Cook Partner stove FAQ / Master thread

workerdrone

Fulltimer
I tried a few searches so let me know if this has already been done but, having ordered a new 22" two burner from Pocatello yesterday I'm already looking to maximize our enjoyment of this beauty.

I see a lot of scattered threads with questions, showing mods, maybe we could gather all the info in one place here?

I'll be happy to keep an updated collection of links here in the first couple posts.

Would like to see pictures of people's setups, cooking hacks, mods, gourmet backcountry food porn, etc...

Definitely planning on the piezo mod already,

Have purchased the 22" stand that hasn't arrived yet but rather than their metal filler plate was planning on making my own prep/work surface.

And maybe something for leveling it if we're not using the stand and just using it on a tailgate or picnic table.

Also looking to save some $ after the sticker shock of buying stove and stand, still will be shopping for a griddle, LP tank, possible disposable 1lb adapter, maybe another longer hose, buying or making a carry bag for stove/hose/griddle/parts

So anyway, I'd enjoy a one stop thread for all things Cook Partner / Partner Steel - anyone else?
 
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workerdrone

Fulltimer
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shade

Well-known member
Leveling feet can be added by installing rivet nuts on each corner. The feet stick out from the stove case a bit which can interfere with packing, but if it's that big of an issue, they can easily be removed for transport. I find that the feet work much better than trying to level the stove or table with whatever shim material is lying about.

The Partner Steel stove repair kit is comprehensive, and worth the cost, IMO. Short of a regulator failure or parking a truck on the stove, I think that kit has everything required for repairs. I've gone a few days without a stove (different brand failed), and it wasn't much fun.

Packing up a stove can be sped up by completely removing the cook grate/burner assembly and allowing it to cool outside the stove case.

I usually use a Partner Steel Griddle with my stove, and the 1/4" aluminum does a good job of diffusing heat. Not as well as cast iron, but not bad at all. As more of a general tip, I line the griddle with oven grade non-stick foil, with four binder clips on the sides to hold it in place. This is sufficiently slippery for many things, but I add a little non-stick spray when needed. Clean up is as simple as removing the foil once it has cooled enough to handle. Any grease can be drained into a bottle, or allowed to solidify before wadding up the foil. The griddle remains clean throughout.

Element Outfitters seems to have the most complete selection of Partner Steel products, which makes sense, as they're both in Pocatello.
 
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SBDuller

Member
the stove stand is a perfect height for my 22 inch. have one aluminum plate in front of stove on stand, or, i've cut 1x pine boards that work pretty good. i've used the boards such that i could swivel the stove to adjust for windy condition. here is picture of last use, stand still in bag in truck.

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SBDuller

Member
For a while I'd used a Rubbermaid Brute container. I could pack cast iron griddle and a deep-skillet, and all other necessary cooking items into the bottom half, and with two 1x pine board supports crosswise, the 22inch Cook Partner just fit perfectly. complete cooking kit, just too heavy. Now I use the Element stove bag and a smaller cook kit.
 

workerdrone

Fulltimer
All it took was adding rivet nut to my forum search and I found this long thread from 8 years back about these stoves - includes some good info

For those who have sprung for the repair kit, and used it, what did you end up needing from it? Weighing $50+ for the kit vs just bringing a backpacking stove as an emergency backup.

Are there 1Lb adapters less than the $25 PS one that work for these?

Who has the best deals and selection on smaller propane tanks? I see some at Sportsman's warehouse.

Seems odd to me that PS makes griddles the same size as the stoves, but then also cautions you against using a griddle the size of your stove since you could overheat the valves? So which griddles (Lodge, etc) have people been happy with, and what size for what stove?

Gonna visit Ace, Cabela's, Sportsman's warehouse all soon most likely and see what looks complementary
 
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jacobconroy

Hillbilly of Leisure
Congrats for buying a Partner! Best stove available. Period.

I started with an old Coleman gas stove, moved on to a Camp Chef...and wound up with a Partner (I now have three Partner stoves).

