While the Camp Chef Everest has previously been the reigning champion in our stove review, the internal burner regulators have proved unreliable for some users and one of our reviewers. This stove is powered by two beefy 20,000-BTU burners and it boils water faster than the rest of the competition, even in windy conditions. It simmers as well as any, we never had any problems with the automatic ignition, and heat distribution is more than satisfactory for pots or pans up to 12" in diameter. Our testers enjoyed cooking camp meals on this easy-to-use stove, never feeling constrained or frustrated. Like most of the portable camping stoves we tested, it packs into its case, the lid securing with two plastic latches.
One Stove, a Few Names
On Amazon, this stove is referred to by its model number, MS2HP, not as the Everest.
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Everest performs well across all metrics, but for some users and one of our reviewers, it has been known to have unreliable burner regulators. This can cause the stove to shoot propane or emit uncontrollable flames from the burners.
Time to Boil
The Everest boiled a quart of water in 2.5 minutes during our tests, the best time in our entire review. The two burners put out 20,000 BTUs each, more than any other stove of this size. And while there are also larger options available with even more BTUs per burner, none of them performed as well as this one. Not having a quick boiling time isn't always a deal-breaker, but no one has ever been sad to have their first cup of coffee in hand quickly. Faster boiling also equates to speedier cooking results, from pasta to taco fixings, and this stove has unquestionably impressive boiling ability. That said, having high BTUs is not the most important aspect of a stove. Indeed, the high BTUs probably contribute to why this stove will sometimes emit unsafely high flames.
During our box fan test, where we set up a fan 24 inches to the side of each stove and time how long it takes to boil a quart of water, the Everest clocked in at 3 minutes — even faster than stoves with 60-70,000 BTUs. In the field, we tested this stove at a windy beach BBQ, where it cooked like a champ despite the continuous gusts of wind. Even when simmering, the flame never went out, and cooking remained consistently even. From caramelized onions to delicately fried eggs and perfectly done pancakes, this stove allows you to take your camp meals to a new level.
The Everest performed fairly well in this category, sure to satisfy all but the pickiest camp chef. This stove simultaneously excels at frying eggs and slow-cooking sauces with precision. However, while it can simmer just fine, the low setting is still high, and it's easy to cook too hot if you're not paying attention. However, this is a common issue with camp stoves across the board, and this stove does better than most.
Ease of Set Up
While the set-up of the Everest seems fairly straightforward, it can be challenging to line-up the fuel-adapter with the inner-threads. As such, some users have found that the receiving end of the fuel-adapter cross-threads fairly easily. Further, some users have found the internal burner regulators to be unreliable. As such, one of our reviewers had issues with two different iterations of this stove where it emitted high flames when in use.
Ease of Care
This product is just as simple as any other tabletop two-burner to clean. The stainless steel drip pan is easily wiped with a sponge or scrubbed with steel wool when particularly dirty. The cooking grate also lifts out for convenient cleaning. There are no recesses in the drip pan (often camp stoves have a hole of some sort to nest the propane adaptor in), which is nice as it means there's no area for food bits to fall into. Because of this, the propane adapter does slide around noisily inside the stove, so we recommend wrapping it in a dishtowel before stowing it away.
This stove packs down to 23.5 x 13.5 x 4 inches, nice and fairly compact, but still providing a couple of inches more width on the cooktop than some of our other tabletop models. Two inches is an amount that you will probably never notice or be irritated by in the back of your car, but it can make all the difference when cooking a large meal at your campsite. Definitely a selling point for this stove. The bottom of the Everest has a handle for easy carrying — it isn't super comfortable, but it gets the job done over short distances.
This stove is a decent price, considering the high BTUs. As long as the stove does what it promises to do, it has an impressive price-to-performance ratio. However, if you expect your stove to last for years without emitting high, uncontrollable flames, then we would suggest a different model.
While this stove ranks high in many metrics, and has been an award winner for years in the past, our concern about the safety of this product has made us hesitant to recommend it. Among its strong suites, it has high BTUs, great wind resistance, starts easily, and simmers well. It offers a nice large cooking area yet still packs up into a compact and manageable size. Just beware when threading on the fuel adapter so as not to cross-thread — you could end up with more flame than you bargained for if you do.
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