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Camp Chef Everest

This portable propane stove, designed in the classic briefcase style, busts out a total of 40,000 BTUs per hour with two 20,000 BTU burners—double that of most stoves this size.

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The Camp Chef Everest puts your dad’s old camp stove to shame. This portable propane stove, designed in the classic briefcase style, busts out a total of 40,000 BTUs per hour with two 20,000 BTU burners—double that of most stoves this size. That much power is probably unnecessary, but fortunately the stove also features excellent flame control, which lets you take it from full bore to a simmer at the turn of a knob.

I’ve been using the Everest all spring and summer for weekend climbing trips and love how easy it is to set up, use and clean, and its overall sturdiness. At 12 pounds, the Big E is hefty but it’s perfect for car camping or van life when weight doesn’t really matter. The cooking grate is solid, and I don’t ever worry that boiling pots or dinner will get knocked around while I’m cooking on my Tacoma tailgate.

My only qualm is that the Everest almost cooks too hot. Even at low setting, the stove can boil a full pot of water within minutes, and I usually cook with it set to the lowest possible flame. But other than that, the Everest is the closest you can get to a home stove for car camping—actually, it’s better than the electric stove in my apartment.

HIGHLIGHTS:

– Two 20,000 BTU burners.

– Adjustable flame control.

– Electric lighter.

– Easy-to-clean stainless-steel drip tray.