Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Camping Stove

Last updated date: March 18, 2021

DWYM Score

9.2

Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Camping Stove

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We looked at the top Camping Stoves and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Camping Stove you should buy.

Editor's Note March 18, 2021:
Checkout The Best Camping Stove for a detailed review of all the top camping stoves.

Overall Take

Although it isn't as portable as other models, this camping stove has the cooking space to make enough food for your entire group. You'll get 60,000 BTUs of heat to make it easy to cook whatever meal you want. The large, 36-pound frame means this won't be a stove you'll be taking on hikes. During our testing, this camp stove was surprisingly lightweight and stable. You can easily take the legs off and use it on top of a picnic table.


In our analysis of 111 expert reviews, the Camp Chef Camp Chef Double Burner Camping Stove placed 9th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Whether you’re enjoying mother nature’s finest views or getting ready for the big game at the tailgate party, you should never be deprived of tasteful food. Camp Chef’s rugged two burner Explorer stove gives you the ability to prepare anything from bacon and eggs to grilled salmon or even Dutch oven dinners all on one stove. This is the go anywhere, do anything type of propane stove. Being one of Camp Chef’s 14” cooking systems, the Explorer is very versatile and can be equipped with many different Camp Chef accessories, from the Professional Grill Box to the Italia Artisan Pizza Oven. This is also a perfect stove for emergency preparedness because of its portability and can provide for 15 hours of cooking time on one 20 lb propane tank (not included). Why Camp Chef? The Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Stove is there for you whether you're cooking outdoors or need to fix a meal in an emergency. Power outages and disasters can strike but with the Explorer 2 Burner Stove you will be secure in knowing you can cook things up if you need to. This stove is a true outdoor appliance with strong performance capabilities. It has a 3-Sided Windscreen to shield some of the breezes coming your way and just one twenty-pound tank will keep your stove going for 15 hours. Cook up a meal for you and some friends or family and enjoy the outdoors with a Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Stove.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.2
15 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
1,242 user reviews

What experts liked

In terms of burner performance, you'll be hard-pressed to find more quality output for your dollar than the Camp Chef Explorer. 60,000 total BTUs from the two burners are a great pairing for large-group camp cookouts or even emergency use at home. The stove sets up quickly, and its sturdy legs are individually adjustable to adapt to uneven ground.
- Switchback Travel
May 9, 2019 | Full review
This is a very easy product to use with its 3-sided windbreak for a consistent heat level, an easy ignition system as well as easy to use knobs to dictate your heat level.
- Globo Turf
July 8, 2019 | Full review
A reviewer who bought the stove as a gift for his wife writes, “I got this because I wanted something that would last and has enough room to use big pots and skillets (large family). When I got this, she thought I went overboard. She used it once and fell in love with it. It is well built and seems like it will last a long time.”
- New York Mag
April 18, 2019 | Full review
Looking for the best camping stove that’s not just a stove, but an entire camp kitchen? WIth the Camp Chef line, you can actually combine more than one component to create an awesome cooking setup tailored to you! Yeah, it’s true, this stove is pretty nice. I love the all-steel construction with removable legs. That means you can cook on or off of the table. If you’re wondering, it’s 34” tall when free-standing (which is a great height in my opinion).
- Outside Pursuits
June 14, 2019 | Full review
While you wouldn’t fancy carrying the Camp Chef Explorer any kind of distance (it weighs a meaty 36lbs!), this reasonably-priced, powerful, freestanding beast of a double-burner just might be a contender for the title of Best Car Camping Stove. The Explorer comprises less in the way of wind protection than some freestanding competitors and is very awkward to carry, but if you’re pitching up where you park, have a big trunk and want plenty of power while you cook, it’s a nicely-priced, functional and efficient alternative to the better of the tabletops and, of course, it comes on four legs.
- Cool of the Wild
When it comes to versatility, this is one of the best camping stoves you’ll find. This stove is just the baseline as you can mix and match a variety of Blue Flame Camp Chef accessories to complete your outdoor kitchen. A barbecue box, grill griddle, and dutch oven are only some of the choices you can add to this camping stove.
- Road Affair
March 30, 2019 | Full review
Do you ever worry about setting your food on simmer and having the wind blow it out? If you don't want to make multiple trips back and forth to your food checking the flames, the dependable Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner camping stove is one that you will want to use each and every time you cook outdoors.
- Gear We Are
June 2, 2019 | Full review
The Camp Chef Explorer is a free-standing gas stove with a professional, high-quality feel. With two powerful burners, it’s great for quickly cooking up large meals. However, with fully adjustable heat, it’s equally well at simmering and cooking long and slow if needed. From burgers and steaks to pancakes and eggs, it can do it all. It also has a grate for oversized pans, small pots, and everything in between.
- Top Ten Select
Although the Camp Chef Explorer is too large and heavy for backpacking journeys, the modular design supports a variety of optional accessories that can meet the cooking demands of a large group, making it a good choice for both family camping trips and tailgating parties.
- Wiki EZ Vid
March 21, 2018 | Full review
This is a big, solid stove that weighs in at over 40 pounds, but for a good-sized base camp the extra capability will make a huge difference. It’s an excellent value for the price.
- Wilderness Today
One of the advantages this product comes with is the sturdy construction, as well as the foldable legs it features for increased stability when cooking outdoors.
- Truck Tent Center
July 7, 2019 | Full review
Massive power for high volume cooking
- Kempoo
June 22, 2019 | Full review
We found Camp Chef EX60LW to be the best portable gas stove because of its large capacity.
- Best Home Shopping
March 7, 2018 | Full review
Thanks to its freestanding design, sturdy construction, and large cooktop, it’s an excellent choice for large groups of campers.
- Beyond The Tent
Powerful burners to shorten your cooking process significantly
- Outdooren
July 6, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

