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Stansport Outdoor Review

Rugged and simplistic, this burly stove offers super high BTUs and the ability to be used both on a tabletop or freestanding.
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Price:  $217 List | $112.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Can used on a tabletop or freestanding, easy to use, powerful flame, durable
Cons:  Requires a large propane tank, no windscreen, no auto-ignition system
Manufacturer:   Stansport
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 16, 2019
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  • Time to Boil - 30% 7
  • Wind Resistance - 25% 4
  • Simmering Ability - 15% 5
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 5
  • Ease of Care - 10% 8
  • Portability - 10% 3

Our Verdict

With a spacious cooking area and power-packed burners, the Stansport Outdoor is a great stove option whether you have a tabletop or need to be freestanding. Simplicity in design allows for easy post-meal cleaning and care, as well as efficient and straightforward set-up. The two 35,000 BTU burners are the most powerful in our review, making this stove more than robust enough for countless cookouts with friends and family.

This stove struggles with the wind a bit due to the lack of a windscreen and it also does not come equipped with an auto-ignitor, so you'll need to make sure you remember your lighter or matches. And, while we think this is a fine stove, the almost-identical Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner is considerably cheaper and performed better across all our most heavily weighted metrics.

Logo Update

Stansport freshened up the logo on their best selling Outdoor Stove, but rest assured that no specs have changed between the model we tested and the one with the new logo, which is pictured above.

July 2019


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Pros Can used on a tabletop or freestanding, easy to use, powerful flame, durableDurable, wind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignitionLow profile, lightweight, auto-ignition levers are easy to use, handy carrying caseGood wind resistance, easy to clean, ability to attach another stove or JetBoil, sturdyAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions
Cons Requires a large propane tank, no windscreen, no auto-ignition systemNoneVery pricey, not the most wind resistant, rubber closure straps could breakExpensive, small burners, low BTUs, carry handle is shallow and uncomfortableNo auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots
Bottom Line Rugged and simplistic, this burly stove offers super high BTUs and the ability to be used both on a tabletop or freestanding.This has been an Editors' Choice for more than five years.Excellent performance meets compact design with this impressive model, a folding two-burner that is hard not to love.A competent stove on its own, this contender will also allow you to connect a JetBoil or other Eureka stoves and run it all off the same fuel source.The Classic is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price.
Rating Categories Stansport Outdoor Camp Chef Everest Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Eureka Spire LX Coleman Classic
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Specs Stansport Outdoor Camp Chef Everest Jetboil Genesis... Eureka Spire LX Coleman Classic
Weight (pounds) 30 lbs 12.3 lbs 7.4 lbs w/bag, 6.4 lbs stove alone 12.4 lbs 9.8 lbs
Total BTU (from manufacturer) 70,000 40,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
Number of burners 2 2 2 2 2
Type of Model Freestanding Tabletop Tabletop, foldable Tabletop Tabletop
Cooktop material Solid steel Nickel-coated steel Nickel-plated steel Chrome plated steel Aluminized steel
Mfr. Model Number 217 MS2HP GNST 20393 2000020943NP
Packed Size (inches) 30.75 x 15.75 x 6.75" (height not including legs) 23.5 x 13.5 x 4" 9.75 x 4.5" (11 x 6" in carrying bag) 21.5 x 13.1 x 4.2" 21 x 13 x 3.5"
Cooking surface dimensions (inches) 30.5 x 15.5" 19 x 9.5" 8" x 8.5" (each burner) 18 x 9.5" 18.75 x 10.5"
Burner/flame diameter 5.5" 3.5" 3.5" 3" 3.5"
Distance between burners (center to center) 16.5" 12" 10.5" 11" 7.75"
Boil Time (1 quart of 60F water, no wind) 4.25 min 2.5 min 4.5 min 4 min 4.75 min
Boil Time (wind/box fan test) 9.5 min 3 min 7.5 min 5.25 min 6.25 min
Fuel Type Propane - large 20# tank Propane Propane Propane Propane
Piezo Ignitor? No Yes Yes Yes No
Windscreen? No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Outdoor Stove by Stansport is fantastic for large cookware and big groups. It has a simple, durable design and the removable legs allow it to be used either freestanding or on a tabletop or tailgate. However, while the powerful burners do pack a punch, the open design and lack of windscreen meant we had to re-light the burner whenever a breeze was present, and there's no auto-ignitor to help expedite the process.

Performance Comparison


Big pans and woks love this stove!
Big pans and woks love this stove!

Time to Boil


This stove boasts a whopping 70,000 total BTUs, more than any other model in our review. However, after months of rigorous testing, we feel that other stoves with less BTUs perform more powerfully and consistently. We know that wind is a factor, as the Stansport does not have a windscreen, but we even found this to be true on calm, non-windy days.

We kept aware of the fact that, on large propane tanks, there is a regulator with a safety mechanism that will engage if you turn the gas on too fast. This safety will keep the BTUs lower than they would be normally. It is unclear whether the particular Stansport we tested had some issue or if the BTUs the manufacturer claims this stove has are slightly inflated. And, to be fair, if we weren't directly comparing this stove to others we likely never would have noticed anything off. This is still a very powerful set-up with an impressive flame. It boiled a quart of cold tap water in 4:15 — not the fastest of our test suite, but still a very decent time.

Wind Resistance


Most of the stoves in our review that lacked a windscreen ended up near the bottom of the pack for overall performance. Wind resistance plays such a huge role in boil time and simmering ability, and thus the entire cooking experience. However, this model still fared decently overall, mostly due to the sheer size and force of its burners.

