Pot Stand/Windscreen for Soda Can Stove, June 2005
It has been over 2 years since I first made a soda can stove but not
until recently have I come up with a good pot support and
windscreen. If you care to read along you will see how my designs
First off, let me say that the instructions I used to make my alcohol
may be found at PCTHiker.com. If for some reason you are unable to
find the instructions there, I have made a pdf of the applicable pages which you may
access by clicking here. The
following picture shows the three pot stands that I have used with my
stove. The one on the left is based on a recommended link from the
soda can stove instructions in PCTHiker.com.
|The first stand I used with my alcohol stove is shown at
the left and was made from fencing wire. It is sized to be
turned upside down and fit around the bottom of my pot. It
worked quite well until one of the arms broke off at which point
I moved to stand #2, shown in the middle. This concept had
steel wire (white cotton twine in the picture) tied in a funny
pattern through a windscreen. I liked everything about this
system except folding and unfolding it. The system worked well until the
wire broke which led the current system shown at the right.
||At 28.35 grams/ounce, the combination of
stove, fuel bottle, steel rods, and windscreen weighs
a whopping 4 ounces; that's less than the weight of 2 Snickers
bars. However, my favorite part of this system is how
compactly it fits together with a velcro strap.
The fuel bottle is 9" high, 21/4"
in diameter, and holds 16.9 fluid ounces. I chose this
bottle because it is taller and narrower than other bottles,
making it easier to fit into the pockets on the outside of my
pack. If you want to find a bottle like this look for
MetroMint Peppermint Water.
Filled to capacity the system could boil 1 pint or 2 cups of 70 degree water 37 times in
wind-free conditions* and in windy conditions I could boil the
same pint of 70 degree water 24 times**.
* 13 grams denatured alcohol per pint boiled water
** 20 grams denatured alcohol per pint boiled water
|My pot has a 61/2" diameter, is
3" high, and is large enough for me to cook for two (volume
is ~ 6 cups or 1.5 liters).
The steel rods are 7" long and have a bit of JB Weld at one
end so their length can be minimized. Complete details
that will work for a pot of almost any diameter are given below.
|I hope you make a windscreen/pot stand for yourself and
enjoy it as much as I have. If you have questions or
comments please contact me at CLBowden@Yahoo.com.
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