Camp Chef Mountain Series 1 Burner Stove Review
The Camp Chef Mountain Series Butane 1 Burner Stove is a compact and solid unit, just as a single burner should be. It has a nice red finish, and the flat design allows for it to be positioned on most terrains, or a surface like a table or tailgate.
Like any product carrying the Camp Chef badge, it’s built to last. The dials and construction are high quality, and it looks pretty good too. This stove is a little more robust than other smaller single burners, which is always a plus when you’re backpacking and travelling a lot.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the specifications of the stove.
Setup and Design Features
This model is easy to set up straight out of the box. Just attach either a large canister to the side, or a smaller canister in the space provided.
It has a matchless ignition and an 8,000 BTU burner. For those who are completely new to understanding power outputs, 8,000 BTU’s is more than enough to cook backpacking food recipes.
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The grate is well designed. Not only is it strong, but it’s integrated with the drip pan. Meaning you have a widespread cooking surface, and bits of food and grease can drain out the way of the flame. A nice design touch sometimes overlooked on other stoves.
Something else that is often overlooked on other stoves is the quality of the flame. Camp Chef have the history and expertise to fit their stoves out with quality parts. The flame on the Mountain Series is a nice blue flame, meaning you will get minimal or no black burn marks on the bottom of your pots. Great!
The dimensions are – 14.5” x 12.5” x 3.5″ and weighs 5 lbs.
The Mountain Series is around 3 lbs heavier than the Coleman Sportster II Dual Fuel Stove. But although these are both portable single burners, the Camp Chef is very different in design.
Having a complete unit is much sturdier than the Coleman, which is basically a tank with the burner on top. The Mountain Series is slightly less powerful than the Coleman, but at a much lower price point if value for money is a consideration, I give the nod to this stove. Prices range from $20 to $30.
- Fully adjustable heat-control dial
- 8,000 BTU’s offering good power and efficiency
- Reliable Camp Chef brand and build quality
- Storage case included
- Easy to position on most terrains
- Quite bulky combined with a tank compared to other single burners
- Users feedback suggests the starter is fickle in very cold temperatures
As mentioned above, some users report finding the auto-ignition a little temperamental under certain conditions. So take some matches with you as a backup, should a problem arise. But I’m sure all you backpackers are always prepared with matches anyway!
Camp Chef Mountain Series Stove Summary
Another solid and well-rounded stove brought to us by Camp Chef. They have a wide range of stoves and other outdoors accessories. The Mountain Series Butane 1 Burner slots in nicely as either a main single burner, an additional burner when travelling with an extra person or two, or just as a reliable backup.
With all of that in mind I recommend taking a closer look at this stove, and if you see any promotions or have a few space bucks you wouldn’t regret picking one up.
Not too many negatives with the Camp Chef Mountain Series. Its great value for money, a reliable travel companion, and you’ll prepare some tasty meals on it. If it’s your first Camp Chef product, you are about to change the way you think about future purchases too, I know I did.
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While these tend to be more for car-camping rather than backpacking, packed-space is still an issue. One thing I found with these type of burners is that *sometimes* they’re designed so you can flip the grate/drip tray over for storage.
I have a similar stove from Stansport and while it wasn’t designed with this in mind, luckily it just took a couple of snips with a pair of tin-snips (sheet metal shears) to trim the offending bracket. This reduces the stored height of the stove by more than an inch and makes it possible for me to store mine in a very shallow drawer.
Overall, I love this style of camp stove for their easy-light performance. When I’ve just crawled out of a sleeping bag on a chilly morning is not the time that I want to be messing around with connecting a fiddly propane regulator or pumping and priming a white-gas stove. One flick of the wrist and the water is getting hot for coffee!