A camp stove destined to anchor your outdoor kitchen wherever that may be
I am most certainly biased because I would prefer to cook every single meal outside on a camp stove and I cook with cast iron most of the time so it was important for me to consider that when I agreed to review the Pro 90. I think it’s important to disclose that up front.
The box arrived and as promised I was setup and cooking within a few minutes. The legs of the Pro 90 camp stove fold under the unit and it simply required the bottom section to be attached.
I connected the propane tank and added the wind screen. Done.
The review process began immediately.
The first meal I made on the camp stove was a simple skillet of bison sloppy joes for my boys. Home run!
I’ve also made several different stir fry dishes, beef and broccoli, quinoa, quesadillas, country style pork ribs, and even a pound cake dessert with grilled pineapple.
The Camp Chef Pro 90 camp stove is very versatile and very easy to use. Just turn on the propane and start the grill with the auto-ignitor.
The Pro 90 camp stove is feature rich but still dead simple to use:
- 3 burners that produce 30,000 BTUs each
- Stainless steel cooking grate – 586 sq in
- Windscreen that protects the back and two sides
- Exta wind protection from the burner box
- Independent heal controls for each of the 3 burners
- The two folding shelves cover the grill in transport
- Legs fold up under the unit
- Large cooking surface – 16″ x 38″
- Cooking surface height – 30″
- Weight: 55 lbs
The Camp Chef Pro 90 camp stove is covered by a 1 year warranty.
Best features and performance highlights
I really love this camp stove and it’s performed very well. One of the best features, yet not one that I have actually taken advantage of, is the modular expansion that it allows. You can add various accessories to make the stove more functional. You can add a grill box, a flat top griddle, or even a pizza oven. You can see the full line of accessories here.
Each burner is controlled independently and can be fine tuned using the adjustable intakes near the control knobs. Allowing more or less air to enter the burner can change the size and performance of the flame. I really like having the ability to dial this in as conditions change.
One of my favorite features is the positioning of the burners. They are not equally spaced across the full width of the stove, but rather, two are grouped closer together. This is useful when cooking with different sized skillets or dutch ovens. The right burner has more room and can accommodate a large skillet like the 15″ cast iron skillet I use when cooking for groups.
It is also worth noting that the ignition function works very well. Most grills that I’ve had before were also equipped with an auto-ignitor but they never worked as well as the one on the Pro 90 does. It rarely takes more than a single attempt to start a burner and it’s great that each can be started independently.
Room for improvement
After preparing more than 20 meals on this camp stove, I have just two suggestions that would make it a little bit better:
- The legs are not adjustable which means you have to be creative when leveling the stove on uneven ground. This could be resolved if each leg was independently adjustable.
- The stove may need to be rotated to perform in a steady breeze. If it is positioned incorrectly with a breeze, the burners go out when set to a lower flame. I’m not sure how to address this from a design perspective but I’m sure the folks at Camp Chef could figure it out.
The only other shortcoming I’ve noticed is that the three 30,000 BTU burners are very hot even at their lowest setting. This can lead to scorching in some cases but they do offer a fix called the Flame Tamer which spreads out the heat pattern a bit. I really wish they would just include these in the kit to start rather than just offering it as an addition.