Stansport Outfitter Propane Camp Stove Review


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Stansport outfitter 2-burner Propane Camping stove
  Stansport Camp Stove

Stansport “Outfitter” 2-Burner
High-output Propane Camp stove Review

Is the Outfitter high-output, (50,000) 2-burner propane camping stove the best stove for you? Can it beat a Coleman camp stove?
Can a life-long Coleman stove user give an honest review of “another” brand? Is this camp stove worth the price difference? ($75 vs. $61) This camper’s answers are: Maybe, I think so, and hmmm…

This is not a side-by-side camping stove review, nor is it a point-by-point comparison table of features. It is a review of the stove’s performance on a 4-day base/car camping trip at Maryland’s Rocky Gap State Park.
It is also not a spec-filled, company promo, (you can see those here)It is just a review of the stove’s actual performance based on the criteria most experienced camp cooks expect;

[1] Good heat output, (BTU’s produced by burners), [2] Reliability, (does it work every time and how it performs in actual camping conditions) [3] Durability.

Stansport Outfitter 2-burner Propane Camping stove
• Stansport “Outfitter” High-output Camping Stove
   ★★★★ Top Pick for Tent Camping *with caveat

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 $71 – $75

The Outfitter received top grades for the first two, but the durability question is still unanswered.
*The camper that brought it had only used it for one other trip, so it was fairly new, and there were some construction concerns. (typical to most newer camp stoves now) You can these same concerns in this Camp Chef “Everest” camp stove review

How to pick the right camping stove for you:

If you are unsure what type of stove would be best for you, or what features you should look for, check out this How to pick a camp stove guide.
Note: The stove reviewed was part of another camper’s gear – not a promo or demo model, and not mine. I am still a dedicated Coleman enthusiast. But I liked the Stansport enough to include my own Amazon affiliate links below – which I only use for quality camping equipment.

Notes:

  • The Stansport Outfitter is a high-output, (25,000 BTU per burner), model, and is being compared to my normal use of a 22,000 BTU Coleman Perfectflow. (not exactly a fair competition)
     
  • The stove was used to cook for four adults on a 4-day state park camping trip, in cold weather with frequent brisk wind gusts.
     
  • It was used a lot – we cooked big multi-pot/pan meals everyday.

 

Basic features of this Stansport Camp Stove:

  • 2-burner propane camping stove – includes propane canister connector, but can also use adapter for bulk propane tanks
  • BTU output – 50,000 – 25,000 BTUs per burner
  • Instant-light with Piezo match-free electronic ignition
  • High altitude pressure regulator
  • 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 Outfitter is about three inches longer, 2 inches taller, (packed), and a couple pounds heavier. It’s slightly larger size also meant a larger cooking surface, (10 x 20 inches vs. 10 x 17 inches) – which is noticeable when you are cooking. (a plus)
The Coleman only put out about 11,000 BTU per burner, so the Outfitter’s 25,000 BTUs per burner was a noticeable, (and appreciated), increase. – this high-heat output also means you will use more propane, and a lot quicker.

Stansport Outfitter 2-burner Propane Camping stove

 
 

So how did the Outfitter perform: – Overview

This camp stove performed great. The increased BTU burner output was very noticeable, and considering that I am used to cooking on slightly more than half that output – very impressive.
It was a sturdy cooking base with a good quality grate. Burner flame control was good, even when turned low for a “simmmer” flame.
Clean-up was a snap with the stainless steel drip pan, and the match-less ignition button worked first-time every time.

Even though it is three inches longer – packing/carrying, and table-use seemed no different than with the Coleman Perfectflow. Set-up, propane hook-up, and use are the same.

My “picky” points with this camp 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, just that it had a “made in China” feel to it – maybe because it was made in China.
    But, the same has to be said for Coleman’s recent models also – so maybe it’s an industry thing now. Like us ol’ timers like to say; “They just don’t make them like they used to.”
    • Judging from some of the customer review complaints about receiving shipping-damaged stoves – this could be more of a shipping issue than a manufacturing one.
       
  • The propane canister hook-up tube doesn’t store “securely” in the stove like Coleman’s do. It’s a small thing, but small things count.
     

Recommendation:    ★★★★  A Good Buy* with durability concerns caveat
It may seem like my “picky” points picked this camp stove apart, but, except for the propane hook-up tube – I have the same “picky” complaints about Coleman’s newest models. I liked using the Stansport.

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 for performance*.
This would be a good “first” or replacement camping stove.
*I think that over the long-haul, the price difference, (about $15 more than Coleman’s Perfectflow camping stove), is worth the investment. But… I still have concerns about the long-term durability of this stove. It may be a great 3 – 5 year stove, but I don’t think it has the durable construction that some other stoves have, (like Coleman), to last longer.

A note from Gus: Thanks to Jim, and his service dog camping buddy Beam, for reminding me of this. Almost all camping stove reviews, here and elsewhere, are done at altitudes of less than 2000 feet. If you camp at higher altitudes, a liquid fuel stove might be a better consideration. Especially in colder weather.


Stansport Outfitter 2-burner Propane Camping stove• Stansport “Outfitter” High-output Camping Stove
   ★★★★ Top Pick for Tent Camping *with caveat

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 $71 – $75





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