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Kovea Slim Twin Review

A compact and reasonably priced stove that simmers well and provides great wind protection
Kovea Slim Twin
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Price:  $130 List | $129.95 at REI
Pros:  Affordable, straightforward to use, easy to clean and carry, compact, great wind resistance, good simmering ability
Cons:  Cannot store regulator inside stove, average boil time
Manufacturer:   Kovea
By Mary Witlacil ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 29, 2021
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  • Time to Boil - 20% 7
  • Wind Resistance - 20% 9
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 8
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 8
  • Ease of Care - 15% 8
  • Portability - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Kovea Slim Twin earns an award for its great space-saving design, proving its worth in a field of worthy camping stove competitors. It is affordable, compact, and easy to care for, making it an excellent companion for car camping culinary endeavors. The windscreens provide 3-way protection from the wind, and it is easy to move between simmer and full blast thanks to the tight knobs and minimal gap between the burner and the cooktop. Our only real complaint is that the stove is too compact to stash the regulator inside when not in use. But whether it's space or funds that are at a premium, this compact stove performs well across the board and all without breaking the bank.

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Pros Affordable, straightforward to use, easy to clean and carry, compact, great wind resistance, good simmering abilityLarge cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance, built to lastGreat simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignitionLightweight, compact, easy to use, easy to set up, highly portable, inexpensiveAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions
Cons Cannot store regulator inside stove, average boil timeHeavy, bulky, spendyBoils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)Minimal wind protection, slow boil timeNo auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots
Bottom Line A compact and reasonably priced stove that simmers well and provides great wind protectionA durable, wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenanceVersatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we testedThis lightweight single burner butane stove is decently inexpensive and easy to useThis is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price
Rating Categories Kovea Slim Twin Camp Chef Everest 2X Gas One GS-3000 Eureka SPRK+ Butane Coleman Classic
Time To Boil (20%)
7.0
9.0
6.0
4.0
5.0
Wind Resistance (20%)
9.0
9.0
3.0
2.0
7.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Ease Of Set Up (15%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Ease Of Care (15%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
Portability (10%)
8.0
6.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Specs Kovea Slim Twin Camp Chef Everest 2X Gas One GS-3000 Eureka SPRK+ Butane Coleman Classic
Weight 9.94 lbs 13.97 lbs 4.1 lbs 4.94 lbs w/case, 3.49 lbs stove alone 9.8 lbs
BTU per Burner (from manufacturer) 10,500 20,000 9,000 11,500 10,.000
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) 4.5 min 3.5 min 13 min 14.5 min 6.25 min
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 4 min 3 min 4.5 min 5 min 4.75 min
Cooktop Material Nickel-plated steel Nickel-coated steel Enamel Coated Steel Stainless steel Aluminized steel
Packed Size 23.4" x 14.7" x 3.3" 27" x 15.5" x 8.25" 14" x 12" x 3.5" 15.3" x 13" x 3.6" 21" x 13" x 3.5"
Cooking Surface Dimensions 20.5" x 12.5" 21" x 9.5" 8.25" x 8.25" 9.5" x 9.5" 18.75" x 10.5"
Burner/Flame Diameter 3.25" 4.75" 2.875" 3' 3.5"
Distance Between Burners (center to center) 10.5" 12.25" N/A N/A 7.75"
Windscreen? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes Rotary No
Number of Burners 2 2 1 1 2
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop
Fuel Type Propane Propane Butane Butane Propane
Model Number 168,970 MS2HP GS-3000 2572201 2000020943NP

Our Analysis and Test Results

We were impressed with how the Kovea Slim performed in nearly every metric. With well-designed windscreens and burners situated close to the cooktop, this compact stove produces a consistent flame whether you need to simmer or boil. It is easy to clean, easy to set up, and easy to transport.

Performance Comparison


This compact stove offers excellent wind resistance and is...
This compact stove offers excellent wind resistance and is affordable to boot.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Time to Boil


In our boil water boiling test, the Slim Twin clocked in at 4 minutes, which is an average boil time in our very competitive lineup.


The likely reason for the slightly slower boil time is that the Kovea Slim features burners with 10,500 BTUs; our highest-scoring models have 20,000 or more. However, the lower BTUs and slower boil time need not deter you from choosing this stove. In the field, the Slim quickly boiled water for coffee and cooked two pot meals as efficiently as the stove in our home kitchen.

