Find yourself frequently cooking for a bunch of hungry campers or tailgaters? A freestanding stove might be in order, and our favorite was the Camp Chef Pro 60X. Its sturdy legs are adjustable for uneven ground, and it packs the power with two burners spitting out 30,000 BTUs. This was the only competitor with fold-out side tables on each side of the stove, a super convenient feature for food prep and cookware storage. The side tables are large enough to even support an additional single-burner stove, such as the Gas One GS-3000, one of our Best Buy winners. The spacious cooking area allows for large pots and pans, while the gaps in the grate are still small enough to support smaller cookware. We boiled water fast but also simmered more delicate items with confidence, though we weren't super impressed with the performance in windy conditions.
This stove is the clear winner for our Top Pick for Group Cooking Award. Last year's winner was the Camp Chef Pro 90X, the same stove as this one but with one more 30,000 BTU burner. Depending on the number of people you tend to camp with, that might be a better choice. Whichever you choose, we expect you'll be satisfied all around with the performance of these impressive stoves. While the Pro 60X is very heavy and requires a few extra steps for setup and cleaning, it's a small price to pay for what you get. But, if you don't need a deluxe model like the Pro 60X, smaller two-burner stoves, such as our Editors' Choice, the Camp Chef Everest, master cooking efficiency and are much easier to transport and clean.