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Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Review

Excellent performance meets compact design with this impressive model, a folding two-burner that is easy to love.
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Price:  $240 List | $239.95 at REI
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Pros:  Low profile, lightweight, auto-ignition levers are easy to use, handy carrying case and handles
Cons:  Very pricey, not the most wind resistant
Manufacturer:   Jetboil
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2019
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  • Time to Boil - 25% 6
  • Wind Resistance - 25% 6
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 8
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 7
  • Ease of Care - 10% 8
  • Portability - 10% 10

Our Verdict

If you are a car camper that wants to save space and weight — maybe you have a small vehicle or always carpool or like to hike far away from the car to camp and cook — then the Jetboil Genesis Basecamp, our Top Pick for Portability, is a great model to consider. This lightweight and low-profile set up simmers beautifully, is easy to care for, and is by far the lightest and smallest way to haul around two burners that we have found thus far. The savvy design offers good heat distribution, easy assembly, and the patented Jetlink port so you can hook up your Jetboil and run it all off the same fuel source. The major drawback to this stove is the price — it's one of the most expensive in this review — and the fact that it doesn't have the best windscreen. But if the price isn't a deterrent and you can protect it from the wind a bit, we feel confident that you will love using this stove.

Get the Entire System
Jetboil sells the Genesis Basecamp System, which includes a 5L pot and 10-inch frying pan for some extra dough. Altogether, this creates a cooking system that packs away nicely within the carrying case, though less expensive pots and pans will obviously work just fine with this stove too.


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Pros Low profile, lightweight, auto-ignition levers are easy to use, handy carrying case and handlesDurable, wind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignitionEfficient, durable, compact, has auto-ignitionNon-slip rubber feet for leveling, large cooking surface, durable metal latches instead of plasticGreat simmering ability, freestanding, legs are removable, powerful burners, tons of cooking space
Cons Very pricey, not the most wind resistantPlastic latches on frontCooks hot, ignitor is sometimes finickyStruggles with the wind, not super powerful, on the heavy sideNo auto ignition system, does not operate on 16oz propane canisters, wind puts out burner easily
Bottom Line Excellent performance meets compact design with this impressive model, a folding two-burner that is easy to love.This has been an Editors' Choice for more than six years.This compact and well-functioning stove boil quickly, is easy to care for, and won't break the bank.This stove is pretty standard, but does provide a large cooking surface and useful non-slip rubber feet for keeping it level, no matter where your camp kitchen ends up.With high BTUs, a large cooking area, and removable legs, this freestanding stove offers a lot of options for big groups and chef-minded camp cooks.
Rating Categories Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Camp Chef Everest GSI Outdoors Selkirk 540 Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner
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Specs Jetboil Genesis... Camp Chef Everest GSI Outdoors... Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Chef Explorer...
Weight (pounds) 7.4 lbs w/bag, 6.4 lbs stove alone 12.3 lbs 9.8 lbs 12.0 lbs 30.6 lbs (19.2 lbs without legs)
Total BTU (from manufacturer) 20,000 40,000 20,000 20,000 60,000
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) 7.5 min 3 min 5.5 min 6.25 min 5 min
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 4.5 min 2.5 min 4 min 4.75 min 3.75 min
Cooktop material Nickel-plated steel Nickel-coated steel Nickel-chrome steel Plated steel Cast aluminum
Packed Size (inches) 9.75" x 4.5" (11" x 6" in carrying bag) 23.5" x 13.5" x 4" 21.4" x 12.9" x 3.8" 23" x 12.8" x 4" 32.75" x 14" x 7.75" (height not including legs)
Cooking surface dimensions (inches) 8" x 8.5" (each burner) 19" x 9.5" 17.5" x 9.5" 20.5" x 9.5" 32.5" x 13.75"
Burner/flame diameter 3.5" 3.5" 3" 3" 5"
Distance between burners (center to center) 10.5" 12" 11" 12" 13"
Windscreen? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Number of burners 2 2 2 2 2
Type of Model Tabletop, foldable Tabletop Tabletop, foldable Tabletop, foldable Freestanding
Fuel Type Propane Propane Propane Propane Propane - large 20# tank
Mfr. Model Number GNST MS2HP 56012 2572195 EX60LW

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Genesis Basecamp is a folding two-burner that's surprisingly lightweight with small dimensions. Its design is sure to please anyone needing to be savvy with their space, whether that means the back of a car or the kitchenette of a sweet #vanlife van. Add to that its ability to cook high or low like a pro, and it's no wonder this stove nabbed one of our prestigious Top Pick Awards.

Performance Comparison


The Basecamp is a stellar way to cook like a pro while optimizing space and keeping weight to a minimum.
The Basecamp is a stellar way to cook like a pro while optimizing space and keeping weight to a minimum.

Time to Boil


The Basecamp lands just about in the middle of the pack for this category — adequate, but not the best.


With a time of 4.5 minutes in our main boil test, this stove falls right in line with all the other stoves of the same BTUs — a 10,000 BTU burner can only do so much. For those that require boiled water super fast, it's never a bad idea to have a supplemental backpacking stove like a Jetboil along for the ride anyway. And with the presence of a Jetlink port on this stove, you can run it all off one canister of fuel (though you will have to buy additional accessories to do so).

While the Basecamp isn't the fastest boiler  it gets the job done as well as any model with similar BTUs.
While the Basecamp isn't the fastest boiler, it gets the job done as well as any model with similar BTUs.

