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.
Beach cookouts are one of many appropriate scenarios for the Everest from Camp Chef.
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. 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.
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 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. Once again, we were reminded that BTUs are only part of the picture and why the Everest is a reigning champ. 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.
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 boils 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 the design is noticeable, and all moving parts line up and fit together smoothly.
Attach the propane canister to the adapter first, then attach it to the stove.
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 dishtowel before stowing it away.
The Everest construction makes for easy cleaning. Simply lift off the metal grate to clean the drip pan.
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 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.
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.
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 comes at a reasonable price. Value!
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, isn't outrageously priced, and outperforms the competition. Hello, Editors' Choice Award!