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Camp Chef Everest Review

Camp Chef Everest new
Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $125 List | $99.94 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Durable, wind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignition.
Cons:  None.
Bottom line:  This has been an Editors' Choice for more than four years.
Editors' Rating:     
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Manufacturer:   Camp Chef
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Wednesday August 2, 2017

Our Verdict

The Camp Chef Everest towers above the competition, as its namesake implies. A real powerhouse, this stove is serious about cooking performance. The two 20,000 BTU burners lead the pack in bringing water to a boil fast, and our chefs were impressed with the even distribution of heat under our pots, pans, and woks. No need to fear windy conditions with this stove, as the combination of a powerful flame and shielding windscreens maintained a steady source of heat. The auto-ignitor fired up consistently, and the cooking area is large enough to accommodate two pans at 10-12" each. Our testers enjoyed cooking camp meals on this easy to use model. Like all portable camping stoves we tested, it packs into its case and secures with a sturdy latch.

Update - May 2017
For 2017, the Everest features several cosmetic changes including an updated lid design and a different placement for the ignition button. On Amazon, it's referred to by its model number, MS2HP, not as the Everest.

The Everest remains our Editors' Choice for many years and shares the title with the Stansport 2-Burner. The test results showed these two models so close in performance that we couldn't award just one. The Stansport barely edged out the Everest in simmering capability, but this minor difference is only noticeable when comparing them side-by-side. The Everest is a couple of pounds lighter, making transportation easier. If you plan on cooking for large groups of people, consider a heavier-duty, freestanding model like the Camp Chef Pro 60.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Latest version of the Camp Chef Everest vs. the Previous Version


For 2017, the Everest received a new look, though the folks over at Camp Chef assured us that there should be no real technical changes to the product. Also, the new version has the same price tag as the model we reviewed. Here's a quote from Camp Chef about the update:

"The updates were cosmetic on this item. We updated to a new lid design and changed colors a bit. The igniter moved positions. Also, we changed from the old style metal latch on the side to the new quick close plastic latch on the front. The burners and grate remain the same. Basically, it is the same stove with minor cosmetic updates.

Take a look at the two versions side by side. The latest model is on the left, and the older model (which we reviewed) is on the right.
Camp Chef Everest new
Camp Chef Everest


Here's a summary of the key differences between the Everest and the previous version:
  • Lid Design — The new model features a sleek new lid. The pop-up side panels are more rectangular, and the indented graphic has a new design.
  • Ignitor Moved — The ignitor button moved from the left end of the stove to the mid-right front section of the stove.
  • Color — The colors are still red and silver, but if you look closely, they are slightly different shades.
  • Updated Latch — Camp Chef switched the metal latch for a quick close plastic latch on the front.
  • Price Hike — The latest Everest costs $125, which is an increase of $25 on its predecessor.

Since we haven't tested the latest version of this product, the review below continues to reflect the reviews and ratings of the previous model. However, since the changes are cosmetic, we don't anticipate many (if any) changes to the performance of this stove.

Hands-on Review of the Original Camp Chef Everest


The Everest by Camp Chef is a fantastic stove and has been our Editors' Choice for many years. It cooks like a champ, and our testers struggle to find any disappointments in design and performance.

Performance Comparison


The Everest has been a consistently excellent performer for us over the years.
The Everest has been a consistently excellent performer for us over the years.

Time to Boil


The Everest boiled a quart of 60-degree water in 2:30 and a quart of 50-degree water on a cooler day in 3:30. This is the same times as the Stansport 2-Burner. The Stansport has an extra 5,000 BTUs per burner, which made a difference in the wind. Without wind, these two stoves were very similar and both stoves boiled considerably faster than all the other stoves we tested.

Simmering Ability


The only category of all areas tested that the Everest scored lower than the Stansport 2-Burner was the simmering test. Across the board, these two stoves were almost identical, but when it came to simmering, the Everest had slightly less range and finesse. The low setting is still relatively high, and it's easy to cook a bit too hot if you're not paying attention.

That said, as with any stove, if you pay attention and dial in your flame this stove simmers excellently and provides an enjoyable cooking experience. We were also impressed with the simmering of the Coleman Butane Instastart, which is a great one-burner to have around for those times when you need an additional burner for large meals.

Dialing in a simmer is easy on the Everest.
Dialing in a simmer is easy on the Everest.