That said, the Stansport Outdoor does struggle with the wind. With no windscreen and so much space between the flame and the cooking surface, there are a lot of areas for wind to infiltrate. This stove comes equipped with an oxygen regulator to help adjust the flame when it's windy, but we saw minimal benefit to this in most applications. During our box fan test where we set up a fan 24 inches to the side of the stove while boiling a quart of water, this stove took 9:30 to boil. For comparison, our winner for this test, the compact Camp Chef Everest, took a mere 3 minutes.

This Stansport Outdoor struggled with wind resistance  easily going out with even a slight breeze present.
This Stansport Outdoor struggled with wind resistance, easily going out with even a slight breeze present.

Simmering Ability


This stove does adequately with simmering and low cooking but isn't the best. The low setting is still pretty high, which doesn't come as a huge surprise considering it has 5.5" wide burners (the largest of any stove we tested). The main issue we had is that it's easy to turn the flame off by accidentally going too low. This was made exponentially worse when a breeze came around.

Simmering a pot of rice on a breezy day, we had to relight the burner twice, which requires moving your pot and relighting the burner with a lighter as there is no auto-ignition system. It was hard for us to feel fully confident when simmering, and our testers were constantly checking the flame to see if it was still lit. Our favorite stoves for simmering are more compact and wind-resistant models such as our Editors' Choice Everest.

Ease of Set Up


Despite the size of this stove, it is very easy to set up. While much heavier than all the compact stoves, this contender is still 17 pounds lighter than our Top Pick for Group Cooking, the 47 pound Camp Chef Pro 60X. At 30 pounds, the Stansport is noticeably more manageable to lug around and requires only screwing the legs into place and attaching the fuel hose to be ready to go. And if you're setting up on a table or tailgate, you don't need to bother with the legs at all, making the whole process lighter and more straightforward.

Despite the large size of this stove  it was refreshingly easy to set up.
Despite the large size of this stove, it was refreshingly easy to set up.

Ease of Care


The Outdoor is one of our top picks for ease of care due to its open and airy design. Most of the other stoves we tested have a drip tray of some kind under the burners that naturally collects dropped food bits. With this stove, anything you spill will simply fall through to the ground (which could be seen as a pro or a con depending on what environment you are in). Additionally, this model is painted completely black, so it just doesn't show dirt and grime as easily. The only complaint we have concerning the paint job is that, when new, it off-gasses some nasty smelling chemicals as it burns through the initial layers of paint. Definitely not pleasant when preparing food, but also something that we understand is temporary. We would recommend running the burners on full blast without food for a bit when the stove is new to help mitigate this.

A bird's eye view of the Stansport Outdoor shows the open design and why we love this stove for ease of care.
A bird's eye view of the Stansport Outdoor shows the open design and why we love this stove for ease of care.

Portability


This model measures 30.75 x 15.75 x 6.75 inches with the legs removed. While it's not nearly as cumbersome as the Camp Chef Pro 60X, it's still a very large stove and you will need to be able to accommodate both the stove and a large propane tank in your vehicle and at your campsite. But, if you're planning to cook for a large group, this is arguably a completely reasonable and desirable trade-off.

Cooking with this stove is much like cooking on a professional gas range indoors with tons of room and lots of flame adjustability.
Cooking with this stove is much like cooking on a professional gas range indoors with tons of room and lots of flame adjustability.

Best Applications


The Stansport Outdoor is best for large groups and serious meals. The burners are huge and very conducive to high heat, large cookware, and food in large volume. So, if you regularly find giant pots of soup or huge pans of stir fry at your campsite, this may be a great option for you. It's also a great stove to consider if you need an outdoor kitchen for things like canning or beer-making, though simmering on a breezy day will be a bit touch and go. If you want the versatility of also being able to use small cookware, you may want to consider a different stove with a more compact top grate. Small vessels either don't fit at all or topple over, so you will need a pot that's at least 6.5" wide. And, if boiling water quickly at all times is a priority, having something like a JetBoil on hand as well is a smart idea.

The large grates on the burners of this stove mean you can't go too small with your cookware. This 6.5" pot fits  but if it gets shifted just a little bit it will fall through.
The large grates on the burners of this stove mean you can't go too small with your cookware. This 6.5" pot fits, but if it gets shifted just a little bit it will fall through.

Value


This stove has increased in price quite a lot over the time we've had it in our test suite. It's still a pretty decent value, but not nearly as much as it used to be. And when you consider that the Explorer 2-Burner is almost identical and performs better in several areas while also being way cheaper? Well… it's hard to justify choosing this one. But if you find the Stansport Outdoor on sale for a price that feels fair, we say go for it.

Conclusion


This is a nice stove with a sturdy design that cooks quickly and professionally. If you are someone that regularly cooks for a lot of people and your cookware tends to be large and burly, this is a great stove to consider purchasing. It's easy to set up and even easier to keep clean. Be prepared to be on your toes if there's a lot of wind and you're trying to simmer something though, as this was one area of weakness we did experience. Also of note is the height of this stove, several of our taller testers felt that the cooking surface was awkwardly low when set up on the legs.

Height was a bit of an issue that reviewers noticed with this stove. Standing only 28.5 inches high  it felt low for some of us.
Height was a bit of an issue that reviewers noticed with this stove. Standing only 28.5 inches high, it felt low for some of us.


Penney Garrett