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Camp Chef Everest 2X Review

A durable, wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenance
Camp Chef Everest 2X
Photo: Camp Chef
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $159 List | Check Price at REI
Pros:  Large cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance, built to last
Cons:  Heavy, bulky, spendy
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef
By Mary Witlacil ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 10, 2021
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  • Time to Boil - 20% 9
  • Wind Resistance - 20% 9
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 9
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 7
  • Ease of Care - 15% 7
  • Portability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Camp Chef has outdone themselves with the Everest 2x, earning it our Editors' Choice Award. Its windscreen provides impressive protection, and with 20,000 BTUs per burner, it handled well in our boil and wind tests. Given this stove's massive power, one might assume it would incinerate anything you cook. Not so — it proved nimble enough to dial down the burner for simmering rice, curry, and sauces. While it is among the bulkier and heavier models in our review, it is still sufficiently portable for car camping. If we were to pick one stove for weekend camping trips or a year of dirt-bagging, this rugged stove would be our top choice.

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Pros Large cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance, built to lastThree burners, snug windscreen, fast boil time, easy setup, powerful burnersLow profile, lightweight, auto-ignition levers are easy to use, handy carrying case and handlesWind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignitionCompact, flexible fuel hose, easy to clean, excellent simmer
Cons Heavy, bulky, spendyAwkward and sharp carrying handle, average wind resistanceVery pricey, not the most wind resistantUnreliable burner regulators, plastic latches on frontNo windscreen, fuel stand is separate and could get lost, attachment for fuel hose is flimsy
Bottom Line A durable, wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenanceA well-designed and powerful 3-burner stove, with easy setup and a relatively trim designExcellent performance meets compact design with this impressive model, a folding two-burner that fun to useA high-performing stove as long as the burner regulators don't failSlim and sleek, this stove is small but beautifully built and it simmers like a dream
Rating Categories Camp Chef Everest 2X Outfitter Series 3-Burner Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Camp Chef Everest Primus Kinjia
Time To Boil (20%)
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Wind Resistance (20%)
9
6
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10
5
Simmering Ability (20%)
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9
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8
Ease Of Set Up (15%)
7
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9
Ease Of Care (15%)
7
8
7
3
9
Portability (10%)
6
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Specs Camp Chef Everest 2X Outfitter Series... Jetboil Genesis... Camp Chef Everest Primus Kinjia
Weight (pounds) 13.97 lbs 7.77 lbs 7.4 lbs w/bag, 6.4 lbs stove alone 12.3 lbs 8.1 lbs
Total BTU per burner (from manufacturer) 20,000 25,000 10,000 20,000 10,200
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) 3.5 min 7 min 7.5 min 3 min 8.5 min
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 3 min 3.25 min 4.5 min 2.5 min 4.25 min
Cooktop material Nickel-coated steel Stainless steel Nickel-plated steel Nickel-coated steel Painted steel
Packed Size (inches) 27 x 15.5 x 8.25 23" x 12.75" x 4.3" 9.75" x 4.5" (11" x 6" in carrying bag) 23.5" x 13.5" x 4" 18.5" x 11.75" x 3.5"
Cooking surface dimensions (inches) 21" x 9.5" 19.5" x 9.5" 8" x 8.5" (each burner) 19" x 9.5" 17.25" x 6"
Burner/flame diameter 4.75" 4.75" (outer burners), 3.25" (middle burner) 3.5" 3.5" 2"
Distance between burners (center to center) 12.25" 7" (outer to middle), 14" (outer to outer) 10.5" 12" 9"
Windscreen? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Number of burners 2 3 2 2 2
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop, foldable Tabletop Tabletop
Fuel Type Propane Propane Propane Propane Propane
Mfr. Model Number MS2HP 212-300-50 GNST MS2HP P-350111

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Everest 2x is a beefier redux of the original Everest, where every aspect of the stove has been redesigned with durability and power in mind. With 20,000 BTUs and a three-sided — nearly seamless — windscreen, it performs well in windy conditions. If heating ramen water on full blast isn't your scene, never fear because this stove can also accommodate low enough heat to simmer to your heart's content. It is uncommon for a car camping stove to boil water fast but also have the finesse to cook slow and low, which is why our review team was so impressed with this stove. While it is bigger, heftier, and a bit spendier than others in our review — we think it is worth these nominal drawbacks.

Performance Comparison


The beefed-up design of the Everest 2x provides more cook space...
The beefed-up design of the Everest 2x provides more cook space, burlier latches, and an impressive windscreen.
Photo: Jared Ross

Time to Boil


To test boil time, we used the stove inside a garage and timed how long it took to boil one quart of cold water. The Everest 2x took 3 minutes to boil, which is among the fastest times in our review.


Our reviewers were impressed with the high power output of this stove. It boasts 20,000 BTUs per burner, which is an impressive amount of power. Whether you need an ultra-quick boil to crush your morning coffee or you plan to make dinner for a large crew, this stove has the power to keep up with any demand you may have.

The Everest 2x features high power, slightly recessed burners, and a...
The Everest 2x features high power, slightly recessed burners, and a near-seamless wind screen, which meant that the stove could boil water fast in and out of the wind, and also make stovetop espresso without an problem.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Wind Resistance


The design team at Camp Chef deserves some serious kudos for the impressive wind resistance of the Everest 2x. To test for this metric, we position a box fan on low 24" from the stove, then time how long it takes to boil a liter of water. This stove took 3.5 minutes which is faster than many of the stoves in our review took to boil water without a fan.


