December 26, 2002
Century Tool and Manufacturing Announces Recall of Camping Stoves


Century Tool and Manufacturing Co. Inc., of Cherry Valley, Ill, is voluntarily recalling about 6,300 propane-powered camping stoves. The burner assembly in the stoves can restrict the flow of gas, which can cause a leak. The leaking gas can ignite and weaken the hose, causing it to separate from the stove and pose a fire hazard to consumers. Century Tool and Manufacturing has received eight reports of hoses separating from the stove, causing one minor injury.

The recalled stoves include the Century, Hillary, and LL Bean brand names. The stoves have a drip tray, two or three burners, and a black or green base with a label identifying the brand name. The manufacturing date (050202 through 073102) and model number (4660, 4665, 4675, 4730, 4960, 72861, and 4960LLB) are printed on the inside of the stove's lid. The stoves were manufactured in the United States. Sporting goods, camping supply and mass merchandise stores nationwide sold these stoves from May 2002 through September 2002 for up to $90.

Consumers should stop using the recalled stoves immediately and call Century at (800) 435-4525 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday though Friday to receive information on replacing their stove. Consumers can also write to Century Tool and Mfg. Company, P.O. Box 188, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 or visit the company's website at