How to make a hiking stove windshield

Having perfectly still wind conditions for cooking in the outdoors is a great way of saving fuel and getting your food quicker. The chances of that happening are pretty low, especially if camping in rock overhangs or on ridges. The simple solution is to put up some sort of barrier (or hiking stove windshield) to protect the flame from being blown around.

As with most hacks out there, you can buy these little gems in most outdoor stores ranging from $5-35, but here’s how you make one with a common disposable BBQ tray from your supermarket.

Hiking Stove Windshield
BBQ Tray, scissors and your stove to check the height.
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  • 1 aluminium foil BBQ tray (check the width is higher than your stove when attached to a gas bottle)
  • Pair of strong scissors
  • About 10 mins
Hiking Stove Windshield
Cut down the sides to either flatten the full tray (for larger shield) or discard sides.


  1. Make two cuts down one of the sides of the tray to access the base.
  2. Cut away all the 4 sides and discard, or if you need a larger shield, keep the sides in tact and flatten the full tray.
  3. Being careful not to cut yourself, do a double fold (like a hem in sewing) around all of the new sharp edges.
  4. Check against your stove and Voila!
Hiking Stove Windshield
Fold any raw edges in twice to remove any sharp edges.
Hiking Stove Windshield
Voila! A $2 hiking stove windshield

IMPORTANT: There have been serious reports of gas bottles overheating and the related dangers from this. You need to read this link and ensure that you don’t construct it in a way that causes the bottle to heat up. Keep checking the canister heat with your hand during cooking to be sure!

Full credit to my lovely bushwalking buddies, Michelle and Owen, for this tip that I learnt from them last weekend in the Wild Dog Mts.

Writer, producer and content creator by trade, search and rescue volunteer by passion, Caro Ryan started to inspire, teach and encourage people to get into hiking and the outdoors safely.

It’s all about connecting people to wild places in meaningful ways, so they can look after themselves, their mates and these precious places we visit.

She teaches wilderness navigation, authored the book, ‘How to Navigate’ and hosts, ‘Rescued - an Outdoor Podcast for Hikers and Adventurers.

In the bottom of her pack you'll find coffee grounds, instant noodles past their used by date and an insatiable curiosity.

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