Coleman Canada stoves – early models

Coleman appliances made in countries other than the US and Canada are included in the Coleman Canada pages on the website.




Coleman – Toronto called their No. 1 stove the Coleman Camp Cooker (lower image) but, except for that and a few minor differences such as the shape of the fuel valve (not shown), it is the same as the Coleman Camp Stove made by Coleman – Wichita This stove with integral oven is in Ken & Carol Lunney’s collection.




The Coleman Oven appears in a 1927 Coleman Canada Catalog. With asbestos lining (here removed) for heat retention, the shipping weight was 29 lbs; it was used over stove burners. The thermometer (upper image) registers 100-500 degrees F. This oven, in Roland Chevalier’s collection, is missing the upper shelf (lower image).




This stove is identified only as an Air-O-Gas Cooker in the Coleman – Canada literature, circa 1927-28, that Ken and Carol Lunney could find during their research. They repainted it to original white and black colors but changed the top shelf to black. The three burner range has a storage only compartment behind the two doors. The stove requires a separate pump but has a pressure gauge (middle image). The primary burner on the right (lower image) has a coil generator and preheater cup and the large generator over the middle of that burner preheats the other two burners.



Coleman Canada included this Model 9A stove in its 1934 parts catalog. This stove, in Randy Smith’s collection, has features found on US stove models 2C, 9, and 9C (Stendahl), models that date to the late 1920s. The lid support wire may have been bent so that it no longer fits inside the case for storage (Stendahl).



Bud Michael identified this stove, in Herman Mulder’s collection,as Model 381. The stove was refinished by Don Colston in high temperature silver paint as the original finish may have been zinc coating. The cast burner cap (above) can be compared to the stamped burner cap on Model 382 below.



Coleman in Toronto made this Model 382 Handy Hot Plate probably in the 1930’s. This and Model 381 above appear to be the only two cabin stove models made in Canada by Coleman in the mid-1930s. These two models were made in A, B, & C versions in subsequent years. This stove is in Dave DeFrates’s collection.


Coleman Instant Gas Model 976 two-burner range appears in catalogs in the mid-1930s. The main burner valve is on the right above the tank. Ken and Carol Lunney restored this stove to the original color except for the tank which had also been painted brown but they left in polished brass.


This Coleman Instant Gas Model 975D three-burner range dates to the late 1930’s after Coleman changed to green from brown enamel to finish the frame and other parts. This range and Model 976 above have combination fuel and air gauges mounted in the top of the tanks. This range is in Larry Hillhouse’s collection.


Model 381B was called the “Monarch” Standard by Coleman in Canada. Canadian collector Jim Hogg restored this stove which included painting the grates with ceramic high heat engine enamel, applying a burgundy paint that was close to the original baked brown paint, and repainting the stove base with an ivory paint. The decal was reproduced for Jim by Randall Adams.


Model 382B was also called the “Monarch.” Joe Pagan identified this instant-lighting stove from a 1938 Coleman Canada catalog. This stove, in Lloyd Van’t Haaff’s collection, is different from Model 381B above in having the control knob for the second burner on the front, rather than the side.



This one-burner instant lighting Model 385 also appeared in the 1938 Coleman Canada catalog with the grate design as on this stove. The embossed plate below the valve wheel says Sovereign, Coleman (lower image). This Deluxe model featured a green porcelain finish and an Everdur tank. The advertised weight was 12 pounds! This stove is in Agostino Del Coro’s collection.



This version of Model 385 differs from the above version in several ways. The stove grate has parallel rather than radiating arms, the green porcelain finish on the side panels lacks the outer vertical black edges, the lighting directions on the tank are embossed rather than stamped (lower image), the filler cap is the large, “Figure 8″ style rather than knurled, and the tank has a water transfer decal. The stove grate is 7 5/8” square. This stove is in Ed Ritchuk’s collection.

Model 384 also appeared in the 1938 Coleman Canada Catalog as the Sovereign Standard Model. The brown and ivory enamel finish on the case and black steel tank distinguishes this standard model from the deluxe 385 model above. This stove is in Jean-Pascal Hamelin’s collection.


The Monarch Deluxe Hot Plate, Model 382C, appears in a 1941 catalog. It features “Blue Flame” burners and an “Electrically Welded (special brass) Fuel Tank.” The dimensions of this stove, in Roland Chevalier’s collection, are 20 1/2″ x 15″ x 6 1/2″. Note the  depression in the tank so that fingers can turn the valve wheel more easily. The retail price of this model was $14.95.


