The Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Stove Review

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Summary of the Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove Review

value to price

8 OUT OF 10

Value to Price indicates how I feel the product rates compared to its cost and other similar items.

quality check

8 OUT OF 10

Quality Check is where I rate the materials and workmanship of the product. This largely effects the product life.

Overall use

7 OUT OF 10

Overall Use is the examination of how the item works, and if it performs as expected for the task at hand.

Recommend to others

8 OUT OF 10

Recommend to others obvious is how I rate whether I would recommend this to friends or family.

The Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove is a sturdy option. That is great for cooking for larger groups. It features two large burners and is supplied by a larger five gallon propane tank. 

With independent control knobs for each burner it is easy to turn each burner up to its maximum output of 30,000 BTU or turn them down for a low and slow simmer. 

Overall this is a great burner if you have room for a larger setup, while there are a few minor complaints, it will meet your needs and with sturdy construction should provide service for years. 


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PROS and CONS of the Camp Chef Explorer

PROS

  • High output heat with two burners capable of 30,000 BTU each for a combined total output of 60,000. In comparison the average home gas stove produces between 7,000 and 12,000 BTU per burner.
  • The open design of the stove will allow any spilled food to drop through to the ground below, this results in much easier cleaning.
  •  Design features removable legs, which enables it to be transported easier at only about 7 inches tall when disassembled.
  •  Uses larger propane tanks common with grills, ensuring plenty of fuel throughout your cooking process.
  • Camp Chef Makes several optional addons such as an oven and flat top griddle that you can expand this devices capabilities with.

CONS

  • Some people complain about its base height. However, coming in at 29 inches tall when assembled made it ideal for me once I added a large pot for lobster boil.
  • Heavy winds can blow the flames out if they are turned down low for simmer since there is minimal wind shielding.
  • This model does not feature an auto igniter, so a grill lighter is recommended. 
  •  Due to the large size this camp stove is not safe to use inside in cases of power outages or other emergencies. 

What You Should Look for in a Large Group Camp Stove

This product is best suited for cooking large meals for gatherings. Due to its size it is generally not appropriate for smaller groups of only 1-4 people. 

However, when looking for a cooker of this type, you want to make sure that it has solid construction, ample fuel supply and capable burners.

In regards to capable burners you are looking for a burner able to provide multiple levels of heat. A wide variety from being able to boil the water and then maintain a low simmer is desired. You also want to ensure that pot support above the burner fits your desired pot size. 

Additional features such as wind guards and built in igniters are great features to have. 

An additional consideration is the weight of the stove as well as portability. 

How Does Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove Fulfill That Need​

The Explorer Double Burner is designed with large groups in mind. Featuring two large high output burners and a steel frame this group camp stove is not only able to “Bring On The Heat” but to also support those super large boiler pots.

Featuring a total cook size of 14 inches by 36 inches this camp cook stove is the same width as many house hold stoves and puts out far more heat. 

The steel frame features removable steel legs and attached pot supports. This design and rugged construction provides more than enough support to hold 7 gallons of liquid and the accompanying ingredients. (55lbs+)

Portability of the Camp Chef Explorer is addressed by the removable legs. When removed the total height is reduced to only 7 inches. This allows the camp stove to easily fit into the bed of a truck, rear compartment of a minivan or even into the trunk of most cars.  

In regards to capable burners you are looking for a burner able to provide multiple levels of heat. A wide variety from being able to boil the water and then maintain a low simmer is desired. You also want to ensure that pot support above the burner fits your desired pot size. 

The main draw backs with this stove, were the lack of a self igniter and the susceptibility to heavy winds. Though I should note that this wind issue is only apparent when the burners are turned down to simmer. They have no trouble remaining lit at higher settings. 


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Three Alternative Options​

Goplus Outdoor Stove

Featuring 3 large burners w a combined output of 225,000BTU, cast iron design this model is perfect for the largest gatherings.

Check out our full review.

HappyGrill Outdoor Stove

The Happygrill Outdoor Stove Features one single burner with a ultrahigh 100,000 BTU output. Perfect for those one pot meals such as a Low Country Boil

Outland 3 Burner Outdoor Stove

A Cadillac compared to the other options. The Outland features foldable sides, and a rolling design making it easy to move the 57lbs. With additional side trays, self igniter and powder coated exterior this one is sure to please.

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