Before I purchased this stove from Home Hardware (in Canada) I tried to find out more about the little made in Mexico Flamineta camp stoves on the internet but very little information existed. So I took a chance and purchased it anyway.
After comparing many pictures and specifications on the internet I am thinking that the Flamineta and Camp Chef stoves are likely made in the same location with the Flamineta stove made to CSA (Canadian) standards and the Camp Chef made to US standards.
The unit was well packaged in a heavy cardboard box.
The stove includes an instruction manual (more safety stuff than anything) with sales and service contact info, a registration / customer response card, an oven thermometer and a 4 foot hose with regulator to fit onto a standard BBQ type propane tank.
Initial impression is that it appears to be reasonably well built... Mostly riveted and screwed together and certainly solid enough (32 lbs).
I was happy to see a standard 3/8 inch flare fitting sticking out the back and typical BBQ style gas valves under the hood. I suspect finding parts to repair this should it ever be necessary would be no big deal as they could probably be found locally, through Flamineta or even scrounged from a BBQ bone yard.
I see the oven valve has a thermocouple... Push to light, hold for 10 seconds routine. Also everything is lit by match or lighter, no push button start on this unit. (Less to break if you ask me).
The stove top looks to be strong enough to hold a good bit of weight though the stove lid, lid hinges and wind deflectors are lightly built and will likely be the first to suffer if the unit was mistreated at all.
So I set it up and put it through it's paces... First I hooked up the gas and lit the burners and oven. The controls were smooth and gave good flame control.
I cranked the oven up to full and was pleased to see that it easily got up to 500° F. With careful adjustment I was able to get it to maintain 350° F though there was nothing in it to cook. The way its set up the oven flame is easy to see and adjust though I found that if I opened the oven door quickly with the flame set down low it would blow the flame out.
Next I put a 1.5 liter (48 oz / 6 cups) tea kettle and 1.25 liter (40 oz. / 5 cups) coffee pot on the burners and cranked them up to full. The tea kettle took 19 minutes till it was whistling and the coffee pot started perking at 20 minutes.
Flamineta Model 35818
Home Hardware Item # 6347-787
Exterior Dimensions 12.25" deep x 21.25" wide x 16.25" high
Oven interior dimensions 10.25" deep x 16.25" wide x 8.25" high
Top burners are 5,300 BTU each
Oven burner is 3,500 BTU
(One pound of propane has 21,500 BTUs)
Weight: 32 lbs.
Clearance to combustible surfaces (sticker on rear of unit) 7" sides, 6" rear, 24" top, 0" bottom
Also I see that the Flamineta website says the stove can be used indoors as long as the propane tank stays out side.
That's all good but will it bake bread?
The answer is yes it absolutely will! This bread is the real McCoy not the frozen dough and it smells wonderful! As you can see there is plenty of room in the oven for a 5" x 9" bread pan. I've also purchased a 13.25" x 9.25" cookie sheet which fits nicely in the oven.
Even though the bottom was slightly burned I'm very happy with the outcome considering it's the first try in this oven.
Needless to say fresh bread and other baked goods while out camping is going to be great. Goodbye BBQ hello Flamineta camp stove with oven!