Coleman – Canada also made the No. 10 Gypsy stove, circa 1930, but the stove was finished in brown rather than black paint as in the US version. This model is unique in requiring a separate pump. The push-pull lever on the right is for the main burner which must be preheated while the lever on the left controls the auxiliary burner. This stove was restored by George Rocen and is now In Jeff McKnight’s collection.



Coleman Canada made the Model 11A Gypsy Queen stove in the late 1930’s – early 1940’s. The stove, in Mike Ogilvie’s collection, includes an Everdur tank and a gold decal at the right end of the tank with lighting instructions. Mike repainted the brown paint on the case.





This stove is very similar to Model 11A above but the tank decal (third image) identifies it as a Ranger and the windscreens are larger and support a top grate surface. Note the push-pull “T” handle for preheating on the right side of the tank and the wrench that closes and opens the filler plug on the top of the tank (top/first image). The wrench also controls the second burner (second image). The Coleman name only appears on the burners (bottom/fourth image). This stove is in Blair LeBlanc’s collection.



This stove appears to be Model 389B, made by Coleman in the early 1940’s. The stove has been restored by Ken & Carol Lunney, whose collection this is in.


The earliest Model 500 stoves were made in Toronto in 1938, two years before they were patented and made in Wichita. These early 500 stoves have an “L” shaped Light-Burn lever (lower left) that was replaced by the more familiar lever with a loop after a year of production. This stove is date stamped C 38; the C is for the third quarter of the year we believe.

This 457G Handy Gas Plant has the original paper label. A printer’s date stamp, 3-40, appears along the bottom edge of the label. The direction disk on the fuel valve is marked Made in Canada. The stove includes a pressure gauge and a carburetor fuel valve (upper image). There is a drain that can be opened at the bottom of the mixing chamber casting to remove liquified fuel from previous use (lower image). The stove came with a Coleman nickel plated small appliance pump, 451-522, as on this page. This stove is in Agostino Del Coro’s collection.



The original paper label on the side of the fount of this Model 457G Handy Gas Plant was not in good shape so Ed Ritchuk replaced it with a reproduction adhesive decal that he had made as the original. The aluminum badge (lower image) identifies this appliance of unknown age as once being owned by the Canadian Aero Service Ltd. The burner support ring is different from the rings on Handy Gas Plants used by Coleman’s US company in Wichita, Kansas.


This is a Canadian Solus stove called “The Roarer.” The tank is brass with steel legs and a tin grate. Probably dating to the early ’40’s, the box is labeled “Gift of the American People through the American Red Cross.” This stove is in Dean DeGroff’s collection.



This is the same Canadian Solus stove as above, except that it has the “Silent Burner.” Mike Ogilvie reports that the burner is not especially silent in spite of the burner name.

This stove is embossed Coleman Solus Made In England. It also has a silent burner. This stove is in John Rugotzke’s collection.


Coleman in Toronto, Canada made this Model 500 Speedmaster stove which is date stamped B 1943. The stove fount is brass with olive green paint, and appears in Department of Defense manuals as Model C1B1 (Zemancik). The wind shield may have been an optional accessory from Coleman. This stove is in Jan Dyke’s collection.



This aluminum pot (upper image) and lid with folding handle (lower image) came with a Coleman Canada 500 military stove dated C 1942. The lid is fastened to the pot for carrying by passing a strap (not shown) through the slots seen at the top and bottom of the pot in the upper image. This stove, pot and lid was stolen from Angus Bickerton.


Coleman Canada made the Model 6-J stove after WWII. Agostino Del Coro used high temperature silver paint on the burners and grate when he cleaned the stove. The stove has a small cooking surface – 15 3/4″ x 10 5/8.” Instruction sheets that I have for this stove model are in English, French, and Spanish and are dated Sept. 1946.


This Model 411 Coleman stove was made by Coleman in Canada and is in Mike Baker’s collection.


This Model 411A is date stamped January, 1966. This model features a cast iron mixing chamber. The tank is no longer cylindrical as on the above Model 411 but is stamped from two pieces of steel with the top piece embossed with instructions. This stove is in Agostino Del Coro’s collection.



Model 975, Type B, was produced by Coleman Canada shortly after WWII. The stove is 37″ x 14″ x 9″ high. This 3-burner, instant lighting stove was restored by Ken & Carol Lunney, and is in their collection. The label on the side of the tank warns against not using gasoline containing anti knock chemicals or lubricating oils.



This Model 974D stove was made shortly after WWII as Model 975, Type B, above. This stove includes a kit, 974DL, that provided ivory painted legs and a backsplash. There is a combination fuel level and pressure gauge mounted on the top of the rear of the tank, which is detachable. Note the blue flame line under the generator over the right hand burner that vaporizes the gasoline in the generator (lower image). This stove was restored by Bill Klock, whose collection this is in.

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