Brunton Wind River Range – Camp Stove – Tear Down Review

Spending weeks relying on a Colman LP camp stove for cooking led me to look for a better solution. Our Colman stove was great when you needed a hot burner, however, it was not possible to adjust the burners low enough to simmer.  I tend to cook meals similar to what I cook at home so a good stove is essential. I am tired of the stove dictating what I can cook.

Time to step up to a gourmet camp stop. Enter the Brunton Wind River Range. This stove is considered the Cadillac of camp cook stoves with controls and function like a home range.

With the new stove in hand I decided this would be a good time to do a full tear down review.  By totally disassembling the stove I am able to discuss the construction as well as take  large number of photos so others can see the quality.

The Stove Ready To Go

Stove setup and ready to cook

The stove is constructed of extruded and stamped aluminum parts which are bolted together using stainless steel screws. Tearing the stove down took me all of  10 minutes.  This would lead to easy replacement of damaged parts.

Burner construction

Aluminum Valve Mount

The burner valve assembly is made from brass with a polymer knob and is mounted to an aluminum extruded member.

Tank Hose Attachment

The attachment for the hose is again constructed of brass and is mounted so when the hose is tightened the tubing connecting to the burner valves are not stressed.

Mounted Valve Assembly

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Brass Valve Jet

 

 

Steel Burner Mounting Plate

 The burners are mounted to a sturdy steel plate with a spring between the burner and the steel plate. This spring allows the burner tube to move when the burner assembly is installed in the stove.

The burner tube appears to be constructed of stainless steel

 

Burner assembly is installed in the stove the burner tubes line up right in front of the valve jets

 

Stove Body Construction

End view of the Extruded Front Member

 

Front with valve assembly attached

 The front and back members of the case are constructed of durable extruded aluminum with the sides being constructed of thick stamped and formed aluminium.   

Stamped Aluminum Side Member

 

Hing Mounted on side plate

 

Aluminum insert for both bottom and top

 The bottom and top have a filler that is a sheet of aluminum. The edges of this sheet have stamps in them which provide a tighter fit.

 

Front and Back with bottom in place

 

End plate in place

 

Corner part

 The corners of  both the top and bottom are made of a durable polymer piece that is fitted to the corners and bolted on.

Close up of Front corner

 

Closeup of back Corner

 

Top view of grill mount

 

Side View of Grill Mount

 

Stove with Grill in place

 The grill is VERY heavy duty and is attached to the stove with four tabs that it firmly fits under. To remove the grill it must be lifted then slid forward. No need to worry about the grill moving during use and it will support the heaviest pots you will want to use.

Wind Screens

 

Front view with wind screens installed

 

Side view of wind screens

The wind screens are made of stainless steel and attach to the stove in such a way that very little wind will be able to enter the stove from the sides or back. The wind screens do not have to be used if there is no wind. They store in the cordura pouch that comes with the stove. 

Hose and Wind Guards stowed under burner plate.

 The hose also fits in the cordura pouch to protect the regulator and fittings. There is a small adapter that can be used if you want to run the stove of the small green camp fuel bottles. I imagine that if you use these small bottles you will be able to empty one during a single use of the stove.

Storage space in Case Cover

There is LOTS of storage space in the top of the stove. This can be used for cooking utensils as well as other stuff. I keep my griddle stowed here. Brunton makes a sink that kits in this space.

My Griddle stored in top of case

 

Cutting Board in place

 The stove comes with a heavy duty cutting board that is stowed in the top using two latches. The board will hold any items stored underneath in place when opening the stove up.

Close up of latch

 

Case Latches Engaged

 

The stove is closed with two heavy duty latches which should hold up to years of abuse.

I am looking forward to our first trip where I will be able to put the stove through its paces. Look for follow up post on the stoves performance.

tomas

Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

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  21 comments for “Brunton Wind River Range – Camp Stove – Tear Down Review

  1. fubar
    May 6, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Is the griddle an option?

    • May 6, 2009 at 12:16 PM

      It is a Colman griddle that fits perfect in the top.

      • Steve
        June 10, 2010 at 4:43 PM

        Would you mind advising which Coleman griddle you have? Thanks.

  2. Jon
    June 5, 2009 at 5:44 AM

    I have this stove. Invest in some heat diffusers such as “SimmerMat” to be able to cook rice without scorching. The burners don’t really get low enough without them and sit quite close to the bottom of the pan. The diffusers have made all of the difference.

