This camp chef is fantastic for camping, but the smooth functionality and great user experience that it offers may actually tempt you to start using it on any hot day around the house; you’re not going to lose out on any of the positive aspects of cooking at your kitchen stovetop, but with the added atmospheric elements of the great outdoors. Basically it’s as portable as any dual burner camping stove, and about as effective as your typical patio grill. When you factor all of this in, and then consider the other great features, the value of this best portable stove begins to reveal itself loud and clear.
Because of the Piezo ignition, the burners light without a match, and each of the two can burn at temperatures independent from each other. Each burner can generate up to 20,000 BTUs of heat, matching or exceeding the standard set by many competitive outdoor stoves. Not only does this allow you to cook your meals at a higher temperature, but the power of the burner also ensures consistent performance, even in windy environments. There is a smaller version of this stove which is also available for purchase– the main difference, other than size, being that each burner maxes out at generating 10,000 BTUs rather than 20,000.
The one-year manufacturer’s warranty is also a huge plus, but I seriously doubt that you’ll be having any issues with this portable stove. It’s one of those products that maintains a consistently sturdy build quality with manageable, compact portability: the best of both worlds. The dip tray is made from stainless steel and the grate is coated with nickel. There are specifically engineered panels on every side of the contraption, other than the front, which are quite successful in the way they block wind. Contributing to its portability is that this dual burner stove weighs in at an impressive and efficient 12 pounds, and is only 4.25 x 23.5 x 13.5 inches.
Also, the devil’s in the details, and this stove does the little things right– the latch is very effective and well built, which is a complaint that many have had about Coleman stoves for years.
Like many outdoor camping stoves, it runs on disposable bottles of propane, which are generally easy and convenient to locate and purchase. Speaking of ease and convenience, setting up this stove is also extremely simple and quick; it takes very little time to learn, and before you know it you’ll be setting it up in 2 minutes or less.
Personally, I think that this is a high quality and well-priced portable stove. I didn’t fall in love with it, but I definitely don’t hesitate to recommend it.