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M Stove Windscreen Dynamics and Design: Part II
Practical Applications for the Field

by Will Rietveld

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Article Summary:

In Part I of this article, Stove Windscreen Dynamics and Design: Part I - Effects on Stove Performance, I explained how windscreens work and how wind interacts with them. Basically, all backpacking stoves gain efficiency from using a windscreen, and serious wind protection is needed under windy conditions to maintain stove heating efficiency.

But what is the best windscreen to use? Windscreen designs abound, but there is little data to show that one design works better than another. Most windscreen designs seem to work fairly well under breezy conditions, but using a simple windscreen in a strong wind is definitely a compromise situation. In Part II of this article I evaluate some windscreen options, and provide some practical field applications. Can stove heating efficiency with a standard windscreen be further improved in the wind?

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