Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range Review

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range















  • Large Cooking Surface
  • Powerful
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Fully adjustable flame control
  • Portable


  • No auto-ignition
  • Poor paint quality

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range

Ready for a camping adventure? How about your cooking gear, is it ready? If not and you need a new outdoor propane grill then check out the Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range. It’s got two powerful burners and a large cooking area. Whether you’re camping with the family, tailgating at the football game, or just cooking on your patio in the backyard, this is a sturdy, durable, versatile stove that will go with you wherever you go. Read more below to find out all the features of this high-quality, heavy-duty grill.

Name:  Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range
Price: Hover your mouse over the image below for current price
Manufacturer: Vista Outdoor
CEO: Mark DeYoung
Overall Rank:  87 out of 100

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range – Overview

The Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range is an Award-winning camp stove for outdoor lovers. Fish Alaska magazine awarded it an Editor’s Choice Award in 2014 for its versatility saying “This is the go-anywhere, do-anything type of propane stove, perfect for base camp.”

At camp, make bacon and eggs for breakfast, pan fry salmon for lunch and then grill steaks or burgers at dinner for the whole crew. Use it for cooking fabulous chili at the tailgate party.

It is also ideal for emergency preparedness. No electricity, no problem.

Removable legs allow you to use it free-standing or on a picnic table or tailgate.

The cooking area is extra-large, plenty of space for a skillet, large pot for boiling water, with room left over for a smaller pot in between keeping cooked items warm.

Often camp stoves have controls that, even if variable, have very little control. Either the flame is full on or barely lit. The Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range has a micro-control flame adjustment so you can simmer foods at any rate you want.

It’s ready to cook right out of the box with very little set-up. The included regulator and 3-foot hose quickly connect to your bulk propane tank.

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range – Features


Camp Chef was established in 1990 with one idea in mind, to produce better outdoor cooking equipment. It is located in the heart of Cache Valley, Utah, near the beautiful Bear River Mountain Range. This is a perfect site for product testing.

The pledge of Camp Chef management and staff is to improve and create new products that fulfill the needs of their highly valued customers.


  • Two 30,000 BTU commercial-grade, cast aluminum burners
  • 448 sq. in. cooking surface
  • Heavy-duty removable legs collapse for easy portability
  • Adjustable legs for use on uneven surfaces
  • 3-sided windscreen
  • Fully adjustable heat-control dials
  • Regulator and 3 ft. hose for use with a bulk propane tank
  • Large range of 14″ Blue Flame Accessories available to expand its cooking versatility

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range – Performance & Functionality

Size – Cooking Area vs BTUs

The Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range has a very large 14″ x 32″ (448 sq. in.) cooking surface area. Two 30,000 BTU burners boil water in minutes on one side while frying food in a skillet on the other side.

The total 60,000 BTUs of power is at the top end of the range of two burner camping stoves and the cooking area makes it capable of cooking for a large group of people in a hurry.

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range Review - Camping


You will love the efficiency of this outdoor camp stove. A 20 lb. propane tank will last 15 hours with both burners operating at full-flame on the Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range.


At 31 lbs. (19 lbs. without the removable legs) this is not a lightweight portable camp stove. One person can easily carry it but it is not recommended for deep backwoods camping trips or for taking it along hiking. If you are going to use it in your backyard, or camp reasonably close to your vehicle, or if you are going to cook for a tailgate party the Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range is perfect.

It comes with heavy-duty, detachable legs to give you a comfortable 29″ cooking height. They are individually adjustable to provide stability and level set-up on uneven ground. The legs collapse for easy portability and storage.

If you are going to cook on a table or tailgate you don’t need to bring the legs thus saving 11 lbs. of load to carry.


Make no mistake, the Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range’s heavy-duty all-metal construction is built tough to last a long time. Although it has a thick coat of paint, rust has been noted appearing after only a short time on an outdoor patio in sunny, dry conditions.


There are a number of additional accessories that will extend the flexibility and versatility of the Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range including griddles, reversible grill/griddles, grill boxes, Artisan outdoor pizza ovens, carry bags, covers, and specialty pots and pans.


