Pocket Rocket Stove Windscreen
The Pocket Rocket (black arrow pointing
Typically, gas stoves don't go hand in hand with windscreens.
If you use a simple windscreen around a propane backpacking stove you
might cause the whole thing to heat up, including the canister.
Mercedes Benz three pointed star
One of the things I love on MSR Pocket Rocket stove, is that they got
some nice idea for making it wind proof. The very top of the burner is
flat. on top of it, they assembled this piece of metal so that no
matter what you’ll do, part of the burner is always protected from the
wind. It is shaped like a Mercedes Benz three pointed star and no
matter from what direction the wind is blowing, at least third of the
burner‘s surface is shielded and isn’t effected by the wind.
Optimus are using a similar trick. On their Crux propane backpacking
stove, there is a three pointed star too. On the Crux, it is used both
for wind protection and to hold the pot holder on its folded position.
The Crux (and the Crux lite too) burner is not as flat as the Pocket
Rocket but the basic idea is pretty much the same.
I am using the crux stove regularly. Over and over again, I’m amazed on
what strong winds it can hold.
...keeping the burner running only partially helps...
This kind of windscreen will enable you to have the stove running
almost on any given wind. The thing is, that it will not prevent from
the heat to be blown in the wind. In other words, the heat from the
burner won’t be used just to heat the pot. Having a windscreen is not
only to keep the fire running, but also to enable the flames to reach
the pot with higher efficiency so you could cook in harsh conditions.
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