    I also use the FoxHill oven on top. My stove’s been great on many an excursion.

    • June 5, 2009 at 6:41 AM

      Good advice on the heat diffusers. I used the stove for a week long trip last week and found that I could not get the setting low enough for a simmer.

      • Jon
        June 5, 2009 at 12:02 PM

        I got the SimmerMat from Amazon. They are well made and will store in the lid with the rest of the stuff.
        http://www.amazon.com/IMCG-SimmerMat/dp/B000UZJW22

        The FoxHill ovens are at:
        http://www.foxhill.net/

        I don’t have a stake in them… Just passing on what works for me.

        I’ve used this stove for a number of cross USA trips. It has performed well (and with the oven it is all we need). I want to get one of the Brunton Basin liners next for cleanup.

        Another thing I did is get a small 5lb propane bottle. No more little cans to through away and waste. It’s amazing how long the new tank lasts.

  3. June 10, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    Great bit of kit.Well written article with v/helpful pics. Cheers for sharing.

  4. Jon
    June 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Picked up a Basin for the lid from Amazon.

    It fits well and looks like it will work well also.

  5. Matt
    August 6, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Great review! You convinced me – I’m going to get one.

    • August 6, 2009 at 8:23 PM

      I have been very happy with mine

  6. Julie
    May 8, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    We need to fit this into a camper trailer. What are the dimensions?

  7. martha
    June 6, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    For the life of me, I can’t get the stove to fold with the cutting board in. What the heck am I doing wrong? I haven’t used the stove, just opened it up to look at it.

    Thanks! Martha

  8. martha
    June 6, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Second question please – there are a lot of coleman griddles out there this year. Which one is a good fit please? Thanks!

  9. Jon
    June 6, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    This is the OEM for Brunton:
    http://www.sotooutdoors.com/od-2al.html
    They can also supply spare/repair parts for the stove.

  10. martha
    June 10, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Thanks for the fantastic help – I learned that the trick to stowing the cutting board is to slide it UNDER the metal lip/rail that runs top and bottom of the lid. Tra la!

    The Lodge griddle was recommended as a good fit. I’m not sure if this is the one but it looks good, even if it is probably heavy. http://www.amazon.com/gp/cart/view.html/ref=ox_sc_cart_delete_2

    I’m very happy that the stove can now leave the house. Looking forward to buying the fox hill oven and griddle.

  11. martha
    August 4, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    Now that I have bought the foxhill oven, the lodge griddle, the simmermat and the rei camp kitchen my girl scout troop and I are unstoppable.

    We are having a family feast tomorrow to demonstrate our cooking skills and all the girls look forward to their next campout when we ‘make the whole campsite smell like chocolate chip cookies’.

    They are getting great confidence from their new skills, thanks to such fine tools! I don’t have a moments regret from purchasing quality.

  12. Kent
    September 11, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    Guys,

    Is the Soto 2 burner stove the same as the Brunton. I’ve noticed it only has 15K BTU while other stoves have alot more. Is 15K enough to get the job done?

    • September 11, 2010 at 1:41 PM

      Not sure if they are the same BTU. I have been very please with the performance of the Brunton Windriver Range.

  13. L Leeman
    April 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    When my kids were young I bought my first Coleman propane camp stove. It worked great for many years until the truck was stolen with the stove in it. Insurance bought me a brand new Coleman but to my disappointment, it was not anywhere near as good as the old one despite the built in igniter. The main problem, and one common to most newer camp stoves, is that they have abandoned the more expensive brass gas valves for what feels like cheaper plasticey ones. With the old Coleman, you could turn down the burner and the valve stayed exactly where it was put. With the new one, you can turn down the burner knob but it springs back a little ways .. ‘spongy’ in its operation… so you have to turn it past the setting you want, and let it spring back. The result is the final burner setting isnt as low as where you turned it to. You can get the burner to go on a very low setting if you hold the knob in place, but as soon as you let it go the flame gets a bit higher. Trying to turn the flame down as low as it will go, means you have to go past the point where the flame goes out, then it will spring back. I suppose at that point you can reignite it but what a pain. I have bought a Primus and the knobs feel just as spongy so it is going back today. I was hoping the Brunton would use the higher quality metal valves and not have this problem of going to low flame. Any comments?

    • April 22, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      This seems to be a problem with all modern camping stoves. The Brunton is no exception to rule.

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