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Camp Chef Everest Review

Camp Chef Everest new
Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $125 List | $99.95 at REI
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Pros:  Durable, wind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignition.
Cons:  None.
Bottom line:  This has been an Editors' Choice for more than four years.
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Weight (pounds):  12.3 lbs
Total BTU (from manufacturer):  40,000
Top material:  Nickel-coated steel
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef

Our Verdict

As its namesake rightfully implies, the Camp Chef Everest looks down on other models from its perch as the best camping stove overall. When it comes to campsite cooking, it's hard to find fault with this one. It boils water faster than the rest of the competition, even in windy conditions, powered by two beefy 20,000 BTU burners. It simmers as well as any, we never had any problems with the automatic ignition, and heat distribution was more than satisfactory for pans, pots, or woks up to 12" in diameter. Our testers enjoyed cooking camp meals on this easy to use model. Like all portable camping stoves we tested, it packs into its case and secures with a sturdy dual-latch.

One Stove, a Few Names
On Amazon, it's referred to by its model number, MS2HP, not as the Everest.

The Everest remains our Editors' Choice for many years. We have tested multiple versions of this stove, as Camp Chef continually makes small revisions to their proven design, and they all stack up. If you plan on cooking for large groups of people, consider a heavier-duty, freestanding model like the Camp Chef Pro 60X. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, if you simply need a lightweight single burner, our Best Buy-winning model, the Gas One Gs-3000 keeps it simple and inexpensive.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Penney Garrett

Last Updated:
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February 20, 2018

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The Everest by Camp Chef is a fantastic stove and has been our Editors' Choice for many years. It cooks like a champ, and our testers struggle to find any disappointments in design and performance.

Performance Comparison


Beach cookouts are one of many appropriate scenarios for the Everest from Camp Chef.
Beach cookouts are one of many appropriate scenarios for the Everest from Camp Chef.

Time to Boil


The Everest boiled a quart of 60-degree water in 2:30 and a quart of 50-degree water on a cool day in 3:30. The two burners put out 20,000 BTUs each. While the two freestanding models put out more BTUs per burner, neither performed as well as the Everest in this metric.


A quick boiling time isn't always a deal breaker, but we've never enjoyed waiting for our first cup of coffee in the morning. Faster boiling equates to speedier cooking results, from pasta to green tea. The impressive boiling ability of this stove helped push this model over the top.

You won't be waiting long for the Everest to bring your agua to a boil.
You won't be waiting long for the Everest to bring your agua to a boil.

Simmering Ability


The Everest's simmering ability should satisfy all but the most precise camp chefs. It fared the best in our simmering tests, frying eggs and slow-cooking sauces well. While it simmers just fine, the low setting is still relatively high, and it's easy to cook a bit too hot if you're not paying attention. Nit-picking here.


We were also impressed with the simmering of the Coleman Butane Instastart, which is a great one-burner to have around for those times when you need an additional burner for large meals.

It boils fast for sure. But it also calms down enough to cook perfect eggs and to simmer your grandma's bolognese.
It boils fast for sure. But it also calms down enough to cook perfect eggs and to simmer your grandma's bolognese.


Group Cooking


This stove can be excellent for group cooking depending on your party size and needs. It accommodates two 12" pans simultaneously and can cook in a hurry. It can also handle smaller items, like a Bialetti. However, an exceptional burner can only be so effective before you just need more of them. Also, stoves like the Camp Chef Pro 60X (our Top Pick for Group Cooking) and the Stansport Outdoor Stove are freestanding, thus taking up less precious picnic table space.


For a camper who usually cooks for smaller crowds but would also like the ability to cook for larger groups, consider pairing a stove like the Everest with the Gas One GS-3000 or another single burner unit. That way, you can take the extra burner if you need it and leave it at home if you don't.

A large cast-iron skillet and a pot easily share the cooking space on the Everest  which suffices for most meals for four or less.
A large cast-iron skillet and a pot easily share the cooking space on the Everest, which suffices for most meals for four or less.

Ease of Setup


As with all compact stove models, setup is very straightforward and predictable. The only parts to contend with are the stove body and the propane adapter. If you've ever set up another portable two-burner stove, then you will probably find nothing new in setting up the Camp Chef Everest.


Attach the propane canister to the adapter first, then attach to the stove.

