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Camp Chef Outdoorsman Review

A powerful but fuel efficient freestanding stove with removable legs, ideal for field kitchens, outdoor education, or water bath canning
Camp Chef Outdoorsman
Credit: Camp Chef
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Price:  $200 List
Pros:  Powerful, fuel efficient, outstanding boil time, freestanding, removable legs
Cons:  Heavy, awkward, pricey, requires a large propane tank, no auto-ignitor
Manufacturer:   Camp Chef
By Mary Witlacil ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 12, 2022
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  • Time to Boil - 20% 10.0
  • Wind Resistance - 20% 8.0
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 6.0
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 5.0
  • Ease of Care - 15% 7.0
  • Portability - 10% 3.0

Our Verdict

With two high-output 60,000 BTU burners, the Camp Chef Outdoorsman is an impressively powerful stove. It boils water quickly, and the burners are strong enough to be (mostly) unaffected by the wind despite the open design of the stove. The burners produce big flames, so this stove does not simmer the best, and you’ll want to use a wand lighter unless you want to light your hair on fire when igniting the burners. This stove is also expensive and heavier and more awkward to carry than other stoves in our review. But if you plan to car camp with a large group or intend to manage a field kitchen, this stove is great for big group meals and huge pots of food.

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Pros Powerful, fuel efficient, outstanding boil time, freestanding, removable legsLarge 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 Heavy, awkward, pricey, requires a large propane tank, no auto-ignitorHeavy, 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 powerful but fuel efficient freestanding stove with removable legs, ideal for field kitchens, outdoor education, or water bath canningA 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 Outdoorsman Camp Chef Everest 2X Stansport Outfitter... Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic
Time to Boil (20%)
10.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
Wind Resistance (20%)
8.0
8.0
4.0
2.0
5.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease of Set Up (15%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
10.0
7.0
Ease of Care (15%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Portability (10%)
3.0
6.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
Specs Camp Chef Outdoorsman Camp Chef Everest 2X Stansport Outfitter... Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic
Weight 31.01 lbs 13.97 lbs 13.32 lbs 4.1 lbs 9.8 lbs
BTU per Burner (from manufacturer) 60,000 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) 2 min 34 sec 3 min 25 sec 7 min 55 sec 13 min 6 min 25 sec
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 2 min 30 sec 3 min 17 sec 3 min 39 sec 4 min 30 sec 4 min 45 sec
Cooktop Material Awaiting answer from Camp Chef Nickel-coated steel Stainless steel Enamel Coated Steel Aluminized steel
Packed Size 32.75" x 14.25" x 7.5" 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 32.75" x 14.25" 21" x 9.5" 19.5" x 9.5" 8.25" x 8.25" 18.75" x 10.5"
Burner/Flame Diameter 10.5" 4.75" 4.75" (outer burners), 3.25" (middle burner) 2.875" 3.5"
Distance Between Burners (center to center) 18.5" 12.25" 7" (outer to middle), 14" (outer to outer) N/A 7.75"
Windscreen? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Piezo Ignitor? No Yes Yes Yes No
Number of Burners 2 2 3 1 2
Type of Model Freestanding 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 Outdoorsman is a high-end, rugged stove for large group meals while car camping or doing field work/school. With four removable legs, it transforms from a freestanding stove into a tabletop stove. It has 60,000 BTUs per burner, making it immensely more powerful than other stoves in our review. The unparalleled power means that this stove doesn't simmer as well as some of our lower-powered models, but you're likely drawn to this stove more for its power than its finesse.

Performance Comparison


Camp Chef Outdoorsman camping stove - the outdoorsman is a burly freestanding stove with powerful burners...
The Outdoorsman is a burly freestanding stove with powerful burners, removable legs, and impressive wind-resistance despite the absence of a drip pan.
Credit: Jared Ross

Time to Boil


In our windless boil test, the Outdoorsman outperformed all the other stoves in our review. It boiled 1 liter of 58°F water in an impressive 2 minutes and 30 seconds.


With two 60,000 BTU burners, this stove has at least double the power of any other stove in our review. In truth, it has more than double the power of most burners in commercial kitchens, let alone your home range. This undoubtedly contributes to it having an unsurpassably quick boil time.

Camp Chef Outdoorsman camping stove - the immense btu power on the outdoorsman was no match for our box...
The immense BTU power on the Outdoorsman was no match for our box fan test.
Credit: Mary Witlacil

Wind Resistance


To assess wind resistance in a controlled manner, we placed each stove next to 2-4 mph of constant wind produced by a box fan on low. We then measure how long it takes to boil water in the presence of this "wind." The Outdoorsman was completely unphased by our box fan, boiling 1 liter of water in 2 minutes 34 seconds. Even without a drip pan to protect the burners, this stove is so powerful as to be unaffected by our wind test. That said, wind gusts in the "real world" somewhat affect the flames' consistency. Further, we would not recommend using this stove without a wand lighter, as the burners produce such a powerful flame that shorter lighters may risk singing all the hair on your arms.


In addition to measuring boiling times both with "wind" and without, we also look at fuel efficiency. Like other stoves that are only compatible with large propane tanks, the Outdoorsman was incredibly fuel-efficient. It burned only 2.56 oz of fuel in the wind test and 1.92 oz in the windless test, consuming an average of 1% of the fuel in our 11-pound propane tank in each boil test.

