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Pros: Boils water fast, great size for most camping situations: not too big or small, great wind protection.
Cons: We wish the propane regulator was built in or at least more convenient to store.
Best Uses: Most camping situations for 2-6 people. Cold or warm weather.
The Stansport Outfitters stove is all about power. Burner power that is. It boiled water as fast any stove we tested, even the big Wolf Range style burners on the Camp Chef Pro 60. It is tied for Editors' Choice winner with the Camp Chef Everest because the stoves are nearly identical other than color and minor cosmetic details. This is the perfect stove for most camping situations: 2-4 people, 2-4 days a year.
The only reason not to get this stove is if you want to cook for eight or more people. In that case get the Camp Chef Pro 60, which won our Top Pick award for best group camping stove. It is free standing and has a much bigger cooking surface. But it is also three times the cost and weight.
If you just want the best value, check out the Coleman PerfectFlow 2-Burner, which did not score as well as the Stansport but is half the cost and will get you through a few short camping trips per year just fine.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This stove is the best compact two-burner stove for group cooking. It has a generous cooking surface made effectively bigger by its side wind screens that jog out a little. This allows you to accommodate bigger pots and pans that you can with the typical two-burner stove. No, it does not have the surface area of the Camp Chef Pro 60, and the stove takes up table space, but it's the best in its size class.
Time to Boil
This stove boils water as fast as any we tested. It is especially great in cold weather. All our boiling tests were done in 55 degree weather. When temps get near freezing, this stove separates itself even more from the competition. The stove is so powerful that the burner and nearby grill area quickly turn red hot. That's a very cool demonstration of BTU power but dangerous to small kids and careless adults. By comparison, the Camp Chef Pro and Yukon are much better at protecting from singed digits.
This stove is adequate for simmering. It is better than many stoves we tested but not nearly as good as the GasOne. Few camp stoves really simmer well and this stove is no exception. But it is no dog, either.
Ease of Setup
This stove is relatively quick and easy to set up. The only downside is there is no place to put the propane regulator, so it makes a lot of noise when driving unless you wrap it in cloth. It would be nice if the regulator was built in like we have seen on Primus stoves. It would be great if the hose connected from the propane tank straight to the stove. This would involve fewer parts to lose and free up more table space. Right now, the regulator sticks out and you either have to hang it off the table and risk it bending, or take up table space to support it. We highly recommend getting the regulator attachment so you can hook this stove up to a five-gallon propane tank. It saves you money and offers a better cooking experience. Read why in our Camping Stove Buying Advice article.
Ease of Care
This stove is relative easy to clean. There are few hidden spots for food to accumulate as is the case on some stoves.
This stove has awesome wind resistance. It scored as high as any due to the big lid and tight wind screens.
This stove is not quite as compact ad the Coleman PerfectFlow, but it is still pretty small. It doesn't suck up all the space in your trunk like the Camp Chef Yukon.
If you're looking to attach your Stansport to a bulk propane tank, check out the Stansport Propane Bulk Hose for $22.
You can also purchase the stainless steel Stansport Family Cook Set SS for $82.
— Chris McNamara
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