Camp Chef Stove Review

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I’ve been looking for an outside stove to do some of my water bath canning for a while. Not only would I like my kitchen to stay as cool as possible in the summer, but only one canner will fit on my stove. Yes, I can a lot and usually in large quantities.  My husband has talked about building me an outdoor stove, but honestly, that man is so busy and has so much on his list of things to build that my outdoor stove would probably be a few years away at the earliest.

So I looked around for some reasonable alternatives. I found a stove that would not only do all of my water bath canning, but it is also portable and off-grid. The Camp Chef Explorer is a two burner stove that is perfect for what I need and handy to have for emergency preparedness too. Oh yeah, and since I have three Boy Scouts, I’m sure it will accompany us on a few camping trips.

Let Me Show You What’s In The Box And How The Camp Chef Stove Works!

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Here’s the box before I opened it.

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The contents of the box.

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To assemble the stove. Place the legs on.

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Then screw them in place. The legs are adjustable and they disassemble quickly for easy portability.

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Place the wind guard on.

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Then screw the propane hose on. This wrench was included in the box.

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Here is a shot of the control dial.

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Here is a close-up of the cast aluminum burner. Each burner has 30, 000 BTUs of power.

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The stove stands 14 x 32 x 29 inches and weighs about 36 pounds.

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The stove comes with a standard bulk propane tank hose and regulator.

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Screw it on to the tank.

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Then open the tank.

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The stove is easy to light. Open the hose with the control knob.

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Then light with a lighter or match.

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Here is the burner turned on high.  It gets hot fast!

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For this review I decided I would make some Eggplant Parmesan. Here’s my eggplant frying on one side.

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Here is my sauce on the other burner.

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The stove has about 20 hours of cooking time with a standard 20lb propane tank. I was impressed with how much power the burners had, yet I had no problem frying my eggplant without burning it.  It was a fairly windy day and the wind guard worked well, the flame did not go out while I was using the stove.

Now to test it out with a canning recipe!

  • Sue C says:

    Thank you for the review. I have a couple questions. You spoke about wanting to use it for canning. Are the legs on this stove sturdy enough to take two heavy duty pots full of jars? Plus, is it large enough to get two huge canners side by side? Thanks.

  • Kathy says:

    I’d think to be safe with the weight of canners, I’d substitute those metal legs with cinder blocks or bricks. Maybe even build a brick wall around the edges of the camp stove—- kind of like a wall around the stove and closing off 3 sides…stability and nice looking, too.

  • Brooke says:

    Friends of mine have something similar at one of their summer cabins, but larger and more stable looking than this appears and sometimes it’s still an issue. I would HIGHLY recommend stabilizing this with more permanent legs, backing it up to something (safe to back up to). Once you do that it will be fine to put large pots on as we have put HUGE pots with a great deal of weight on theirs. Don’t turn into one of those turkey frying gone bad YouTube’s.

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