Gas One GS-3000 Review
Cons: Boils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)
Manufacturer: Gas One
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Gas One GS-3000
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|Pros||Great simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignition||Large cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance||Three burners, fast boil time, easy setup, powerful burners||Lightweight and compact, easy to use and set up, inexpensive||Affordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions|
|Cons||Boils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)||Heavy, bulky, on the pricier side, closures not durable||Awkward and sharp carrying handle, below average wind resistance||Minimal wind protection, slow boil time||No auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots|
|Bottom Line||Versatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we tested||A wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenance||A well-designed and powerful 3-burner stove, with easy setup and a relatively trim design||This lightweight single burner butane stove is reasonably priced, portable, and easy to use||This is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price|
|Rating Categories||Gas One GS-3000||Camp Chef Everest 2X||Stansport Outfitter...||Eureka SPRK+ Butane||Coleman Classic|
|Time to Boil (20%)|
|Wind Resistance (20%)|
|Simmering Ability (20%)|
|Ease of Set Up (15%)|
|Ease of Care (15%)|
|Specs||Gas One GS-3000||Camp Chef Everest 2X||Stansport Outfitter...||Eureka SPRK+ Butane||Coleman Classic|
|Weight||4.1 lbs||13.97 lbs||13.32 lbs||4.94 lbs w/case, 3.49 lbs stove alone||9.8 lbs|
|BTU per Burner (from manufacturer)||9,000||20,000||Outer 2 burners are 25,000 each, inner burner is 10,000||11,500||10,.000|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan)||13 min||3 min 25 sec||7 min 55 sec||13 min 10 sec||6 min 25 sec|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind)||4 min 30 sec||3 min 17 sec||3 min 39 sec||4 min 36 sec||4 min 45 sec|
|Cooktop Material||Enamel Coated Steel||Nickel-coated steel||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Aluminized steel|
|Packed Size||14" x 12" x 3.5"||27" x 15.5" x 8.25"||23" x 12.75" x 4.3"||15.3" x 13" x 3.6"||21" x 13" x 3.5"|
|Cooking Surface Dimensions||8.25" x 8.25"||21" x 9.5"||19.5" x 9.5"||9.5" x 9.5"||18.75" x 10.5"|
|Burner/Flame Diameter||2.875"||4.75"||4.75" (outer burners), 3.25" (middle burner)||3'||3.5"|
|Distance Between Burners (center to center)||N/A||12.25"||7" (outer to middle), 14" (outer to outer)||N/A||7.75"|
|Number of Burners||1||2||3||1||2|
|Type of Model||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop|
Our Analysis and Test Results
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, and 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 gem of a stove is highly portable and wickedly cheap, it is also super easy to use and clean, and it works great as a supplemental burner to a larger system.
Time to Boil
Boiling times on this stove varied depending on which fuel canister was used and how full it was. With a full Gas One butane can, it boils fast. But as the can reaches about halfway, the boil time decreases dramatically. Then we switched butane brands, and the boiling time got even slower. These variations aside, there are other stoves in our test suite that boiled water at an even slower pace.
The Gas One averaged 4.5 minutes to boil a quart of water in windless conditions. This time is somewhat middle of the road, but definitely not terrible.
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 a couple of our other tested models — though not by much. Still, it's not ideal for windy weather, and we would recommend making a windscreen out of an aluminum oven tray or buying one like the kind that comes with backpacking stoves. They are light, flexible, and easy to use.
We love the auto-igniter dial and simmer control on this stove. The instant start 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 stove 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.
Ease of Set Up
This is one of the easiest stoves in our test suite 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. There is no propane regulator to attach, an extra step that almost all the other contenders require.
Of course, setting up this stove is so easy because it's highly simplistic. Models with windscreens, legs, and propane tanks do take more time to get running, but they also provide better wind protection and fuel efficiency.
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.
While finding butane cartridges has been difficult in the past, many big box outdoor gear stores (like REI) are starting to carry butane fuel. You can also find butane at Asian food stores and cooking supply stores. However, it is worth noting that camping stores in your region may not carry them. Before you commit to a butane stove, we recommend spending a little time figuring out where you can buy butane in your vicinity. 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 or consider a different purchase.
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 it does a fine job of protecting everything when closed. This is the smallest stove we tested, so obviously, it scores 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 model is the cheapest stove in our review. It is incredibly lightweight, very compact, and it boils water fast for what it is. This burner represents the best value of all the single-burner models we reviewed.
Something to keep in mind: if you plan to cook for more than a few people over more than a few days, you will go through a small pile of butane canisters. If you are using your camp stove heavily and often, a propane model may be a better choice so as not to create so much waste. Propane models also have the option to connect a refillable five or twenty-gallon tank for even less waste. This also saves money over the long haul.
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 that makes set up and cleaning a breeze. For anyone cooking more complex delicacies, or if you plan to cook for larger groups, consider using this as an additional piece for your camp kitchen setup. However, if you're ok with simple one-pot meals, you can save space and a lot of money by opting for this little gem.
— Chris McNamara and Ross Robinson
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