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Camp Chef Mountaineer 2X Review

A top-shelf stove that is built to last, featuring powerful but fuel efficient burners and great wind resistance
Camp Chef Mountaineer 2X
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Price:  $350 List | $350.00 at REI
Pros:  Durable, powerful, wind resistant, fuel efficient, piezo-igniter, simmers well
Cons:  Very expensive, heavy, large
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef
By Mary Witlacil ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 12, 2022
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  • Time to Boil - 20% 6.0
  • Wind Resistance - 20% 8.0
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 7.0
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 9.0
  • Ease of Care - 15% 9.0
  • Portability - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

If durability and fuel efficiency are among the most important considerations for you, then the top-performing Camp Chef Mountaineer is a worthy contender. This premium aluminum stove offers great wind resistance and is easy to set up, transport, and clean. It has two powerful burners but excellent low-end control to simmer well. While it is significantly more expensive than other stoves in our review, it is designed and built to last. It is also larger and heavier than many other options, but it carries well enough that the heft and weight aren't significant deterrents. Whether you're rough on your outdoor gear, or you prefer to buy high end products to avoid replacing them, then we think you'll be impressed by this stove.

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Pros Durable, powerful, wind resistant, fuel efficient, piezo-igniter, simmers wellLarge cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistanceThree burners, fast boil time, easy setup, powerful burnersGreat simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignitionAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions
Cons Very expensive, heavy, largeHeavy, bulky, on the pricier side, closures not durableAwkward and sharp carrying handle, below average wind resistanceBoils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)No auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots
Bottom Line A top-shelf stove that is built to last, featuring powerful but fuel efficient burners and great wind resistanceA 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 designVersatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we testedThis is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price
Rating Categories Camp Chef Mountaine... Camp Chef Everest 2X Stansport Outfitter... Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic
Time to Boil (20%)
6.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
Wind Resistance (20%)
8.0
8.0
4.0
2.0
5.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease of Set Up (15%)
9.0
7.0
7.0
10.0
7.0
Ease of Care (15%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Portability (10%)
5.0
6.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
Specs Camp Chef Mountaine... Camp Chef Everest 2X Stansport Outfitter... Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic
Weight 14.63 lbs 13.97 lbs 13.32 lbs 4.1 lbs 9.8 lbs
BTU per Burner (from manufacturer) 20,000 20,000 Outer 2 burners are 25,000 each, inner burner is 10,000 9,000 10,.000
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) 4 min 46 sec 3 min 25 sec 7 min 55 sec 13 min 6 min 25 sec
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 4 min 04 sec 3 min 17 sec 3 min 39 sec 4 min 30 sec 4 min 45 sec
Cooktop Material Aluminum Nickel-coated steel Stainless steel Enamel Coated Steel Aluminized steel
Packed Size 25.25" x 14.25" x 5.5" 27" x 15.5" x 8.25" 23" x 12.75" x 4.3" 14" x 12" x 3.5" 21" x 13" x 3.5"
Cooking Surface Dimensions 25.25" x 12.5" 21" x 9.5" 19.5" x 9.5" 8.25" x 8.25" 18.75" x 10.5"
Burner/Flame Diameter 3.5" 4.75" 4.75" (outer burners), 3.25" (middle burner) 2.875" 3.5"
Distance Between Burners (center to center) 11.75" 12.25" 7" (outer to middle), 14" (outer to outer) N/A 7.75"
Windscreen? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Number of Burners 2 2 3 1 2
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop
Fuel Type Propane - large 20# tank Propane Propane Butane Propane
Model Number MS2HP 212-300-50 GS-3000 2000020943NP

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Camp Chef Mountaineer is a top-shelf stove at a premium price. We were impressed with how often this stove outperformed the competition. It is powerful, has great wind resistance and excellent fuel efficiency, and is easy to clean. While it had a slightly slower boil time than some of the higher octane stoves, it works well in the wind. Compared to other stoves in our review, this one is relatively heavy and takes up slightly more space than average, but it makes up for this in terms of durability and ease of use.

Performance Comparison


The bombproof Mountaineer made camp cooking as easy as cooking in...
The bombproof Mountaineer made camp cooking as easy as cooking in our home kitchen.
Credit: Jared Ross

Time to Boil


To boil 1 liter of 58°F water in a windless environment, the Mountaineer took 4 minutes and 4 seconds, a respectable time.


While not the fastest water boiler, the Mountaineer had a formidable score, proving that it can hold its own with a competitive array of stoves. This stove has two burners with 20,000 BTUs each, and compared to the other stoves with comparably powerful burners, it took a little longer to boil one liter of water. The slower performance is likely due to the distance between the cooking grate and the burners, which allows for better wind resistance and simmering ability.

The Mountaineer performed well in both our windy and wind-free...
The Mountaineer performed well in both our windy and wind-free tests, with minimal difference in boil times between the two.
Credit: Mary Witlacil

Wind Resistance


The Mountaineer was among the top performers in our wind resistance test. It took 4 minutes and 46 seconds to boil 1 liter when subjected to 2-4 mph of "wind," which is only 40 seconds longer than it took to boil water without wind.


To test wind resistance, we measured how long it takes for each stove to boil 1 liter of 58°F water when subjected to 2-4 mph of "wind" produced by a box fan on the lowest setting. The excellent performance of the Mountaineer in this test is likely due to the tight seal created by its windscreen and how recessed the burners are. These two design features effectively shield the burners from wind coming from almost any direction.

