Kelty Basecamp Kitchen

It’s amazing how quickly a campsite picnic table can get cluttered with food, bowls and other odds and ends to the point that there’s no room to prepare food, much less cook it or eat it. But the Kelty Basecamp Kitchen will free up space on the table and help you get things organized.

It’s amazing how quickly a campsite picnic table can get cluttered with food, bowls and other odds and ends to the point that there’s no room to prepare food, much less cook it or eat it.

But the Kelty Basecamp Kitchen will free up space on the table and help you get things organized. Plus, this portable set of tabletops and storage platforms gives you a designated place, away from the picnic table, to prepare and cook food. As you’re making breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can store all the things you need for cooking—pots, pans, utensils, spices—so they are easily accessible and not taking up space elsewhere in camp.

The Basecamp Kitchen is pretty easy to haul around, as it breaks down to fit into a rectangular bag that measures about 2 feet by 1 foot and weighs just under 18 pounds. The bulk of the Basecamp Kitchen is a single aluminum structure with several joints with hinges so it can collapse. There are also three removable tabletops that are made of aluminum slats that fold up for storage. The Kitchen also includes a collapsible fabric pantry and a removable windscreen. The whole thing can be put together in less than 5 minutes; you don’t have to screw anything together, and no tools are required. Once constructed, it’s stable and seems pretty tip-proof.

The central tabletop of the unit is designed to hold cooking stoves, and we found that a two-burner stove fit perfectly here. Because our stove already had a windscreen, we didn’t have to use the one that comes with the Basecamp Kitchen, but it would come in handy if you were to use single-burner stoves that do not have integrated screens. This metal-slat tabletop, like the other two, snaps into place easily and holds more than enough weight. Also, its smooth, metal surface is easy to wipe clean.

As for the other tabletops, the small solid one to the left of the central tabletop makes a good place to put salt, pepper and spices while cooking. It also has three small hooks from which we hung utensils and rags. The larger tabletop to the far right of the Kitchen is where we sliced, diced, and otherwise prepared food for cooking, and it has two extension rods that can hold the Kelty Binto storage containers (sold separately), or you could hang a towel on them. The final metal-slat surface sits below the stove platform, and this is where we placed the fuel bottle for our stove. This is also where we kept our coffee press and coffee mugs, and Kelty smartly put netting across the back of the platform to prevent things from getting shoved onto the ground.

On the far right of the Kitchen, beneath the tabletop, is the place to attach the pantry via Velcro-type straps. We used this space to store bowls, plates and a few food items like crackers and peanut butter, which didn’t need to sit in a cooler. You could also place Binto containers in this space. While the pantry can be zipped closed, we chose not to leave food in it overnight. First, we were typically camping in areas with black bears, so we placed all our food in bear-proof canisters and in our vehicles at night. Second, an animal could probably chew through the fabric anyway. Still, the storage bin was a good place to put things during the hours when we were cooking, eating and hanging out in camp.

There’s not much about the Basecamp Kitchen that we’d criticize. But one tester did mention that since the tabletop on the right has slats, it allows moisture and food particles to fall onto the top of the storage bin. Maybe this tabletop should be a solid surface. On the other hand, if the tabletop weren’t collapsible, it would be much more bulky when stored. It’s a toss-up, really.

The Basecamp Kitchen might at first seem like a luxury, but it serves a real purpose in helping to keep things organized and clean. And it’s nice to be able to cook in a space that’s not crowded or being used for a half dozen other purposes. If you’re often frustrated with a lack of space to cook, this product is worth a look.

SNEWS® Rating:
4.5 hands clapping (1 to 5 hands clapping possible, with 5 clapping hands representing functional and design perfection)

Suggested Retail:

For more information:


Kelty returns to ORSM with the newest Airstream Basecamp

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (August 7, 2006) – A springboard for outdoor adventures, Basecamp by Airstream will return to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show as a special guest of Kelty.The Airstream Basecamp will be set up and open for visits outside the south entrance of the more


Camp kitchens size up to feed more family and friends

From urban millennials to the baby boomers, consumers are increasingly spending more social time outdoors. And since meals are our natural gathering time, that means the outdoor kitchen is bustling. Whether it be an impromptu city park picnic, cooking up dinner bivy’ed off of more

New snow steals the show at Outdoor Retailer Backcountry Basecamp

While the third annual Backcountry Basecamp featured 58 exhibiting companies, the real star was the half-foot of fresh snow that fell in thick flakes from morning to late afternoon. At times, retail traffic at the Brighton event seemed slower than in the past, but we're more


Kelty Recliner

When a camp chair costs $160, there are high expectations. Obviously, it has to be way more comfortable than those bag chairs sold in sporting goods stores and the supermarket -- you know, the ones with the sandpaper fabric seat that slumps so low that the front lip cuts into more

Kelty partners with Oskar Blues Brewery on Red Rocks Basecamp Giveaway

One lucky contestant will win a Colorado prize pack for two, including VIP concert treatment at Red Rocks, $200 worth of Oskar Blues swag, and Kelty Basecamp gear BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – Kelty, the first company to create a backpack with a frame, has partnered more

Screen Shot 2020-07-23 at 3.52.45 PM

Hydro Flask Launches Outdoor Kitchen

Bend, OR (July 23, 2020) – Hydro Flask, an award-winning leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel flasks and soft good innovations and a Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ, NM: HELE) brand, is excited to announce the launch of Outdoor Kitchen – delivering a fresh, more

Kelty makes kabob skewers. Say what?

Reprinted with permission from the Kelty PR files -- "Just when you thought every conceivable variation of an outdoor product had been noodled to death and brought to market, Kelty steps out with its new Teflon-coated 7001 series Nobendium shish kabob skewers! Based on their more


Kelty Mantra

At most campgrounds, the odds are high that the vast majority of tents there are roomy mushroom-like family camping domes. With the entry of Kelty's new Mantra 7 (available Spring '02), the company gives the large family camping tent a new, sleeker, mountaineering-like look. more


2017 camp kitchen essentials turn up the heat

Outdoors eatin’ gets busy with this year’s crop of faster, lighter and more efficient cooksets for groups. Whether you're trekking along the trail or staying close to your car, the line up of 2017 camp kitchen tools and accessories are lighter, more compact, and cut down on prep more