Why Is My Coleman Stove Not Lighting?

From personal experience, I know that Coleman stoves are the best things that you can invest in if you go camping often. The stoves are not that heavy but are easy to use and quite affordable. They are also quite long-lasting, so you will be able to use them for years before replacing them.

Unfortunately for some people, the Coleman stove may start malfunctioning after some time. The problems may arise because of malfunctioning regulators, seals, burners, or not cleaning the stove often. You can try to clean the stove or replace the parts you think are faulty, but if the stove has run its course, you will have to resort to getting a new one.

In today's guide, I will tell you all about the reasons why your Coleman stove may not be lighting as it did when it was brand new. Make sure you stick around and learn more on the topic before repairing the stove. I am ready when you are!


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Coleman Stove Won't Light - Possible Reasons

Coleman's portable stoves are suitable for camping trips all year long. Whether you plan to camp for one day or a whole week, having a stove like this can make all the difference. Put the camping gas or fuel tank in, turn the stove on, and cook any meal you like!

But at some point, you may face problems with the Coleman stove. You may not know how to maintain it, or you may have used it wrong. This can lead to the stove malfunctioning and not lighting up. If you have found yourself in such a situation, four things may be causing the stove not to light up. Here is what you need to pay most attention to:

Reason 1 – Malfunctioning regulators or seals

Every Coleman stove comes with regulators that you can use to adjust the temperature. Should this regulator malfunction, the stove may not want to work anymore. Even if you manage to light it up, it might burn too hot or not hot enough. Anyway, you need to be safe and repair the stove before using it again.

You can get a replacement regulator in most stores or on the internet. Many equipment stores will sell such regulators for quite low prices. Once you get the part, you can learn how to install it to use the stove again.

If it is not the regulator that needs replacing, it might be the seals that do. You should inspect each of them and see if some are too tight or not tight enough to let air or gas flow through them. As you can guess, each not working seal will need to be replaced. The simple replacement can take care of your problem and make the stove work as it used to.

Whenever you want to inspect the state of some part of the stove, you should turn the stove off, let it cool down, and then do the inspection. Otherwise, you may cause a safety hazard if you are not safe.

Reason 2 – Malfunctioning burners

If you suspect that your burners are not working, you can check them out simply. For example, you can turn the stove on and let it light up. There may be a problem if you find that a burner is not getting hot or not showing any flame.

You can do research and find possible reasons why your burner is malfunctioning. It could be something as simple as the propane tank malfunctioning, but there could also be a problem with the burner itself. In that case, you will need to get a replacement part and install it on the stove.

When putting in the replacement part, make sure the stove is not on. Be careful and follow the instructions given by the company. If you are hesitant about doing this yourself, get a professional to help you out. It is better to cause the stove to break down completely.

Still, burners are not that difficult to replace, so you might be able to do it independently. After replacing the burner, make sure to check if the stove is working. If it is, you can feel free to use it on your next camping trip!

Reason 3 – Accumulated dirt or debris

Is there visible dirt on your stove? Did you forget to clear away the debris after the last time you used it? You might have figured this out by now – all that dirt and debris laying on top of your stove might be causing it to malfunction. It is not the debris itself but the fact that the accumulated dirt might be clogging the stove and causing it not to work.

If you do some research, you will find that regular cleanups are recommended for this type of stove. Whether you are using the stove at home or during your camping trips, you need to clean it after each use. That way, you will ensure that it is in pristine condition the next time you need to use it.

If your stove has any dirt on it, use a strong solution to get all the dirt off. You might have to repeat the cleaning process a couple of times before bringing it back to its former glory, but you will eventually get there. You can use any solution you like, but remember to put on some gloves if it contains harsh chemicals!

Reason 4 – The stove has run its course

Perhaps you tried everything to light your Coleman stove, and nothing seems to be working. If you do not know what to do next, it might be best to consult a professional. They can help you by repairing it further or telling you what the problem is.

Sometimes, things can run their course. If you have been using the stove for years, chances are it has reached the end of its road. In that case, there is nothing you can do but throw it away or use it for spare parts. But there is no reason to worry – you can always get a new stove!

Check out Coleman's website and go over the new, modern stoves they are selling. They are all great, with many features and listed at affordable prices, but they are also effortless to use. I do not doubt that you will find one that you will love. Invest in it, and then take it with you wherever you go. You will not come to regret the decision!

Wrap Up

That is everything you need to know about Coleman stoves and what may be stopping them from lighting up. Again, I would like to point out that you must take proper care of the stove if you want it to work. That includes maintaining the regulators, seals, and burners and scrubbing the stove after each use.

Let me know in the comments below if you found this guide interesting and if it helped you deal with your malfunctioning stove. I would love to hear all about it, so do not hesitate to share your story with me!

Andrew Mullen

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