So, what happens if you have a non-Coleman stove, need a canister, and the only brand available in a given area is Coleman? There is a work around. You can stick a very small pebble in the valve opening, hopefully a really smooth one that won't jam open the Lindal valve. Better still is some small ball bearing or the like which is less likely to jam open the valve than a pebble.
Here's an example: I couldn't get my nice, shiney, new MSR Pocket Rocket 2 to work with a Coleman orange label canister. No way was I going to crank down hard on the stove; that's a good way to ruin the threads on your stove. A friend sent me a small baggie of #7 shot. I put a piece of the shot into the opening of the Lindal valve.
|Placing a piece of #7 shot into the Lindal valve's opening|
|Pushing the shot down into the valve opening with an eyeglasses screw driver.|
|Success! A stove that heretofore would not work on a Coleman canister now works just fine.|
Now that the pin is longer, the pin engages sooner. You will get more gas escaping when you screw on the stove than normal. I don't recommend this procedure, but, if you're stuck, it should help you out. Be aware that if you do this with a small pebble, the pebble could wedge into the valve. If the pebble wedges into the valve, when you screw the stove off, the gas will continue to flow! A bit scary, but no worries, just screw the stove back on. You'll have to hold the gas back with the valve of the stove, which is a royal pain in the neck, but what else are you going to do? Again, this is only something you should do in a pinch. In general: Do not buy Coleman canisters unless you're sure they'll work with your stove. Oh, and of course NEVER change a gas canister near a heat source or open flame. That could be, um, bad. Flames, burning, death, you know, bad. You don't want that; trust me.
DO NOT light your stove if you hear gas hissing. When you screw on your stove, make sure you get a good seal. If you hear gas hissing, even the slightest amount, do not use that canister.
So, there you have it, a bit of a fix. Nothing elegant. Recommended only if you just have no other options.
Stay safe out there,