One half of the world cooks on open fires.
Smoke from open fires leads to constant eye irritation, scarring and blindness. Particulates in smoke and other emissions irritate the lungs causing respiratory diseases. The danger of burns is real and thatched roof houses frequently catch fire, easily spreading throughout the camps and villages further devastating the lives of the people who must live there.
Efficient cooking stoves save lives, bring people out of poverty and help the environment.
Our Six Brick Rocket Stoves:
The Rocket Stove is made from six special bricks that are made from local materials. These bricks are very lightweight and will float on water. Their purpose is to act as insulation and keep the fire very hot so the fuel will burn up completely. Smoke is unburned fuel. An efficient fire has very little smoke.
The Rocket Stove has been invented, designed, and improved over a number of years by engineers. It looks deceptively simple and primitive, but it is based on the best scientific principles. It is designed to be very inexpensive, easy to mass produce, and intended to help the most people. The current design uses 46% less fuel for cooking than an open fire, and produces 75% less emissions.
Look at the joy on these women’s faces as they carry the stoves they have made to their homes. These stoves help create a safer home by reducing air polution and burn hazards and give them a new lease on life.
Our long time staff member Issa and our summer 2016 intern Christina assemble the new rocket stove design for the first time!