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Matt Brodhead
(mattbrodhead) - F

Locale: Michigan
wind screen on 09/09/2007 17:58:58 MDT Print View

Ok, I have a Snow Peak giga stove and I have found myself in some very windy conditions. I don't feel like dropping the cash for a wind screen, but I feel like I will save fuel by caring one. Any ideas for a homemade version that Snow Peak offers?

Darrel Etter
(darrel) - F
snowpeak stove windscreen on 09/09/2007 18:33:56 MDT Print View

I tried making one just like what Snowpeak offers out of flashing and it melted. There is just too much heat in that area. A titanium version might be able to stand the heat.

I just use a doubled-up sheet of heavy duty foil wrapped 2/3 around the stove, canister, and pot - in the most traditional way - held down by a couple of rocks under a lip of the foil. It's simple, easy, and packs well. If you face the screen toward the wind and leave it 1/3 open, the canister doesn't get hot. It probably works better than the integrated Snowpeak windscreen.

Matt Brodhead
(mattbrodhead) - F

Locale: Michigan
wind screen on 09/09/2007 19:19:28 MDT Print View

Thanks for the insight. You don't have a picture of that in use, do you? Although I understand what you are saying, I am much more of a visual learner.

I'll give that a shot and let you know how it turns out.

Darrel Etter
(darrel) - F
snowpeak canister windscreen on 09/09/2007 21:30:42 MDT Print View

Just a piece of foil like usual:Aluminum windscreen

...weighs about 1/2 ounce compared to the steel 2oz. snowpeak wind screen.

Edited by darrel on 09/09/2007 21:33:32 MDT.

Matt Brodhead
(mattbrodhead) - F

Locale: Michigan
re: wind screen on 09/09/2007 23:10:08 MDT Print View

Ahh, so simple! Now I wonder why I never thought of that. Thanks!

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Titanium Homemade Windscreen for GST on 09/10/2007 09:01:32 MDT Print View

Using $12-13 of materials (a SP Titanium Bowl)

Homemade Ti (Snowpeak) Windscreen

Though I will probably simply use my TD/TiGoat Tri-Ti in the future... Quad-Ti

Edited by jdmitch on 09/10/2007 09:04:26 MDT.

Simon Harding
(SimonHarding) - F
Screen on 09/10/2007 09:52:19 MDT Print View

The "frying pan" lid that comes with some of the snowpeak cooksets would also work. I have a 25 oz pot that came with such a lid.

I went on a quick overnight to Jeff. Park Saturday with my son for his birthday, and the wind made it a bit of a challenge to get our water boiled even witht eh heavy SP windscreen in place. It doesn't shield the flames very effectively, though admittedly, I was using a near empty canister - as I always do on short trips so I can use them up.

Simon

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Re: snowpeak canister windscreen on 09/11/2007 19:48:06 MDT Print View

Careful though. It's not recommended that you use a windscreen for butane stoves that encloses the canister.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: snowpeak canister windscreen on 09/12/2007 04:51:54 MDT Print View

> It's not recommended that you use a windscreen for butane stoves that encloses the canister.
Myth promoted by lawyers for certain stove vendors.

The reality is that any experienced walker who travels in bad weather and snow country uses a windshield ALL the time. Usually in the vestibule of their tent too.
I did, for 3 months in France.

Cheers

Inaki Diaz de Etura
(inaki) - MLife

Locale: Iberia highlands
Re: wind screen on 09/13/2007 10:07:25 MDT Print View

I make a windscreen out of a pie pan. It's very easy to make, lightweight, reasonably durable and it encloses just the burner so no worries about canister overheating. You can see it here

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Re: Re: Re: snowpeak canister windscreen on 09/13/2007 17:56:52 MDT Print View

Hi Roger,
I rarely use a canister stove so you would probably know better than I. That's in cold weather and would seem to be OK since the ambient temp. would mitigate any possible overheating; plus, the reflected heat would seem to keep the fuel warmer and make it more efficient. But in your experience, would you say it's also OK to enclose the canister during summer use? It won't overheat and be a potential danger?

