Who We Are

Burn Design Lab (BDL), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a cutting edge improved cookstove research institution located on Vashon Island, Washington, 18 miles from downtown Seattle.

With experience in numerous types of home and institutional biomass fueled cookstoves on three continents, BDL has the necessary expertise to carry out nearly any type of cookstove project around the globe.

BDL's founder and senior advisor, Peter Scott, has worked on cookstove development in the developing world for over two decades. In this time, Peter has gained a wealth of experience and an approach to stove design that values flexibility, creativity and a close connection to the needs of end users. BDL engineers follow an integrated approach including modeling, design, prototyping, testing, and user evaluation. Balanced consideration is given to meeting objectives for reduced emission, increased efficiency, firepower, safety, durability and cost. BDL draws engineers from top schools in the nation and benefits from the contributions of local veterans of K2, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser.

BDL also partners with other organizations to design stoves for specific projects. Our current partners include the University of Washington, Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, Burn Manufacturing Co., IMA World Health and the Guatemalan government. Visit our "Current Projects" section to learn more.

If you represent an organization interested in partnering with BDL on a cookstove project please visit our contact page.