Camp Chef Teton Two-Burner Review
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Camp Chef Teton is the slightly under-achieving younger sibling of the Everest. It is perfectly adequate and gets the job done, but it doesn't have an ivy-league resume either. If money is tight and you don't camp super often, the Teton is fine — but if you can spend a bit more, camp a lot, and want the best? Go with something else.
Time to Boil
The Teton boiled a quart water in 4.75 minutes. This is a decent time, but not overly fast. If you tend to boil tons of water and want it done as quickly as possible, this stove may be a good one to pair with something like a JetBoil MiniMo.
The wind resistance on this stove is satisfactory overall. Some of our other models struggled mightily in this category, especially those lacking a windscreen, but the Teton held its own. The compact design means that wind or no, it stays fairly consistent. In our box fan test, where we put a fan to the side of the stove and turned it on low while boiling water, this stove clocked in at 6.25 minutes — not that much more time than without the fan. And while this isn't a winning time by any means, it's still better than more than half of our test suite. The Teton also does well when cooking food in real (not simulated) wind — the ultimate test of a well-designed stove.
Simmering isn't a strong point for this contender. Despite having the burner as low as it would go, when making pancakes, it was difficult to get the center cooked before the outside was done. We also had to observe our veggies and bacon and stir them frequently to not char or over-crisp. If you need something simple and cheap for making soup and pasta, however, this is a fine option. Not everyone needs a gourmet setup.
Ease of Set Up
Setting up the Teton is as smooth and straightforward as any other compact two-burner. Slot the windscreens into the lid, attach the fuel adaptor to the stove body, and screw in your fuel canister. Done.
Of note: while this model does come equipped with an auto-ignition system, ours only worked about half the time. Our first day out of the box, it didn't work at all. Later on, it worked here and there; other times, it was 100%. It almost behaved as if it needed to be broken in. Maybe it was just an issue with the particular model we tested. Either way, we recommend keeping a lighter handy, just in case.
Ease of Care
Same as set up, caring for this stove is a breeze. The top cooking grate lifts off, clearing the way for you to scrub the drip tray underneath. Simple as that!
This is a great option for anyone needing to be conscious of space and weight. It's a nice compact size at 21.5 x 12.5 x 4 inches and only weighs 9.6 pounds. However, if the nuances of fine cooking are more important to you than saving 2 pounds and 2 inches, you might want to get something else.
While there are some performance issues with this stove, the price is highly reasonable for what you get. If you're not someone who camps often, it makes sense to get something simple and affordable like this.
We are lukewarm about the Teton overall. It's adequate and available at a nice price, but it's not exceptional in any way and is of noticeably lower quality than other Camp Chef models. It offers good wind resistance and decent boiling times, but it doesn't simmer overly well, and we fear it may not withstand the test of time if you are someone that camps often and cooks fiercely.
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