Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove
Last updated date: October 30, 2019
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Although it isn't as portable as other models, the Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner 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 121 expert reviews, the Camp Chef Camp Chef Double Burner Stove placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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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.
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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 additional convenience and safety compared with other options and can be a great choice for families.
“Cooking over a campfire can be done, but it 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 camp site 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.
DYWM Fun Fact
Eating is an inevitable part of camping and hiking, but there are some dangers that come with cooking outdoors. One is the increased risk of exposure to bacteria. It’s important to know the safe temperatures for storing meat and dairy items, as well as realizing just how long uneaten cooked food can set out before it needs to be thrown out. But the most immediate risk often comes from the campfires and stoves you use to cook your food. It’s important to be careful when dealing with flammable liquids like starter fluid, and never leave a campfire or stove unattended. When you’re ready to extinguish a campfire, continue to douse it with water until all embers have completely gone dark.
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 Double Burner Stove 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 like the Coleman 2 Burner Gas Stove, which is portable but provides 11,000 BTUs.
- The Jetboil Cooking System is a unique appliance in that it’s designed to make foods and beverages for one person quickly. You can heat up a cup of coffee or rehydrate freeze-dried meals using this ultraportable device, which is designed specifically for outdoor adventurers.
- Among camping stove options, the Jetboil Cooking System is most compact, with everything fitting into a single large cup. You’ll get an insulated cozy and a lid that operates as both a pour hole and a strainer, and the cooking pot can serve as a mug, measuring cup and a bowl.
- The Gas One Portable Propane & Butane Burner 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 the Coleman 2 Burner Gas Stove isn’t the most compact you can buy, it’s fairly slim and easy to pack, weighing only 11 pounds. The Camp Chef Double Burner Stove is definitely designed for those with plenty of storage space in their camping vehicles, weighing 36 pounds and packing quite a bit of bulk.
- Auto ignition is a top feature, keeping you from having to strike a match or carry a lighter around with you. The Gas One Portable Propane & Butane Burner has an exclusive type of electric ignition that lets you start it up with the twist of a knob.