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Stansport Outfitter Series 3-Burner Review

A well-designed and powerful 3-burner stove, with easy setup and a relatively trim design
Stansport Outfitter Series 3-Burner
Photo: Stansport
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Price:  $151 List
Pros:  Three burners, snug windscreen, fast boil time, easy setup, powerful burners
Cons:  Awkward and sharp carrying handle, average wind resistance
Manufacturer:   Stansport
By Mary Witlacil ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 10, 2021
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  • Time to Boil - 20% 8
  • Wind Resistance - 20% 6
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 9
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 7
  • Ease of Care - 15% 8
  • Portability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

If you believe you shouldn't have to sacrifice any time to make a well-rounded breakfast and a cup of coffee in the morning, then the Stansport 3-Burner stove might be a match made in car camping heaven. This innovative stove has two 25,000 BTU burners and one 10,000 BTU burner in the middle. It features snug windscreens for good wind protection and three removable cooking grates for easy clean-up. Our review team was impressed by this stove's rapid boil time and ease of set-up. If you're in the market for the perfect partner in breakfast crime, then look no further.

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Pros Three burners, snug windscreen, fast boil time, easy setup, powerful burnersLarge cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance, built to lastGreat simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignitionGreat simmering ability, freestanding, legs are removable, powerful burners, tons of cooking spaceAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions
Cons Awkward and sharp carrying handle, average wind resistanceHeavy, bulky, spendyBoils 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 system, does not operate on 16oz propane canisters, wind puts out burner easilyNo auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots
Bottom Line A well-designed and powerful 3-burner stove, with easy setup and a relatively trim designA 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 testedWith high BTUs, a large cooking area, and removable legs, this freestanding stove offers a lot of options for big groups and chef-minded camp cooksThis is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price
Rating Categories Outfitter Series 3-... Camp Chef Everest 2X Gas One GS-3000 Camp Chef Explorer... Coleman Classic
Time To Boil (20%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
5.0
Wind Resistance (20%)
6.0
9.0
3.0
5.0
7.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Ease Of Set Up (15%)
7.0
7.0
9.0
4.0
7.0
Ease Of Care (15%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
Portability (10%)
7.0
6.0
9.0
3.0
8.0
Specs Outfitter Series 3-... Camp Chef Everest 2X Gas One GS-3000 Camp Chef Explorer... Coleman Classic
Weight (pounds) 7.77 lbs 13.97 lbs 4.1 lbs 30.6 lbs (19.2 lbs without legs) 9.8 lbs
Total BTU per burner (from manufacturer) 25,000 20,000 9,000 30,000 10,.000
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) 7 min 3.5 min 13 min 5 min 6.25 min
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 3.25 min 3 min 4.5 min 3.75 min 4.75 min
Cooktop material Stainless steel Nickel-coated steel Enamel Coated Steel Cast aluminum Aluminized steel
Packed Size (inches) 23" x 12.75" x 4.3" 27 x 15.5 x 8.25 14" x 12" x 3.5" 32.75" x 14" x 7.75" (height not including legs) 21" x 13" x 3.5"
Cooking surface dimensions (inches) 19.5" x 9.5" 21" x 9.5" 8.25" x 8.25" 32.5" x 13.75" 18.75" x 10.5"
Burner/flame diameter 4.75" (outer burners), 3.25" (middle burner) 4.75" 2.875" 5" 3.5"
Distance between burners (center to center) 7" (outer to middle), 14" (outer to outer) 12.25" N/A 13" 7.75"
Windscreen? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes No No
Number of burners 3 2 1 2 2
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Freestanding Tabletop
Fuel Type Propane Propane Butane Propane - large 20# tank Propane
Mfr. Model Number 212-300-50 MS2HP GS-3000 EX60LW 2000020943NP

Our Analysis and Test Results

Are you the type of person who likes to roast veggies and scramble your eggs at the same time as you make coffee in the morning? If so, this might be the stove for you. The Stansport 3-Burner features two high-powered 25,000 BTU burners and a third 10,000 BTU burner in the middle. Beyond the potential to have three burners going simultaneously, this stove boils water fast, is easy to set up, and has solid wind resistance. If all this isn't enough, this stove is still fairly trim, so it won't command too much space in your car camping kitchen kit.

Performance Comparison


The Stansport features a broad cook surface, 3 burners, rapid...
The Stansport features a broad cook surface, 3 burners, rapid boiling time, above average wind protection, and a durable design - what's not to love?
Photo: Jared Ross

Time to Boil


In our boil test, the Stansport 3-Burner was one of the leaders of the pack, taking just 3.25 minutes to boil a quart of water.


This stove boasts one 10,000 BTU burner in the middle of two 25,000 BTU burners. For our boil test, we tested one of the outer 25,000 BTU burners in a windless garage. This stove outperformed many of the other stoves in our review, impressing even the most skeptical reviewers.

Testing boil times in the garage, the Stansport 3-Burner had one of...
Testing boil times in the garage, the Stansport 3-Burner had one of the fastest boil times of any stove in our review.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Wind Resistance


To test wind resistance, we position a box fan on low 24" away from the stove and then time how long it takes to boil a quart of room temperature water. The Stansport 3-Burner took 7 minutes to boil a quart of water, placing it in the middle of the pack.


