Camp Chef Everest 2X Review
Cons: Heavy, bulky, spendy
Manufacturer: Camp Chef
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|Pros||Large cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance, built to last||Three burners, snug windscreen, fast boil time, easy setup, powerful burners||Low profile, lightweight, auto-ignition levers are easy to use, handy carrying case and handles||Wind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignition||Compact, flexible fuel hose, easy to clean, excellent simmer|
|Cons||Heavy, bulky, spendy||Awkward and sharp carrying handle, average wind resistance||Very pricey, not the most wind resistant||Unreliable burner regulators, plastic latches on front||No 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 maintenance||A well-designed and powerful 3-burner stove, with easy setup and a relatively trim design||Excellent performance meets compact design with this impressive model, a folding two-burner that fun to use||A high-performing stove as long as the burner regulators don't fail||Slim 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%)|
|Wind Resistance (20%)|
|Simmering Ability (20%)|
|Ease Of Set Up (15%)|
|Ease Of Care (15%)|
|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"|
|Number of burners||2||3||2||2||2|
|Type of Model||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop, foldable||Tabletop||Tabletop|
|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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Mary Witlacil