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Pros: Powerful burners, generous cooking area for a compact stove, good flame control.
Cons: Propane regulator rattles around when stored inside the stove.
Best Uses: Most camping situations: cooking for 2-6 people for 2-6 days.
Manufacturer: Camp Chef
The Camp Chef Everest costs more than a typical two-burner stoves but it's worth it and gets our Editors' Choice award. It has two super-powerful burners that put out high BTUs and boil water as fast as any stove we tested. It is the stove we take for a 2-6 people on a 2-6 day trip.
Compared to our Best Buy winner, the Coleman PerfectFlow 2-Burner, it boils water much faster, has more cooking area, and has better burner control. It is about double the price, bulkier and heavier.
If you are cooking for more than six people for many days, we recommend the Camp Chef Pro 60, which has much bigger cooking area, is self-supporting and has even better burner control. The Pro 60 is the ultimate group cooking stove.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Camp Chef Everest also goes by the name Camp Chef Mountain Series 2 Burner High Pressure Stove. It is nearly identical to the Stansport Outfitters Series. The only difference is color and sometimes the auto ignite button. We found they both performed the same. Get the one that is the better deal.
Of the compact two-burner stoves, the Everest has a nice, generous grilling surface. The wind shields have an intelligent design – they flare out just a little to give you more room for larger pots. The typical two-burner stove has wind screens that are attached to the lid and therefor fold out in a way that cuts down on the available cooking surface. This stove is ideal for 1-4 people. It can work with more people but for more than 8eight, you start wish you had more cooking space.
Time to Boil
The burners are impressive. At full blast they sound like jet engines and turn the burners red-hot. They are noticeably more powerful than any of the Coleman propane burners. It took us around 2:30 to boil a liter (about one quart) of water, which is about as fast as it gets. The burners are so powerful you really need to be careful about touching the stove.
The burners give you good control for simmering. They are not as good as the GasOne but we felt they were adequate.
Ease of Setup
This is one of the easier stoves to set up. Just screw in the propane adapter, insert the propane, and you are ready to go. The one downside is that the propane adapter sticks out and takes up valuable table space. This is a problem most two-burner stoves experience.
Ease of Care
This stove is average for ease of cleaning. The grill coves off quickly and the stainless steel is relatively easy to wipe down. It has real latches to close the stove. This means stove won't pop open unexpectedly.
This is one of the more wind resistant stoves. The side wind shields do a great job of protecting the flame. This shields combined with the powerful burners made this the fastest stove to boil water in windy conditions.
This is bigger than the typical two-burner stove. But it's not so big that it is hard to pack like the Camp Chef Yukon.
— Chris McNamara
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Most recent review: August 15, 2014
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