The Eko-stove is the result of a partnership between BURN Design Lab, Mexican cement producer CEMEX, The Paradigm Project, and Maya Relief Foundation. It is a "plancha" type stove similar to stoves which are traditionally used in families with means in Central America. The Eko-stove, made from molded concrete blocks, is both cheaper to produce and more efficient with fuel than traditional plancha stoves and is an enormous improvement over the smoky open-fires which are most common among low-income families.
This stove uses a chimney to keep smoke out of the home, nearly eliminating indoor pollution. Plancha stoves feature a flat iron cook-top that is used for cooking tortillas and removable settings for large pots.
BURN Design Lab's signature charcoal burning natural-draft stove was finalized in early 2013. In the summer of 2013 BURN Manufacturing Co. began production of the Jikokoa, "the stove that saves" in Swahili, in Kenya with plans to expand to Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Production of 200,000 units annually is planned by 2015.
In a tests conducted in Kenya by The Paradigm Project, the Tank was shown to boil water 48% faster while requiring only 38% as much charcoal as the standard Kenyan charcoal stove. Paradigm concluded that "the Burn Tank [Jikokoa] offers the best combination of affordability, efficiency, and usability and is therefore poised to capture a large portion of the East African market".
The Jiko Koa is designed with both efficiency and simplicity in mind. Unlike other improved cookstoves designed by NGOs, the Jiko Koa is designed to be mass produced in the countries where it will be distributed, creating jobs and boosting local economies in addition to saving lives and forests.
BURN's first major success was the Jiko Poa, "cool stove" in Swahili, which was designed by Peter Scott in 2010. This stove was adopted by The Paradigm Project and 50,000 were produced and sold in Kenya by a local manufacturer through 2012. However, capital constraints and the absence of adequate manufacturing infrastructure prevented increased production. The Jiko Poa features an abrasion- and thermal shock-resistant ceramic liner surrounded by a precision-cut, sheet metal cladding and has demonstrated ~43% fuel savings compared to an open fire and a 50% reduction in emissions.