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Camp Chef Everest Review

This has been an Editors' Choice for more than five years.
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Price:  $172 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Durable, wind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignition
Cons:  None
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 16, 2019
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  • Time to Boil - 30% 9
  • Wind Resistance - 25% 9
  • Simmering Ability - 15% 8
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 7
  • Ease of Care - 10% 7
  • Portability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

As its namesake rightfully implies, the Camp Chef Everest looks down on other camp stoves from its perch above them all. When it comes to campsite cooking, it's hard to find fault with this one which is why it continues to reign as the best overall. Powered by two beefy 20,000 BTU burners, 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 pans, pots, or woks 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, it's referred to by its model number, MS2HP, not as the Everest.

The Everest has won our Editors' Choice for over five 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, our Top Pick for Group Cooking. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, if you need a lightweight single-burner, our Best Buy-winning model, the Gas One GS-3000 keeps it simple and inexpensive. But for a classic compact two-burner that will keep you boiling and frying with ease, look no farther than the Everest.


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Pros Durable, wind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignitionLow profile, lightweight, auto-ignition levers are easy to use, handy carrying caseGood wind resistance, easy to clean, ability to attach another stove or JetBoil, sturdyAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensionsCompact, flexible fuel hose, easy to clean, excellent simmer
Cons NoneVery pricey, not the most wind resistant, rubber closure straps could breakExpensive, small burners, low BTUs, carry handle is shallow and uncomfortableNo auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spotsNo windscreen, fuel stand is separate and could get lost, attachment for fuel hose is flimsy
Bottom Line This has been an Editors' Choice for more than five years.Excellent performance meets compact design with this impressive model, a folding two-burner that is hard not to love.A competent stove on its own, this contender will also allow you to connect a JetBoil or other Eureka stoves and run it all off the same fuel source.The Classic is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price.Slim and sleek, this stove is small but beautifully built and it simmers like a dream.
Rating Categories Camp Chef Everest Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Eureka Spire LX Coleman Classic Primus Kinjia
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Specs Camp Chef Everest Jetboil Genesis... Eureka Spire LX Coleman Classic Primus Kinjia
Weight (pounds) 12.3 lbs 7.4 lbs w/bag, 6.4 lbs stove alone 12.4 lbs 9.8 lbs 8.1 lbs
Total BTU (from manufacturer) 40,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 14,000
Number of burners 2 2 2 2 2
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop, foldable Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop
Cooktop material Nickel-coated steel Nickel-plated steel Chrome plated steel Aluminized steel Painted steel
Mfr. Model Number MS2HP GNST 20393 2000020943NP P-350111
Packed Size (inches) 23.5 x 13.5 x 4" 9.75 x 4.5" (11 x 6" in carrying bag) 21.5 x 13.1 x 4.2" 21 x 13 x 3.5" 18.5 x 11.75 x 3.5"
Cooking surface dimensions (inches) 19 x 9.5" 8" x 8.5" (each burner) 18 x 9.5" 18.75 x 10.5" 17.25 x 6"
Burner/flame diameter 3.5" 3.5" 3" 3.5" 2"
Distance between burners (center to center) 12" 10.5" 11" 7.75" 9"
Boil Time (1 quart of 60F water, no wind) 2.5 min 4.5 min 4 min 4.75 min 4.25 min
Boil Time (wind/box fan test) 3 min 7.5 min 5.25 min 6.25 min 8.5 min
Fuel Type Propane Propane Propane Propane Propane
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes No No
Windscreen? Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Everest 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 or 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 we have larger stoves with more BTUs per burner in our review, 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 gotten excited about waiting too long for their first cup of coffee on a chilly camp morning. Faster boiling also equates to speedier cooking results, from pasta to taco fixings. The impressive boiling ability of this stove helps push it over the top in our competition year after year.

Look at that big burner! You won't be waiting long for the Everest to bring your agua to a boil.
Look at that big burner! You won't be waiting long for the Everest to bring your agua to a boil.

Wind Resistance


During our box fan test, 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, an impressive time. Even the large free-standing models with 60-70,000 BTUs couldn't beat that.


In the field, we tested this stove side-by-side at a windy beach BBQ with the burly freestanding Pro 60X. 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, and the flame was extinguished multiple times due to the wind. Once again we were reminded of why the Everest is a reigning champ and that BTUs are only part of the picture. From caramelized onions to delicately fried eggs and perfectly done pancakes, this stove allows you to take your camp meals to a new level.

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

Simmering Ability


The Everest's simmering ability will satisfy all but the pickiest camp chef.


This stove offers a compelling performance in this metric, frying eggs and slow-cooking sauces with precision. However, 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 — this is a common issue with camp stoves across the board, and the Everest does better than most, but it's still something to keep an eye on.

The Everest boiled fast for sure. But it also calms down enough to cook perfect eggs and to simmer your grandma's bolognese like a pro.
The Everest boiled fast for sure. But it also calms down enough to cook perfect eggs and to simmer your grandma's bolognese like a pro.

Ease of Set Up


As with all compact stove models, set up here 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 typical portable two-burner stove, then you will probably find nothing new with this one. The quality of design is noticeable and all moving parts line up and fit together smoothly.


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

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

Ease of Care


This product is just as simple as any other tabletop two-burner to clean.


The Everest's stainless steel drip pan is 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 so we recommend wrapping it in a dish towel before stowing it away.

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.

Portability


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 some of our other tabletop models. Two inches is an amount that you would 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.


When transporting this model, you carry the propane adapter inside the closed stove. To stop it from rattling around noisily, we wrapped the adaptor up in a rag and enjoyed the silence. The bottom of the Everest also has a handle for easy carrying — 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 might be doing it wrong. But check out our Top Pick for Portability, the Jetboil Genesis Basecamp if that's the case — it's the smallest and lightest two-burner in our review.

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

Best Applications


This stove is excellent for any mobile kitchen, performing quite well in the wind and maintaining its powerful flame even at altitude. It accommodates two 12" pans simultaneously and can cook in a hurry. It's best for groups of 1-5 people. If you're someone who values compactness but still wants to cook like a pro, look no farther than the impressive Everest.

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


This stove has an impressive price-to-performance ratio. Sure, there are cheaper models available that work just fine, but none of the ones we tested came 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 its cost.

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