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Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Review

Excellent performance meets compact design with this impressive folding two-burner that is fun to use
Jetboil Genesis Basecamp
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Price:  $270 List | $269.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Low profile, lightweight, auto-ignition levers are easy to use, easy portability with carrying case and handles
Cons:  Expensive, below average wind resistance
Manufacturer:   Jetboil
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 12, 2022
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RANKED
#5 of 15
  • Time to Boil - 20% 5.0
  • Wind Resistance - 20% 4.0
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 9.0
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 8.0
  • Ease of Care - 15% 7.0
  • Portability - 10% 10.0

Our Verdict

If you are a car camper that wants to conserve space and weight, then the Jetboil Genesis Basecamp is a great model to consider. This lightweight and low-profile setup 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 and a subpar 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, easy portability with carrying case and handlesLarge cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistanceThree burners, fast boil time, easy setup, powerful burnersGreat simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignitionAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions
Cons Expensive, below average wind resistanceHeavy, bulky, on the pricier side, closures not durableAwkward and sharp carrying handle, below average wind resistanceBoils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)No auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots
Bottom Line Excellent performance meets compact design with this impressive folding two-burner that is fun to useA wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenanceA well-designed and powerful 3-burner stove, with easy setup and a relatively trim designVersatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we testedThis is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price
Rating Categories Jetboil Genesis Bas... Camp Chef Everest 2X Stansport Outfitter... Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic
Time to Boil (20%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
Wind Resistance (20%)
4.0
8.0
4.0
2.0
5.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease of Set Up (15%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
10.0
7.0
Ease of Care (15%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Portability (10%)
10.0
6.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
Specs Jetboil Genesis Bas... Camp Chef Everest 2X Stansport Outfitter... Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic
Weight 7.4 lbs w/bag, 6.4 lbs stove alone 13.97 lbs 13.32 lbs 4.1 lbs 9.8 lbs
BTU per Burner (from manufacturer) 10,000 20,000 Outer 2 burners are 25,000 each, inner burner is 10,000 9,000 10,.000
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) 7 min 30 sec 3 min 25 sec 7 min 55 sec 13 min 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 30 sec 4 min 45 sec
Cooktop Material Nickel-plated steel Nickel-coated steel Stainless steel Enamel Coated Steel Aluminized steel
Packed Size 9.75" x 4.5" (11" x 6" in carrying bag) 27" x 15.5" x 8.25" 23" x 12.75" x 4.3" 14" x 12" x 3.5" 21" x 13" x 3.5"
Cooking Surface Dimensions 8" x 8.5" (each burner) 21" x 9.5" 19.5" x 9.5" 8.25" x 8.25" 18.75" x 10.5"
Burner/Flame Diameter 3.5" 4.75" 4.75" (outer burners), 3.25" (middle burner) 2.875" 3.5"
Distance Between Burners (center to center) 10.5" 12.25" 7" (outer to middle), 14" (outer to outer) N/A 7.75"
Windscreen? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Number of Burners 2 2 3 1 2
Type of Model Tabletop, foldable Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop
Fuel Type Propane Propane Propane Butane Propane
Model Number GNST MS2HP 212-300-50 GS-3000 2000020943NP

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Genesis Basecamp is a folding two-burner that is surprisingly lightweight and compact. The design is sure to please anyone needing to be savvy with their space, whether that means the back of a car, stowed into an expedition duffel, or for use in your van. Beyond this, it is a nimble stove that can crank out the heat or simmer like a champion.

Performance Comparison


Jetboil Genesis Basecamp camping stove - the basecamp is a stellar way to cook like a pro while optimizing...
The Basecamp is a stellar way to cook like a pro while optimizing space and keeping weight to a minimum.
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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 minutes 30 seconds in our main boil test, this stove falls right in line with other 10,000 BTU stoves — 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).

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp camping stove - while the basecamp isn't the fastest boiler, it gets the job done as...
While the Basecamp isn't the fastest boiler, it gets the job done as well as any model with similar BTUs.
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Wind Resistance


The Basecamp had a somewhat disappointing performance in this category. This stove's below-average wind protection doesn't necessarily impede cooking; it just doesn't measure up to the more wind-resistant models in our review. In our wind test, it took 7 minutes and 30 seconds to boil 1 liter of water when subjected to the constant wind of a box fan on the lowest setting. That being said, when we cooked meals in breezy weather, it did just fine — much better than many others in this review. While the box fan test can be an indicator, what's most important is how the stove performs in real-life scenarios.

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp camping stove - here you can see one of the tabs of the basecamp's windscreen...
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.
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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 opening your stove and unfolding the more traditional windscreen wings found on typical lidded models. The wind ring is not as tall as other windscreens either, so it doesn't provide quite as much protection.

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp camping stove - the barely visible plastic windscreen on this stove is sufficient...
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.
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Simmering Ability


Here's a metric where the Basecamp truly shines, scoring at the top of the pack. This stove is great for those that appreciate a good simmer. It does well on low, and it is easy to get a consistently low flame and cook with finesse. Even though it isn't the most windproof model, we were never concerned about wind extinguishing the low flame due to a sudden breeze. Additionally, the dial for each burner has a wide range, so you don't have to worry about accidentally turning the burner off.

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp camping stove - the basecamp helped us make some delicious slow-cooked veggie curry...
The Basecamp helped us make some delicious slow-cooked veggie curry and become camp kitchen heroes.
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Ease of Set Up


The foldable design of the Basecamp makes it relatively easy, albeit slightly different to set up than other stoves in our review. If you don't need the windscreen, just release the rubber closure straps and unfold the stove. The hinges between the burners offer more flexibility with setting it up on an uneven surface than you would get with your standard tabletop design. From there, connect the fuel line, turn the burner dials, hit the easily-depressed auto-ignition levers, and off you go!

The only challenging part of setting up the Basecamp is affixing 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 to locate them. If the stove is already hot and running, it's easy to burn yourself. This can be a problem if you start cooking in the absence of wind, and then a breeze picks up mid-meal. It's better to attach the windscreen before cooking unless you're sure you won't need it.

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp camping stove - unlike many stoves that have the threads for the fuel adaptor sunken...
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!
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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, as there are with some other models, so it's easy to clean almost every nook and cranny. The carrying bag also helps keep everything organized and tidy.

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp camping stove - just squeeze the side of the cooking grate to remove it from the...
Just squeeze the side of the cooking grate to remove it from the stove so you can scrub away.
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Portability


Out of our entire review suite, this stove is our favorite for portability, 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 it around. 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.

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp camping stove - convenient handles on the stove body paired with a well-conceived...
Convenient handles on the stove body paired with a well-conceived carrying bag make this stove a top scorer for portability.
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Value


Unfortunately, this is not a section where we can sing the praises of the — admittedly cool — Basecamp. The price tag is quite high, far above stoves with twice the BTUs. So, why would you fork over the cash for this stove? 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.

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp camping stove - small car, small table? no problem with the basecamp.
Small car, small table? No problem with the Basecamp.
Credit: Penney Garrett

Conclusion


This is a 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.

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp camping stove - basecamp feast!
Basecamp feast!
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