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Camp Chef Everest Review

This has been an Editors' Choice for more than six years.
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Price:  $148 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Durable, wind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignition
Cons:  Plastic latches on front
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2019
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  • Simmering Ability - 20% 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 pots or pans 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.


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Pros Durable, wind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignitionEfficient, durable, compact, has auto-ignitionLow profile, lightweight, auto-ignition levers are easy to use, handy carrying case and handlesNon-slip rubber feet for leveling, large cooking surface, durable metal latches instead of plasticGreat simmering ability, freestanding, legs are removable, powerful burners, tons of cooking space
Cons Plastic latches on frontCooks hot, ignitor is sometimes finickyVery pricey, not the most wind resistantStruggles with the wind, not super powerful, on the heavy sideNo auto ignition system, does not operate on 16oz propane canisters, wind puts out burner easily
Bottom Line This has been an Editors' Choice for more than six years.This compact and well-functioning stove boil quickly, is easy to care for, and won't break the bank.Excellent performance meets compact design with this impressive model, a folding two-burner that is easy to love.This stove is pretty standard, but does provide a large cooking surface and useful non-slip rubber feet for keeping it level, no matter where your camp kitchen ends up.With high BTUs, a large cooking area, and removable legs, this freestanding stove offers a lot of options for big groups and chef-minded camp cooks.
Rating Categories Camp Chef Everest GSI Outdoors Selkirk 540 Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner
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Specs Camp Chef Everest GSI Outdoors... Jetboil Genesis... Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Chef Explorer...
Weight (pounds) 12.3 lbs 9.8 lbs 7.4 lbs w/bag, 6.4 lbs stove alone 12.0 lbs 30.6 lbs (19.2 lbs without legs)
Total BTU (from manufacturer) 40,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 60,000
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) 3 min 5.5 min 7.5 min 6.25 min 5 min
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 2.5 min 4 min 4.5 min 4.75 min 3.75 min
Cooktop material Nickel-coated steel Nickel-chrome steel Nickel-plated steel Plated steel Cast aluminum
Packed Size (inches) 23.5" x 13.5" x 4" 21.4" x 12.9" x 3.8" 9.75" x 4.5" (11" x 6" in carrying bag) 23" x 12.8" x 4" 32.75" x 14" x 7.75" (height not including legs)
Cooking surface dimensions (inches) 19" x 9.5" 17.5" x 9.5" 8" x 8.5" (each burner) 20.5" x 9.5" 32.5" x 13.75"
Burner/flame diameter 3.5" 3" 3.5" 3" 5"
Distance between burners (center to center) 12" 11" 10.5" 12" 13"
Windscreen? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Number of burners 2 2 2 2 2
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop, foldable Tabletop, foldable Tabletop, foldable Freestanding
Fuel Type Propane Propane Propane Propane Propane - large 20# tank
Mfr. Model Number MS2HP 56012 GNST 2572195 EX60LW

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

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 comes at a reasonable price. Value!
The fastest stove to boil also comes at a reasonable price. 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  isn't outrageously priced  and outperforms the competition. Hello  Editors' Choice Award!
The Everest keeps it simple, isn't outrageously priced, and outperforms the competition. Hello, Editors' Choice Award!


Penney Garrett