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Pot Stand-Windscreen

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Every time I travel 'under my own power', I try to learn and become more efficient - which translates to 'carry less weight'. You can do this by taking less, doing without, combining functions and/or getting lighter weight gear. This saves energy so you can go farther, longer and/or faster.

In this day an age of lightweight backpacking, many hikers are turning to alcohol stoves because they are super-lightweight, inexpensive, simple to use, and alcohol can be shipped in bounce boxes along the the trail. Since most commercial backpacking stoves have an integral pot stand, someone who uses an alcohol stove needs to provide one. But the same criteria for choosing the alcohol stove in the first place must also apply to the pot stand-windscreen too.

Most manufactured pot stands and/or windscreens are designed to fit a variety of pots and stoves, making them versatile at the expense of stove efficiency. But most lightweight backpackers use one pot and one stove. Having a stand that elevates the pot to an optimum level above the stove, and a close fitting windscreen that provides adequate air flow while blocking wind and limiting heat loss, reduces cooking time and more importantly, reduces fuel consumption. This translates in less fuel weight to carry.
 
 
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SgtHawk1 year ago
Very excellent and beautiful job, Wandering.
Did you add silicon sleeves to the cup handles? If so, where did you get the material?
Did you ever consider or play around with increasing the height to the top of the Cup with some sort of filler flap to cover between the top and bottom of the handle?
I made and tested a shade tree version out of a resized large juice can and HD aluminum with an 1/4-1/2" air space (insulation) between the inner juice can skirt and outer the HD aluminum skirt. The resized juice can leaves 3/8" all around between this reflective insulated skirt and the cup. Results were very impressive so I am tring to see how I could incorporate this into your design. Any thoughts on this or any fuel efficiency improving ideas would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.
Regards,
gwestlun2 years ago
Finished making one, love your design, but I only had a gap of about 1/8 of an inch around the top and the flames heated the screen up to where it was actually melting it! Going to make another slightly bigger to see if that works. I am using a Trangia stove so if that one starts to melt I will have to go to a much lesser of a heat range stove. thanks for your ideas!
Holy flipping trail bologna! I love your design, including an integrated potstand with the windscreen is sweet. I also like how you vented the windscreen with the holes to adjust diameter of the screen. Simple is good. Life is Good
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Wow! great job! Very professional looking. How did you make the stove? +1
wandering (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
There are a ton of 'lightweight backpacking' sites that tell you how to make a beer-can stove. But MiniBull DesignsMiniBull Designs has turned it into an art. It would be hard to make stoves as good as him for as cheap as he sells them. And he keeps adding designs. The stove pictured the 'Atomic'. But if you want to make your own, just google 'beer can stove' and you should hit the mother load.
Thanks, I'll look into it.
chuckr446 years ago
I love these simple, functional, light items. Well done, sir.
xtank56 years ago
The Hobo Life group is not worthy!!! *bows and backs away while doing it*
My mom would definitely love this, but I don't think I can do it. But many people can do it, like you, so I have to say GREAT JOB on this Instructable.
I can't imagine a more perfect solution to the wind screen/pot holder problem. thanx for the Instructable