Camp Chef Outdoorsman camping stove - while it does not have a drip pan to cut down on gusts of wind that...
While it does not have a drip pan to cut down on gusts of wind that come from underneath your stove, it does come with a removable windscreen that works sufficiently well to shelter the powerful burners.
Credit: Jared Ross

Simmering Ability


To evaluate each stove's ability to simmer, we make a pot of rice and evaluate how well the stove is able to sustain a low flame while steaming the rice. Unsurprisingly, it was challenging to rein in the immense power of the Outdoorsman well enough to simmer.


Even though the burner knobs are tight, and you can dial down the flame quite a bit, they produce too much power to simmer well. We were able to make a decent (albeit al dente) pot of rice with the Outdoorsman, and this stove could handle stir-fries, stews, and curry with ease. But if your camping meal plans consistently call for delicate sauces, we recommend checking out one of the simmering champions in our review.

Camp Chef Outdoorsman camping stove - as you can see, the low end range of the outdoorsman is still quite...
As you can see, the low end range of the Outdoorsman is still quite high, which is why it is not our first choice for simmering.
Credit: Mary Witlacil

Ease of Set Up


Even though the Outdoorsman is fairly simple to use with minimal instruction, it cannot compete with the straightforward setup of most tabletop stoves in our review. That being said, setup became much easier with a little practice.


We appreciate that you can use this stove with or without the included legs, though its usable height with the legs will be too low to be ideal for most tall people (our lead reviewer is 5'8", and it was somewhat low for her).

Camp Chef Outdoorsman camping stove - with removable legs that only take a minute to screw into position...
With removable legs that only take a minute to screw into position, the Outdoorsman can easily transform between a freestanding and a tabletop stove.
Credit: Jared Ross

The Outdoorsman comes with a detachable and foldable windscreen that affixes to the lip of the stove via four tabs. This was very easy to install, but again, not as easy as the more traditional windscreens that swing out from the stove's lid. We were also disappointed that this premium stove does not come with a piezo igniter, doubly so because it would have made it safer to light.

Camp Chef Outdoorsman camping stove - the removable windscreen uses four tabs to slot onto the edge of the...
The removable windscreen uses four tabs to slot onto the edge of the stove.
Credit: Jared Ross

Ease of Care


Like other freestanding stoves, it is pretty easy to care for the Outdoorsman as it does not have a drip pan to clean, but we found it somewhat more challenging to clean than stoves with a fully sealed drip pan.


If you prioritize keeping your gear pristine, you may find it irksome to clean the Outdoorsman. While it does not have a drip pan to catch all your food, there are a lot of little nooks and crannies to scrub should your pot boil over. That being said, you don't have to worry about losing food in the false bottom drip pans that protect the stove components. Unless you want your camp kitchen to turn into a bear den, you do need to be more mindful to pick up flying food that escapes from your pan, as there is nothing to catch it but the ground.

Camp Chef Outdoorsman camping stove - without a drip pan to scrub, it is easy to keep the outdoorsman...
Without a drip pan to scrub, it is easy to keep the Outdoorsman clean - just remove the wind screen and scrub it down. But remember to keep an eye on food scraps that fall on the ground, or you'll turn your camp site into a haven for trash pandas and bears.
Credit: Jared Ross

Portability


With a weight of 31.01 pounds, the Outdoorsman is one of the heaviest stoves in our review. It is also relatively awkward to carry. Still, as long as you don't need to carry it very far, it is pretty easy to move between your rig and your campsite.


As you may have noticed, the Outdoorsman isn't one of the more compact stoves in our review, so you'll want to make sure you have sufficient space in your car for transport. We are pleased that the windscreen and legs can be stowed away in a stuff sack, but it proved to be little more than glorified packaging, as we promptly broke the drawstring and punctured the fabric within minutes of opening the box.

Camp Chef Outdoorsman camping stove - at just over 31 pounds, the outdoorsman is a hefty beast of a stove...
At just over 31 pounds, the Outdoorsman is a hefty beast of a stove, but it is somewhat easy to carry, and the upside is that you likely won't ever have to carry it very far.
Credit: Jared Ross

Value


Depending on your needs, this high-output stove could be an excellent value or a colossal waste of funds and power. If you intend to make large meals for fieldwork, outdoor education, your family, or a huge crew of friends, then the Outdoorsman is a worthy contender. This stove could also be a great choice if you spend weeks outside every year or you need a freestanding outdoor stove for canning or brewing. Truth be told, most folks don't need as much power as this stove produces, but for those who do, we think you'll be impressed.

Conclusion


This niche stove is nimble and well-designed for what it is — a high-powered freestanding stove for large group cooking or big outdoor kitchen projects. With 60,000 BTUs per burner, the Camp Chef Outdoorsman has great boil times with or without wind, yet it manages to be reasonably fuel-efficient. While it is more difficult to set up, heavier, and far less compact than other models, it is great for producing a flame hotter than many home kitchens.

Camp Chef Outdoorsman camping stove - this is a durable and powerful, but fuel efficient stove, that can...
This is a durable and powerful, but fuel efficient stove, that can be used freestanding or on your tailgate. Perfect for large groups or huge meals.
Credit: Jared Ross

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