Coleman Canada stoves – later models


Coleman Toronto made the Model 530 stove from 1947 – 1951 (Garry), longer than the two years (1946-47) that it was made by Coleman – Wichita. This stove, in John Garry’s collection, is date stamped 1 48.


Coleman Canada made this 500 stove in January 1951, We believe the stove, in Mike Ogilvie’s collection, has had the scalloped grate replaced with a round one. Coleman Canada may have sold the windscreens as an accessory or made the stoves for the military.


The Toronto factory made the 381C stove for a few years after WWII. This unfired stove, in Roland Chevalier’s collection, came with the box and papers and was shipped from the factory in February, 1952. This is an instant lighting model.



Above are two versions of the Model 404 “Bushman” stove, which was made in Australia by arrangement with “The Coleman Lamp and Stove Company Ltd. of Canada.” The card inside the lid of the stove above has a printing date of June, 1954; it appears to be a functional model for display and has not been fired. The paint on these two stoves, in David Moody’s collection, is original.



The Toronto factory made their Model 4K stove from the early to mid 1950s. The dimensions of the stove case are 17 1/2″ x 11 1/4″ x 4 1/2″, the same as Model 4M below (Chevalier). The 4K stove usually has a pressed steel burner mixing chamber and manifold (lower image) as is also true for Model 4M. The 4K stove differs from the 4M in having wire legs that are pressed in from the front to release and fold over the lid when the case is closed. This stove is in Roland Chevalier’s collection.



The Toronto factory also made their 4K stove with a cast iron burner mixing chamber and manifold (lower image). This stove was repainted by a previous owner. Roland Chevalier, whose collection this is in, found evidence of gold paint on the tank under the red paint.


Coleman Canada may have made this Model 4M stove, “The Tourist,” in March, 1958, based on papers that came with the stove. This lightly used stove, in John Garry’s collection, came with the original box.



This Coleman 4MX stove is not date stamped and is only marked Model 4M. This “X” variation of Model 4M was made for export and was brought back from a Canadian military base in Germany. It has not been used and was returned to Canada in the early 80s. The notable difference in the “X” version of the 4M stove is the cast iron burner mixing chamber and manifold (lower image) according to paperwork that came with the stove. This stove is in John Elliott’s collection.


By January 1963 Coleman Canada was date stamping their stoves on the tabs that hold the tank on the front of the case. Other changes to the model compared to the 4M above from 1958 include bent wire legs, a cast iron mixing chamber, and the windscreens are only tapered on the outer top corners. This stove is in Rob Radcliffe’s collection.



The first Model 414 stoves were not identified on the stove (above) but later the case was embossed with model and generator information on the front panel (below). The first stove, in Roland Chevalier’s collection, is date stamped Jan 1963. while the second stove, in John Garry’s collection, is date stamped Jan 1965. Model 414 stoves are distinguished by a retractable front knob for the left burner.



Coleman Canada made 3-burner stove Models 5A (upper image) and 5B, the “Explorer” (lower image), sometime before 1965 & in January, 1965 respectively. Agostino Del Coro replaced the decal on the 5A stove and finished the burners and grills on both stoves with high temperature paint.



These two burner stove, Model 421 (upper image) & 444 (lower image) are in Agostino Del Coro’s collection. Model 421 is date stamped March, 1968 and Model 444 is date stamped January, 1968.


Coleman Canada made this Model 446 3-burner stove in July, 1968. This stove is in John Garry’s collection.


This Model 421D, in Herman Mulder’s collection, is undated. It was presumably made by Coleman Canada after Model 421 (above) was made in the late 1960’s.



This Model 421E is date stamped February, 1977. The Band-A-Blu burners have a metal plate underneath and there is a metal shield above the auxiliary valve key (lower image). The top of the case is hinged to provide more room behind the grate for pots and pans. This stove is in Agostino Del Coro’s collection.


This Model 500A stove made by Coleman Canada can only be identified as this model by an A stamped on the box in black ink after the model number. The stove itself can only be dated by the accompanying instruction sheet. This stove, in Matthew Reid’s collection, also differs from the earlier 500 in having a green painted brass fount and filler cap, and the burner casting is not open between the upper and lower tubes.


Coleman in Toronto, Canada, made this Speedmaster Model 500B stove, dated Jan, 1972, seen here running. It differs from the Model 500 stoves above in having a steel fount, and one piece, large fuel filler cap. I repainted the burner and grate with high temperature paint.




This Model 432 Easi-Lite stove is date stamped April 1975. A flange behind the valve wheel (middle image) has a label with the settings given in French and English. The feet on the case bottom (lower image shows one) are separate pieces of pressed metal that are spot welded in place. This stove is in Ken and Carol Lunney’s collection.



Model 432A differs from Model 432 above in having the model information embossed on the front of the case, and having a direction disk on the valve wheel with the settings in English (lower image). This stove, in Ken and Carol Lunney’s collection, is date stamped February 1978.


Easi Lite Model 433 is the 3 burner version of Model 432 above. This model was also made in the 1970’s, at the same time that they made Easi Lite lantern models. This 3 burner stove is in Tom Muscardin’s collection.


This Easi-Lite Model 433 A is date stamped January, 1980. Note the split grate on this stove and on Model 433 above. The mixing chamber is made from two pieces of stamped steel. The valve keys for the side burners protrude through slots in the recessed ends of the case. This stove is in Agostino Del Coro’s collection.



This unfired Model 431 stove is date stamped January, 1980. This Easi-Lite model has the same valve wheel settings as model 432A above, but appears to have a smaller cooking surface than that model. The feet are simple hemispheres stamped in the case bottom (lower image), not separately welded pieces as on Models 432 and 432A above. This stove is in Ken Laramee’s collection.

Like this red lantern in the style of a Coleman 236, this red finished stove was also made by the Mexican company, Industrias Kolmex S.A., perhaps around 1980 (lower image). The fount, collar, and valve body appear to be the same parts as on the Coleman 236 but the stove frame, burner, and grate above the collar are not Coleman stove parts and were presumably made by Industrias Kolmex S.A. We don’t know the model number or date of manufacture of this stove that is in Toby Garner’s collection.



This Coleman Easi-Lite Campstove/Barbecue Model 4650 is date stamped Jan, 1980. The grate and briquettes were removed to show the two gas burners (lower image). Coleman also made a propane version of this model. This barbecue is in Danny Burns’ collection.


Canadian Pocket II stove Model 505 came in a storage tin which in turn was held in a leatherette case with a snap lid and belt loop. The red Off-Light-Run lever is in the On position in this image and the wire rod is raised. Turning the lever towards the center line of the stove lowers the wire rod to the Off position; Turning the lever down (from Off) raises the wire rod slightly to Light the stove (see below). This stove, in Jim Hogg’s collection, is date stamped January, 1977.

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The assembled (left) and disassembled (right) fuel air pickup from a 505 stove: this assembly is from another 505 stove, also dated January, 1977, in Roland Chevalier’s collection. The fuel air mixture is metered with a Schrader valve as in Easi-Lite lantern models of the period. The wire rod is reduced to half the diameter at “A” to allow fuel to enter the fuel air tube in the run position (see above description of the 505 stove). The lever had to be straightened to separate the parts in the assembly (right image).

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Model 505A (left) and 505B (right) probably differ from Model 505 above by using an O-ring rather than a Schrader valve to control the fuel air mixture. The 505 series stoves all take less than one revolution of the valve wheel to go from Off to Light to Run. Model 505A, dated January 1981, is in Roland Chevalier’s collection. Model 505B, dated January 1989, is in John Rugotzke’s collection.

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