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Stansport Outfitters Series Review

   
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Overall avg rating 4.1 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: May 1, 2014
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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.
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Recommendations:  50% of reviewers (1/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Stansport
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ April 16, 2012  
Overview
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

Group Cooking
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.

Simmering
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.

Wind Resistance
This stove has awesome wind resistance. It scored as high as any due to the big lid and tight wind screens.

Packed Size
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.

Chris McNamara

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Most recent review: May 1, 2014
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   May 1, 2014 - 05:45pm
HighPlanesDrifter · Skier · Telluride, CO.
I bought this stove because I wanted to up my camp cooking game from my basic, trusty, 12 year old Coleman. The Stansport is indeed way more powerful and has electric start but other than that, I was not as blown away as I thought I'd be.
The build and finish quality is not as good as my old Coleman. Some of the pop rivets were not even tight so I had to disassemble the whole thing and re-crush the rivets with vise grips. Also, the tiny hinge screws on the side windscreens were not all the way tight. After some work, I was able to tighten up the whole stove, making it feel much more solid.
There were some minor dents/bends in the lightweight cover which seemed to be that way from the factory since the packing material and the box were in perfect shape upon arrival.
I would recommend using a refillable propane tank with this stove since the output is so high. Expect to burn through those disposable one pound tanks pretty quickly.

Pros: Very powerful, much better flame control (you can actually simmer!), slightly larger cooking surface, good wind resistance, reliable electric start works first time every time.

Cons: Expensive, cheaply made, no place to securely store regulator inside stove.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Apr 8, 2013 - 05:32pm
The Old Man · Camper
Chris McNamara:

I was ready to replace my old Coleman propane camping stove with a more modern edition, one that had a Piezo ignition system. I especially wanted a larger cooking surface so I could do a batch of bacon at one cooking; ours was just too darned small.

At the same time I wanted to replace those one pound bottles with a small bulk tank, because my service dog and I tent camp for up to thirty days, generally three nights at a campground, 3 or 4 times a year. That means taking a lot of those bottles along, or buying them expensively along the way. So I went to as many reviews as possible to narrow the results in order to obtain the best possible portable camping stove.

Among other reviews, I came to the Outdoor Gear Lab and its test for camping stoves. The Stansport Outfitter series propane camping stove was rated with the Camp Chef as an Editor’s Choice.

I found out that the BTU rating alone did not tell you how fast it boils water, to make that pot of coffee each evening, or that the simmering ability of stoves could vary widely – dependent on altitude. But their results were impressive, allowing a short time to make coffee.

While the Outdoor Gear Lab’s results were a selling point it was not until later that I found out (actually, they had told us in the article) that their results were based only upon tests conducted at the five campgrounds in the Joshua National Park, with altitudes from 3,800 to 4,400 feet, despite having a rated BTU output of 25,000 for each of the two burners.

So, I purchased the Stansport Outfitter from Amazon and did not have a chance to use it until now. We have just returned from a 22 day camping trip to New Mexico, Arizona and southern Utah. We had experienced a little wind, some cold weather - but mostly normal weather for this time of the year, late March and early April. Temperatures ranged from a night time low of 23 degrees to a high of 82. Winds were mostly in the 10 – 15 mph range, but we had some gusting at 35 mph and a full-blown wind/dust storm at 50 mph. Elevations at the campgrounds ranged from 2,000 feet at Apache Lake in Arizona to nearly 7,930 feet at Jacobs Corner, with most of our camping at about 5,500 feet.

The Outdoor Gear Lab’s results can be summed up as: “Boils water fast, great size for most camping situations: not too big or small, great wind protection.”

It wasn’t until I questioned the restrictive rating systems of the Outdoor Gear Lab when a 25,000 BTU burner could not get water to boil in our 10-cup perculator in less than 50 minutes. That is, when we were at altitudes that exceeded 7,000 feet. While it was slower for other campgrounds the Stansport was really inoperative at that altitude. For three days at the Grand Canyon we decided to time coffee making; and, it ranged from 65 to 73 minutes.

And, one time when we put on an additional 1 litre pot on the other burner – it never did come up to a simmer, let alone a boil. That was at El Morro National Monument which is at 7,217 feet.

Before I ask Amazon to accept for return that Stansport Outfitter camp stove I am going to ask Stansport if possibly something might be defective with the regulator they had supplied with the propane stove. I really don’t think that could be the problem in that I did purchase a 16 ounce canister for use just to see if there was something wrong with the bulk tank (which Outdoor Gear Lab acknowledged would increase the flow). I just want to make sure that Amazon is covered if it needs to be returned.

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