Everything else is crap. :unsure:

When you are at camp, you might start a list of every little camp thing that pisses you off in some way or another. "This worked...this didn't". If you have a Partner stove it will never register in your "I wasted money on this thing" area.
 

workerdrone

Fulltimer
I've been using the same 2 burner white gas Coleman for 20 years or more. But - wife hates it, although it's reliable and hot it is fiddly with the pumping and priming and preheating, and not quite enough room for larger pans together yada yada. And the generator on it finally failed so instead of spending $30 or whatever to repair a stove she hates....

(why not drop $500+ on a new setup lol)

Although if I build my own camper sometime in the future I have an idea that there will be a cutout in the kitchen counter to take the Partner, so we can use it inside and out....that'll soften the sting a bit
 
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shade

Well-known member
For those who have sprung for the repair kit, and used it, what did you end up needing from it? Weighing $50+ for the kit vs just bringing a backpacking stove as an emergency backup.
I have it, but haven't used it. I'd rather have the kit and get my excellent PS stove back in action than have a dead PS stove and a middling performer in its place. I'd also rather not devote extra cargo space to a second stove.

Are there 1Lb adapters less than the $25 PS one that work for these?
I'm sure there are, but the PS one is a good part. Amazon is packed with propane & propane accessories.

Who has the best deals and selection on smaller propane tanks? I see some at Sportsman's warehouse.
I have mixed feelings about using personal tanks. I'd rather refill 1 lb cylinders or carry a 20 lb standard cylinder that I can exchange without concern, but I also see the utility of having the right size of tank on hand.

Seems odd to me that PS makes griddles the same size as the stoves, but then also cautions you against using a griddle the size of your stove since you could overheat the valves? So which griddles (Lodge, etc) have people been happy with, and what size for what stove?
True. I have the 18"x12" model that PS recommends for its 16" & 18" stoves. I believe the concern is using too large of a griddle relative to the stove, preventing enough ventilation under the griddle. There's enough of a perimeter gap with the linked griddle that it isn't a problem. I cut the handles off of my griddle to aid in packing, since the welding rod handles stick out quite a bit. I handle the griddle with silicone gloves, so it's not an issue for me.

The PS griddles aren't cheap, but they're considerably lighter than cast iron equivalents, probably heat up & cool off faster than cast iron (less fuel & less time), and I find that they're easy to cook on.
 

shade

Well-known member
I've been using the same 2 burner white gas Coleman for 20 years or more. But - wife hates it, although it's reliable and hot it is fiddly with the pumping and priming and preheating, and not quite enough room for larger pans together yada yada. And the generator on it finally failed so instead of spending $30 or whatever to repair a stove she hates....

(why not drop $500+ on a new setup lol)

Although if I build my own camper sometime in the future I have an idea that there will be a cutout in the kitchen counter to take the Partner, so we can use it inside and out....that'll soften the sting a bit
The main (only?) drawback of the PS stoves is the price, but if you get a few decades of use out of one - and you easily can - it's not such a bite.
 

workerdrone

Fulltimer
I thought I read somewhere (can't find the thread and hence the reason for this one-stop shopping one) that the PS proprietary fittings and high pressure regulator meant that the usual 'steaksaver' 1lb tank adapters wouldn't work?

And yeah the 20lb LP tanks are ubiquitous and also have the advantage of being able to just swap them out cheap if there's no fill station around. But after reading about burn rate it seems I'd be carrying around 2 years worth of propane.

And I've had hit or miss luck getting decent refills into the 1lb tanks from the 20's
 

shade

Well-known member
I thought I read somewhere (can't find the thread and hence the reason for this one-stop shopping one) that the PS proprietary fittings and high pressure regulator meant that the usual 'steaksaver' 1lb tank adapters wouldn't work?

And yeah the 20lb LP tanks are ubiquitous and also have the advantage of being able to just swap them out cheap if there's no fill station around. But after reading about burn rate it seems I'd be carrying around 2 years worth of propane.

And I've had hit or miss luck getting decent refills into the 1lb tanks from the 20's
I've used the standard green 1 lb steel tanks for years. Maybe I have a PS sourced adapter on the hose? I can't recall.
 

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