Can the Camp Chef Everest model 2-burner propane camping stove beat a Coleman camp stove? As a life-long Coleman stove user, can I give an honest review of another brand? After using the Everest on a real camping trip, and not just a static or backyard demo, the answer is yes. But whether this camp stove worth the price difference, ($97 vs. $61), will depend on your budget and camping needs. Do you do enough camp cooking to need the extra output? And can your budget afford the top-line price?
This is not a spec-filled, company promo, (you can see those here),or a side-by-side comparison of features – most of the other top brands have similar features; so the primary criteria for most experienced camp cooks are;
(BTU’s produced by burners)
And of course, how the stove performs in actual camping conditions.
The Camp Chef Everest model received top grades for performance and reliability, but I can’t answer the durability question here because I only used it for one 7-day camping trip, and there were some construction concerns typical to most newer camp stoves now.
*There were similar construction quality issues in my review of the Stansport “Outfitter” camp stove.
Note: Stove reviewed was a demo/display model provided by our local Gander Mountain Outlet, and they did let me keep it in exchange for an advert which you will see below. (but I still liked the stove enough to use my own Amazon affiliate links – which I only use to recommend quality camping equipment.)
- To be fair, the Everest, which is a high-output model, (Camp Chef does have lower BTU models), is being compared to my normal use of a 22,000 BTU Coleman Perfectflow.
- The stove was used to cook for four adults on a 7-day semi-flatland camping trip, in chilly, but fair weather with only a little wind.
- It was used a lot – camp meals are a big part of our, (my camping buddies and I), camping trips, so we cooked hearty breakfasts and dinners everyday.
Basic features of the Everest Camp Stove:
- 2-burner propane camping stove – includes propane canister connector, but can also use adapter for bulk propane tanks
- BTU output – 40,000 – 20,000 BTUs per burner
- Instant-light auto-ignition
- Cooking surface – approx. 10 x 20 inches (with side windscreens up)
- Stainless Steel drip pan
- Folding side windscreens
- Steel closure latch, and a carrying handle
- Pack size and weight: approx. 24 x 14 x 4.5 inches, and approx. 13 lbs.
As compared to my Coleman Camp Stove:
The Everest is about three inches longer, (packed), and a couple pounds heavier – no big deal. But, that extra three inches also meant a three-inch larger cooking surface, (10 x 20 inches vs. 10 x 17 inches) – which is really noticeable when you are cooking. (a plus)
The Coleman only put out about 11,000 BTU per burner, so the Everest’s 20,000 BTUs per burner was a big increase – but, like the high-output Stansport, the Everest also used more propane, more quickly. That’s probably normal, since the propane use is being compared to a stove with about half its output.
So how did the Everest perform: – Overview
This camp stove performed great. The increased BTU burner output was very noticeable, and impressive – considering we were used to cooking on 11,000 BTUs per burner.
It was a sturdy cooking base with a good quality grate. Burner flame control was good, but not great – it took a little fiddling to keep a consistently low “simmmer” flame. But once again, this is a common issue with most similar type camping stoves.
The stainless steel drip pan is a great feature – it made clean-up quick and easy. And the match-less ignition button worked every time.
It was three inches longer, but packing/carrying, and table-use seemed no different than with my Coleman, and the propane hook-up is the same.
My “picky” points with this Camp Chef Stove:
- The construction, (metal, hinges, etc.), just didn’t seem as “sturdy” as was expected in a top-tier product. Not that it was flimsy, I was just expecting a sturdier feel. But, the same has to be said for Coleman’s recent models also – so maybe it’s an industry thing now. They just don’t make them like they used to.
- *Customer review complaints about receiving shipping-damaged stoves could mean this is a shipping issue instead of a manufacturing one, or it could just be me being too critical, especially when I say the same thing about the newest Coleman camp stoves.
- The propane canister hook-up tube felt flimsy, as-in easy to break with less than careful handling. It worked fine all week for us, but, just saying… plus, the hook-up doesn’t store “securely” in the stove like Coleman’s do. It’s a small thing, but small things count.
- The side wind screens – another small thing, but – they attach to the stove base, not the stove lid, (like Coleman – although some Coleman models also attach to the stove base), which gives you a little less positioning flexibility
The igniter button – worked great, but it takes a “firm” push, and you have to hold or brace the stove to keep from pushing it too – when you press the igniter button
Recommendation: ★★★★ A Good Buy
It may seem like I was critical of this stove, but, except for the propane hook-up tube – I have the same “picky” complaints about Coleman’s newest models. It seems that now-a-days, no matter the brand, you have to go to the most expensive “top-level” products to get past that mass produced feel of mid-priced stoves.
With all things considered, the larger cooking area, (three inches can make a big difference), and the higher burner BTUs, I would rate this stove over a Coleman Perfectflow 2-burner.
This would be a good “first” camping stove, or upgrade or replacement stove. I think that over the long-haul, the price difference is worth the investment.
And now that I own one – (thanks to Gander Mountain) – my Coleman will probably become my back-up stove.
• Camp Chef “Everest” Camping Stove
★★★★ Top Pick for Tent Camping
Not only is this 2-burner propane model a good “starter” camping stove, but it is also a choice for upgrading your camp cooking gear. Price range $97 – $119
If you are unsure what type of camp stove would be best for you or what features you should look for, check out this guide.
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And here are comparison choices for 2-burn stoves by Coleman, Texsport, and Camp Chef.
Where to Buy The Camping Gear You Need:
The logical thought is your local camping and outdoor supply store. And that may be a good choice if you can catch a hot sale. But quality camping cookware and equipment can be pricey, – so go prepared, check online prices first so you have something to compare to.
Amazon.com is a good place to check first. They are the most trusted marketplace online, their prices are usually better than anywhere else. Almost every item qualifies for Free shipping for purchases over $25, and their free 3 – 5 day standard shipping is almost always faster than that.
Plus, their return policy is better and easier than Walmart’s.
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