Holistic Approach

A Holistic, Iterative Approach – more than just research, design & development...

At Burn Design Lab we focus on making a measureable positive impact with each and every project we undertake. In order to accomplish this we focus on:

  • Performance: to make the cookstoves safe, efficient, and clean burning. Lab based research, design, & development combined with field based pilot and emissions studies to determine the stoves actual performance in the country where it will be used.
  • Adoption: to make it something that people want to buy and once they own it to keep using it for every meal. We address this by holding numerous in-country based focus groups, home placements & pilot studies to get reliable design input from future customers of the stove.
  • Durability: to assure that the stoves will last. We manage this through our expertise in material science as applied to cookstoves coupled with extensive and ongoing durability testing both in the laboratory and in the field.
  • Scale: to assure that the stoves get into as many user's homes as possible. We succeed here by partnering with lo- cal manufacturers & distributors from the earliest stages of the project through to full scale


All four of these keys to success are included in each BDL project to assure that the net result will be the positive impact that we and our supporters are after.