Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner Stove Review

The Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner Stove is an excellent choice for group car camping trips or fixing up meals outdoors in emergencies due to power outages at home. It is a stand alone camping stove with a large cook-top space, powerful burners, and built of solid construction.

Whether you are experienced with stand alone stoves or not, the first thing you will notice is how easy it is to set up. Camp Chef Explorer StoveThis is a massive plus point in my book, you can have the stove out of the car and cooking some food in minutes.

With twin 30,000 BTU cast aluminium burners, a 448 square inch cooking area, 3 windscreens, styling ergonomic knobs, a regulator and a 3 foot hose for use with a bulk propane tank – there is plenty of value with the Camp Cher Explorer 2-Burner Stove.  Take a look at this link if you need additional camp cooking gear for your trip.

Setup and Design Features

When you first receive your Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner Stove there are several parts that require assembling. The propane hose, main burner unit, windscreen and legs all need to be assembled. A wrench is included in the pack, so no need to dig out the toolbox as this tool does it all.

Each burner has its own windscreen to help shield the flame from winds.   This does not mean you can set it up in gale force conditions however, but it does provide adequate cover under most conditions.

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Despite having a higher BTU than the Camp Chef Everest, the boiling time is slightly slower. This is due to the larger surface area and the smaller windscreens. So there is an obvious trade off depending on your preference. Where the Explorer excels is in simmering, with an ergonomic flame control knob you can have good control over the size of the flame and maintain a simmer.  The Camp Chef Explorer will cost between $100 and $125.

Dimensions – The Camp Chef Explorer is 34” H x 9.5” W x 16.25” L, and with a cooking area of 14” x 32” this gives the user a generous amount of space.  Take a look at Camp Chef’s website if you need additional information that isn’t listed here.

The Pros

  • Two cast-aluminium 30,000 BTU burners
  • Three sided windshield to help protect the flame from wind
  • Easily removable/adjustable legs for mobility or adjusting to uneven ground
  • Quick to set up and get started straight out of the box
  • Robust and durable design with excellent build quality
  • Great value for moneyCamp Chef Explorer

The Cons

  • No auto-ignition system
  • Cannot operate 16oz propane tanks
  • Not safe to use under any roof constructions

Insider Tips

The Camp Chef Explorer does not come with its own carry case. The stove does pack down to a tidy 32” x 14” x 6.5” and has a carry pouch for the legs and windscreen.

The burners and knobs are exposed so we recommend buying a carry case, or packing the stove very carefully among all your other belongings while travelling.  You can also purchase a griddle and/or barbecue box separately (The photo shown here displays the griddle).

Camp Chef Explorer Summary

With 30,000 BTU burners the Camp Chef Explorer is more than capable of cooking whatever you need at the campsite, or at home. It is geared more towards heavy duty use.   This doesn’t mean it won’t handle light occasional use just as well, but that you will get the most out of it serving up food for a group of hungry campers.

This stand alone stove has been specifically designed with ease of set-up and ease of cleaning in mind. The cast aluminium is very easy to wipe clean, and with its ‘bottomless’ design, most spills or food debris falls through to the floor. Leaving the user with more time to cook and less time cleaning up afterwards.


With greater emphasis on having a powerful output and large cooking area, the Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner stove is a popular choice among the outdoors community. If you are in the market for a stand alone camping stove that is quick to assemble and use, we recommend you take a closer look at the explorer. It is priced very reasonably too, making it a good value for the money and a low risk option.

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