I spent the afternoon testing out the Camp Chef Tahoe 3 Burner Stove for use as an outdoor canning stove.
The Camp Chef did a good job for me. I had a planned canning session making dill relish (page yet to come), so I decided to go ahead and test with a pressure canner at the same time.
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Outdoor Canning Stove Considerations
There are three things anyone should check with any outdoor canning stove choice.
- Testing the camp chef with both a water bath and a pressure canner.
- Testing control over the flame: This is especially important when using it with a pressure canner.
- Testing sturdiness: Those canners are heavy when full!. All of those are important!
Setting Up the Camp Chef Stove
I did a video of my husband unpacking and setting this up. It is incredibly easy. All you have to do is place the legs and attach the regulator. Light it up! Start cooking! Less than 7 minutes. (There are two videos on this page. I have a full review video below this one!)
How I’ve Used the Camp Chef Stove
Whether you’ve got a smooth top range that you are not sure will handle the weight of canners, or you just would like to avoid the heat in the house, an outdoor canning stove can make life so much better when canning time comes around. I loved this Camp Chef for the feature of THREE burners. I can run two canners and have a pot of water heating all at the same time.
Water Bath Canning on the Outdoor Canning Stove
The Camp Chef performed splendidly, just as I expected. Plenty of flame power and my canning was done without a hitch. Remember, high on this burner is very high. You can probably just heat the canner up on medium or between medium and high.
Pressure Canning on the Outdoor Canning Stove
I tested a pressure canner. For me, this was the ultimate test. I was not sure how a pressure canner would maintain a steady pressure. I had a successful test.
How you can control the flame is important. You need to be certain that the flame will go low enough to hold pressure. Sometimes, this is very low. The Camp Chef did fine when the dial is turned to warm. I heated to pressure on medium heat. High is very high! You really don’t need to go there. When you have reached temperature, turn the dial to warm. For me, this was perfect to maintain pressure.
Warnings for Outdoor Canning Stoves
Please note: It has been pointed out to me that some pressure canner manufacturers do not recommend using their canner on a propane burner. I checked my owner’s manuals and indeed my Presto has a warning against using a burner higher than 12,000 BTUs. I could find no such warning in my All American Canner owner’s manual. Read your owner’s manual to determine if there are any warnings.
I’ve been using another propane burner with no issues, so I’m comfortable using this and simply not turning the heat up to high…you, of course, have to make your own decision.
Here is a fact sheet regarding canning on outdoor burners from the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
How Sturdy is the Camp Chef Stove?
Two canners on the stove, and I was very comfortable. These are very large pots with lots of hot water. You need to be sure there will be no tipovers. I knew that with commonsense care, I would have no problem with canners tipping over. There was even more space for yet another pot had I needed it.
Now, let me explain what I mean about commonsense care. I had no large dogs running around to bump into the stove. We all know that large exuberant Labrador whose whole body wags along with his tail, or maybe your best buddy has a Great Dane with a leash dragging. That would be commonsense not to have these types of obstacles ramming into the stove. 🙂
I also did not have my stove pressed right up against the side of a building, or worse yet, a tent. Any stove, no matter what brand, needs to be placed safely.
I ran both my pressure canner and water bath canner with no reservations about the stove holding both canners at the same time. With them being heavy and full of water, I was confident the Camp Chef was able to steadily hold each.
Breezes Will Blow. When Canning Outdoors, Use Caution!
Whenever you do home canning outdoors there are always minor breezes blowing. With any outdoor canning set up, you need to be in a sheltered area. This is so the canner and flame are protected from the wind. My carport worked great for this.
Another Note: Camp Chef states that the stove is not for indoor use. I don’t know if my carport qualifies as indoors, it has a garage door-size opening and another opening about half that size. The area I’m in is sheltered but open. I’m comfortable using it here. You, of course, need to make your own decision as to where you use the stove. Open, but sheltered from the wind, is my suggestion.
The Tahoe stove is built in a way that protects the flame under the pot. The area is protected by a boxed-in frame. This was more effective than some other stoves I’ve had.
My Past Experiences with Outdoor Canning Stoves
The day I did my testing, I had a slight breeze blowing, even in my carport. Not much, but enough that I wondered how I would do with the pressure canner.
In past experiences with other stoves and burners, I ended up having issues with my canner losing pressure, but this time around, I did not have problems. The flame did blow out once, but as I was right there, I just lit it back up without losing any pressure and kept on going. You will need to be close to monitor the canner. This is not unusual though; even when you are canning in your kitchen, I recommend staying in the kitchen to monitor your pressure.
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Disclaimer…Camp Chef provided this stove for me to test out and review for you. This did not affect my opinion of or use of the stove. I really do think it is a great stove!
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Page last updated: 11/5/2021
Hi Sharon, I’m Greg. Thank you for your amazing website. I was wondering whether you used the Camp Chef stove with the Presto pressure canner or the All American pressure canner. The Camp Chef rates its BTU output at 30,000 which is 18,000 more than Presto recommends. Could I still use my Presto on the Camp Chef stove if I keep the burner below “half?”
Hi Greg. I used my All American Canner on the camp chef. I can’t tell you what to do with your Presto but keeping the heat on low is exactly what I do when I’m canning outside. That high heat that the Camp Chef puts out is not needed and would be much too high.
Hi Greg and Sharon,
I have the same canning stove and have used my Presto Pressure Canners on it without any issues. I keep the heat low and it works wonderful. I have been using it for about 2 years
I have a presto canner also, but need a psi of 11 for my elevation. From your experience, do you think I would be able to get the flame low enough for an 11? Another reviewer I watched wasn’t able to get her’s lower than 13-15. Thanks!
That is a good question. I’ve never really tested it out for lower pressure levels. I’d suggest running a test run on just jars of water. That way if you can’t make it work you won’t waste any food.
Greg, Did you ever get a response from Sharon ?
Dottie, thanks for asking as I missed Greg’s question! You brought it to my attention.
how quickly do you have to refill the propane tank? after one canning session or can you get in more?
It will depend on the size tank you use and the heat you end up needing to maintain pressure. Mine is a 20lb tank. I can say it is definitely more than one canning session. But I use my stove for more than just canning so it would be difficult for me to say how many I get per tank. I’m cooking and doing other things in-between times. Loads vary from 20-90 minutes depending on what you are canning. I did a search on “how long will a 20-pound propane tank last” … most results I see say 18-20 hours.… Read more »
Sharon, do you use a propane gauge or regulator on your propane tank to know how full it is?
I don’t. But that is actually a good idea that I never even thought of. I’ll have to check into it. We just always have an extra tank on hand. When I start a load I just make sure that the tank feels full. If there is any doubt, switch to the full tank. You don’t want to run out during processing. I’ve not had any issues yet.
Camp Chef is a nice stove but not for
us lowlanders. I can at 11 PSI and Camp Chef will not adjust that low. I’ve added a cast iron plate to see if that helps but then it takes forever to heat up. Next stop is to pull out my old Coleman stove which is at 11,000 BTU and therefore should allow my to hold a lower heat setting.