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Stansport 2-Burner Review

Stansport 2-Burner
Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $115 List | $58.16 at Amazon
Pros:  Durable, wind resistant, powerful flame, even cooking, auto-ignition.
Cons:  Ignitor is hard to turn.
Bottom line:  This compact stove is a joy to use, offering high BTUs, great wind resistance, and a solid design.
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Manufacturer:   Stansport

Our Verdict

After tallying all the scores in each metric, the Stansport 2-Burner came out number one. For the first year, we found a model to stand up to the dominance of the reigning Editors' Choice Award winner, the Camp Chef Everest. The differences between the two were too minute to declare just one champ, so they share the award for 2017. The Stansport does have more BTUs and simmered a bit better than its near equal. With two 25,000 BTU burners, this model tied for the fastest boiling times with and without wind. The burners provide consistent, even heating in all kinds of conditions and environments, from sea level sites to high altitude camps. No need to downsize your cookware, this stove supports a couple of full-size pans with ease. Setup and cleanup are both intuitive and straightforward. All around it offers a pleasant cooking experience with a price below many other stoves of similar or lesser quality. We highly recommend this stove for your car camping kitchen.

May 2017 - This Stove Will be Discontinued
Stansport informed us that this stove will be discontinued. Grab it now if you can. If it's not available, consider our other Editors' Choice winner, the Camp Chef Everest.

If you don't have a real need for two burners, consider our Best Buy Award winner. The Gas One GS-3000 is a functional single-burner that cooks one-pot meals well. On the other hand, if your needs surpass that of a tabletop model, head over to our review of the Camp Chef Pro 60, a freestanding stove with foldable side tables.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Penney Garrett
Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
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August 2, 2017

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This is the most powerful of the compact two-burner stoves we tested. With two 25,000 BTU burners, it packs a punch for its size but is also able to simmer with ease and grace. It has great wind resistance, is easy to clean, and is wide enough to fit two full-size pans (10-12"). Add in the fact that this stove is cheaper than almost all the other models of similar size, and it's no wonder it was our Editors' Choice this year.

It was easy to get a nice low flame and make perfect scrambled eggs with this stove.
It was easy to get a nice low flame and make perfect scrambled eggs with this stove.

Performance Comparison



Time to Boil


This stove was the top performer in our boil test, boiling a quart of 60-degree water in 2:30 and a quart of 50-degree water on a cooler, breezier day in 3:30. The Camp Chef Everest was almost identical in this department, only once taking a bit longer than this contender. Close behind these two was the Camp Chef Pro 60.


For reference, the lowest scoring stove for boiling time, the Coleman Butane Instastart took 5 minutes with 60-degree water and 7:15 with 50-degree water.

The two 25 000 BTU burners really helped cinch the Editors Choice award for this stove. Wind or no wind we were able to boil water faster than with any other stove.
The two 25,000 BTU burners really helped cinch the Editors Choice award for this stove. Wind or no wind we were able to boil water faster than with any other stove.

Simmering Ability


We were consistently impressed with the ability of this stove to simmer effectively and with ease. Not one meal was charred, and it was easy to turn the burner down low without fear of the flame constantly going out. The windscreens and the design of the burners add up to a stove that is as impervious to the wind as a camp stove can be, allowing low and slow cooking to be achievable for your camp cookout. This is the only category where the Stansport beat the Camp Chef Everest (they tied in all other areas), and it was only by the very slightest margin. The difference was so subtle that we doubt most people would notice unless they were comparing the two side-by-side as we did.


Other stoves that simmered well were the Eureka Spire LX and the Primus Kinjia. Both of these models require a wide berth of knob rotation to adjust the flame, meaning we never worried that a tiny little turn of the knob would put out our burner. The Spire LX, like the 2-Burner, also has excellent wind resistance that added to our confidence when simmering.

With the best score for both time to boil and wind resistance  getting your morning coffee in your hands quickly was no problem with this stove. Shown here is the 2-Burner stove  by Stansport.
With the best score for both time to boil and wind resistance, getting your morning coffee in your hands quickly was no problem with this stove. Shown here is the 2-Burner stove, by Stansport.


Group Cooking


The 2-Burner was pretty roomy for a compact stove. At 19 inches, it's a couple of inches wider than almost all of the other compact models we tested, which allowed us to squeeze on two large pans. So while it can't compete with free-standing models like the Camp Chef Pro 60 and the Stansport Outdoor Stove, it holds its own as a strong runner-up.


And, if you have the picnic table space to spare, you can always supplement an affordable and competent sidekick like the Coleman Butane Instastart to add in an extra burner.

With a tiny squeeze we got two 10-inch skillets on this mighty stove.
With a tiny squeeze we got two 10-inch skillets on this mighty stove.

Ease of Setup


You don't need any fancy instructions or know-how to set up this stove. If you've set up any other compact two-burner stove then you know the drill. Open the top, flip up and secure the windscreens, attach the propane adapter, and voila! You're good to go. It's not quite as simple a setup as the Coleman Butane Instastart or the Primus Kinjia, in part because of the windscreens, but we'll take the improved wind resistance in exchange for a few extra seconds of setup time any day. And it's by far an easier and lighter assembly experience than the Camp Chef Pro 60.


We did have some issues with getting the metal propane adapter elbow on this stove to catch its threads properly when screwing it into the stove body. It's almost as if the threads were set too far back, so reaching them required pushing the adapter in more than expected or was comfortable. Because we only had the one stove to test, we can't say if this was just an anomaly of the particular one we had or if this is a reoccurring issue.

