Camp Chef Pro 60X Review
Cons: Heavy, very large, requires five-gallon propane tank, pricey
Manufacturer: Camp Chef
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|Pros||Freestanding, fold-out side tables for prep, powerful flame, auto-ignition||Large cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance, built to last||Affordable, straightforward to use, easy to clean and carry, compact, great wind resistance, good simmering ability||Great simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignition||Affordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions|
|Cons||Heavy, very large, requires five-gallon propane tank, pricey||Heavy, bulky, spendy||Cannot store regulator inside stove, average boil time||Boils 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||This is a luxurious freestanding set-up with two powerful burners and fold-out side prep tables, allowing you to cook for large groups with ease||A durable, wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenance||A compact and reasonably priced stove that simmers well and provides great wind protection||Versatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we tested||This is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price|
|Rating Categories||Camp Chef Pro 60X||Camp Chef Everest 2X||Kovea Slim Twin||Gas One GS-3000||Coleman Classic|
|Time To Boil (20%)|
|Wind Resistance (20%)|
|Simmering Ability (20%)|
|Ease Of Set Up (15%)|
|Ease Of Care (15%)|
|Specs||Camp Chef Pro 60X||Camp Chef Everest 2X||Kovea Slim Twin||Gas One GS-3000||Coleman Classic|
|Weight||45.6 lbs||13.97 lbs||9.94 lbs||4.1 lbs||9.8 lbs|
|BTU per Burner (from manufacturer)||30,000||20,000||10,500||9,000||10,.000|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan)||4 min||3.5 min||4.5 min||13 min||6.25 min|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind)||3 min||3 min||4 min||4.5 min||4.75 min|
|Cooktop Material||Nickel-plated steel||Nickel-coated steel||Nickel-plated steel||Enamel Coated Steel||Aluminized steel|
|Packed Size||35" x 14.5" x 9.25" (height not including legs)||27" x 15.5" x 8.25"||23.4" x 14.7" x 3.3"||14" x 12" x 3.5"||21" x 13" x 3.5"|
|Cooking Surface Dimensions||32" x 14"||21" x 9.5"||20.5" x 12.5"||8.25" x 8.25"||18.75" x 10.5"|
|Distance Between Burners (center to center)||16"||12.25"||10.5"||N/A||7.75"|
|Number of Burners||2||2||2||1||2|
|Type of Model||Freestanding||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop|
|Fuel Type||Propane - large 20# tank||Propane||Propane||Butane||Propane|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This freestanding two-burner stove with side prep tables is ideal for cooking camp feasts for large groups. Its power and ability to handle all sizes of cookware make serving up big meals nearly as easy as cooking in your home kitchen. It is bulky, heavy, and expensive, though, so be sure that it's what you need before making the sizable investment.
Time to Boil
The Pro 60X boils water very fast when there isn't a breeze to contend with. We noticed that, depending on the direction of the wind, this stove would either do very well or struggle considerably. On a non-windy day, it boiled a quart of water in 3 minutes flat, one of the best times in our whole review. With 30,000 BTUs on each five-inch burner, this didn't come as a surprise at all.
Despite the impressively high BTUs on the Pro 60X, it still struggles with the wind in some situations. While it is equipped with a windscreen, breezes can sneak in around the burner housing and through vents on the side of the stove. This stove's ability to grapple with breezy weather is as variable and inconsistent as the wind itself. When the wind behaves in a predictable manner, it handles a breeze with ease; but the openings throughout the stove struggle with variable and/or circulating wind, and sometimes the burners snuff out repeatedly.
In addition to using stoves in the field, we do a box fan test to evaluate wind resistance. This test entails timing how quickly a stove can boil a quart of water while using a box fan on the lowest setting, situated 24 inches to the side of the burner. In this test, the Pro 60X did great, clocking in at 4 minutes, just a minute longer than without the fan and the third-fastest in our review. However, with organic winds whipping around from all directions, there was a noticeable decline in performance. On a chilly morning with a variable breeze, it took this beast 11 minutes to boil a kettle of water (this water wasn't measured, so it may have been more volume and a lower starting temperature than in our official tests, but regardless, 11 minutes is a long time for a giant burner). The design of this stove is just susceptible to certain kinds of breezes. We don't think this is a reason not to buy the stove by any means, but just something to be aware of. In most situations, the powerful burners are more than adequate; you just may want to have something like a JetBoil MiniMo available on one of the side tables for quick morning coffee and tea.
With 30,000 BTUs per burner, it can take some patience and finesse to dial in the appropriate heat settings with the Pro 60X. It has a nice low setting, but the medium setting is quite high, and the flame jumps up pretty quickly. As you get used to fine-tuning the knob, finding the delicate in-between temperature settings becomes easier. The flame does go very low and cooks beautifully with close to the same feel as cooking on an indoor stove. When cooking a full-size meal, this stove shines, and it's clear it was designed to accommodate backcountry feasts. That said, the design is such that the flame is several inches away from your cookware, which means a breeze can flow between the flame and your pot, causing the flame to whip around. For the most part, when this happened, our flame would stay lit, but there were a few times when it went out, and we had to re-light the burner. This happened with all our freestanding models due to their open and airy designs.
Ease of Set Up
This is one area where the mighty Pro 60X came in at the bottom of the pack. It's not that setting up this stove is super hard, but compared to the other models, it's far more involved. For starters, the stove weighs 45.6 pounds (not including the fuel tank) and requires you to flip it either upside down or on its side to push a button and fold out the stiff legs. We are thankful that there are adjustable footpegs on the bottom of each leg (very useful on uneven ground), but leveling the stove is another step required before you can start cooking. You'll also need to fold out the side tables and attach the windscreen. If the propane hose isn't already connected, this is the next step, and the manufacturer recommends tightening it down with a wrench. Finally, the hose can be screwed onto your propane tank. Once you know the drill, it's no big deal, but the consensus is that if you're not going out with a sizable group, then it's not worth the trouble to lug this beast along.
Ease of Care
Unsurprisingly for a feature-heavy stove of this size, cleaning and maintenance are also a bit more involved. The main extra step is that you can't just lift out the cooking grate like you can on most compact stoves. There is a hook on one side tightened down with a wing nut that must be loosened before you can remove the grate to reach the recessed area that houses the burners. A bit of a learning curve, but the more you use this stove and get to know its intricacies, the easier caring for it will become.
No surprise, this big heavy beast scores low in this category. With measurements of 35 x 14.5 x 9.25 inches — not including the windscreen and propane tank — you need to be prepared for this stove to take up a pretty significant chunk of your car or truck. The side prep tables also aren't equipped with a latch and can swing open during transport if you're not careful. Hopefully, Camp Chef will address this small design flaw in future iterations.
The Pro 60X isn't even close to being cheap. Depending on your needs, however, it might be perfect for you. If you dig into reviews online for this stove, you will find that people buy it for all sorts of reasons outside of just car camping. Some use it for various kitchen projects like canning and preserving, or as their second outdoor kitchen in place of a grill. Value is relative. For many people, this stove is overpriced, but for the right kind of camper or outdoor foodie, the price is perfect for all you get.
The Pro 60X is a luxury item. There are a plethora of ways to get creative, pool your resources, and happily create a feast for lots of people without a stove like this. But just because you can do something on the cheap doesn't mean you always should. If you cook outside in large quantities regularly, why not have a setup that provides an excellent experience? This stove is a joy to cook on no matter what you're making, and the prep tables are invaluable. While it's large and heavy and sometimes struggles with the wind, overall, this stove provides a professional cooking experience that is hard to beat.
— Penney Garrett and Mary Witlacil
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