In the end of each circle, you are at the beginning. This is the best way to think about the new 3 in 1 stoves in Coleman’s Cascade and 1900 series. After playing with interesting stove-shaped designs, burner design, and power, as well as cooking surfaces, Coleman goes back to where he started. Their newest stoves are very similar to the classics of the 50’s and earlier (which are still in high demand in the second-hand market).
This is not to say that these stoves are clones of the old ones. Both the two Cascade series burners and the two 1900 series burners feature modern upgrades such as electric ignition, hotplates and grill plates. Most importantly, they both burn propane and not the mixed liquid fuel sources that were used in stoves before. However, in other important ways, they are in fact going back to an earlier age. The result is a camping stove that has a classic design and a modern function.
The cast iron man
Externally, the new Cascade series two-burner camping stove and the 1900 series two-burner camping stove are almost identical, except for their color. The Cascade is pale green, a throwback to the company’s 60s stoves (and maybe a look at Gen Z Green?), with locks and silver hinges. The 1900 series is black with gold latches and hinges, but on the other hand they have exactly the same shape and dimensions: 25 inches wide, 12 inches deep and 16 inches high when open.
This makes them both slightly larger than the best selection in our guide to two burner camp stoves, the Coleman Classic, and slightly smaller than our best selection for families, the Primus Profile stove. However, in terms of usable space and pans, both are as spacious as the Primus. If, like me, you find the Classic a bit cramped (I do five or five camping with the family), the Cascade and 1900 series are a much more useful size.
The Cascade and 1900 stoves also share the same design as the windshield, which features deeply peeled sides that made me nervous at first. How could this block the wind, as well as the much larger side windshields of the Classic, when they have much less material? The answer is that they really only need to block the wind at the base, to prevent the flame from going out. Basically, they are no different than any other windshield on any stove. I did most of my testing at the Outer Banks in North Carolina, with winds of up to 30 knots. Both stoves worked as well as you would expect, though it’s worth noting that no stove will cook well with winds of 30 knots.
The burners on both stoves are the same as those found in the Coleman Classic. That is, while a larger pan will fit in the stove because it is wider than the classic one, the flame ring is the same size. Both the Cascade 3-in-1 and the 1900 3-in-1 are capable of delivering 12,000 BTU per burner.
However, the size of the burner tilts smaller. With large pans, the outer edges receive much less heat. Using a digital thermometer to check the temperature around a 12-inch cast iron skillet, I found that temperatures ranged up to 100 degrees from the center to the edge. Now, it is possible to use it to your advantage by putting the food you want to cook quickly in the center, while the rest is around the edges, but I find this to be more of a problem than it is worth in practice. You’ll get the best results with 10-inch and smaller pans, which heat up much more evenly, and in my tests rarely ranged more than 50 degrees from center to center. If you really need to heat larger pans evenly to feed your group, I suggest something like the Camp Chef Pro series stove.