Partner Steel Stove Review – Flat Surface Compact Camping Stove

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Partner Steel Cook Partner Stove Review: Camping Stove Designed for Off Roading in the 4Runner

Partner Steel – Cook Partner Stove Review: Camping Stove Designed for Compact Storage, Ease of Use, and Built like a Tank!

The best thing about buying quality camping equipment is it lasts a long time.

A good case in point is my Coleman propane camp stove. Back in the late 1970s, while out touring with bands, I purchased a Coleman stove. The idea was to use it for both making coffee and cooking as a way to both cut down on expensive restaurant meals and to try and eat a bit healthier.

Some laughed at my kitchen set-up in the back of a 5-ton truck but it worked.

I guess I was overlanding before it became a thing, it just happened to be in hotel parking lots or on hotel room balconies.

When I married and we took camping trips, the stove continued to work like a champ but age slowly caught up with it.

A number of parts were swapped out to extend its life but it was clear, after well over thirty years of service, it was time to start looking for a replacement.

I’d heard about the Cook Partner from Partner Steel and it looked well-made, unlike many of the stoves I’d been viewing at outdoor stores.

One unit I looked at almost sliced my hand opens as the edge of the lid was so sharp and it hadn’t been cleaned up in manufacturing.

Partner Steel has been in business since 1947 as a custom steel fabricator and to see the quality of work, just have a look at the welds on a stove.

They added the Cook Partner items to their product line-up and it’s been a success. They make a number of great items for outdoor use, especially for the rafting community.

Exceptional Weld Quality

Partner Steel Cook Partner Stove Review: Camping Stove Designed for Off Roading in the 4Runner: Exceptional Weld Quality

Introducing the Cook Partner by Partner Steel Co. This is one exceptionally durable flat surface camping cooking stoves built to last.

Because of the US dollar exchange and shipping, I arranged to purchase a Cook Partner stove from Cascade River Gear.

I had it shipped to a campground in the Adirondacks we were going to be staying at while hiking around the Lake Placid and High Peaks area.

We checked in, set up camp and around dinner time I pulled the stove out.

This is when I discovered it wasn’t designed for disposable one-pound propane cylinders like my old Coleman. The regulator provided works with the larger five, ten and twenty-pound tanks.

This meant an evening drive into Lake Placid to find a hardware store where we purchased a ten-pound tank, something I had wanted to do anyway to get away from disposable cylinders.

By then it was late and dark so we decided to check out the Lake Placid Brew Pub; good food, good beer, good decision … We’ll try the stove out at breakfast!

Comes Apart for Easy Cleaning

Partner Steel Cook Partner Stove Review: Camping Stove Designed for Off Roading in the 4Runner: Comes apart for easy cleaning

To say these stoves are well designed is an understatement.

Some of the key features that were selling points for me:

  • Built in the USA with Quality Steel
  • 5052 Aluminum Construction
  • Burner Assembly Crafted from 5/16” Diameter Stainless Steel
  • Easily Removable for Cleaning
  • Extremely Super Clean Welds

I purchased an 18” two-burner model which produces 10,000 BTU’s.

A windscreen is an option but well worth adding. As you can tell from my story above, each stove comes with a regulator and hose.

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Stove Closed for Travel

Partner Steel Cook Partner Stove Review: Camping Stove Designed for Off Roading in the 4Runner: Stove Closed for Travel

The stove has a firm heavy-duty latch, not unlike those used on concert touring road cases for a tight seal when closed.

The recessed knobs for regulating flame and temperature are tucked nicely inside the unit, keeping them safe during transport.

Partner Steel offers a number of stove sizes for any use. These stove sizes include:

  • 9” Two-Burner Unit
  • 16”, 18” and 22” Two-Burner Units
  • 26” Three-Burner
  • 16” and 18” Four-Burner
  • 26” Six-Burner

Some of the stoves have the option of break-apart hinges so a four-burner could be used as two, two-burners.

Griddle Offers Even Heating

Partner Steel Cook Partner Stove Review: Camping Stove Designed for Off Roading in the 4Runner: Griddle Offers Even Heating

Partner Steel offers a number of stovetop accessories and the one I purchased, which sees plenty of use are the griddle.

Crafted from food-grade aluminum, the griddle heats rapidly cleans easily due to its anodized surface and has easily grasped metal handles on both ends.

Can you smell the bacon?

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The company also makes both an aluminum and stainless-steel coffee pot and five different sizes of Dutch ovens.

These ovens can be stacked to prepare an entire meal at one time, nest together and the lid also served double duty as a griddle or low frying pan.

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Additionally, Partner Steel makes the Jon-Ny Partner, a stainless-steel camp port-o-potty, a water purifier unit, an aluminum stretcher table that is 23” wide by 72” long and 32” high with spots for tie-downs and a hand washing station. The company’s products are featured and used quite heavily with western rafting companies.

I can’t say it enough just how well built these stoves are. I can easily see it lasting as long or longer than my old Coleman. And in these days of disposable products, that’s a good thing.

Partner Steel openly welcomes its customers to stop by and visit their facility in Pocatello, Idaho and if you have questions about any of their product line, feel free to call or email them.

Questions or Comments? Leave them below!

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Awesome! A post I can also participate on as i also have this same stove. Previously I was an avid white water rafter, and all the rafting companies use these stoves, as they indeed are indestructible. This is the type of item you dont see advertised, you dont find in a store, and often never even get mentioned anywhere as they are for people “in the know.” Ill add my own findings: Pros: – Its a “buy it for life/once” item. You will never need another stove. – Its well built, this thing commands respect. Its like looking at a… Read more »

Brian Crane
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I purchased the two burner folding model a couple of years ago while in Utah and have nothing but praise for it. Could use more Btu sure, but it’s fine. Like the option of separating the two halves if I want to downsize for any reason. Haven’t yet. Did miss the wind guard, so picked up a piece of sheet aluminum that I bend and stand up on one of the corners. Works fine.
Fair amount of dollars to purchase, last forever.

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