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Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven 2 Burner Range and Stove

Sidewalk campouts will never be the same.

Testing Brilliance! To put Camp Chef's admittedly hefty Outdoor Camp Oven 2 Burner Range and Stove through its paces, our tester and his partners in crime set up camp outside an REI store in anticipation of the quarterly "Used Gear Sale" and provided a sampling of baked goods for the other dedicated gear nuts. Photos and text by Will Rochfort.
  • Behold a full-on stainless steel portable oven, complete with two racks for 9x13 baking pans, two matchless burners, and it's all powered by a simple screw-in propane canister.  Brilliant.
  • Tailgating for gear wonks!  Most people at the REI sale  think they've seen it all, but the Camp Chef oven attracted a steady stream of "ooooh's, "ahhhh's," and "are you serious?!?!"
  • Fueling is easy and familiar. Uncork the propane bottle, screw it into the back of the oven, and you're good to go.  There is an adapter for a bulk tank, but the 1 lb bottle had plenty of gas for dinner and breakfast.
  • Internal temp was more difficult to manage than an at-home oven, but as long as you watched the gauge closely, you could crack the oven door to keep it from getting too hot.  BONUS: Whoever watched the door got first dibs on the cookies.
  • For breakfast we fired up cinnamon rolls.  Assuming you have the skills and the time, this stove could likely bake anything that a 400° oven could handle. Although, both the cookies & rolls took longer than expected to bake.
  • The burners were as dependable as you could ask.  Even the auto-igniters worked on the first go, which was more of a luxury than I expected.  When boiling water for a batch of mac & cheese, it got the H2O up to cooking temp just as fast as at home.
  • It all folds up into a (relatively) small 35 lb package, which is a pretty impressive feat considering what you get.  You can purchase a carrying/protective case (pictured) to make transport a bit easier.
  • <b>Bottom Line: We had nothing but happy customers! </b> <br><br><b>The Specs:</b><br> $278 (although you can find it for cheaper on the internet) <br> 35 lbs <br> One size <br>
Behold a full-on stainless steel portable oven, complete with two racks for 9x13 baking pans, two matchless burners, and it's all powered by a simple screw-in propane canister.  Brilliant.
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Behold a full-on stainless steel portable oven, complete with two racks for 9x13 baking pans, two matchless burners, and it's all powered by a simple screw-in propane canister. Brilliant.


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The stove/oven is a great idea. I purchased one, but ended up returning it. The burners on top didn't give out much of a flame. My biggest complaint was that even the slightest breeze seemed to blow out both the top burners and the oven. I had to re-light the oven repeatedly just to get dinner done. I think some more work needs to be done on this product.
— Tom

Should we rename "Backpacker" to "Sherpa"? Who's going to lug that any farther than the nearest tailgate? This rig will have you going for the 20# tank pretty quickly.

Hilariously, for about $30 you can get a fold-up oven that turns your Coleman stove into the heat source, works pretty well and stores in much less space; my dad used one for years.
— Scott

I have one of those BEMCO Backpacker Ovens. We could have set that up in front of the store and baked all day. It can bake two 8 inch round pans of rolls at the same time. About twelve 2 inch rolls or you could bake 1 dozen cookies at the same time. I use the 9 inch oven it works just like my home oven. I even use it on my stove top at home to bake cookies and biscuits when I don't want to run my built in oven. Saves fuel as I use propane.
It only weighs 42 ounces and I paid $67.95 of it. I can even bake pizza at the top of Mt. Whitney 14500 feet. I bet you could not take that thing up that high or at least I would not want too.
I have used an 8oz Isopropane canister and kept the oven temp at 400 deg for up to 4 hours just to see how long it would burn using the oven.
Anyway just want to mention that this seams a bit heavy for a Backpacking oven maybe a car oven though.
— Joe

I had I guess the first model which was cheaper at about $199 cdn at the time. The idea was great but like a previous poster, the slightest wind blew out the oven. It was very frustrating and I ended up returning it. I wonder if this one is an improvement! I might actually buy one to find out.
— Adam


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