On cold camp mornings, boiling water for coffee is a breeze with...
On cold camp mornings, boiling water for coffee is a breeze with this stove.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Wind Resistance


Our review team was thoroughly impressed by the performance of the Slim Twin in this metric. Besides cooking on windy days out in the field, we also give each stove a tough test in a controlled environment: we situate a box fan 24 inches from the stove on the lowest setting and measure how long it takes to boil 1 quart of cool tap water. This test tends to really separate the well-designed stoves from the mediocre ones.


The Slim clocked in at 4.5 minutes, just 30 seconds longer than it took to boil a quart of water in the absence of wind. We credit the tight design of the stove for its excellent wind resistance. The rectangular windscreens provide a tight seal on the sides of the stove, and the burners sit close enough to the cooktop to maximize the heating potential of the flames. These design advantages coalesce to give this stove above average wind resistance.

The windscreens on the Slim Twin provide a tight seal, ensuring...
The windscreens on the Slim Twin provide a tight seal, ensuring consistent flame output and impressive wind resistance.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Simmering Ability


This is another metric where the Slim Twin shines. Tests for this metric included cooking more delicate foods, such as rice, where maintaining an even and low flame is essential for a quality finished dish.


This stove made nearly perfect rice, impressing even our most discerning camp foodie. Here again, the design lent to excellent performance. The tight control knobs enable you to turn the burners down low, and the well-sealed windscreens protect the flames from inconsistently heating your cookware.

With tight knobs and an excellent windscreen, it was easy to dial in...
With tight knobs and an excellent windscreen, it was easy to dial in the burner nice and low for simmering rice, without worrying that the wind would extinguish the flame.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Ease of Set Up


Like many other two-burner stoves in our review, the Slim Twin has a straightforward setup process. Simply push the open button, secure the windscreens, connect the regulator to the fuel source, turn on the cooking knob, and use the Piezo ignition to light the stove.


Among other design features that lent to an easy setup, our review team was especially impressed by how easily the regulator threaded onto the stove and how well the Piezo igniters worked for lighting the burners. Initially, the windscreens were a little fickle to secure, but once we learned how to properly seat the windscreen tabs into the slots on the stove, even this proved straightforward. Finally, owing to a quirk of the testing process, we tested two of these stoves. The first one had a tight overall seal and tight hinge, however, we had to bend some of the hinge to ensure a tight seal on the second stove. This was not a big deal at all, but something to be aware of if you find your stove doesn't open and close properly.

The regulator is simple to attach to the stove because the threads...
The regulator is simple to attach to the stove because the threads align easily with the receiver port inside the stove.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Ease of Care


The process for cleaning the Kovea Slim is a straightforward affair, as is the case with most simple two-burner tabletop models.


Simply remove the cooking grate to scrub the drip pan. There aren't any sneaky holes in the drip pan for food to fall into, which makes it a breeze to clean the stove after each use (or on the rare occasion when you want to give your camp cooking kit a deep clean.)

This stove is easy to care for, but we would prefer the option to...
This stove is easy to care for, but we would prefer the option to stash the regulator inside the stove when not in use. Instead, you can clip the regulator onto the bottom, but this increases the storage profile.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Portability


The slim design and plastic carrying handle on the Slim make this stove an exceptionally portable option.


Despite having premium level portability, we didn't give the Kovea Slim a perfect score in this category for two reasons. The first is that the regulator does not fit inside the stove for storage. There is a plastic clip to hold it on the bottom of the stove, but using this clip increases the volume, negating the stove's slim stowability. If you decide to go with this stove, we recommend stashing the regulator in your camp kitchen bin to avoid losing it. Additionally, there are two rubber feet on the bottom that unnecessarily increase the stove's vertical volume when you store it. These two concerns aside, this stove is compact, decently lightweight, and easy to carry.

The carrying handle on the top of the Kovea makes for easy transport.
The carrying handle on the top of the Kovea makes for easy transport.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Value


While the Slim Twin is not the cheapest model in our review, it certainly packs a punch for the price. It performed well in nearly every metric, proving to be a competent stove with a slim footprint and excellent wind resistance. If you are looking for something with a high value to performance ratio, you will not be disappointed with this stove.

Conclusion


With a slim design and great protection from the wind, the Kovea Slim Twin is an easy stove to recommend. It simmers well, takes up minimal space, and provides enough power to meet all your camp culinary needs. We wish you could stash the regulator in the stove while not in use, but if you keep it in your kitchen bin, you should be able to avoid losing it. Overall, it is a great stove at a reasonable price.

We love this stove for the affordable price tag, great wind...
We love this stove for the affordable price tag, great wind resistance, and compact design - and we think you will too!
Photo: Mary Witlacil

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