In addition to evaluating each stove for boiling speed with and without wind, we also collected data to determine how efficient each stove is with fuel. The Mountaineer — like other stoves designed to work exclusively with larger propane tanks — was among the most efficient stoves in our review. For these tests, we used a propane tank that weighed 25.04 pounds before the test. In the windy test, it burned 1.28 oz of fuel, which is a nominal amount relative to the weight of the tank. After the windless test, our scale couldn't discern a measurable difference in the propane tank before and after the test. All told, this stove strikes an impressive balance between wind resistance, power, and fuel efficiency.

The wind screens snap into place with the same latches you use to...
The wind screens snap into place with the same latches you use to close the stove. This, coupled with recessed burners, is likely why this stove offered such great wind resistance.
Credit: Jared Ross

Simmering Ability


The Mountaineer performed well in this category, owing in part to the tight burner knobs, which offer the fine control necessary to dial the burner down to a simmer.


To evaluate each stove for its simmering ability, we make a pot of rice, which requires the burner to remain on low for 20+ minutes while the rice cooks. The Mountaineer was able to sustain a low enough flame to produce delectably fluffy rice. Despite the high BTU power — at 20,000 per burner — there is a sufficient gap between the burner and cooking grate to protect your pot from large flames. We were pleased with how well this stove sustained a low temp to avoid ruining more complex meals.

This is a powerful stove, but the design allows it to simmer like a...
This is a powerful stove, but the design allows it to simmer like a pro.
Credit: Jared Ross

Ease of Set Up


We appreciate the Mountaineer for its low maintenance set up, earning it top marks in this category.


The windscreens on the Mountaineer snap easily into place with aluminum buckles on the side of the stove, and these buckles double as the closure system. The regulator hose fits nicely beneath the cooking grate for easy transport.

It is easy is latch the wind screens in place.
It is easy is latch the wind screens in place.
Credit: Jared Ross

The regulator easily screws onto an external port adjacent to the burner knob on the right-hand side of the stove. Our review team loves stoves with low hassle regulator ports, as it can be easy to destroy regulator threads when the port is difficult to access or align. As long as you're mindful, this shouldn't be an issue with the Mountaineer.

The regulator port is external to the stove, which makes it much...
The regulator port is external to the stove, which makes it much easier to install the regulator. If you plan to be anywhere sandy, we suggest using the corner of a plastic bag and a rubber band to protect the threads of the port.
Credit: Jared Ross

Piezo-electric igniters seem to have become almost an industry-standard on stoves at all price points. While a lighter should always be a part of your camping kit, it makes life easier to flip a switch to light your burner. These ignitors are a great feature, but not all igniters are created equal, and most have a limited lifespan. That said, the igniter on the Mountaineer worked consistently throughout the course of our testing.

The red knob is the piezo igniter, which worked consistently well to...
The red knob is the piezo igniter, which worked consistently well to light the burners.
Credit: Jared Ross

Ease of Care


The Camp Chef Mountaineer earned top marks in this metric, as it is one of the easiest in our lineup to clean.


To clean the Mountaineer, all you have to do is lift up the cooking grate and wipe it down. This stove doesn't have a false bottom to house all the stove components, so there isn't anywhere funny to lose errant food scraps. Given that the stove is aluminum, it is easy enough to scrub it down and make it look new every time.

To pack up the stove, the regulator hose fits conveniently under the...
To pack up the stove, the regulator hose fits conveniently under the cooking grate. To clean, it is effortless to lift the cooking grate and scrub it down.
Credit: Jared Ross

Portability


Compared to the other stoves in our review, portability is not one of the categories where the Mountaineer earns top marks. With packed dimensions of 25.25" x 14.25" x 5.5" and weighing in at 14.63 pounds, this stove is one of the larger and heavier tabletop options in our review.


That being said, there is a reason why portability is one of the lowest-weighted metrics in our review. When you are car camping, you're likely to have more space, and you probably won't need to carry your stove farther than a few dozen feet to a picnic bench. Are there lighter-weight and more compact stoves in this review? Absolutely! And if this is critical for you, then we recommend you seek one of them out. Otherwise, this stove is still portable enough to warrant some extra heft for high performance.

The carrying handle on the bottom of the stove makes it simple to...
The carrying handle on the bottom of the stove makes it simple to transport.
Credit: Jared Ross

You can increase the portability of the Mountaineer by getting a 5-pound refillable propane cylinder. Unless you're truly strapped for space, the Mountaineer is still quite easy to carry around, and despite being one of the heavier stoves in our review, we were never really bothered by its size and weight.

Even though this stove is larger and heftier than other stoves, it...
Even though this stove is larger and heftier than other stoves, it carried well enough that we barely noticed the extra weight.
Credit: Jared Ross

Value


This is a premium stove at a premium price. While the cost is rather steep, the Mountaineer is designed and built for the long haul. With an aluminum body and high-powered burners, we were impressed by the power, fuel efficiency, wind resistance, and durability. In an era when planned obsolescence is baked into the design of most products, this stove bucks the norm. If you're looking for a durable camping stove to last for decades, we think you'll be impressed by the quality of this one.

Conclusion


Our review team loved this stove. It has all the features you want out of a camping stove, without unnecessary bells and whistles that will degrade over time. If you are looking for a powerful but efficient stove for river trips or weeks of cooking under the stars, and you prioritize long-term durability over price in the short term, the Camp Chef Mountaineer 2X is an excellent option for you.

We love this aesthetically pleasing stove for being durable, fuel...
We love this aesthetically pleasing stove for being durable, fuel efficient, and resisting wind like a champion.
Credit: Jared Ross

Mary Witlacil
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