MYOG Reflectix Insulated Stove Base for Winter Camping

Homemade Stove Stand Made using Reflectix Home Insulation
Homemade Stove Stand Made using Reflectix Home Insulation

Reflectix Home Insulation is great stuff for making homemade MYOG backpacking projects. Consisting of bubble wrap sandwiched between two layers of tin foil, it’s relatively inexpensive, easy to find at home improvement stores, highly malleable, and thermally efficient.

I’ve also been using Reflectix for the past several years as an insulated pot stand for winter camping to prevent my stove from sinking into the snow, when run for the long periods of time required to melt snow for drinking water.

Weighing just 1.3 ounces, my pot stand is simply two pieces of Reflectix Insulation that have been duct taped together to form a slighter thicker insulation barrier, as well as a protective envelope for transporting objects with sharp corners like the folding wind screen that I use in winter because it folds up so compactly.

Roll of Reflextix for Homemade Backpacking Gear Projects
Roll of Reflectix for Homemade Backpacking Gear Projects

While my homemade Reflectix Insulated Stove Stand is starting to show some signs of wear (the duct tape is peeling off), the two layers of Reflectix have proven marvelously resistant to burning or melting when placed under a stove, and the bubble wrap in between the two metal layers has not melted, even when white gas has been spilled on it and ignited.

Homemade Reflectix Stove Base in use with a MSR Whisperlite Stove
Homemade Reflectix Stove Base in use with a MSR Whisperlite Stove

Before trying to make a stove stand out of Reflectix, I tried to making them from wood, dry-wall, and plastic, with little satisfaction because they would either burn, melt, or were to rigid to pack easily in a tightly packed winter backpack. If you’ve been struggling with the same problem, I recommend giving Reflectix a try if you need to insulate your stove from the snow.

Written 2015.

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