Wind Resistance


This is the only metric where we find the Basecamp to be mildly mediocre — though not by much. Cooking isn't impeded, it just doesn't quite measure up to other models in our review.


The windscreen for this stove is a flexible clear plastic shield that fits into four slots on the underside of the burners. It's relatively easy to set up, though not as quick as unfolding wings on the top and sides like with a more traditional design. It also doesn't come up as high in the back as the lid-turned-windscreen of a more standard model, so it isn't able to provide quite as much protection.

Here you can see one of the tabs of the Basecamp's windscreen slotted into the base of the stove. Also notice the Jetlink port which will allow you to run another stove or a Jetboil off the same fuel source  if you have the supplemental equipment to do so.
Here you can see one of the tabs of the Basecamp's windscreen slotted into the base of the stove. Also notice the Jetlink port which will allow you to run another stove or a Jetboil off the same fuel source, if you have the supplemental equipment to do so.

The Basecamp clocked a time of 7.5 minutes in our box fan test where we boiled water while a fan blew continuous air on the burner. Not horrible, but also nothing to write home about. However, when we cooked meals in breezy weather, it did just fine — much better than many others in this review. While the box fan test is telling, what's most important is that the stove can perform in real-life scenarios.

The barely visible plastic windscreen on this stove is sufficient enough for breezy cooking days  though with strong  direct wind (as in our box fan test)  it struggles a bit.
The barely visible plastic windscreen on this stove is sufficient enough for breezy cooking days, though with strong, direct wind (as in our box fan test), it struggles a bit.

Simmering Ability


Scoring at the top of the pack, this stove is great for those that appreciate a good simmer.


The Basecamp does well on low — it's easy to get a tiny flame and cook with finesse. And even though this isn't the most windproof model, we never felt worried about the flame being extinguished unexpectedly due to a sudden breeze. Additionally, the dial for each burner has a wide range, so you don't have to worry about doing too much with a tiny movement and accidentally turning the burner off.

The Basecamp helped us make some delicious slow-cooked veggie curry and become camp kitchen heroes.
The Basecamp helped us make some delicious slow-cooked veggie curry and become camp kitchen heroes.

Ease of Set Up


If you don't need a windscreen, just release the rubber closure straps and unfold — the hinges between burners on this stove offer a lot more flexibility in regards to setting up on a slightly uneven surface than a standard design. From there, connect the fuel line, turn the burner dials, hit the easily-depressed auto-ignition levers, and off you go!


The one part of set up that is slightly more involved with the Basecamp than other designs is attaching the windscreen. The flexible plastic screen has four tabs that slot into notches on the underside of the burners. You either have to know precisely where those notches are or peek underneath and, if the stove is already hot and running, it's easy to burn yourself. It's better to attach this before cooking unless you're sure you won't need it.

Unlike many stoves that have the threads for the fuel adaptor sunken into a recess  the Basecamp has them fully visible. This makes for a much easier time getting everything attached  especially if you have cold fingers!
Unlike many stoves that have the threads for the fuel adaptor sunken into a recess, the Basecamp has them fully visible. This makes for a much easier time getting everything attached, especially if you have cold fingers!

Ease of Care


As simple as it gets for a camp stove; remove the grates, and wipe everything down.


The Basecamp is simple and straightforward to clean. The grates remove from the stove body by squeezing two prongs on the side to release them from their housing. There are no odd or inaccessible recesses like on some other models, so it's easy to get to almost every nook and cranny. The carrying bag also helps keep everything organized and clean.

Just squeeze the side of the cooking grate to remove it from the stove so you can scrub away.
Just squeeze the side of the cooking grate to remove it from the stove so you can scrub away.

Portability


This Top Pick winner is our favorite for portability of all our tested models, even beating out the compact single burner options.


The Genesis Basecamp is the most compact and lightweight stove of all the two-burners in our review, even rivaling the single burners! Altogether, the stove, fuel adaptor, windscreen, and carrying bag only weigh 7.4 pounds and measure a mere 11 inches across and 6 inches high. The stove by itself weighs 6.4 pounds and measures just 9.75 x 4.5 inches with a convenient collapsible handle on both sides for carrying. Despite these small dimensions, when unfolded, there is still a generous 10.5 inches between burners, so accommodating two large pans is no problem. We also like that the carrying bag has a pocket for the fuel adaptor, so it doesn't rattle and slide around during transport. This is also a great place to stash a cleaning rag or sponge. If you want to stay low profile without sacrificing anything other than a few BTUs, this is a stellar option.

Convenient handles on the stove body paired with a well-conceived carrying bag make this stove a top scorer for portability.
Convenient handles on the stove body paired with a well-conceived carrying bag make this stove a top scorer for portability.

Value


This is not a section where we can sing the praises of this, admittedly cool, stove. Its price tag is quite high, far above our Editors' Choice, which has TWICE the BTUs. So, why purchase the Genesis? Well, if you have a little extra holiday money from Grandma and love to have the trendiest gear OR you need to shave off five pounds and reduce packed size, then this might make perfect sense. Otherwise, maybe not so much.

Small car  small table? No problem with the Basecamp.
Small car, small table? No problem with the Basecamp.

Conclusion


This is a gosh darn neat stove. It boils decently, fends off the wind adequately, simmers like a dream, and packs away the smallest and lightest of all the two-burners we reviewed. It doesn't have the most impressive BTUs, and it's pricey as heck, but for someone that values compactness over everything else, it very well might be a camp stove dream come true.

Basecamp feast!
Basecamp feast!


Penney Garrett