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Exponent Xpert
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Exponent Xpert


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Exponent Xpert

Manufacturer: Coleman

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Page By: grandwazoo

Created/Edited: Dec 9, 2003 / Dec 9, 2003

Object ID: 909

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The Coleman Exponent Xpert Stove, one of the most versatile and user friendly stoves available, is the winner of Backpacker Magazine's coveted Editors' Choice Award. Operating on widely available Coleman Powermax fuel, it fires up consistent performance at high altitudes and in cold weather. The Coleman Exponent Expert sits on an extremely stable four legged base for cooking in windy conditions. Constructed of durable aluminum and magnesium alloy components, the Xpert is designed to securely hold larger pots in place.

Editors' Choice Award, Backpacker Magazine


Coleman Exponent Xpert Stove (Coleman Powermax fuel canister sold separately)

Nylon stuff sack

Green Key cartridge punch (allows you to puncture and crush empty canister for easy recycling)


Ideal for small group backpacking

Fully adjustable flame goes from a low simmer to a high rolling boil; brings a liter of water to boil in just 3-1/2 minutes

Patented heat regulator allows for use in sub-freezing temperatures and provides constant heat output, even when fuel canister is running low

Consistent performance at high altitudes and in cold weather

Curved pot supports keep small pots centered over burner for efficient heating

Operates on widely available Coleman Powermax™ fuel (not included)

Aluminum fuel canister (sold separately) can be recycled when empty


Suggested use: Backpacking

Fuel: Powermax Canister (butane/propane)

Average boil time: 3:30 minutes

Fuel capacity: 170g/300g canisters

Burn time (max flame): 70 minutes (300g canister)

Heat output: 12,000 BTUs

Weight (no fuel): 13.5 ounces

Dimensions: 4.5 x 10.5 x 4.5 inches

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grandwazooUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Have used this stove for the past four years with out any problems. No clean or unclogging is needed. Boils water faster than any stove I've seen for this size and weight.

Works great in the cold and high elevations.

No mess with liquid fuel spilling or vapors.
Posted Dec 9, 2003 11:15 am

Bill562Untitled Review

Voted 2/5

I have the Xtreme model, have been using it for about a year.

I am on my second unit now. The unit that I originally purchased quit on me in the middle of a week-long trip in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, CO last July. It did not totally stop working, but was working intermittently with very low heat output. I don't think it was the altitude (about 11,500' at the most) and it sure as heck was not the temperature, which never dropped below 35F. The stove was about 4 months old at that time.

Back home I called Coleman and expressed my frustration with the product. They finally said that they will replace the unit, but it will take about 6 weeks. The Cust Service guy was a real jack ass.

Eventually I called REI (where I bought the stove) and they replaced it for me. The second unit has been ok so far, but the heat output is diminished at colder temps - used it CO back in Feb at about 10,500' in single digits weather.

Would not buy it again.


Posted Apr 8, 2004 6:45 pm

ScottWorks Great

Voted 5/5

This stove works great and is the best stove I've ever owned. I'm on my second one. It's the only canister stover I have seen that works in very cold weather and it has never failed me and I've used it on literally hundreds of climbs. No pumping, priming, or fuss at -20F.

The only drawback is that the canisters are hard to buy overseas so you will need a different stove while traveling.
Posted Jan 24, 2007 8:12 pm

rhyangXtreme stove

Voted 4/5

I actually have the Exponent Xtreme, the lighter-weight version. Works well in cold weather, boils fast, melts snow well.

The coleman powermax canisters are pretty easy to use, and there is no fireball when priming :) I'm more inclined to use something like this inside a tent or vestibule, though I haven't done so yet.

There is an adapter for the more common style of canisters which inverts it for use in cold weather, but I haven't tried it.

I wish this stove were lighter - I've seen some hot-rodded mods on backpackinglight.com. On the other hand, its weight still compares favorably to my MSR Simmerlite for cold-weather trips.
Posted Apr 22, 2007 2:46 pm

kitcarson61Good cold and high

Voted 5/5

This (actually the Xtreme as mentioned above which is the same stove minus a leg, basically) has been my "colder and/or higher" stove now for a couple of years. Always works, boils faster than almost any other stove, great in the cold and at higher elevations. I liked it so much I even bought the two burner model for larger group trips in the winter. I love it, too.
As for the adapter mentioned above by rhvang, I got one also thinking that I might be able to save some money on fuel since it allows the use of the more common fuel cannisters and holds them inverted so as to use the liquid fuel first. What a mistake. First time out, after one use, it failed on me leaving our group of four using only the two soda can alcohol stoves we'd brought as back-ups. You know the story...not enough fuel, cold oatmeal...
By the way, bill562 is right, Coleman's customer service sucks!!!
Posted Apr 7, 2008 3:05 am

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