There are many lightweight backpacking stoves available on the market where the burner unit is mounted on top of the gas bottle. While they are lightweight and powerful they all suffer with a common problem, instability.
This instablity is due to a top heavy design with a high centre of gravity. It could be knocked over by a stray foot for blown over by the wind in particually extreme weather. I aim to fix this design flaw.
This is even more of an issue when the stove has up to 1kg (1 litre) of water balanced on top in a pan for boiling.
This can easliy be solved with a quick, cheap and lighweight solution.
Step 1: What is currently available
Step 2: What you need
3 150mm cable ties
3 100mm cable ties
A pair of scissors
The cable ties are better in a bright colour so you can spot them easily.
Step 3: Make a loop of cable ties
Take your gas bottle and fit them over the top.
Tighten them until you get a firm fit but loose enough to slide them up and down the gas bottle. They will not slip off the bottem due to the rim at the base of the bottle.
Step 4: Wrap the remaining ties around the triangle of them.
Step 5: Cut off the ends
Step 6: Use
There are now many ways of attaching the gas bottle to the ground through the loops. The method I use it tent pegs as I do not need to carry any extra weight with me then as I am already carrying them and my tent will still stand minus 3 tent pegs.
You could also make you own stakes if you are not carrying tent pegs from small twigs that you find and dig them in to the ground.
You could also loop some 550 paracord around the ties to expand them and rest some rocks on the paracord to stop it moving.
Or anything else you can think of!!!
I can be carried around the gas bottle during transport or as I do folded up and tied with an elastic band and carried in my pot.
Step 7: Comparison to others
Weight >1 gram
Packed size 60x15x15mm
MSR universial canister stand
Weight 34.4 grams
Price £13.00 RRP
Packed Size 137x25x20mm
My design is also much more stable as the MSR stand as the MSR simply expands the surface area of the bottom and does now attach the stove to the ground.