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Camp Chef Everest Review

   
Editors' Choice Award

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Overall avg rating 4.1 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: July 7, 2015
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Pros:  Durable, high flame power, even flame, reliable auto-ignition system
Cons:  None
Best Uses:  Car camping with 1-5 people
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Recommendations:  50% of reviewers (1/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef
Review by: Laura Lingeman ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ July 7, 2015  
Overview
The Camp Chef Everest rocks - this compact, portable, two-burner stove really packs a lot of power. It scored so highly across all our metrics that it was the runaway winner of our Editors' Choice award. The Camp Chef Everest has two 20,000 BTU burners and was one of the fastest camping stoves in our boil test. It cooks quite evenly and its excellent flame coupled with its protective windscreen result in reliable performance in windy conditions. The auto-ignition system was our favorite that we tested. It is a simple push button and lit the burner nearly every time, even when the burners were full of water after a rainstorm. This camping stove also has a couple of extra square inches of cooking space, 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.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

The Camp Chef Everest is the most powerful compact two burner stove that we tested. It is durable, can cook and boil contents quickly, and has the most reliable autoignition system that we tested. No surprise, we awarded this product our Editors' Choice Award.

Performance Comparison


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Matt taking full advantage of the even low heat capacity of this stove.
Credit: Laura Lingeman

Time to Boil


This product was one of the top-performers in our boil test, boiling one liter of water in 3:42. The Camp Chef Explorer came in just a few seconds after the Everest, with the Stansport Outfitter Series coming in closely behind. To put this time in perspective, it was almost four minutes faster than the Coleman PowerPack, our slowest stove in the boil test! We were pretty impressed with the Camp Chef Everest's results, and to be honest, it left most of us testers questioning the power of our home propane stoves…

Group Camping


We think this model could be an excellent stove for group camping, but since it just has two burners, it lost a few points in this category. An exceptional burner can only be so effective before you just need more of them. In addition, stoves like the Camp Chef Pro 90 (our Top Pick for Group Cooking) and the Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner are freestanding, therefore taking up less precious picnic table space. For a camper who usually cooks for smaller crows but needs to ability to cook for larger groups too, consider pairing a stove like the Everest with the GasOne, or other single burner unit.
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The extra couple of inches of surface area on this stove made a big difference. Here, the stove has a 12" and 10" skillet.
Credit: Laura Lingeman

Cooking Simmer


We loved the simmering ability of this model. Not only did it allow us to avoid charred messes, but it better conserved our propane resources. It provided even, low heat without any problems. Some heat was lost through the front of the stove (the side not lined by wind screens), but we noticed this with all of the similarly constructed camping stoves.
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The autoignition 'button' on this stove was the easiest to use and the most reliable of all of the stoves we tested.
Credit: Laura Lingeman

Ease of Set-Up


No Ikea instructions necessary for the assembly of this camping stove. Its only parts are the stove body and propane adapter. If you've ever set up another portable two-burner stove, then you will likely find nothing new in setting up the Camp Chef Everest.

Ease of Care


This product was just as simple as any other two-burner to clean up. Its drip pan is made of stainless steel and can be easily wiped with a sponge or scrubbed with steel wool if particularly dirty (which ours was…). The cooking grate also lifts out for convenient cleaning. We noticed no product defects or mechanical issues during our testing, but several online retailers who carry this stove did have reviews left by disappointed customers mentioning that they noticed product flaws upon the arrival of their Camp Chef stoves (dented windscreens, etc).
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Just a little elbow grease and some steel wool is all it takes to get this stove back in top shape!
Credit: Laura Lingeman


Wind Resistance


We found this stove to be better than average in terms of wind resistance. Whether this was due to improved wind guard construction or its more powerful burners, we never really decided. Regardless, windy conditions didn't significantly impact the stove's performance.
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On windy days, the Everest could lose heat through the front of the stove which was typical of all of the stoves we tested.
Credit: Laura Lingeman

Packed Size


This model packs down to 23 x 11.5 x 4.75." Its packed dimensions are nearly a quarter of the size of the Pro 90 and less than half of the size of the Explorer. This increased portability doesn't come with a loss in performance however, as we have already stated how impressed we were with its cooking and simmering abilities. In relation to the other compact two burners, the Camp Chef Everest and the Stansport had the largest cooking surface areas and were the only units that could handle two 12" skillets.

Best Application


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.

