Gear Review: Camp Chef Everest Two Burner Camping Stove
Fuel Type: Propane
Dimensions: 13.5″ L x 23.5″ W x 4″ H
Total Output: 40,000 BTU/hr (20,000 BTU per burner)
Weight: 12 lbs.
Summary: The Camp Chef Everest is a practical, powerful, efficient two burner camping stove designed for outdoor enthusiasts that’s ideal when space and weight are not an issue.
The Camp Chef Everest Two Burner Camping Stove is “designed for the adventurer in you.” If you’re looking for a two burner stove for car camping, base camps, raft trips, tailgates, and van life, then this is the stove for you.
This thing packs a punch. It’s powerful enough for one or can easily serve the needs for an entire crew of climbers, skiers, riders, hunters, explorers, or paddlers. Whether you’re looking to boil water at ridiculous speeds or need the ability to fine tune your temperature for a gourmet meal, the Camp Chef Everest has got you covered.
We did a lot of research before we picked the Camp Chef Everest. Everywhere we looked (Backcountry.com, REI, Amazon.com) gave this stove solid reviews and based on our experience, we have to agree with the masses. This thing rocks. The Camp Chef Everest is compact and portable enough to go just about anywhere – as long as weight and space aren’t a big issue.
Let’s take a quick look at the Camp Chef Everest:
- Size – The official dimensions of the Camp Chef Everest are 13.5″ x 23.5″ x 4 ‘. Add on the regulator and cylinder and the stove’s footprint gets significantly bigger. In fact, it barely fits on the galley of the sprinter van or on the GCI Camp Table 25. Don’t let this deter you. you just need to find the right spot to set it up. Throw it on a picnic table, tailgate, or level ground and you’ll be fine. It’s big enough for two 10″ skillets, which makes cooking a breeze.
- Setup – This stove is simple and intuitive to set up. Unlatch the metal latch. Flip open the side screens. Attach the top/back to the side with a T-shaped tab. Attach the regulator to the stove and the propane. Turn on the burner and hit the igniter. You’ll be cooking in less than a minute!
- Matchless Igniter – The stove features a one-push quick ignite system that seems to always light right up on the first try. You do not need matches to start this thing, although it’s always a good idea to carry a secondary lighter just in case.
- Two Powerful Burners – The Everest features two 20,000 BTU burners for 40,000 BTU/hr. That’s enough heat to cook just about anything. There is a bit of a learning curve to master temperature control, but after you play around with it, you’ll learn that you have a huge range of control which makes cooking a breeze. The center of the burners are 12 inches apart. Each burner is controlled by it’s own temperature control knob. If you’re just boiling water, this thing might be overkill.
- Fuel Options – This is a propane stove that is compatible with standard 16.4 oz disposable propane cylinders. If you use the stove a lot, you’ll go through a lot of these cylinders, which is both expensive and wasteful. While there are ways to refill those cylinders, it might be smart to invest in the 5-Foot Bulk Tank Adapter Hose and use refillable Bulk LP-Gas tanks up to 20 pounds. It’s more to lug around, but it’s budget and environmentally friendly.
- High Quality Design – The Everest is built on the same case/body as the Rainier. It’s part of Camp Chef’s Mountain Series Stoves lineup. The lid lifts up via 4 hinges and then the side barriers lift up and attach to the lid with a small t-shaped tab. While it could open all the way, the design creates a 3-sided wind barrier, which is ideal for outdoor cooking. To close the stove, wait until it’s cool, remove the regulator valve, fold in the side screens, close the lid, and latch it up securely.
- Durability – Overall it feels well built and durable, but expect to see a few dings and scratches on this thing. Due to the size, it will probably be loose in your pickup or subaru and will get bumped and scraped. It’s no big deal. I expect it will last a lifetime, but it will show signs of cosmetic wears and tears.
- Clean-Up – The stainless still drip tray makes clean up a breeze.
- Carry Handle – While this stove lacks a typical hinged handle for easy carry, it does feature a handle on the bottom of the stove. It works just fine, but at 12 pounds I wouldn’t want to have to carry this thing too far.
- Altitude – We’ve used this stove at higher elevations up to 8000′ and it works just fine.
- Price – While the price tag of $124.99 may seem steep, the Camp Chef Everest is well worth the price for a high quality, durable, long lasting double burner base camp stove. Compared to the competition, this thing will always win out.
- The Everest sits on four metal dimples for legs (see photo above). These “feet” are not adjustable – making the stove hard to keep level in certain circumstances. It also means that the surface you are cooking on can get hot. Be aware of cooking with the stove on plastic surfaces. We haven’t had any issues yet, but we are aware of the heat…
- It would be nice if there was a place to securely stash the regulator valve. Right now we store it next to the burners under the grate and it clanks around.
- Ideally, we want all of our food kit self contained in a single plastic bin. This is only a minor thing, but we’ve had a challenge finding a properly sized plastic storage container that will store the stove while in transit or in bear country. So it just slips in with the rest of the gear where ever there is space.
Overall, the Camp Chef Everest is one of the best car camping stoves on the market. It’s practical, powerful, efficient, and makes cooking in the great outdoors easier than ever before. Based on our experience, we feel that this thing will last a long time and we plan on sharing many adventures with the red and silver beast.
We give the Camp Chef Everest two thumbs up.
Official Features Of The Camp Chef Everest From CampChef.com:
- Two 20,000 BTU burners
- Three-sided wind barrier
- Fully adjustable heat-control dials
- Matchless ignition
- Stainless steel drip tray for easy clean up
- Powerful burners fight windy conditions
- Emergency preparedness recommended
- Convenient carry handle
- Regulator adaptor for a 1-lb. propane cylinder included (can be adapted for use with standard bulk tanks using
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