This test aims to simulate constant wind and test the effectiveness of the stove's wind resistance. As such, this test is just a rough approximation of high wind in the backcountry. When testing the Stansport 3-Burner in the field, we found that the windscreens worked well enough to keep the wind from ruining our dinner plans. Our reviewers appreciated the tight and secure fit of the windscreen. Some of the stoves with a similar design are a bit more finicky and less secure, thus providing less reliable wind protection. While our test suggests that other stoves may provide better wind resistance, this one gets the job done without too much of an issue.

The windscreens on the Stansport 3-Burner afforded adequate wind...
The windscreens on the Stansport 3-Burner afforded adequate wind resistance in the field, even though it did not perform as well in our box-fan-test.
Photo: Jared Ross

Simmering Ability


To test simmering ability, we made curry and rice, as well as a slow-cooked veggie and egg scramble. In each instance, the Stansport 3-Burner simmered like a champion.


We were impressed with how you can finesse the knobs down low for minimal heat, even on the higher output outer burners. In fact, the Stansport 3-Burner cooked rice better than some electric stoves in our home kitchens. Despite the high power output of the outer burners, it was able to cook at a low enough temperature to simmer consistently. If you need an even lower temp, the middle burner provides a lower amount of heat to keep something simmering without constant monitoring. If you want to cook slow and low rather than raging on boxed mac and cheese, then this stove may be an ideal option for you.

Being a high BTU stove, the Stansport 3-Burner surpassed...
Being a high BTU stove, the Stansport 3-Burner surpassed expectations when it came to simmering, as evidenced here by simmering rice on low heat.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Ease of Set Up


For this metric, we consider how many steps from storage to cooking it takes to get a stove going. The Stansport 3-Burner is easy and straightforward to set up, performing comparably well as the other propane models in our review.


Propane camping stoves require a few more steps to set up than butane stoves, but this shouldn't necessarily be a dealbreaker for you. If you've ever used a car camping stove, the setup for the Stansport 3-Burner is likely to be the same. Simply open the lid, slide the windscreen tabs into the t-slots on the lid, screw the regulator and the propane into the stove — and you're ready to go. While we like to keep a lighter in our kitchen kit, the Piezo ignitor worked like a boss for each of the three burners, making stove lighting as easy as turning a knob.

Setting up the Stansport 3-Burner is as easy as 1-2-3. Here our...
Setting up the Stansport 3-Burner is as easy as 1-2-3. Here our reviewer demonstrates opening the stove, and you see the windscreens tucked in flat on top of the cooking grate. Simply install the windscreens, hook up the regulator, and you'll be cooking in no time.
Photo: Jared Ross

Ease of Care


With three removable cooking grates and a stainless steel drip pan, cleaning and caring for the Stansport 3-Burner is fairly easy.


The stainless steel drip pan is easy to scrub with a scouring pad once you remove each of the three cooking grates. The only reason this stove didn't earn higher marks in this metric is that you have three grates to install or remove each time you want to clean the stove. This can be a definite perk in the backcountry if you scrub the grates in a dish-tub with your other dishes. However, we found the middle cooking grate somewhat challenging to seat in its footprint after removal.

To clean the Stansport 3-Burner, you simply remove the one (or all)...
To clean the Stansport 3-Burner, you simply remove the one (or all) of the cooking grates and scrub the stainless steel cooking pan beneath.
Photo: Jared Ross

Portability


Weighing in at 7.77 lbs and with relatively trim dimensions (12.75" x 23" x 4.3"), the Stansport 3-Burner scored fairly well in terms of portability.


The Stansport 3-Burner is easy to carry and trim enough to tuck into most kitchen kits. It would have scored higher for its slim design and light weight, however the handle on the bottom of the stove is situated so that you have to carry the stove vertically rather than horizontally — which is awkward. Additionally, the handle digs into your skin when you transport the stove, making it not only awkward but a little painful as well. Our reviewers maintain that this should not be a dealbreaker, as you can always carry the stove like a pizza tray; it is just one minor design flaw on an otherwise great stove.

With the carrying handle situated so you have to carry the stove...
With the carrying handle situated so you have to carry the stove vertically rather than horizontally, the Stansport 3-Burner was slightly more awkward to pick up than other stoves.
Photo: Jared Ross

Value


Our reviewers were consistently impressed with the high power output and simmering ability of the Stansport 3-Burner stove. It is relatively easy to set up and clean and is also easy to transport. However, relative to other stoves in our review, we thought the price was a little steep given its performance in our wind resistance test. That said, this stove still performed incredibly well in the field, even in the presence of a crosswind. Furthermore, you get three burners for the price of two, which could knock your breakfast and coffee routine out of the park.

Conclusion


With three burners, two of which boast 25,000 BTUs — the Stansport 3-Burner is a regular powerhouse. Even with its immense power, we could moderate the temperature to achieve heat low enough to simmer. The well-designed windscreens were among the most solid in our review fleet, and the stove is trim enough to stow away into most car-camping kitchen kits. It is for all these reasons that this stove earns an award for being our favorite 3-burner.

Our reviewers loved the versatility, simmer ability, and power of...
Our reviewers loved the versatility, simmer ability, and power of the Stansport 3-Burner stove.
Photo: Jared Ross

Mary Witlacil