Group Cooking


This stove can be excellent for group cooking depending on your party size and needs. However, an exceptional burner can only be so effective before you just need more of them. Also, stoves like the Camp Chef Pro 60 (our Top Pick for Group Cooking) and the Stansport Outdoor Stove are freestanding, thus taking up less precious picnic table space. For a camper who usually cooks for smaller crowds but would also like the ability to cook for larger groups, consider pairing a stove like the Everest with the Coleman Butane Instastart or another single burner unit. That way, you can take the extra burner if you need it and leave it at home if you don't.

A 12-inch skillet and a two-gallon Dutch Oven were right at home on the mighty Everest.
A 12-inch skillet and a two-gallon Dutch Oven were right at home on the mighty Everest.

Ease of Setup


As with all compact stove models, setup is very straightforward and predictable. The only parts to contend with are the stove body and the propane adapter. If you've ever set up another portable two-burner stove, then you will probably find nothing new in setting up the Camp Chef Everest. The Coleman Hyperflame Fyrecadet and the Primus Kinjia both have dedicated spaces for their fuel adapters on the underside of the stove; this is a nice feature which means that the adapter isn't sliding around inside the stove making a racket. We feel like this is a minor issue that is inconsequential when you consider what a high-performing stove the Everest is in all areas.

Ease of Care


This product was just as simple as any other two-burner to clean. Its drip pan is made of stainless steel and can be easily wiped with a sponge or scrubbed with steel wool if particularly dirty. The cooking grate also lifts out for convenient cleaning. There are no recesses in the drip pan (often camp stoves have a hole of some sort to nest the propane adaptor in), which is nice as it means there's no area for food bits to fall into. Because of this, the propane adapter does slide around noisily inside the stove, but you could always keep your adaptor in a separate place if that bothers you.

The only stoves we found easier to care for were the Primus Kinjia which has a fully removable drip tray, and the large freestanding Stansport Outdoor Stove which has no drip tray and an open, airy design that's very easy to keep clean.

The Everest construction makes for easy and straightforward cleaning.
The Everest construction makes for easy and straightforward cleaning.

Wind Resistance


The only stove that performed better than the Everest for wind resistance was the Stansport 2-Burner, and only marginally at that. During our box fan test where we set up a fan 24 inches to the side of each stove and timed how long it took to boil a quart of water, the Everest clocked in at 3 minutes and the Stansport 2-Burner at 2:45. This minimal difference between the two could have been due to a couple of extra gusts of wind, though the Stansport 2-Burner does have an additional 5,000 BTUs per burner, which is likely what allowed it to eek out the win over the Everest. For reference, the burly Stansport Outdoor Stove took 9:30 to complete the box fan challenge, and we gave up on the Primus Onja after 27 minutes.

Packed Size


This stove packs down to 23.5 x 13.5 x 4.75 inches, nice and compact but still providing a couple of inches more width on the cooktop than the Eureka Spire LX or the Coleman Triton. A couple of inches is an amount that you would probably never notice or be irritated by in the back of your car, but that can make all the difference when cooking a large meal at your campsite. Definitely a selling point for this stove.

Small and large cookware were equally happy on this stove.
Small and large cookware were equally happy on this stove.

Best Applications


This stove could function for any mobile kitchen. It is best for groups of 1-5 people. It works quite well in the wind and maintains its powerful flame even at altitude.

Value


For $100, this stove is below the average price of all of the stoves we tested. We won't say it's a bargain since intro camping stoves can run about $50-60, but it is $40-75 cheaper than all the other compact tabletop two-burners we tested and half the price of the freestanding Camp Chef Pro 60. The Coleman Triton is a compact model that only costs the same, but it has 18,000 fewer total BTUs and 2.5 fewer inches of cooktop width. The added performance that comes with the Everest is worth another $25. All-in-all, the Everest is well worth the price tag.

Conclusion


Year after year, the Everest has shown itself to be an excellent stove that we feel confident recommending. It has high BTUs, great wind resistance, starts easily, and simmers well. It offers a nice large cooking area yet still packs up into a compact and manageable size. The stove is well made and reliable, and we feel confident it will continue to remain an OutdoorGearLab favorite as the years continue.

The shape of the top grate allows for very small cookware to stay perfectly balanced.
The shape of the top grate allows for very small cookware to stay perfectly balanced.

Penney Garrett
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