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Gas One GS-3000 Review

The GS-3000 Portable Butane Stove
Best Buy Award
Price:  $31 List | $24.70 at Amazon
Pros:  Great simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, easy to find, auto-ignite
Cons:  Boils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)
Bottom line:  Versatile at a low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weights the least of all models.
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Weight (pounds):  4.1 lbs
Total BTU (from manufacturer):  9,000
Top material:  Enamel Coated Steel
Manufacturer:   Gas One

Our Verdict

The Gas One GS-3000 is a mini wonder and winner of our Best Buy Award. Lightweight and versatile, this model is great as a light camp stove or an extra emergency burner. Barely weighing over four pounds, our testers were much more willing to haul this model further from their cars than the other, more cumbersome, stoves. This butane single-burner stove doesn't boil water the fastest and lacks wind protection, but it does have excellent simmer control. Whether you're slow-simmering sauces or frying eggs, the Gas One provides a solid experience. Finish cooking and the drip pan lifts off the stove for super simple cleaning. And with a list price of just $31, the value can't be beaten. You can buy two of these for half the cost of a standard two-burner camping stove. Its weight and compactness make up for its lack of flame size and cooking speed.

If you are only cooking once in a while, this may be the perfect camp stove. Remarkably similar in size and design, the Coleman Butane Instastart stands in direct competition to the Gas One. The Coleman is more sturdy, but it was also heavier, more difficult to clean, and slower to boil, with or without wind. Something to keep in mind: if you plan to cook for more than a few people for more than a few days, you will go through a small pile of butane canisters with either of these single-burning models. So, for the best value in a two-burner stove, check out the Coleman Classic, our other Best Buy winner or our Editors' Choice pick, the Camp Chef Everest. Both provide far better wind resistance, power, and the option to hook up a five-gallon propane tank.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Chris McNamara

Last Updated:
Tuesday
August 1, 2017

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As a camping stove, we came across the Gas One by accident. A family member bought it to cook a meal in the middle of the dining room table. It worked perfectly (however the instructions say not to do this because of carbon monoxide hazards, so please don't try this at home!) This stove is affordable at $31 (often found online at a discount), more transportable than any other model we tested, and super easy to use and clean.

Performance Comparison


The cast-iron skillet weighs almost twice that of the stove underneath  yet the Gas One remains sturdy and cooks single-pan dishes well.
The cast-iron skillet weighs almost twice that of the stove underneath, yet the Gas One remains sturdy and cooks single-pan dishes well.

Time to Boil


The time to boil varied depending on which fuel canister was used and how full it was. With a full Gas One butane can, it boiled fast. But as the can reached about halfway, the boil time decreased dramatically. Then we switched butane cans and the boiling time got even slower. These variations aside, two other stoves in our test suite boiled water at an even slower pace.


This stove averaged 4.5 minutes to boil a liter of water in windless conditions. This is 30 seconds faster than our other single burner, the Coleman Butane Instastart, but far from the front-runners. The Editors' Choice Camp Chef Everest boiled one liter of water in 2.5 minutes flat.

This model doesn't break any speed-boil records but still gets it done when there isn't much wind.
This model doesn't break any speed-boil records but still gets it done when there isn't much wind.

Keep in mind that Butane canisters struggle in freezing temps. If you find yourself cooking in these conditions, steer your purchase decision toward a propane burning stove.

Wind Resistance


It's too bad you can't use this stove inside its case. The safety lever will not allow you to, and we cracked the case trying to force it. You can take the case off, turn it sideways and make a wind block, but you then will have to keep the case from blowing away. Without any wind block, this stove does not work well in a breeze.


Standing two feet from a fan, it took the Gas One 13 minutes to boil. This is not a terrible time and beats several of our other tested models. Still, it's not ideal for windy weather and we would recommend getting an aluminum windscreen like the kind that comes with backpacking stoves. They are light, flexible, and easy to use.

Simmering


We loved the auto-igniter dial and simmer control on this stove. The instant start (Piezo igniter) is built into the dial, which means you don't have to press an extra button and brace your hand against a potentially hot stove as with most other camp stoves. The dial is very accurate concerning the flame size, allowing you to simmer or keep your food warm, which is a luxury while camping. Many other camp stoves may boil water fast, but don't always keep a small flame, resulting in burnt eggs and over-crisped bacon.


