Camp stove

THE SITUATION: When planning your camping meals, don’t limit yourself to cold sandwiches or hot dogs from a makeshift grill. Camp Chef’s Everest high-pressure two-burner stove is a portable yet high-powered piece of equipment every camper should consider adding to his or her arsenal. With two 20,000 BTU burners, it’s not a hand warmer like many camping stoves. It can cook real meals — and fast.

FEATURES: The stove has a matchless ignition system, so there’s no need to fiddle with matches, and it has a three-sided wind barrier to ensure the flame doesn’t extinguish in the open air. Sturdy heat-control dials allow users to adjust heat from low to high. It has a nickel-coated steel cooking grate for strength and corrosion resistance, as well as a stainless steel drip tray for quick cleanup.

THE DETAILS: Relatively lightweight and compact at 12 pounds and 13.5 by 23.5 by 4 inches, it’s hinged and includes a metal latch for closure that’s considerably more durable than its plastic counterparts. Once it’s latched shut, you can grab the side handle and carry the stove anywhere. The unit includes a regular adapter for a 1-pound propane cylinder and a one-year warranty.

PRICE: $121.

AVAILABILITY: Can be found at REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods and amazon.com. Visit campchef.com for a list of local retailers.

Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune News Service