Review: Cadac Safari Chef camping stove

A nifty all-in-one camping stove


One of the biggest investments for our road trip this summer was the camping stove. We were looking for something small, sturdy and versatile; the Safari Chef ticks all those boxes. The Safari Chef is basically an adjustable burner plus a variety of cooking surfaces, all of which slot in snugly together when packed up in its carry bag.

cadac-safari-chef-camping-stove-multi-purposeTHE BITS EXPLAINED

1. The grill lid. It can also be flipped and used as a large pot for cooking stir-fries and other vegetables.

2. Aluminum non-stick plate.

3. Reversible griddle with flat and ribbed surface options.

4. Bbq grill with fat catcher.

5. The stainless steel burner sitting on fold-out, rubber non-slip, tripod legs connects to a 1lb gas cartidge (not included) via a rubber tube.

The good

The main advantage of the Safari Chef is its interchangeable cooking surfaces. You can barbeque, grill, stir-fry, boil, even slow cook. I’ve included some videos below of how to make pizza…yes really! or broil a Christmas gammon with the Cadac. We haven’t tried these yet.

The pot stand allows you to safely place your own saucepans, kettle, cafetiere etc. on top of the burner so you can boil things and make coffee.

Also for us the fact that it folded up so compactly was a big plus. And it’s lightweight enough that we could easily take it down to the beach to make hot chocolates at sunset.

The bad

It’s just one ring though. If you’re doing pasta with a sauce for example you need to cook the sauce first, then keep it warm while you make the pasta which will double your cooking time.

The burner unit on the tripod legs is fairly sturdy and can be positioned on the ground, you don’t need to put it on a table. However because it’s so lightweight it could be knocked over easily, you do need to be careful with kids running round.

The electronic ignition wasn’t great to begin with, took a good few tries to get the burner lit, and then stopped working altogether. No biggie though, you just ignite with a lighter/match instead.

In conclusion

So not perfect, but you can’t have everything when you’re camping. Then it wouldn’t be camping would it?

Weighing up this stove against other two ring burners the Cadac suited our needs best. It’s compact, lightweight, you can make a variety of different meals on this, getting it out and set up isn’t a big production and afterwards it’s easy to clean.

Some advice: Before your first camping trip with this stove, it’s a good idea to read the manual at home and get familiar with the parts. It’s pretty simple to use but initially all the bits and pieces can be overwhelming.


Here’s some pics of what we cooked on our Cadac stove:

Juicy steaks
Everyone’s favourite tuna pasta
Stirfried veggies and spicy prawns

This is a video of a couple cooking their Christmas ham on the Cadac stove:

And this is the dad from the blog Get out with the kids, (great camping blog by the way), cooking pizza on his Cadac stove:

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Pechanski says:

    I like that all the pots and pans are integrated but just one ring…need 2 for family meals

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