at the end In each circle, you will find yourself back where you started. This is the best way to think about Coleman’s new Cascade and 1900 Series 3-in-1 cooktops. After experimenting with stove shapes, burner designs and power, and interesting designs for cooking surfaces, Coleman is back where it started. Its newest stoves look a lot like classics from the 1950s and before (still popular on the second-hand market).
This does not mean that these stoves are clones of older stoves. Both Cascade Series Dual Burners and 1900 Series Dual Burners feature modern updates such as electric ignition, hot plates and grilling pans. Most importantly, propane is burned instead of the mixed liquid fuel source used in stoves of the past. Nonetheless, in other important respects, they are indeed a throwback to an earlier era. The result is a camping stove with a classic design and modern functionality.
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Visually, the new Cascade series double-ended camping stoves are almost identical to the 1900 series double-ended camping stoves, just in different colors. Cascade is pale green, a throwback to the company’s pre-1960s stoves (perhaps right Gen Z Green?), With silver latch and hinge. The 1900s are black with gold latches and hinges, but they are otherwise identical in shape and size—25 inches wide, 12 inches deep, and 16 inches tall when open.
This makes both slightly larger than preferred Our Guide to Dual Burner Camping Stoves, the Coleman Classic, is slightly smaller than our home top pick, the Primus Profile cooktop. However, both are as spacious as the Primus in terms of usable space and pan space. If, like me, you find the Classic a little cramped (I’m cooking for five people while camping with my family), the Cascade and 1900 series are more practical in size.
The Cascade and 1900 stoves also share the same windshield design, which features deeply recessed sides that made me nervous at first. How is this possible with windshields and the larger side windshields on the Classic since they have so much less material? The answer is that they really just need to keep the wind out at the base and keep the flames from going out. At the base, they are no different from any other windshield on any stove. I did most of my testing on the Outer Banks in North Carolina with winds up to 30 knots. Both stoves performed as well as expected, but it’s worth noting that neither cooks well at 30 knots.
Both stoves have the same burners as you would on a Coleman Classic. That said, while a larger pan can fit on the stove because it’s wider than the Classic, the flame ring is the same size. Each burner of the Cascade 3-in-1 and 1900 3-in-1 is capable of delivering 12,000 BTUs.
However, the burner is smaller in size. For large pans, the heat on the outer edge is significantly reduced. Using a digital thermometer to check the temperature around the 12″ cast iron pan, I found that the temperature varied up to 100 degrees from center to edge. Now, it’s possible to take advantage of this by placing the food you want to cook quickly in the center and the rest on the edges, but I find this is more trouble than it’s worth in practice. You’ll get the best results with a 10-inch or smaller pan, which heats more evenly and rarely changes more than 50 degrees from center to edge in my tests.If you really need to heat a larger pan evenly to feed your group, I recommend something like Camp Chef Pro Series Cooktops.