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  • BTU: What Does It Mean & How Many Do You Need?

    What in the World is a BTU?


    If you’ve checked out any of our stoves, you’ve probably seen a BTU figure associated with each one. And if you’re here at this article, you probably looked at it and had no clue what it meant. Let us explain it to you.   BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. It is used in North America (not in Europe, despite the name) as a way to measure energy output. A single BTU is equal to the energy released by burning one match. To put things in perspective, your household stove burners are probably around 10,000 BTUs—that’s like burning 10,000 matches at once.  

    How Many BTUs Do I Need?


    For basic outdoor cooking and groups of only a few people, you’ll need a stove that has an output of at least 10,000 BTU per hour. Matching your kitchen stove in power, you’ll be able to cook pretty much anything you’d whip up indoors. This is the minimum amount of heat you should have with your camp stove.


    But why settle for the minimum? Most of our stoves feature burners with an output of 30,000 BTU/hr each. That’s 3 times more than your kitchen burners. Our double burner and triple burner stoves with this kind of cooking power are perfect for families and larger groups because you have the heat and surface area you need to cook a ton of food. Pro tip: these burners are also great for home canning.


    We also carry a couple of high-output stoves with burners that can pump out 60,000 BTU/hr. That’s a ton of power. In fact, that’s more than you would ever need for basic outdoor cooking. These stoves are best for specialty situations like home brewing, high capacity boiling, and extreme cold temperatures. You should only use heavy duty pots with a 60,000 BTU burner rather than accessories like our grill boxes, griddles, or pizza ovens. The high heat output can warp and burn out some of these more lightweight materials.


    Check out our infographic for a quick look at how many BTUs you need for your outdoor adventures.


    Your guide to BTUs on a camp stove
  • Camp Chef Goes Glamping

    Last week, Camp Chef teamed up with Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, Favorite Family Recipes, Natasha’s Kitchen, and Dessert Now Dinner Later for a few days of crazy good food and the plushest glamping in northern Utah. Tucked away in Garden City, Utah, you’ll find the teepee-style canvas tents and covered wagons of Conestoga Ranch. The “tents”—if that’s what you want to call them—feature king-size beds, fluffy pillows, pristine white sheets, hardwood flooring, and a full bathroom. You read that right: a clean, private, beautiful bathroom. We were far from roughing it, but that didn’t stop us from feeding our outside.


    Conestoga Ranch and Minnetonka Cave

    From the hills of Conestoga Ranch, we had the perfect view of Bear Lake with its tropical-blue water—an unreal color for a lake in the middle of the mountains. We ventured from the camp up to Minnetonka Cave, named with a Native American word for “running water.” Huddled together in the cool 40º F cave, we listened to an earnest young tour guide point out stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations. The dim lighting, alien structures, and damp cold felt like another planet in the middle of a Utah summer.

    Afterward, we headed to the lake for some oven-baked pizzas on the beach. Cassidy, the head pizza chef of Conestoga Ranch, taught (or tried to teach) us how to toss pizza dough like a pro. We managed to keep all the dough off the sand, and some even made it into the oven.




    fun times at Conestoga Ranch

    While the setting was gorgeous, what made the trip such a treat was the company. Vince, the executive chef of Conestoga Ranch, showed us how to whip up restaurant-worthy dishes on the fly (Literally—he made up the first recipe as he was cooking it). Inge took charge of the hospitality side of things, from grabbing extra utensils to cleaning up our messy cooking experiments. And of course, our food blogger guests were nothing short of delightful. We sincerely want to thank all of you!



    delicious food cooked on Camp Chef products

    As a group of Camp Chef employees, food bloggers, and chefs, we all had one thing in common: a deep passion for good food. With an armada of Camp Chef stoves, grills, ovens, griddles, cast iron, utensils, and more we cooked some of the best food we’ve ever had. Homemade toast with avocado, plain Greek yogurt, and paprika; Wagyu beef sliders on flat bread with goat cheese and corn salsa; green eggs and ham pizza; cast iron cinnamon rolls; smoked tri-tip—the list goes on. When you combine great products with genius cooking skills, the results are incredible. We couldn’t eat it all, but we couldn’t resist tasting everything.

    And that’s really the kind of Camp Chef experience we wanted to create. Good food, good people, good setting. The formula for feeding your outside isn’t rocket science by any means. But it’s one that we could all practice a little more in our lives, don’t you think?

  • Camp Chef Awarded Best of State for Outdoor/Recreational Equipment

    Camp Chef, producers of quality outdoor cooking equipment, recently received the Best of State Award in the Outdoor/Recreational Equipment category Saturday night in Salt Lake City, Utah. This award comes in a timely manner as Camp Chef is celebrating 25 years of quality outdoor cooking
  • Large Patio Cooking Made Easy with New Flat Top Grill

    Camp Chef’s Flat Top Grill makes large cooking jobs easy. This new cooking system gives users the space, power and simplicity of a professional cooking system all designed for the back yard.
  • Father's Day Gift Ideas

    It seems to me that buying gifts for Father’s Day tends to be the most difficult. And rather than it getting easier over time it seems to only get harder to find even one gift. So, for those like me who don’t really have a clue what to get Dad this Father’s Day, I submit to you five Camp Chef products that could appease Dad.
  • Enjoy Authentic Artisan Pizza on Camp Chef's Newest Italia Artisan Pizza Oven Accessory

    Homemade pizza never tasted so good. Inspired by the famous brick ovens of Italy, the Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven accessory cooks artisan pizza with a superior cooking design. A domed oven top, rear vents and a double layered ceiling mimic the heating patterns of a true wood-fired brick oven. Features a cordierite ceramic pizza stone which promotes even heat and will give your pizza a delectable crust.

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