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Camp Chef Stryker Multi-Fuel Review

This big stove does everything an integrated canister stove is supposed to do, and does it well
Camp Chef Stryker Multi-Fuel
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Price:  $130 List | $116.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, inexpensive, fuel efficient
Cons:  Heavy, bulky
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef
By Ian McEleney ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 29, 2020
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RANKED
#7 of 17
  • Fuel Efficiency - 25% 8
  • Weight - 25% 4
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 20% 9
  • Boil Time - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Camp Chef Stryker 200 is one of the top stoves in our review. It's fuel-efficient, the pot and burner mate reassuringly, and the piezo igniter is reliable. It was able to boil water in our wind test in only 30% more time than in calm conditions. Unfortunately, Camp Chef only makes this stove with a high capacity pot. We think today's weight-conscious backpackers are often hiking in pairs or solo and might find the weight and bulk to be overkill. Because of its high volume pot, we think this stove is a great choice for groups of 3 or 4 who want a stove that's fuel-efficient and easy to use.

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Pros Easy to use, inexpensive, fuel efficientLightweight, works in the wind, great piezo lighter, very stable for small canister stoveWorks in the wind, great for simmering, best of the bestCompact, light, fast boil time, stable, insulated potLightweight, easy to use, good at simmering, piezo igniter
Cons Heavy, bulkyNot the most fuel efficient, pot supports pack up separately from stoveUnreliable piezo igniterSmall pot size, not versatileA bit heavier and bit pricier than the competition
Bottom Line This stove performs well in every way except weight and sizeOur favorite small canister stove, providing the best performance for most backpackersA favorite for simmering that can also boil water in the breezeThis stove prepares dehydrated meals and coffee water super fastWe are impressed by this stove's ability to do everything with ease
Rating Categories Camp Chef Stryker Multi-Fuel Soto Windmaster MSR PocketRocket Deluxe Jetboil Flash Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0
Fuel Efficiency (25%)
8
6
7
9
6
Weight (25%)
4
8
8
7
8
Simmering Ability (20%)
7
8
8
4
8
Ease Of Use (20%)
9
9
7
8
7
Boil Time (10%)
5
6
7
8
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Specs Camp Chef Stryker... Soto Windmaster MSR PocketRocket... Jetboil Flash Snow Peak...
Category Integrated Canister Small Canister Small Canister Integrated Canister Small Canister
Trail Weight 18.5 oz 3.0 oz 3.0 oz 12.3 oz 3.0 oz
Wind Boil Time (1 L, 2-4mph) 7:14 min:sec 7:24 min:sec 7:20 min:sec 5:18 min:sec 15 min
Boil Time (1 liter) 5:38 min:sec 4:42 min:sec 3:39 min:sec 4:10 min:sec 5:53 min:sec
Packed Weight 27.2 oz 3.5 oz 3.5 oz 15.7 oz 3.9 oz
Dimensions (inches) 4.25 x 8 in 4.7 x 3.9 x 3.6 in 3.3 x 2.2 x 1.8 in 4.1 x 7.1 in 4.2 x 2.6 in
Fuel Type Isobutane, propane Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane
Additional items included 1.5L pot, 2 canister stands, stuff sack, propane adapter Stuff sack, pot support Stuff sack 1L pot, canister stand, plastic cup Plastic case
Piezo Igniter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Our testing team had low expectations when we pulled the Camp Chef Stryker 200 Multi-Fuel out of the box. However, it pleasantly surprised us in almost every way and is one of the better stoves in our review.

Performance Comparison


Our testers like this stove for trips where weight and pack space...
Our testers like this stove for trips where weight and pack space aren't paramount.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Fuel Efficiency


The Stryker is one of the more fuel-efficient stoves we've ever tested. In calm conditions, it only consumed 0.3 ounces of fuel while bringing a liter of water to boil. In our 2 - 4 mph fan test it sipped 0.6 ounces, at the back of the pack for integrated canister stoves but still ahead of many of the other models. Overall, an impressive performance in calm conditions and a good one in windy conditions.

Weight


The Stryker is by far the heaviest canister stove in our review at 18.5 ounces. It should be noted that this stove is only available with a 1.5 L pot (Camp Chef calls this a 1.3 L pot). The MSR and JetBoil brand integrated stoves in this review are tested with their 1 L pots. We feel confident that if these other stove systems were compared using their comparable pots, the weight difference would be less glaring, and, in some cases, the Stryker would come out on top.

The pot on the Stryker swallows it's burner and an 8 oz fuel canister.
The pot on the Stryker swallows it's burner and an 8 oz fuel canister.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Simmering Ability


Integrated canister stoves are built for speed and efficiency, and are generally not as good at simmering as other types of canister stoves. While the Stryker is not our top pick for making oatmeal or rice, we do think it is the best simmering integrated canister stove in our test.

Ease Of Use


This is possibly the easiest to use stove in our review. The large sturdy handle is a better version of the handle on the MSR Reactor. It locks into place securely and has a plastic coating that makes it easy to hang on to. Though the burner and pot mating system is the same concept found on most of the other integrated canister stoves, it's somehow more secure. We were able to confidently pour from this stove with the pot mostly full and the burner and an 8-ounce fuel can attached — not something we would attempt with many of the other stoves.

The large and sturdy handle made pouring easy, even with a fairly...
The large and sturdy handle made pouring easy, even with a fairly full pot and the burner and fuel can still attached.
Photo: Ian McEleney

The piezo igniter on the Stryker is one of the best in our review as well. It lit the stove on the first try 95% of the time. Manufacturers love to boast about the speed of their integrated canister stoves, but there's nothing fast about hunting around for your lighter for 5 minutes.

Though we don't objectively measure sound output, anecdotally, our testers found the Stryker to be a bit louder than some of the other integrated canister models.

The propane bottle adapter lets campers use those widely available green propane bottles with the Stryker. While our testers often car camp with a big car camping stove, the adapter let us use the same fuel but fire up hot water for coffee quicker and with less fuss.

One of the few times our testers find canister stands useful is when...
One of the few times our testers find canister stands useful is when using a 4oz can with the Stryker, because it's so darn big.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Boil Time


The Stryker didn't have a great score in this metric for integrated canister stoves. It boiled 1 liter of water in windless conditions in 5 minutes 38 seconds and in 7 minutes and 14 seconds in front of our 2 - 4 mph fan.

The large volume of the Stryker pot adds some weight but is nice for...
The large volume of the Stryker pot adds some weight but is nice for making big batches of hot water.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Value


We think this stove is a great value. Though it has risen in price over the years, it can sometimes be found for less online and performs just as well as other canister stoves in most metrics.

Conclusion


The Camp Chef Stryker 200 is an impressive stove. It does everything we want from an integrated canister stove and seems to be the first of it's kind with a highly reliable piezoelectric igniter. We really wish Camp Chef made a smaller version of this stove, but if you're thinking of buying a stove system with a pot larger than 1L, we think this one should be at the top of your list.

Other Versions


Camp Chef sells a version of this stove without the adapter or canister stand for the green propane bottles called the Stryker 100. In every other way, it's exactly the same stove, but it costs 40% less.

Ian McEleney