The Camp Chef Pro 60x is a luxury car camping stove with premium features and powerful burners. It performed well in many of our categories, proving quite fuel-efficient and boasting a fast boil time in our windless test and an above-average score in our wind test. It is heavy, expensive, and could have been designed to be less awkward to carry with a little forethought. However, it is the only stove in our review with integrated side tables for storage and prep. At 30,000 BTUs per burner, it boasts the second most powerful burners of any stove in our review and has an auto-igniter that works consistently well. If cooking fancy backcountry meals for large groups of people counts among your favorite pastimes, then this stove might be a reasonable — if not indulgent — option for you.Editor's Note: Camp Chef is now calling this stove the Pro 14 on their website. We reached out to them to ask if anything else had changed, and they informed us that they only changed the name on the website to distinguish the Pro 60X as part of their 14" line (they also have 16" systems). Nothing about the design or structure of this stove has changed,.
Camp Chef Pro 60X Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Powerful, fast boil time, fuel efficient, freestanding, fold-out side tables for prep
Cons: Heavy, expensive, awkward to carry, time consuming to set-up
Manufacturer: Camp Chef
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|Pros||Powerful, fast boil time, fuel efficient, freestanding, fold-out side tables for prep||Large cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance||Durable, powerful, wind resistant, fuel efficient, piezo-igniter, simmers well||Great simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignition||Affordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions|
|Cons||Heavy, expensive, awkward to carry, time consuming to set-up||Heavy, bulky, on the pricier side, closures not durable||Very expensive, heavy, large||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||A premium freestanding stove with side-tables, powerful burners, auto-ignition, and decent wind resistance||A wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenance||A top-shelf stove that is built to last, featuring powerful but fuel efficient burners and great wind resistance||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||Camp Chef Mountaine...||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||Camp Chef Mountaine...||Gas One GS-3000||Coleman Classic|
|Weight||44.7 lbs||13.97 lbs||14.63 lbs||4.1 lbs||9.8 lbs|
|BTU per Burner (from manufacturer)||30,000||20,000||20,000||9,000||10,.000|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan)||5 min 40 sec||3 min 25 sec||4 min 46 sec||13 min||6 min 25 sec|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind)||3 min 53 sec||3 min 17 sec||4 min 04 sec||4 min 30 sec||4 min 45 sec|
|Cooktop Material||Nickel-plated steel||Nickel-coated steel||Aluminum||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"||25.25" x 14.25" x 5.5"||14" x 12" x 3.5"||21" x 13" x 3.5"|
|Cooking Surface Dimensions||32" x 14"||21" x 9.5"||25.25" x 12.5"||8.25" x 8.25"||18.75" x 10.5"|
|Distance Between Burners (center to center)||16"||12.25"||11.75"||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 - large 20# tank||Butane||Propane|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We loved testing the Camp Chef Pro 60x as long as we didn't have to carry it too far. This powerful freestanding stove has premium features like 30,000 BTU burners and fold-out side tables. Sadly, these great features come at a cost. This stove is expensive, heavy, and awkward to carry around. Once it was in position, though, we loved using it.
Time to Boil
With a boil time of 3 minutes and 53 seconds, the Pro 60x had one of the faster boil times in our review. With two 30,000 BTU burners — the second most powerful burners in the review fleet — we would have expected this stove to also have the second-fastest boil time. This just wasn't the case. We think the slower relative boil time is due to the space between the burner and the cooking grate. While the boil time does tell us something meaningful about overall performance, it should not be a deterrent if you think this stove is right for you. It has powerful burners with excellent flame control, and the burners produce enough heat to keep up with whatever feast you can concoct.
To test wind resistance, we used a box fan on the low setting to generate 2-4 mph of wind (as measured by a pocket anemometer) and then timed how long it took each stove to boil 1 liter of 58°F water. The Pro 60x performed slightly above average, boiling 1 liter of water in 5 minutes 40 seconds. This stove has a detachable and foldable windscreen that provides some resistance from a cross-wind, and it also has a sizable drip pan that protects the flame from any wind that might circulate under the stove.
Beyond evaluating each stove for how quickly it boiled water in windless and windy conditions, we also measured how fuel-efficient they are compared to one another. The Pro 60x was very fuel-efficient, similar to other stoves that are only compatible with a large propane canister. In our wind test, it used 2.24 ounces of fuel, and in the windless test, our scale did not discern a change in the weight of the propane canister at all. On average, it burned 0.28% of the fuel in our 11-pound propane tank between the two boil tests.
With 30,000 BTUs per burner, dialing in the appropriate heat settings with the Pro 60Xcan take some patience and finesse. 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 nearly 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. Typically when this happened to us, the 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
The Pro 60x is one of the more challenging stoves to set up. The legs fold under the table and lock into place when not in use. To unfold the legs, you press a quick-release button to swing them into position. Out of the box, most of the legs swing out with ease, but our reviewers suspect the buttons will become dirty and less easy to release over time.
One of the key features that distinguish this stove from others on the market is its two foldable wings that function as side tables. These fold out easily to rest on the stove's side handles and are a great space-saving feature. Though, you could probably afford two tables and two tabletop stoves for the price of this one.
The windscreen is detachable and folds up when not in use. To install the windscreen, you simply attach it to the lip of the stove with the four tabs on the screen. While no aspect of the setup is particularly difficult, it is more labor-intensive than setting up other stoves in our review.
Ease of Care
This is another category where the Pro 60x ranked near the bottom of the pack. Cleaning and maintaining this stove requires more attention and care than other smaller models. To clean the drip pan, you have to unscrew a wingnut before lifting out the cooking grate. Then you can scrub down the drip pan, which is under the burners. The drip pan can be removed to clean it more thoroughly and more easily maneuver your scrubby around the burners, but this would require wrenches, time, and dedication. While not an insurmountable obstacle, cleaning this drip pan is undoubtedly more laborious than wiping down other stoves.
If you've read this far in the review, it should come as no surprise that the Pro 60x scored low in terms of portability. Weighing in at 44.7 pounds, it is by far the heaviest stove in our review. With packed dimensions of 35" x 14.5" x 9.25" excluding the legs, it proves unwieldy in addition to its heft. While it does have two folding side handles and a fixed handle on the back, the folding handles can be challenging to secure into position.
If you want to carry the stove a longer distance, you will want to use the fixed side handle. Easier said than done because the folding side-tables that double as a lid for transport don't have a latch to hold them in place. This means you either need to carry the stove with the lids pointed toward your body or risk having them swing open while you transport the stove sideways. Either way, it makes for an awkward carry that could be rectified with a simple design solution. We hope that future iterations of the stove address this problem.
The Pro 60x is a high-end stove, and the price tag reflects this reality. If you are looking for a heavy-duty stove with premium features to cook lavish backcountry feasts, and you want a stove that is compatible with tons of extra accessories (like a pizza oven, barbeque grill, or a griddle), then the price and weight are unlikely to be a deterrent. This stove has powerful burners with excellent low-end control, so it can cook as well as some home kitchens (if not better). For many outdoor chefs, these extra features will prove unnecessary and are unlikely to make up for the steep price tag.
The Cam Chef Pro 60X / Pro 14 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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