Stansport Outfitter Series 3-Burner Review
Cons: Awkward and sharp carrying handle, below average wind resistance
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|Pros||Three burners, fast boil time, easy setup, powerful burners||Large cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance||Lightweight and compact, easy to use and set up, inexpensive||Great simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignition||Affordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions|
|Cons||Awkward and sharp carrying handle, below average wind resistance||Heavy, bulky, on the pricier side, closures not durable||Minimal wind protection, slow boil time||Boils 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||A well-designed and powerful 3-burner stove, with easy setup and a relatively trim design||A wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenance||This lightweight single burner butane stove is reasonably priced, portable, and easy to use||Versatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we tested||This is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price|
|Rating Categories||Stansport Outfitter...||Camp Chef Everest 2X||Eureka SPRK+ Butane||Gas One GS-3000||Coleman Classic|
|Time to Boil (20%)|
|Wind Resistance (20%)|
|Simmering Ability (20%)|
|Ease of Set Up (15%)|
|Ease of Care (15%)|
|Specs||Stansport Outfitter...||Camp Chef Everest 2X||Eureka SPRK+ Butane||Gas One GS-3000||Coleman Classic|
|Weight||13.32 lbs||13.97 lbs||4.94 lbs w/case, 3.49 lbs stove alone||4.1 lbs||9.8 lbs|
|BTU per Burner (from manufacturer)||Outer 2 burners are 25,000 each, inner burner is 10,000||20,000||11,500||9,000||10,.000|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan)||7 min 55 sec||3 min 25 sec||13 min 10 sec||13 min||6 min 25 sec|
|Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind)||3 min 39 sec||3 min 17 sec||4 min 36 sec||4 min 30 sec||4 min 45 sec|
|Cooktop Material||Stainless steel||Nickel-coated steel||Stainless steel||Enamel Coated Steel||Aluminized steel|
|Packed Size||23" x 12.75" x 4.3"||27" x 15.5" x 8.25"||15.3" x 13" x 3.6"||14" x 12" x 3.5"||21" x 13" x 3.5"|
|Cooking Surface Dimensions||19.5" x 9.5"||21" x 9.5"||9.5" x 9.5"||8.25" x 8.25"||18.75" x 10.5"|
|Burner/Flame Diameter||4.75" (outer burners), 3.25" (middle burner)||4.75"||3'||2.875"||3.5"|
|Distance Between Burners (center to center)||7" (outer to middle), 14" (outer to outer)||12.25"||N/A||N/A||7.75"|
|Number of Burners||3||2||1||1||2|
|Type of Model||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop||Tabletop|
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 could 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 this isn't enough, this stove is still fairly trim, so it won't command too much space in your car camping kitchen kit.
Time to Boil
To evaluate stove performance, we time how long it takes for each stove to boil 1 liter of water in our windless garage "lab" at 5,000 feet in elevation. In our boil test, the Stansport 3-Burner was one of the leaders of the pack, taking just 3 minutes 49 seconds to boil 1 liter 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. This stove outperformed all but one of the tabletop stoves in our review, impressing even the most skeptical reviewers.
To test wind resistance, we subject each stove to a constant 2-4 mph wind (as measured with a pocket anemometer) from a box fan on low and situated 20-30" away from the stove. Then we record how long it takes to boil one liter of 58°F water. The Stansport 3-Burner took 7 minutes and 55 seconds to boil one liter of water, which is a slightly below-average performance.
This test aims to simulate constant wind and to test the effectiveness of the stove's wind resistance. As such, this test is only a rough approximation of high wind in the backcountry. When testing the Stansport 3-Burner in the field, we found the windscreens worked well enough to keep a breeze 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
— Mary Witlacil
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