The Century Matchless Deluxe stove is made of rustproof stainless steel and aluminum. The foldout windscreens shield the cooking area, and the stove uses standard 1-liter bottles of propane fuel (you can use a full-size tank with an adapter). The two burners are set further apart than on most competing camping stoves, so it's easier to use a large pan or griddle. You can find much fancier camp stoves, but most reviewers say the Century Matchless is a good value. We did read a few reports that the push-button ignition can be finicky. If you don't need a family campground stove, the MSR Reactor (*Est. $140) gets the best reviews as a small camping stove, but it's meant for boiling rather than cooking.
The best plug for the Century Matchless camping stove is in a review at Camping Life magazine, and we found user ratings for the Century camping stove scattered at several websites, including REI.com and Epinions.com.
1. Camping Life Magazine
This article offers a roundup of recommended two-burner camping stoves. It's more of a compilation of features than a professional examination of stoves, but it's written with authority. Johnson says the Century Matchless Deluxe is ideal for families; it's easy to light, carry and clean.
Review: 2006 Camp Stove Guide, Rich Johnson
More than a dozen owners review the Century Matchless stove at REI.com, giving it decidedly mixed reviews. The stove gets an overall rating of 2.7 out of five, and less than half of owners say they would recommend it to a friend. The biggest complaints concern reliability and a faulty ignition system.
Review: Century Matchless Two-Burner Stove, Contributors to REI.com
A pair of reviews for the basic Century 2-Burner camping stove concur it's a good value for a basic two-burner camping stove.
Review: Century Tool 2-Burner Propane Camping Stove 4560, Contributors to Epinions.com