My snow peak GigaPower stove has been a great companion on day-hikes and trips when I haven’t wanted to haul out my bigger Coleman 2-burner (only really useful for car-camping) or my MSR WhisperLite. The fact that it actually simmers unlike the WhisperLite has also made it my go-to stove for any real backcountry cooking – that is to say, anything that requires more heat adjustment than boiling water.
But the shortcoming of this stove is its windscreen – or rather that lack thereof. I was using my MSR aluminum-foil windscreen, but that lead to hot canisters (dangerous) and it was annoying to reach down and risk burning fingers to try adjusting the valve.
Snow Peak offers their own nice, lightweight, no-fuss windscreen for the GigaPower on their website:
…but of course, me being the hack that I am, spending $12.50 for what is essentially an metal plate with holes is just hard to justify to myself. So I made my own DIY prototype, with an unused aluminium pan from a broken camping cookset:
At 50g, this is the exact same weight as a bonafide Snow Peak windscreen – theirs is made of stainless steel – but at a fraction of the cost. Go to a garage sale, or Canadian Tire, and you can often find these plates for a dollar or two amongst someone’s camping gear or in the discount section.
But how does it work? Pretty well, actually! Being slightly deeper than the official GigaPower wind screen, my small pot set is almost cradled:
The fan test showed good results with the windscreen. The stove was able to boil water! Without any windscreen, the flame’s heat just blew away too quickly to even warm the pot of water in a reasonable amount of time.
….and viewed from the top:
All in all, a respectable prototype from a DIY project that took 15 minutes!