my friend this week. That, and the drips here and there of lead on the burners and other components. Should be pretty nice when I brush it all down.
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  12. Some before and after

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  13. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    Coleman makes all the necessary replacement parts (pump diaphragms, generators - that pipe between the tank and burners, etc.). They are super-simple. The burners themselves, are stacks of alternating smooth and wavy rings. By removing the big (slotted) screw holding th burners together, you wouldn't believe the years of crud you can wire brush out of those burner elements, thus restoring full power to the stove. Speaking of full power, you can use methods, previously outlined to restore the rubber parts of the pump assembly (the bore could probably use a good cleaning), or just replace it. As I recall, it's a cheap part, and everybody's got them. Wally-World, sporting goods stores, the e-web, all over the place. I just cleaned up a propane version I've had for probably 30 years. It looks like I took it off the shelf yesterday. I have one like yours, someplace out in the garden shed. That one's gotta be at least 50 years old. And somewhere out there is a catalytic heater somebody gave me, 'cuz they couldn't get it to work. I'll either have it purring, or send it into a low earth orbit..... :doh: Good luck with your project!
    P.S. Your model (really old) only burns white gas ("Coleman" fuel - available at sporting goods stores. Don't try to put any other kind of fuel in it or you will go "boom".)
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