The piezo ignitor on this Editors' Choice winner is also worth commenting upon. It has a twist ignitor instead of a push button, and there were some pros and cons to this design. The pro is that a twist action doesn't slide the stove backwards if you are on a slick surface. The push button ignitors on tabletop stoves often do this, which can be counteracted by bracing the stove with your fingers. That's all fine and good until you're trying to reignite a hot stove and it burns your fingers to do so.

The con to the twist ignitor is that it can be physically harder to turn, which is what we saw here with the Stansport. The twist ignitor took more finger strength to turn than, say, the Camp Chef Everest push button which is quite easy to depress. We think it's a small price to pay, however, for the extra BTUs and lower price of this stove.

The piezo ignitor on this stove is a twist knob instead of a push button -- harder to turn  but it also doesn't slide the stove backward when on a smooth surface.
The piezo ignitor on this stove is a twist knob instead of a push button -- harder to turn, but it also doesn't slide the stove backward when on a smooth surface.

Ease of Care


Like setup, if you've had to take care of any other compact two-burner camp stove, this one is no different. Cleaning and maintenance are about as straightforward as it goes.


The cooking grate just lifts up and out to get to the burners and the stainless steel drip tray below, both of which can be easily cleaned with a sponge or steel wool.

With a simple and straightforward design  this Stansport is easy to maintain and clean.
With a simple and straightforward design, this Stansport is easy to maintain and clean.

Wind Resistance


This stove was definitely above average regarding wind resistance. The design of the burners and the windscreens coupled with the high BTUs added up to a solid cooking experience all around. The tell-tale test was our box fan test. Because you can't predict or schedule the wind, we created our own wind scenario by placing a box fan 24 inches to the side of each stove while trying to boil water. The reason we chose the side is that the back of the stove is already well-protected on most stoves and if the wind is hitting the front you could either block it with your body or turn the stove away so the wind hit the back or sides. So we turned the box fan on low while timing how long it took to boil a quart of 55-60 degree water.


This stove was hardly fazed, clocking in at 2:45, a mere 15 seconds longer than its boil time without the fan. Now, this test surely doesn't tell us everything about wind resistance, but it separated the winners from the losers. For comparison, after 27 minutes of the box fan test the Primus Onja still hadn't boiled and we gave up due to waning fuel. The Coleman Butane Instastart took 21 minutes and the Stansport Outdoor Stove, which brags an astounding 35,000 BTUs per burner, still took 9:30 minutes to complete this challenge.

With great wind resistance and powerful burners  boiling water and making coffee quickly with the Stansport 2-Burner was a cinch.
With great wind resistance and powerful burners, boiling water and making coffee quickly with the Stansport 2-Burner was a cinch.

Packed Size


This model packs down to 23.5 x 12.5 x 5 inches, almost identical to the Camp Chef Everest. It was a little bit bigger than many of the other stoves tested, but still much more compact than the freestanding models (the Pro 60 and the Stansport Outdoor), and considerably more streamlined than the Coleman Hyperflame Fyrecadet.


There's no loss of performance with this increased portability; we were still able to use two large pots or skillets with no problem. All-in-all this stove was impressive on all fronts.

This stove offered the perfect balance of a compact packed-away size while still allowing enough width for more than one person to cook at once.
This stove offered the perfect balance of a compact packed-away size while still allowing enough width for more than one person to cook at once.

Best Applications


This Stansport is a great buy for any car camping situation. It's best set up on a table, but it's also fine to set it up on the ground or some stable natural feature (a flat rock, tree stump, etc. really ). It does best for groups of 1-5 people, works well in the wind, and maintains its performance at altitude.

Value


For $115, this a great deal. It performed better than the other stoves across all our rating metrics, yet also had the third lowest price tag. You can spend less money on a stove, but you will probably be sacrificing BTUs or cooking space or some other important feature. We think this is a great balance of performance and price for your car camping adventures.

Conclusion


This is a proud Editors' Choice win for the Stansport 2-Burner, as it beat out the two-time reigning champion, the Camp Chef Everest. Just barely though. These two stoves are very similar, and both are excellent. In the end, the Stansport pulled ahead due to slightly better-simmering ability and higher BTUs. This combination made a subtle but noticeable difference in our overall cooking experience. The cheaper price tag didn't hurt either.

We loved the power this stove delivered without sacrificing the ability to cook low and slow. We loved the extra couple of inches in available cook space for large items, yet a great design that also allowed for small cookware. A fun and slightly surly reviewer may have summed it up best when he said: "As a man who is usually pissed off, if I owned this stove, I wouldn't be pissed off." We certainly weren't.

This grate design easily allows for both small and large cookware.
This grate design easily allows for both small and large cookware.
Penney Garrett

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   May 12, 2017 - 01:36pm
HighPlanesDrifter · Skier · Telluride, CO. USA
I traded up from my old wimpy basic Coleman two-burner stove for car camping to this one a few years ago. Although the Coleman is made better, the features on the Stansport are a big improvement.
PROS:
  • Super powerful! I can boil water faster than I can get the coffee grounds ready now.
  • Great burner control. I can actually simmer things now.
  • Easy and reliable electric start button. I like the "turn style" better than the "push button style" since you're less likely to push the stove backwards off of the stand when trying to start it.
  • Easy to clean. Removing the grate and wiping out the burner area is easy.
  • Pretty windproof.
CONS:
  • The build/finish quality are about what you'd expect from a made-in-China item (not so good). Mine actually came out of the box with a dent and several loose rivets.
  • Because it's so powerful, it burns through fuel. Using those tiny disposable propane tanks is silly and wasteful. Plan on converting/upgrading to a refillable propane tank if you get this stove.


Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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