The Coleman Hyperflame Fyrecadet and the Primus Kinjia both have dedicated spaces for their fuel adapters on the underside of the stove; this is a nice feature which means that the adapter isn't sliding around inside the stove making a racket. We feel like this is a minor issue that is inconsequential when you consider what a high-performing stove the Everest is in all areas.

Obvious  straightforward setup. Check!
Obvious, straightforward setup. Check!

Ease of Care


This product was just as simple as any other two-burner to clean. Its drip pan is made of stainless steel and can be easily wiped with a sponge or scrubbed with steel wool if 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, but you could always keep your adaptor in a separate place if that bothers you.


The only stoves easier to care for were the Primus Kinjia which has a fully removable drip tray, the small and simple Gas One GS-3000, and the large, freestanding Stansport Outdoor Stove which has no drip tray and an open, airy design that's very easy to keep clean.

The Everest construction makes for easy cleaning. Simply lift off the metal grate to clean the drip pan.
The Everest construction makes for easy cleaning. Simply lift off the metal grate to clean the drip pan.

Wind Resistance


During our box fan test where we set up a fan 24 inches to the side of each stove and timed how long it took to boil a quart of water, the Everest clocked in at 3 minutes. For reference, the burly Stansport Outdoor Stove took 9:30 to complete the box fan challenge, and we gave up on the Primus Onja after 27 minutes.


In the field, we were testing the two Camp Chef stoves side-by-side at a windy beach bbq. The Everest cooked like a champ despite the continuous gusts of wind. Even when simmering, the flame never went out, and cooking remained pretty even. The Pro 60X struggled noticeably in comparison, as the flame was extinguished multiple times due to the wind.

We were able to control the flame and cook with precision  even under the whipping winds that move across Lake Tahoe.
We were able to control the flame and cook with precision, even under the whipping winds that move across Lake Tahoe.

Packed Size


This stove packs down to 23.5 x 13.5 x 4 inches, nice and compact but still providing a couple of inches more width on the cooktop than the Eureka Spire LX or the Coleman Triton Plus. A couple of inches is an amount that you would probably never notice or be irritated by in the back of your car, but that can make all the difference when cooking a large meal at your campsite. Definitely a selling point for this stove.


When transporting this model, carry the propane adapter inside the closed stove. To stop it from rattling around noisily, wrapping the adapter in a rag worked for us. The bottom of the stove also has a handle for carrying it. It isn't super comfortable, but it gets the job done over short distances. If you're walking far with any of these camping stoves, you're doing it wrong.

Pop the adapter inside  grab the handle  and walk away.
Pop the adapter inside, grab the handle, and walk away.

Best Applications


This stove could function for any mobile kitchen. It is best for groups of 1-5 people. It works quite well in the wind and maintains its powerful flame even at altitude.

With the Everest  you won't have to limit your campsite cooking to franks and beans (although it cooks these well  too).
With the Everest, you won't have to limit your campsite cooking to franks and beans (although it cooks these well, too).

Value


For $125, this stove has an impressive price-to-performance ratio. Only one other two-burner stove we tested cost less (the $100 Coleman Triton Plus), and it didn't come close to offering the same cooking experience. For the price, we can't find a better stove out there. All-in-all, the Everest is well worth the price tag.

The fastest stove to boil also falls at the bottom of the price range among the stoves tested. Value!
The fastest stove to boil also falls at the bottom of the price range among the stoves tested. Value!

Conclusion


Year after year, the Everest has shown itself to be an excellent stove that we feel confident recommending. 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. The stove is well made and reliable and sets the bar high for the rest of the camping stoves on the market.

The Everest keeps it simple  doesn't cost a bomb  and outperforms the competition. Hello  Editors' Choice Award!
The Everest keeps it simple, doesn't cost a bomb, and outperforms the competition. Hello, Editors' Choice Award!
Penney Garrett


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Jude Bischoff · Mountain Biker · Nevada City, CA
The CCE is a mighty stove and we have had ours for a year and a half. When it is working properly it is amazing. If you hook your stove up to a large cylinder propane tank you will have a major problem. There are two regulators once you do this due to the new propane tank regulations. One is at the tank connection and the other is in the regulator arm into the stove.

We hated our stove for the first year because we thought the problem was the stove. Finally after many cuss words and cold coffee and phone calls and research we found a simple solution. Follow these steps. Open the tank valve an eighth of a turn and immediately shut it off. This allows the two regulators to equalize pressure. Crack the tank back on but only an eighth of a turn. Turn on the stove and it will work properly.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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