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Pros: Powerful burners, autoignition system
Cons: Auto-ignition knob is not ergonomic
Best Uses: Car camping, groups of 1-4 people
The Stansport Outfitter Series is a great all around two-burner stove. It boiled a liter of water in 3:54, only 12 seconds behind our Editors' Choice award winner, the Camp Chef Everest. It travels well in its self-contained steel case and secures with a latch. We really appreciated the ability for its side wind flaps to double as utensil holders on calm days. The flame power is very easy to control and the stove simmers well. It has a very reliable autoignition system, but the knob you turn to create the spark is very difficult to operate with wet or cold hands. Although we think this is a great stove for small- to medium-sized groups, the Camp Chef Everest had superior flame power and a more ergonomic auto-ignition button, which is why it beat out this model for our top honors. The Coleman Triton, our Best Buy award winner, didn't have quite the flame power or simmering capabilities as the Stansport Outfitter Series, but it was rather close and costs half the price.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
We thought the Stansport Outfitter Series stove has all of the elements of a great stove; it can boil quickly, simmer well, and has an auto-ignition system.
With two powerful burners that each offer 25,000 BTU, the Stansport Outfitter Series does cook quite efficiently. Nonetheless, we do not prefer it for group camping since it only has two burners and has limited cook-top space.
Time to Boil
It only took 3:54 for the Stansport Outfitter Series to boil one liter of water in our boil test. That puts it just seconds behind our top two stoves in the test, the Camp Chef Pro 90 and the Camp Chef Everest 2.
Despite its strong flame, this stove has no problem simmering. We never had an issue with accidentally putting out the flame while turning down the dial and the heat was distributed evenly throughout the pan.
Ease of Set Up
As simple as any old two-burner stove. Other than opening the lid and affixing the wind screens, the only assembly required for this stove is the propane adapter.
Ease of Care
The cook bottom on this model is stainless steel and wipes up easily. The cooking grate can also be lifted off for easy cleaning.
This product is quite effective against the wind; however, gaps between the back and side windscreens forced us to score this product lower than the Camp Chef Everest and Primus Firehole 100 in this metric.
At approximately 23 x 11.5 x 4.5," this model is a bit larger than most of the other two-burners by .5"-1." It has a sturdy latch to secure the stove closed when packed.
This stove would ideally be used for car camping scenarios with 1-4 people. It has a few more bells and whistles than just your average camping stove, such as an auto-ignition system and mega powerful burners, so we would lean towards recommending it to someone who camps fairly regularly and demands consistent performance out of a stove.
While we don't necessarily think this stove is overpriced at $114.99, we would rather spend $6 more and get the Camp Chef Everest, our Editor's Choice winner. Likewise, if you are on a budget or don't use your stove very regularly, then we would suggest you spend half the amount of money on the Coleman Triton Series 2, for $69.95. Basically, if independently assessed, the price tag on the Stansport Outfitter Series seems pretty fair. But in consideration of its competitors, we think your money might be better spent on of the aforementioned products.
The Stansport Outfitter Series scored well, or very well on all of our judging criteria. Our main reservations with recommending this stove come from the fact that we tested a stove at a similar price that performed better (the Camp Chef Everest) and a stove that performed nearly as well but was half the price (Coleman Triton Series 2). Nonetheless, it was a very reliable and high-performing product with excellent heat and an auto-ignition system that worked nearly every time.
— Laura Lingeman
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