In keeping the price down, however, the Explorer is pretty low on features: there is no push button ignition and the burners are less protected than premium offerings.
- Switchback Travel
May 9, 2019 | Full review
Awkward to carry. Heavy (36lbs). Not great wind protection.
- Cool of the Wild
Not compatible for 16 oz propane canisters.
- Gear We Are
June 2, 2019 | Full review
A little on the heavy side.
- Top Ten Select
This model comes with extension legs that are held together by plastic screws, although it would be much safer if the screws would be made of metal.
- Truck Tent Center
July 7, 2019 | Full review
Less portable than other units
- Kempoo
June 22, 2019 | Full review
Because of its weight, the Explorer 2-Burner is probably overkill unless you have a lot of extra room in your vehicle.
- Beyond The Tent
Propane tank isn’t included
- Outdooren
July 6, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Shawna Newman 
Camping And Outdoor Expert

Shawna Newman is the editor-in-chief of Active Weekender, a website that provides resources — from gear recommendations to beginner tips — to people looking to plan outdoor adventures. Her favorite outdoor activity is hiking, and she is on a quest to visit every national park in the U.S.

 

An Overview On Camping Stoves

Spending a few days in the great outdoors can be refreshing. But it comes with one big challenge: food. Chances are, you can’t have steaks and burgers delivered to your campsite, so you’ll need to find a way to make the food you want yourself.

There are numerous factors to consider when you’re shopping for a camping stove. One of the most important is your fuel source. Choose this based on the type of camping and camp cooking you’re going to do.

“Your options are canister stoves, liquid fuel stoves (i.e. gas) or alternative fuel stoves,” says outdoor and camping expert Shawna Newman, editor-in-chief of Active Weekender. “Canister stoves are great if you’re concerned about weight. Liquid fuel stoves are ideal if you know you’re going to be on uneven ground and need the most stable type of camp stove. Alternative fuel stoves, like wood-burning and tablet stoves, are not great for traditional camping because they don’t perform as well.”

Many camping stoves run on propane, which is a handy option. Butane can be another option, but it doesn’t do as well in cold weather, so make sure you have a backup option if you’re planning to use it during the winter months.

Portability is a top consideration in any camping stove. If you’re hiking, you’ll need a stove that will fit snugly into your pack, while campers can get away with something a little bigger, as long as it can slide into the back of your vehicle. Keep in mind how you’ll be using it and whether you can sacrifice cooking surface area for a smaller, easier-to-carry unit.

Cooking capacity is very important when you’re in the market for a new camping stove. Some more portable stoves are designed to cook for one, which may mean you’ll be able to make your morning coffee and meals just for you on it, but if you’re cooking for more people, a camping stove with more capacity may be in order. Canister stoves can’t support the weight of larger pots, so you may want to use a liquid fuel stove if you have more people to cook for.

If you don’t feel like traveling with matches, you may want to consider a cooking stove that ignites automatically. While camping stoves have traditionally required a little extra help to start up, some newer models have auto-ignition. If this is important to you, factor that into your decision.

Safety is always important when you’re dealing with a cooking appliance. Since cooking stoves typically rely on disposable propane bottles, it’s important to carefully check for propane leaks before you start your stove up. This will help keep you and your fellow campers safe.

Ultimately, though, camp stoves can offer added convenience and safety compared with other options and can be a great choice for families.

“Cooking over a campfire can be done, but it’s not the best way to serve up a tasty camp meal,” Newman explains. “It can even be dangerous if you’re camping with children. Bringing along a camp stove means that you can eat just as well at the campsite as you do at home.”

Just be sure to follow both the stove instructions as well as any rules that apply to your campsite.

“Remember to never use your camp stove in the tent or any other enclosed space, because it’s a fire risk, and you also risk carbon monoxide poisoning,” Newman says.

The Camping Stove Buying Guide

  • Your first question will likely be just how much power your camping stove should have. It probably won’t be your full-time cooking appliance, but it will need to get you through entire weekends or vacation weeks. The Camp Chef is among the most powerful camping stoves you can buy, putting out an impressive 60,000 BTUs through its two burners. However, you’ll sacrifice portability for that cooking power, so you may want to consider a unit that is portable but provides 11,000 BTUs.
  • Look for a unique appliance that is designed to make foods and beverages for one person quickly. You can heat up a cup of coffee or rehydrate freeze-dried meals using the ultraportable device, which is designed specifically for outdoor adventurers.
  • Among camping stove options, some compact options are designed with everything fitting into a single large cup. They may provide an insulated cozy and a lid that operates as both a pour hole and a strainer, and a cooking pot that can serve as a mug, measuring cup and a bowl.
  • The Gas One Portable Propane Butane Camping Stove is also portable, weighing only 3.1 pounds. It also comes with a free carrying case to make it easy to take on the go with you. Although some models aren’t the most compact, they are often fairly slim and easy to pack, weighing only 11 or 12 pounds. Other stoves are definitely designed for those with plenty of storage space in their camping vehicles, weighing 36 pounds and packing quite a bit of bulk.
  • Autoignition is a top feature, keeping you from having to strike a match or carry a lighter around with you. The Gas One Portable Butane Camping Stove has an exclusive type of electric ignition that lets you start it up with the twist of a knob.