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Gas One GS-3000 Review

Versatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we tested
gas one gs-3000 camping stove review
If you're ok with one dish at a time, or simple one-pot meals, you can save space and a lot of money by opting for a single-burner like the Gas One.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:  $30 List | $32.02 at Amazon
Pros:  Great simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignition
Cons:  Boils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)
Manufacturer:   Gas One
By Mary Witlacil ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 10, 2022
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  • Boil Time - 25% 3.0
  • Fuel Efficiency - 25% 2.0
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.0
  • Portability - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Gas One GS-3000 is a mini wonder and winner of one of our Best Buy Awards. Lightweight and versatile, this model is great as a small camp stove or an extra emergency burner. Barely weighing over four pounds, our testers were much more willing to haul this model further from their cars than other more cumbersome stoves. This butane single-burner doesn't boil water the fastest and lacks wind protection, but it does have excellent simmer control, and its weight and compactness make up for its lack of flame size and cooking speed. Finish cooking, and the drip pan lifts off the stove for super simple cleaning. And the value simply can't be beaten — you can buy two of these for half the cost of a standard two-burner camping stove.

Editor's Note: We retested and updated the Gas One GS-3000 review on November 10, 2022, to reflect new metrics and test results.

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Pros Great simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignitionLarge cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistanceAffordable, straightforward, compact, great wind resistance, good simmering abilityPiezo igniter, fuel efficient, reasonably priced, easy to cleanAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions
Cons Boils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)Heavy, bulky, on the pricier side, closures not durableCannot store regulator inside stove, average boil timeSlow boil time, average wind resistance, below average durabilityNo auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots
Bottom Line Versatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we testedA wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenanceA compact and reasonably priced stove that simmers well and provides great wind protectionAn affordable, portable, and fuel efficient two-burner stove with slow boil time and low wind resistanceThis is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price
Rating Categories Gas One GS-3000 Camp Chef Everest 2X Kovea Slim Twin Coleman Cascade Cla... Coleman Classic
Boil Time (25%)
3.0
9.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
Fuel Efficiency (25%)
2.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Ease of Use (15%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Portability (15%)
9.0
6.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Specs Gas One GS-3000 Camp Chef Everest 2X Kovea Slim Twin Coleman Cascade Cla... Coleman Classic
Weight 4.1 lbs 13.97 lbs 9.94 lbs 9.71 lbs 9.8 lbs
BTU per Burner (from manufacturer) 9,000 20,000 10,500 10,000 10,.000
Average Boil Time (1 liter of water, wind & no wind) 8 min 45 sec 3 min 21 sec 4 min 58 sec 6 min 39 sec 5 min 30 sec
Boil Time (1 liter of water, wind from a box fan) 13 min 3 min 25 sec 5 min 20 sec 7 min 56 sec 6 min 25 sec
Boil Time (1 liter of water, no wind) 4 min 30 sec 3 min 17 sec 4 min 36 sec 5 min 23 sec 4 min 45 sec
Cooktop Material Enamel Coated Steel Nickel-coated steel Nickel-plated steel Aluminized steel Aluminized steel
Packed Size 14" x 12" x 3.5" 27" x 15.5" x 8.25" 23.4" x 14.7" x 3.3" 21" x 13" x 3.5" 21" x 13" x 3.5"
Cooking Surface Dimensions 8.25" x 8.25" 21" x 9.5" 20.5" x 12.5" 20" x 12" 18.75" x 10.5"
Burner/Flame Diameter 2.875" 4.75" 3.25" 3.25" 3.5"
Distance Between Burners (center to center) N/A 12.25" 10.5" 11" 7.75"
Windscreen? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Number of Burners 1 2 2 2 2
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop
Fuel Type Butane Propane Propane Propane Propane
Model Number GS-3000 MS2HP 168,970 2157477 2000020943NP

Our Analysis and Test Results

As a camping stove, we came across the Gas One by accident. A family member bought it to cook a meal in the middle of the dining room table, and it worked perfectly (however, the instructions say not to do this because of carbon monoxide hazards, so please don't try this at home)! This stove is portable, surprisingly inexpensive, easy to use and clean, and it works great as a supplemental burner to a larger system.

Performance Comparison


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The cast-iron skillet weighs almost twice that of the stove underneath, yet the Gas One remains sturdy and cooks single-pan dishes well.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Boil Time


To measure boil time for camping stoves, we do two tests — one with wind and one without — in our gear "lab" (aka our home garage), and then use the average between the two scores to rank the stove's performance. The Gas One had a somewhat unimpressive average boil time of 8 minutes 45 seconds, placing it near the bottom of the pack.


To evaluate how well each stove will perform in windy environments, we situate the stoves adjacent to a box fan on the low setting. We use a pocket anemometer to ensure a constant 2-4 mph of wind and then test how long it takes for the stove to boil 1 liter of 58°F water. The Gas One boiled 1 liter of water in 13 minutes in our windy test, which was one of the slowest boil times. One factor contributing to the sluggish boil time is that this stove does not offer any protection from the wind. If you need to use it in a breeze, we recommend looking for natural protection from rocks or using your car to shield it from the wind.

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Without any protection from the wind, the Gas-One had one of the slowest boil times in our review, but for the price, maybe you don't mind.
Credit: Mary Witlacil

In the wind-less test, it took 4 minutes and 30 seconds to boil 1 liter of water, which was a fairly average test score. In past tests, the brand of butane canister mattered, with Gas One branded canisters boiling water quicker than other brands. For the sake of this test, we used a new Kovea butane canister, and it registered similar results to past tests, so it is possible that brand matters less than the temperature of the canister before you use it.

