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03-02-2014, 12:57
I was surfing around Snow Peaks web site, I was looking at their version of the MSR pocket rocket. They said to never use a wind screen with that style stove. Did not say why , my guess is overheating the canister. I made a tight wind screen from ground to 1/2 way up the pot. Do I need to rethink the wind screen? I could cut this wind screen down set it up on tent pegs to cover only the burner, leaving the canister uncovered, or cut down the length so at least 1/4 to 1/3 of the canister is unprotected on the lee side, for ventilation.

03-02-2014, 13:11
If you're using a canister stove you do not want to use the sort of wind screen that would enclose the pot, burner, and canister. As you said it would heat the canister possibly creating a disaster.

With a stove such as the Giga Power, you want to use this winscreen --

03-07-2014, 14:33
Here's my invention. It suspends the windscreen right where you want it via s. steel fishing line. This allows for a much shorter windscreen that stores in the pot.

It requires a stove with sheet metal pot holders and holes at the end of them. The pocket rocket has this.
stainless steel fishing wire
pop rivets
small hooks
sheet metal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9qYnOWFoJC8#t=21 8
Skip to 3:40

previous ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVgXsod2CBU
I got the idea from Qiwiz. He made a 2 piece windscreen + suspension. I invented something lighter and possibly better.

03-07-2014, 15:44
A wind screen is safe as long as it doesn't trap heat around the canister itself. It should enclose the burner and some of the pot, but not the canister. It's easy to rig something up -- I punched a few holes in the screen, so that it can hang at the right height from a few lengths of coat-hanger wire.

Tipi Walter
03-07-2014, 15:46
Not using a canister stove but with my Simmerlite white gas I place my boots and food bags around the windy side of the stove to keep the breezes down. Something to consider. Who needs a windscreen? Unless maybe you're pulling a month in Patagonia.

03-07-2014, 22:05
Another option, combined with Tipi's make-do approach, is to replace your pot lid with several feet of aluminum foil, draping one end on the windward side of the stove to further cut down breezes. Certainly it's not as foolproof as a custom windscreen, but it serves multiple purposes and has worked well for me for the past decade of section hikes.