BURN is working with The Paradigm Project on a rocket stove program for Kenya. The ‘Jiko Poa’ stove features an abrasion- and thermal shock-resistant ceramic liner surrounded by a precision-cut, sheet metal cladding. The stove is currently being mass-produced and sold in Kenya and has been very well received, earning top marks from consumers in focus groups. Over 7,500 stoves were sold in May 2011, and Paradigm is on track to sell over 1 million stoves in the next 10 years. Kitchen performance tests, conducted by Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, show that both the local Jiko Poa (retail $15) and the imported EnviroFit (retail $23) demonstrated a ~43% fuel savings as compared to an open fire.
BURN is working with The Paradigm Project to develop a series of improved charcoal stove prototypes for Haiti. We have just completed our most recent iteration, the Char-belle, which was sent to Haiti for field testing in May 2011. Then we will design a factory to mass produce the new design in Haiti. Our new stove is able to boil and simmer 5 litres of water with 190g of fuel.
BURN consultants have been working with Mercy Corps to design improved cookstoves for people living near Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is home to endangered gorillas. We have facilitated design and construction of five new designs. First, the Earth Stove, a briquette stove (photo left), reduces fuel consumption by 30% as compared to existing stoves. (1,200 of these stoves have sold as of May 2011.) Second, a hybrid earth/metal stove reduces consumption by more than 50%. (15,000 stoves have been disseminated.) Third and fourth are two institutional stove models, and fifth is a bread oven powered by agricultural waste briquettes.