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Camp Chef Everest Review
Cons: Simmering ability and price compared to Stansport 2-Burner
Bottom line: This contender is a great car camping stove that will inspire confidence with its powerful burners and excellent wind resistance - no matter where you are.
The Camp Chef Everest is deserving of its mighty namesake. This compact, portable two-burner stove really packs a lot of power and scored highly across all our metrics. With two 20,000 BTU burners, it was one of the fastest camping stoves in our boil test. It cooks evenly and its excellent flame coupled with its protective windscreen resulted in excellent performance during windy conditions. The auto-ignition system was reliable and easy to use. This stove also has a nice wide cooking area, which really made a difference when we wanted to use two full-size pans (10-12"). Like all portable camping stoves we tested, it packs into its own case and secures with a sturdy latch. The Everest was our Editors' Choice for the last two years running, only barely losing this year to the Stansport 2-Burner.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Everest by Camp Chef is a fantastic stove and was our Editors' Choice for the prior two years. This year it was barely beaten out by the Stansport 2-Burner due to a few relatively minor but important factors such as BTUs, simmering ability, and price.
Time to Boil
The Everest boiled a quart of 60-degree water in 2:30 and a quart of 50-degree water on a cooler day in 3:30. This is the exact same times as our Editors' Choice winner, the Stansport 2-Burner. The Stansport has an extra 5,000 BTUs per burner, which made a difference when wind was involved, but without wind these two stoves were very similar and both stoves boiled considerably faster than all the other stoves we tested.
The only category of all areas tested that the Everest scored lower than the Stansport 2-Burner was the simmering test. Across the board these two stoves were almost identical, but when it came to simmering, the Everest had slightly less range and finesse. The low setting is still relatively high and it's easy to cook a bit too hot if you're not paying attention.
That said, as with any stove, if you pay attention and dial in your flame this stove simmers excellently and provides a really pleasant cooking experience. We were also impressed with the simmering ability of the Coleman Butane Instastart, which is a great one-burner to have around for those times when you need an additional burner for large meals.
This stove can be excellent for group cooking depending on your party size and needs. However, an exceptional burner can only be so effective before you just need more of them. In addition, stoves like the Camp Chef Pro 60 (our Top Pick for Group Cooking) and the Stansport Outdoor Stove are freestanding, thus taking up less precious picnic table space. For a camper who usually cooks for smaller crowds but would also like the ability to cook for larger groups, consider pairing a stove like the Everest with the Coleman Butane Instastart or another single burner unit. That way, you can take the extra burner if you need it and leave it at home if you don't.
Ease of Setup
As with all compact stove models, setup is very straightforward and predictable. The only parts to contend with are the stove body and the propane adapter. If you've ever set up another portable two-burner stove, then you will probably find nothing new in setting up the Camp Chef Everest. The Coleman Hyperflame Fyrecadet and the Primus Kinjia both have dedicated spaces for their fuel adapters on the underside of the stove; this is a nice feature which means that the adapter isn't sliding around inside the stove making a racket. We feel like this is a very minor issue that is inconsequential when you consider what a high-performing stove the Everest is in all areas.
Ease of Care
This product was just as simple as any other two-burner to clean. Its drip pan is made of stainless steel and can be easily wiped with a sponge or scrubbed with steel wool if particularly dirty. The cooking grate also lifts out for convenient cleaning. There are no recesses in the drip pan (often camp stoves have a hole of some sort to nest the propane adaptor in), which is nice as it means there's no area for food bits to fall into. Because of this, the propane adapter does slide around noisily inside the stove, but you could always keep your adaptor in a separate place if that bothers you.
The only stoves we found easier to care for were the Primus Kinjia which has a fully removable drip tray, and the large freestanding Stansport Outdoor Stove which has no drip tray and an open airy design that's very easy to keep clean.
The only stove that performed better than the Everest for wind resistance was the Stansport 2-Burner, and only marginally at that. During our box fan test where we set up a fan 24 inches to the side of each stove and timed how long it took to boil a quart of water, the Everest clocked in at 3 minutes and the Stansport 2-Burner at 2:45. This minimal difference between the two could honestly have been due to a couple extra gusts of wind, though the Stansport 2-Burner does have an extra 5,000 BTUs per burner, which is likely what allowed it to eek out the win over the Everest. For reference, the burly Stansport Outdoor Stove took 9:30 to complete the box fan challenge, and we gave up on the Primus Onja after 27 minutes.
This stove packs down to 23.5 x 13.5 x 4.75 inches, nice and compact but still providing a couple inches more width on the cooktop than the Eureka Spire LX or the Coleman Triton. A couple inches is an amount that you would probably never notice or be irritated by in the back of your car, but that can make all the difference when cooking a large meal at your campsite. Definitely a selling point for this stove.
This stove could function for any kind of mobile kitchen. It is best for groups of 1-5 people. It works quite well in the wind and maintains its powerful flame even at altitude.
For $124.99, this stove is below the average price of all of the stoves we tested. We won't say it's a bargain, since intro camping stoves can run about $50-60, but it is $15-55 cheaper than all the other compact tabletop two-burners we tested and half the price of the freestanding Camp Chef Pro 60. The Coleman Triton is a compact model that only costs $99.99, but it has 18,000 fewer total BTUs and 2.5 fewer inches of cooktop width. The added performance that comes with the Everest is absolutely worth another $25. All-in-all, the Everest is well worth the price tag.
Year after year, the Everest has shown itself to be an excellent stove that we feel confident recommending. It has high BTUs, great wind resistance, starts easily, and simmers well. It offers a nice large cooking area yet still packs up into a compact and manageable size. The stove is well made and reliable and we feel confident it will continue to remain an OutdoorGearLab favorite as the years continue.
Other Versions and Accessories
Camp Chef offers a Bulk Tank Hose Adaptor for $26.49 so you can use a large 20 lb. propane tank instead of the small canisters. We also like the Camp Chef Sherpa Table for $124.99, which will provide you with extra storage and prep space, a really nice addition if you tend to camp places that don't have picnic tables.
— Penney Garrett
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Most recent review: December 26, 2016
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