You are probably not going to buy the Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range for its good looks. Although not ugly, it is made for performance and functionality, at which it excels.

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range – Specifications

Body Material: Powder coated steel
Burner Material: Aluminum and steel
Stovetop Cooking Area: 14″ (35.6 cm.) x 32″ (81.3 cm.) 448 sq. in. (2,890 sq. cm.)
Finish: Black
Burner Power:  2 x 30,000 BTU/hr each
Total Output: 60,000 BTU/hr
Dimensions: 32″ (81.3 cm)L x 14.5″ (36.8 cm)W x 32″ (81.3 cm)H
Weight:  31 lb (14.1 kg)

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range – Pros and Cons


  • Large cooking surface
  • 2 x powerful burners
  • Fully adjustable flame control throughout the full range
  • Versatile with a large range of additional accessories
  • Portable, but not lightweight
  • Detachable, adjustable legs
  • Durable and heavy-duty construction
  • Ideal for emergency preparedness


  • No auto-ignition system. If the flame goes out you have to remove your meal in order to relight.
  • Paint quality suspect. Rust shows up quickly when the unit is left uncovered outdoors.

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range – Attachments and Accessories

The Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range comes with all that is needed to get started.

  • 2 burner camp stove with fully adjustable heat control knobs
  • 3 ft. hose and regulator for connection to a bulk propane tank
  • 3-sided windscreen
  • Detachable, adjustable legs in convenient carry case

For added flexibility, it works with all 14″ Camp Chef modular accessories, sold separately, including:

  • Griddles
    • Professional Flat Top Griddle 30
    • Professional Flat Top Griddle 60
    • Reversible Grill/Griddle 16
    • Universal Flat Top Griddle 16
    • Universal 14 x 32 Flat Top Griddle
  • Grill Boxes
    • BBQ Grill Box 100
    • Deluxe BBQ Grill Box 30
    • Deluxe BBQ Grill Box 60
  • Outdoor Ovens
    • Artisan Outdoor Oven 30
    • Artisan Pizza Oven 60

Explore your outdoor culinary talents with one or all of the above accessories. Your next camping trip could be the path to many more, exciting, new adventures.

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range – Customer Reviews

Amazon Customer Review Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 92% positive (4 or 5 out of 5 stars):

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Fakespot analysis detected 90% high-quality reviews on Amazon and rated them grade A. Camp Chef Company product reviews consistently receive a grade A.

Who is the Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner RangeFor?

The Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range is for those of you who want to cook outdoors for a large number of people. You can use it for:

  • Backyard BBQ
  • Scout cookouts
  • Family camping trips
  • Fishing or hunting
  • RVing
  • Tailgate parties
  • Emergency Preparedness

If you are camping alone, hiking, going deep woods, or cooking for a much smaller group, then this is not the best option for you. Click on the following link to see some other great outdoor camping stoves more suited to your needs: The 10 Best Camping Stoves & Grills For 2018.

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range Review - Grilled Meat
Grilled Meat

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range – My Final Opinion

If you are going to be cooking for a large group, in a location that doesn’t require a long backpack hike, then this is the camping stove for you. I give the powerful, durable, versatile Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range a 87 out of 100 and a highly recommended buy.

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range – Buy Now

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Are you happy with your Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range or do you have additional comments to add to this review? Please take a little time to let others know. Add your comment or questions in the comment box below, I’d love to hear from you.

2 Replies to “Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range Review”

  1. This looks great! What a handy little camping burner – does this also come with it’s own grill tray top, or is intended for frying pan use only? Is there a grill top or dutch oven accessory that you could recommend for use with the explorer 2 burner gas burner?


    1. Hi Kegan,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving your questions. Unfortunately, the Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range does not come with an included grill tray.

      The grill top that I would recommend for this model is the Camp Chef CGG16B Reversible Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill/Griddle. It is multi-functional with two sides. One is the grill with raised edges for searing in those beautiful grill marks and the other side is a griddle for cooking bacon, eggs, and hash browns for breakfast.

      A 13″ dutch oven that is available for the Camp Chef 2 Burner Range is the Camp Chef 13″ Square Dutch Oven.

      Hope you enjoy your new camp stove.


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