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Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Need help designing windscreen for my Vargo canister stove. on 11/27/2009 15:05:42 MST Print View

HELP!!!!
I am trying to build a windscreen for my Vargo Jet-Ti canister stove:

http://www.gofastandlight.com/Vargo-Titanium-Jet-Ti-ISOPRO-Butane-Stove/productinfo/C-V-T303/

What i am looking at making is something similar to this:

http://homepage.mac.com/jdmitch/PhotoAlbum3.html

I am using a small light-weight aluminum "Boy Scout" type pot with the bale handle removed. The problem i am running into is that the stove has nothing to hold up the pot/windscreen. The best i could come up with is to drill two small holes through the pot/windscreen and insert two titanium stakes through the holes, through the holes in the stoves wings and out the other side to hold it all up, but this adds weight and hassle. Has anyone tried to make a windscreen for the Vargo Jet-Ti in the past? Any ideas will be appreciated!

BF

Edited by bigfoot2 on 11/27/2009 15:06:21 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Need help designing windscreen for my Vargo canister stove. on 11/27/2009 19:01:21 MST Print View

Hi Matthew

Been there, experimented with that, went back to a simple bit of light Al foil. Truth to tell, a basic 6" or 8" high 'Classic' one from Trail Designs. And, it's lighter.

Cheers

James D Buch
(rocketman) - F

Locale: Midwest
Vargo Windscreen (and carry sack) on 11/27/2009 19:13:17 MST Print View

I have the same stove and I made a windscreen from embossing foil (gold aluminum) from a craft store (buy the package with 5 feet of foil, not the small one).

I doubled the upper and lower edge of the windscreen by folding over. I allowed less than 1/2 " overlap between the side of the pot and the top of the screen. I used a hole punch to make a ring of large holes around both the top and the bottom edges for air inlet and exhaust. At the top, you probably get more air inlet as the hot stream passes upwards around the very bottom of the pot, and hence there is some cooling of the foil at that very upper level.

I used this for 30 days on the AT last summer and it worked real well. Lightweight and compact.

I made a small silnylon sack for the Vargo burner, and several people really liked that idea. I did away with the heavier zippered "sack" that was supplied to protect the stove unit.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Thanks! on 11/27/2009 21:57:14 MST Print View

James,
Yup..the storage sack was the first thing to go. I just put the stove in my cook pot naked. Sounds like you figured it out. Any pictures of the unit?

Edited by bigfoot2 on 11/27/2009 21:58:21 MST.

James D Buch
(rocketman) - F

Locale: Midwest
Outfit Components on 11/28/2009 07:02:27 MST Print View

Attached is supposed to be a picture of the components of the unit. The windscreen with a "ruler" for scale, the canister, the small silnylon sack and the Vargo burner as well as two hair clips used to clip the windscreen into a secure circle around the burner/canister/pot.

Cut the windscreen long enough to allow a vent space between the pot and the windscreen to ensure good air circulation and venting the heat upwards along the pot rather than downwards towards the canister.Windscreen, canister, sack, stove and clips

Pete Szarvas
(pszarvas) - F

Locale: UK
Help designing windscreen for Vargo canister stove. on 12/02/2009 13:02:32 MST Print View

Hi,
Looking at your photo's I would reshape the four slots you've made at the bottom of the shield into four figure 7 shapes. So, looking at it from above you would have four "7" shapes around the circumference of the base of the shield at right angles to each other.
The idea being, that when you position the shield over the stoves four arms you then turn the shield clockwise to lock it into position.
If this works it would therefore make the whole thing lighter. Bonus!

Let me know what you think. Best of luck.
Pete.

Edited by pszarvas on 12/02/2009 13:15:09 MST.

James D Buch
(rocketman) - F

Locale: Midwest
Windscreen on 12/02/2009 17:16:20 MST Print View

You seem to have misunderstood the picture. There are no slots in the windscreen.

It is just a simple cylinder of foil with holed punched at the top and bottom of the cylinder.

The windscreen doesn't touch the Vargo stove in any way.

Pete Szarvas
(pszarvas) - F

Locale: UK
Re: Windscreen on 12/03/2009 14:29:39 MST Print View

I was refering to the original post by Matthew Perry.