Gear Review: Camp Chef Summit

With numerous choices, a wide range of costs, and personal preference…how can one possibly choose a stove. For many us, it is trial and error run to finding the right setup. However, in this review, we will try to provide enough of an opinion to help you decide if the Camp Chef Summit is the right stove for you.

How We Use It

After having run a twenty year old Coleman stove until it finally gave out it was time for an upgrade. The Camp Chef Summit was the replacement chosen and after a year, it keeps burning strong. The Summit offers one of of the highest BTUs on the market; two 20,000 BTUs/hr burners. This translates into a quick heating ability for making everything from coffee to pizza to steak.

A primary factor in a stove in addition to heating ability is the ignition switch system. This is one of the only stoves left on the market that still offers a turn style ignition system instead of a push button. Why is turn-style ignition important? We are usually lighting these stoves on a camping table or a tailgate making for a less than stable stand. Pushing a button to light may cause the stove to slip off its platform resulting in your eggs on the floor and a broken stove. The turn style ignition system is a much safer option and may just save your bacon.

The Summit has a nice latching system to ensure locked closure and an optional carrying case to keep your car clean during transport.

Pros:
– Very reliable
– High BTU burners
– Turn knob ignition
– Dual burner

Cons:
– Price $159.99 (add $15.00 for case)
– Fuel knobs are a bit weak

Conclusion
After testing the Camp Chef Summit for over a year in varying conditions, elevations, and temperatures, we expect this to stay in our arsenal for the long run.

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