Our review team was impressed by how well the Everest 2x performed in our wind resistance test, let alone how well it worked in windy environs in the backcountry. It performed well in this metric because it features a windscreen that offers nearly seamless protection from cross-winds, and the burners are slightly recessed in the stove body, affording a little more protection from the wind. The stove provided flame consistency even in windy locations, ensuring that stir-fries, rice, curries, and fajitas were quickly and evenly cooked.

The beefy side latches double as wind-screen and stove-closure...
The beefy side latches double as wind-screen and stove-closure latches - lending more security and a tighter fit to the wind screen.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Simmering Ability


You may have thought it wasn't possible to find a stove that could boil fast and also simmer, but the Everest 2x manages to do both shockingly well.


This unicorn of a stove features snug knobs, enabling you to better modulate the burner's temperature than on other stoves. Additionally, the thick design situates the cooking grate farther from the burner to allow for some extra heat diffusion. However, given the high BTUs, the space between the burners and cooking grate did not affect water boiling time or cause any issues when heating a stove-top espresso maker. Whether you plan to cook rice or a backcountry roux, this stove has the finesse to accommodate whatever culinary delights you can dream up.

Despite massive power output, the Camp Chef Everest 2x can sustain a...
Despite massive power output, the Camp Chef Everest 2x can sustain a low enough flame to slow cook an egg scramble to perfection.
Photo: Jared Ross

Ease of Set Up


Akin to other propane stoves in our review, the Everest 2x features a fairly intuitive and easy setup. You simply open the stove, latch the windscreens into place, attach the fuel regulator to the stove and your propane tank, engage the Piezo igniter and start cooking.


The Piezo igniter on the Everest 2x is among the best in our lineup, igniting consistently and with minimal effort. The latches that hold the windscreen in place double as the latches to close the stove and give the windscreen more stability than other models. The only reason why propane stoves don't garner higher marks in this metric is that installing the fuel regulators requires slightly more time and patience than attaching a butane fuel canister. This is because most propane stoves feature a recessed attachment point for the fuel regulator and can be easily cross-threaded (which could damage your regulator and/or stove). Our reviewers have found that if you position the regulator at the proper point and press firmly before screwing the threads in place, you will be less likely to cross-thread your regulator. That said, don't let the negligibly more difficult setup process deter you; it is still quite intuitive and straightforward to affix the windscreens and install the regulator on this stove.

Set up for the Everest 2x is pretty easy, simply rock the lid open...
Set up for the Everest 2x is pretty easy, simply rock the lid open, swing the windscreen wings out and latch them in place, then install the regulator and propane tank. And voila.
Photo: Jared Ross

Ease of Care


With a stainless steel pan and a removable nickel-coated cooking grate, cleaning the Everest 2x is easy, whether in the field or at home.


The nickel-coated steel cooking grate lifts easily out of its footprint so you can wipe down the cooking surface after cooking. Our reviewers always keep a scouring pad in their kitchen kit to clean their stove and cooking grate, making spot-cleaning in the field super easy. Then with the removable grate, you can easily scrub it down in a sink when/if you have access to running water in a home kitchen.

Caring for the Everest 2x in the backcountry is as easy as lifting...
Caring for the Everest 2x in the backcountry is as easy as lifting the cooking grate and wiping down the stainless steel pan. Then, when you have access to running water, you can give it a more thorough cleaning in a kitchen sink.
Photo: Jared Ross

Portability


Even though the Everest 2x carries well, this is a metric where it performed lower than other models in our review.


While we maintain that the Everest 2x is an incredibly portable car camping stove, it is bulkier and heavier than others in our review. That being said, the recessed carrying handle on the back-side of the stove is among the most comfortable, and our reviewers were unbothered by its heft. When deciding whether this stove is right for you, it might behoove you to consider how much space you have in your camping kit for stove storage. If space is a concern, you may want to check out other models in our review, as this stove commands more space than most of the other models in our test suite. However, if you are looking for a high-performing stove and your rig can accommodate a bulky stove, then this might be the one for you.

Our lead reviewer, Mary Witlacil, demonstrates how easy it is to...
Our lead reviewer, Mary Witlacil, demonstrates how easy it is to transport the Everest 2x.
Photo: Jared Ross

Value


Compared to the other stoves in our review, our reviewers think the Everest 2x delivers exceptional quality for the price. Many other stoves cost around the same price but score less favorably across the metrics in our review. While there are less expensive stoves on the market — and in our review — these stoves don't hold a flame to the power, durability, and simmering ability of this one. If you're able to foot the bill and have the space for this stove, then we cannot recommend it highly enough.

Conclusion


Whether blasting through coffee and oatmeal or simmering a delectable feast for the whole crew — the Camp Chef Everest 2x has the power and finesse to keep up. It boils water fast in and out of the wind, provides ample wind protection, and carries well despite its weight and size. Our review team was dazzled enough by this stove to give it an Editors' Choice award, and if your kitchen kit can accommodate a relatively bulky stove, we're sure you'll be impressed by it as well.

Our review team loved cooking on the Everest 2x because it boasts...
Our review team loved cooking on the Everest 2x because it boasts high power, fast boil times, nimble simmering ability, unbeatable wind protection, durable design, and all for a reasonable price.
Photo: Jared Ross

Mary Witlacil