For its price, the flame control on this little heater is fantastic. Folks who tend to cook on the lower end of the flame spectrum will not be disappointed in this department. The Gas One cooked perfect eggs, popped popcorn, and fried bacon on par with much more expensive models.

The GS-3000 flame output is tameable for a breakfast fry-up.
The GS-3000 flame output is tameable for a breakfast fry-up.

Ease of Set Up


The Gas One is by far the easiest stove to set up. Just remove the stove from the case, flip over the drip pan, insert the fuel canister, press the safety lever to engage the can, and turn the dial. Like the Coleman Butane Instastart, there is no propane regulator to attach. All the other contenders require that extra step.


Of course, its simplicity is why setup takes merely a few seconds. Models with windscreens, legs, and propane tanks do take more time to set up, but also provide the ability for more nuanced and controlled cooking. While the Camp Chef Pro 60X, our Top Pick for Group Cooking, is the biggest pain to set up, its deluxe design allows you to really chef it up.

The butane canister tucks into the side compartment of the Gas One for quick  easy  and fast setup. Engage the can  ignite the gas  and you're cooking in seconds.
The butane canister tucks into the side compartment of the Gas One for quick, easy, and fast setup. Engage the can, ignite the gas, and you're cooking in seconds.

Ease of Care


This stove is easy to clean. The drip pan lifts off the stove for quick and thorough cleanings, as well as easier access to the internal parts, should your cooking excitement get a little out of hand. This is a significant advantage over the Coleman Butane Instastart, and another reason we like the Gas One better.


What's tricky for many people is finding the butane cartridges. They are available at Asian food stores and cooking supply stores. However, many camping stores may not carry them. The canisters are inexpensive, but they don't last for more than a few hours of heavy use, so you'll probably want to stock up before a big cooking extravaganza.

A removable drip pan makes it easier to clean the surface and internal parts of the stove as necessary.
A removable drip pan makes it easier to clean the surface and internal parts of the stove as necessary.

Portability


The small size of this stove is awesome — it's super compact and comes with a little suitcase-like carrying case for transport. The case is a little flimsy when open, but when closed it does a fine job of protecting everything. This is the smallest stove we tested, so obviously it scored high in this category. There are smaller stoves available, but they tend to be more flimsy.


We noticed a small detail that results in a nice safety feature when storing this model. To fit inside its case the drip pan needs to be flipped upside down. Then, the fuel canister must be disengaged for it to rest on top of the stove. The result is that you cannot store this model in its case with the butane canister engaged, which we consider a good thing. This isn't the case with the Coleman Butane InstaStart.

As long as the Fuel Lock is engaged  this stove cannot be packed into its carry case. We like this safety feature that prevents gas leakage during storage.
As long as the Fuel Lock is engaged, this stove cannot be packed into its carry case. We like this safety feature that prevents gas leakage during storage.

Best Application


This stove is best suited for a couple of different scenarios. By itself, it is ideal for people that eat simply when they camp — one-pot foodies that love oatmeal and soup or stir fry or mac and cheese. Many of these meals are budget meal options, and this is a fantastic stove for someone on a tight budget. Another scenario where this stove shines is as a supplement to another larger stove.

It's a competent extra burner that you can bring when you need it or leave home when you don't, providing nice flexibility in your options. It would also be a great sidekick for a JetBoil Flash since by itself it doesn't boil water very quickly. Depending on your style of cooking, this stove is best suited for 1-3 people, perhaps four if you're crafty and happen to have something large like a wok.

Is it the stove or the chef? Both. We cooked a perfect batch of popcorn with this stove  popping almost every kernel and no burnt ones.
Is it the stove or the chef? Both. We cooked a perfect batch of popcorn with this stove, popping almost every kernel and no burnt ones.

Value


At $31, this model is only one dollar more than the cheapest model in our review, the Coleman Butane InstaStart. We chose the Gas One as our Best Buy Award winner because you get a few nice extra touches for that buck. It's more lightweight, packs smaller, and boils water faster. This model represents the best value of all the models we reviewed.

Keep your expenditures low with this affordable and capable single-burner. The price to performance ratio here is super.
Keep your expenditures low with this affordable and capable single-burner. The price to performance ratio here is super.

Conclusion


If you're keeping it simple, you might as well keep it cheap. And for that, there isn't a better stove in this review. The Gas One GS-3000 is a functional single-burner stove that makes set up and cleaning a breeze. For anyone cooking for larger groups or more complex delicacies, consider using this little gem as an additional piece for your camp cooking equipment.

Chris McNamara

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