Value


For $121, this stove represents about the average price of all of the stoves we tested. We won't say it's a bargain, since intro camping stoves run about $50-60, but it is a good $50 cheaper than the Primus FireHole 100 and the Camp Chef Explorer. In addition, the extra money you put into the Everest is well worth it; its performance is superior to all of the other two-burners we tested.
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Filthy and proud: The two-time Editor's Choice award winner shows off what it means to be our favorite stove.
Credit: Laura Lingeman

Other Versions


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Camp Chef Pro 60
  • Cost- $286.00 ($165 more than the Everest)
  • Two 30,000-BTU burners
  • Cooking Surface Dimensions- 14" x 32" (larger than the Everest)
  • Top Pick Award winner for group cooking in a previous review

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Camp Chef Pro 90
  • Cost- $342.00 ($221 more than the Everest)
  • Three 30,000-BTU burners
  • Two fold out "prep trays"
  • Portable and easy to assemble
  • Top Pick Award winner

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Denali Expedition 3X Three-Burner
  • Cost- $396.00 ($275 less than the Everest)
  • Three 30,000-BTU burners
  • 16 x 24 inch flat top griddle with grease drain
  • Windscreen

Conclusion


It should be no surprise that once again, our Editors' Choice award goes to the Camp Chef Everest two-burner. In our previous review, this product shared this award with the Stansport Outfitter Series camping stove, but not this time. The Everest was our top-performing stove, had a reasonable price tag, and appears to be a product that will continue delivering high-quality performance for years to come. We especially loved how accurate the flame dial was; crank it all the way up and you have one of the most powerful stoves we tested. Turn it down and it easily reduces to a simmer. Despite all of the praise we have to sing for our Editors' Choice winner, it is possible that this stove is still not the right cooking device for you and your needs. It only has two burners, and there are certainly cheaper stoves out there. Nonetheless, we think that anyone who is able to get out at least a few times a season will appreciate this product's reliability and ability to handle high cooking demands with ease.

Laura Lingeman

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Most recent review: July 7, 2015
Summary of All Ratings

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   May 26, 2015 - 04:43pm
The Camp Chef Everest is a decent stove for the money. It is built out of stamped light weight steel and has a stainless steel drip tray. It has x2 20k BTU propane burners that use a piezo ignition system.

I was not initially impressed by the fit and finish of our Camp Chef Everest. We bought it from REI and they were kind enough to let me open the box in store to make sure it had all its pieces. And it did have all the pieces. However the exterior paint was blemished in some places (i.e. the surface was not cleaned well prior to painting the product, therefore a piece of debris was left and painted over). For me it was a small issue as the rest of the stove looked intact. It was on sale that particular day so I took it home!

At home, I unboxed it yet again and proceeded to see how it functioned. The instructions were straight forward. Once I attached the propane, I turned on the burners slightly and hit the piezo ignitor button. The burners work well and ignite immediately on first attempt. They also can be used to on a low setting to simmer. They are also hot. I was able to boil 1 qt of water in approximately 2:30 seconds. The burners themselves seem to be well made and of higher quality than the case of the stove.

I tested cooking on it by frying a packet of bacon with an iron skillet. It seemed to work well and allowed me a great deal of temperature control. It is a wide stove that has plenty of room for two frying pans. Clean up was pretty simple. I allowed it to cool and used a clorox wipe to wipe it down. After that I packed it in our camp kitchen and its good to go for our next trip.

Time will tell if this stove was worth the 79.99 I paid for it, but at this point I am confident that it will. I typically take care of things pretty well so I don't expect maintenance to be an issue (which was also explained nicely in the instructions). I am however concerned that any chipping paint will lead to rusting later. I likely will just clean the surface and paint it if that ever is a problem and it is still functioning as intended.

I rate it 4 stars for its great burners, good size, easy clean up and great price. It loses 1 star for lower quality control standards in manufacturing.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Apr 25, 2015 - 10:42pm
James Faron · Kayaker · Houston, TX
I bought this for emergency use, and right out of the box the stove would not open: it was stuck because the aluminum stove top was stuck in the lip of the cover on one side. I tried to pry it open with a screw driver, but decided that that was an unreasonable requirement, particularly for first use. Just looking at the unit I could see that it was out of square, the cover was skewed so as not to fit the body square. Since pressurized gas is nothing to trifle with, I was not willing to see if the poor quality of manufacturing extended to the function of burning, and returned it to REI for a refund. I have read other reviews regarding the shoddy construction, so it is disappointing to see that Outdoor Gear Lab did not look into this further, apparently basing the review on one model that may have been presorted by the manufacturer to ensure that it was not defective. I don't want to gamble on uniformity of quality from a manufacturer.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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