This is our DIY windshield for the “Fancy Feast” backpacking alcohol stove. If you haven’t already seen it, you might be interested to read our article about the stove.
Thanks again to Andrew Skurka for this! Click for instructions
To make it we used the following:
- Aluminium kitchen foil: 12″/ 30 cm wide = £0.99
- 2 x paper clips
- “Tiger” 6mm single hole paper punch = £1.50 (also used to make the stove!)
- Scissors (optional)
It is beautifully simple, and cheap to make. We used the hole punch to put some air holes at regular intervals around the base of the windshield about an inch apart. This should help with ventilation so that the stove still gets enough oxygen to burn efficiently.
We linked the two paperclips together, and then used them to fasten the two ends of the shield. In our case, we will be using Tatonka mugs, and this design doesn’t interfere with the long handles, as they can still poke through the small opening.
It can be folded to store it away, so it hardly takes up any space. Our windshield which is about 24 inches long weighs 10g, so it is also extremely lightweight. That includes the weight of 2 paperclips, and a plastic bag to keep it in. The bag isn’t really necessary, but we seem to like putting things in bags 😮 It will prevent the paperclips getting lost!
It should last about 20 times, after that you’ll need to make a replacement one.
We plan to go on a bivvy microadventure over the coming days, so we’ll look forward to trying this out while brewing the morning coffee!