Keep in mind that Butane canisters struggle in freezing temps. If you find yourself cooking in these conditions regularly, steer your purchase decision toward a propane-burning stove.

gas one gs-3000 camping stove review - this model doesn't break any speed-boil records but still gets it...
This model doesn't break any speed-boil records but still gets it done when there isn't much wind.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Fuel Efficiency


In addition to testing boil times, we also measure fuel efficiency across our water boiling tests. The Gas One was among the two least fuel-efficient stoves in our review.


The Gas One consumed 12.07% of the fuel in a butane canister in the windy test and 5% in the wind-less test, for an average of 8.62% per use. Part of the reason this stove was so fuel inefficient is the lack of a windscreen. Without a windscreen, it took much longer for this lower-powered (9,000 BTU) stove to boil 1 liter of water. Fuel efficiency matters from an environmental perspective, as well as a financial perspective, but low fuel efficiency shouldn't be an absolute deal breaker. For starters, our test — which entails blasting the stove with constant "wind" — doesn't approximate real-world conditions where the wind is often inconsistent and irregular. Secondly, you can also make (an aluminum cooking tray would work well and be cheap) or buy a windscreen to increase fuel efficiency (and boil times) in breezy environs. Additionally, you can choose to cook in more sheltered locations adjacent to a boulder or your car. Protecting your stove from wind will dramatically increase fuel and boil-time efficiency.

Where to buy Butane Canisters
While finding butane cartridges has been difficult in the past, many (but not all) big box outdoor gear stores (like REI) are starting to carry butane fuel. You can also find butane at Asian food stores and cooking supply stores. That said, before you commit to a butane stove, we recommend figuring out where you can buy butane in your vicinity. The canisters are inexpensive, but they don't last for more than a few hours of heavy use, so you'll probably want to stock up before a big cooking extravaganza or consider a different purchase.

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The butane canister tucks into the side compartment of the Gas One for quick, easy, and fast setup. Engage the can, ignite the gas, and you're cooking in seconds.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Simmering Ability


We love the auto-igniter dial and simmer control on this stove. The instant start is built into the dial, which means you don't have to press an extra button and brace your hand against a potentially hot stove as with most other camp stoves. The dial is very accurate concerning the flame size, allowing you to simmer or keep your food warm, which is a luxury while camping. Many other camp stoves may boil water fast but don't always keep a small flame, resulting in burnt eggs and over-crisped bacon.


For its price, the flame control on this stove is fantastic. Folks who tend to cook on the lower end of the flame spectrum will not be disappointed in this department. The Gas One cooked perfect eggs, popped popcorn, and fried bacon on par with much more expensive models.

gas one gs-3000 camping stove review - the gs-3000 flame output is tameable for a breakfast fry-up.
The GS-3000 flame output is tameable for a breakfast fry-up.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


This is one of the easiest stoves in our test suite to use. Just remove the stove from the case, flip over the drip pan, insert the fuel canister, press the safety lever to engage the can, and turn the dial. There is no propane regulator to attach, an extra step that almost all the other contenders require.


Of course, setting up this stove is so easy because it's highly simplistic. Models with windscreens, legs, and propane tanks do take more time to get running, but they also provide better wind protection and fuel efficiency.

gas one gs-3000 camping stove review - getting to cooking on the gas one is super easy - just pop in the...
Getting to cooking on the Gas One is super easy - just pop in the butane canister and hit the ignition button.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This stove is also pretty easy to clean. The drip pan lifts off the stove for quick and thorough cleanings. The only challenge, comes with trying to clean the internal parts, should your cooking excitement get a little out of hand.

gas one gs-3000 camping stove review - a removable drip pan makes it easier to clean the surface and...
A removable drip pan makes it easier to clean the surface and internal parts of the stove as necessary.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Portability


The small size of this stove is awesome — it's compact and comes with a little suitcase-like carrying case for transport. The case is somewhat flimsy when open but does a fine job of protecting everything when closed. This is the lightest-weight and one of the smallest stoves we tested, so obviously it scores high in this category. There are smaller stoves available, but they tend to be less durable.


Despite being inexpensive, the design team did a good job with the Gas One. To fit inside the case, the drip pan needs to be flipped upside down. Then, the fuel canister must be disengaged for it to rest on top of the stove. The result is that you cannot store this model in its case with the butane canister engaged, which is an excellent safety feature.

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As long as the Fuel Lock is engaged, this stove cannot be packed into its carry case. We like this safety feature that prevents gas leakage during storage.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Should You Buy the Gas One GS-3000?


If you're keeping it simple, you might as well keep it cheap. This model is the cheapest stove in our review. It is incredibly lightweight, very compact, and it boils water fast enough for what it is. This burner represents the best value of all the single-burner models we reviewed.

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Keep your expenditures low with this affordable and capable single-burner. The price to performance ratio here is super.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

What Other Camping Stoves Should You Consider?


If you plan to cook for more than two people over more than a few days, we would recommend a propane model, to avoid burning through a small mountain of butane canisters. If you want to keep it affordable, you might want to check out the Coleman Classic. It is double the price, but is more fuel efficient, boils quicker, and you could get a larger propane tank to save money and produce less waste over the long haul. If portability is king and you're willing to spend a little more money, consider checking out the Kovea Slim Twin. It offers excellent performance across the board without fully breaking the bank.

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Is it the stove or the chef? Both. We cooked a perfect batch of popcorn with this stove, popping almost every kernel with no burnt ones.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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