P.S. When I use my Snowpeak Gigapower, I never use a windscreen. I really only use them for my alcohol stove.

Edited by jasonklass on 09/13/2007 17:58:24 MDT.

Brian James
(bjamesd) - F

Locale: South Coast of BC
windscreen on 09/13/2007 20:11:18 MDT Print View

There's no problem enclosing a canister during summer temperatures. Especially if you're only running the stove for a few minutes as most ULers do.

If you're going to cook for longer, or if it's hot out, just make a radiation shield. Cut a disc of foil or flashing with a hole in the middle, and put it on the canister like a collar before you attach the stove. This will reflect heat back upwards to your pot and keep your canister nice and cool. (Remember to check the canister temperature every so often, of course.)

Check out Roger's article on exploding canisters.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: Re: snowpeak canister windscreen on 09/13/2007 21:20:49 MDT Print View

Hi Jason

> would you say it's also OK to enclose the canister during summer use? It won't overheat and be a potential danger?
Well, I always use a windshield, but I ALWAYS monitor the temperature of the canister.

When boiling 1/2 litre for tea & coffee in the summer I use the windscreen with a 3/4 wrap to block the wind. The winsdshield plus a lid cuts the gas used by about half.

If cooking dinner for a while I usually add the radiation shield *in the summer*. However, in France this (Northern hemisphere) summer I never once used the rad shield - it was never hot enough to worry.

Cheers

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Re: snowpeak canister windscreen on 09/14/2007 08:31:28 MDT Print View

"Careful though. It's not recommended that you use a windscreen for butane stoves that encloses the canister."

Neither option I showed encloses the canisters. :D

One is simply a wind break (and can obviously be adjust to be more or less open), one is exactly like the windscreen that SP provides.

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Enclosure on 09/14/2007 17:06:57 MDT Print View

Hi Joshua,
Just to clarify, I was referring to the above post with the fully enclosed windscreen. Not your original post. I was actually trying to point out that most designs for canister stoves are more like yours, with only the top of the stove enclosed and not the canister itself.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Snowpeak Canister Windscreen on 01/08/2008 20:56:06 MST Print View

I wanted a screen that packed well and was simple to use.

Borrowing freely from Joshua Mitchell’s titanium pot approach and inaki’s foil liner approach I created a one-piece foil windscreen for my canister stove.

I was fortunate to have nesting pots, with the largest able to hold my pot cozy, so the end result would fit over my cozy, on my cooking pot, with miscellaneous kitchen stuff, all inside a stuff sack.

After removing the rim of an aluminum foil deep dish liner I reformed the foil liner by squashing it between the nesting pots. I got some additional folds, but the end result was very uniform.

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I created a paper template that fit over the burner and rested on the support pivots, taped it to the bottom of the liner, and cut away the foil with an exacto knife.

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$1.00, 15 minutes, and 20 grams later I had a windscreen that fit nicely on the stove.

.Assembled


And packed well for easy transport.

.Stuff sack, Windscree, Cozy, Pot

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Snowpeak Canister Windscreen on 01/09/2008 11:01:21 MST Print View

Nicely done, Greg.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: wind screen on 01/09/2008 16:49:13 MST Print View

When you're willing to drop $12 you could make a terrific windscreen of a Snow Peak Titanium Bowl. Here's the one I made in about an hour, using a Dremel Tool. Works great in windy conditions.

Camp Kitchen With Snow Peak Bowl wind screen


Wind Screen on stove.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Ti-Bowl wind screen on 02/18/2008 20:49:16 MST Print View

I'm really surprised I missed your windscreen, Dennis. However, well done. TiBowls and Dremel Tools are two under appreciated implements... especially the TiBowls...

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
Re: Snowpeak Canister Windscreen on 06/06/2011 11:14:26 MDT Print View

Hi Greg,

How has your Al foil windscreen for your Snow Peak canister stove worked? Has the Al melted? Did the stove get enough air?

Thanks in advance.

Casey