How to Make a Wind Protector for the Coleman Two-burner Stove

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Sometimes you are parked in a perfect spot with just enough shade to sit outside and the sun turning to the right side of the car so you can cook on the Coleman stove at the rear of the Land Cruiser.

Then, all of a sudden, the wind turns direction right in the middle of you cooking a three-course meal using both burners.

Or you might be slowly simmering your pressure-cooker dish.

Or simply brewing a mocha on a small flame.

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No matter what culinary exploits on the Coleman two-burner stove you were into, the wind has turned its direction and is now coming in straight at the stove. You wish you had parked the vehicle in the opposite direction. But, off course, as it is, you had already arranged the inside of the car in camping mode and popped your rooftop tent.

In other words, you are not going anywhere and you just wish the wind would go away. 

If it’s just for a few minutes, you could manage by opening your jacket or shirt and make it as wide as possible to hold off the gusts until you coffee is ready. But what if, indeed, you are in the middle of cooking an elaborate meal?

Wouldn’t it be nice if the side wings of the Coleman extended a little higher?

And, for that matter, why stop at the side wings?

This is exactly the reason why I picked up a piece of sheet metal the other day (well, by now it was a couple of years ago). It was lying waste on the side of the road and I thought it would perfectly suit my needs to build a windprotector for the stove.

The first rudimentary windscreen I cut with our home scissors. Not the most suitable tool so I kept the cutting to a minimal and made the general shape. It worked. It would have been handy to have cut the perfect size from cardboard but in the middle of nowhere in Mongolia, without carton nor any metal cutters, I had to make do with what I had.


The Coleman Stove Windscreen 2.0

After I tested the first prototype, it was time for the next step. By then it was two years later and I was in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)  at the big car workshop of Deniz where I had a whole array of tools at my disposal. There I could cut the sheets to perfection and I ended up with a more refined windscreen. It still is a prototype as I think it somehow needs to be hinged and not taped together. 

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I had posted some of the images on the social media and people started asking me for dimensions. So I will post the dimensions I have right now here with a sketch of what goes where.

This will be an ongoing post and I will update it once I improve on it, or if someone chimes in with other great ideas. Or it might happen that somebody is already producing, what I just rudimentary created out of waste material.

Let’s hear it in the comments if you like what I did, or if you have come up with a solution of yourselves. Or if you have ideas to improve my setup.

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