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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.