Dean Still, August 2010

One fine rainy morning two fine fellows from StrawJet ( , an Oregon company that makes equipment to bundle agricultural waste in Malawi, wandered into the lab and asked if it’s
possible to make a stove that uses bundled corn stalks to cook food. I said that I thought it was possible and after some conversation and testing of prototypes StrawJet put up a $250 prize to encourage Stove Camp participants to make it so.

Burning corn stalks leaves quite a bit of ash that does not fall apart but keeps its shape.
For this reason stoves must be adapted to deal with a lot of solid ash. Two types of stoves
were tested: 1.) A Jon Anderson Rocket Stove with lots of draft and a grate and 2.) Two
large TLUDs built by Paul Anderson and Art Donnelley that were vertically loaded.

Participants voted for the best stove that, in their opinion, was most effective. Jon
Anderson won the 2010 Cat Piss Award for a tall Rocket stove made entirely from found
materials that successfully burned the bundled corn stalks. The hope is that a pilot test
could be conducted in Malawi. If so, we’ll pass along the results.

Jon and his wife Flip have been in Haiti recently for three months helping folks to build
these kinds of Rocket stoves. They are beautiful, dedicated people, who like many folk at
Stove Camp, deserve real praise and adoration. I’m happy to send them some of both and
congratulations for making a wonderful stove!

Summary of ETHOS Stove Camp, August 3-7, 2009
Dean Still and Nordica MacCarty

Forty three folks attended Stove Camp this year coming from as far away as Norway, Germany, Honduras, and Mexico. Some people were too busy making stoves to be in the official photo. Paal Wendelbo, winner of the $250 prize for most interesting development, is the white haired gentleman two spaces to Dean’s left. The theme this year constellated around health issues. You can see the presentations and results from Stove Camp by visiting

Stoves Camp 2009 Group Photo
Stoves Camp 2009 Group Photo

Stove Camp featured many experiments. We set up a Test Kitchen, in which stoves were tested, making posho (African corn meal mush). Particulate Matter and Carbon monoxide were recorded in both the room air and at the nose/mouth of the cook. We also used a RAD 57 from Masimo to non-invasively measure levels of CO in the cook’s blood before and after cooking. Stoves were also tested under the emissions hood, and practice WBTs were run without emissions measurements. Peter Scott and Dr. Andreatta were successful in creating an aluminum mitad with even temperatures for making injira.

See the attached report for more detail

Ashden Energy Champion Award:
Aprovecho Research Center and Shengzhou Stove Manufacturer, USA/China
Packing StovesPacking Stoves
Making affordable, efficient stoves for the masses

The Aprovecho Research Centre in the US and Shenghou Stove Manufacturers in China have pooled their rich experience and skills to produce a cheap, robust and efficient stove for mass production to developing countries. The stoves replace dirty and polluting kerosene and open fires saving up to 50 percent of fuel wood and reducing 70 percent of dangerous emissions. SSM has sold over 60,000 stoves since 2007, producing them at a rate of 12,000 stoves a month and selling them to distributers. The main customer is Envirofit International, which markets stoves in India supported by the Shell Foundation. Other customers are in South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar, Argentina and Chile.

Stovetec(tm) Greenfire Technology (tm)
Plain One door
Plain One door

StoveTec™ introduces
GreenFire Technology™
Wood and Charcoal Stoves

Dean Still, August 9, 2008

Introduction to Gold Standard/Carbon Credits
Dean Still, Nordica MacCarty, Aprovecho Research Center, July 23, 2008
Gold StandardGold Standard

There has been a lot of interest recently in carbon credit financing for improved stove projects. Since 2006, stove organizations have begun to receive funding from carbon credits. The Gold Standard has just published a set of protocols formalizing how stove projects can prove the lowering of emissions. Large financial institutions, like Climate Care/JP Morgan, are now participating in the relatively new market.

Wood-Charcoal: Two Door Rocket Stove
Dean Still, Stoversource, May 2008

Dean Still shows the new two-door rocket stove designed by Aprovecho Research Center and being made in China.


Stoversource: One Door Rocket Stove

Dean Still, Stoversource, May 2008

Dean Still shows off the new one door rocket stove designed by Aprovecho Research Center and being made in China.


Assessing Cook Stove Performance: Field and Lab Studies of Three Rocket Stoves Comparing the Open Fire and Traditional Stoves in Tamil Nadu, India on Measures of Time to Cook, Fuel Use, Total Emissions, and Indoor Air Pollution
Nordica MacCarty, Dean Still, Damon Ogle, Thomas Drouin, Aprovecho Research Center, January 2008

Design Principles for a Retained Heat Cooker
Dean Still, Aprovecho Research Center, April 20, 2008

1.) Air exchanges are more important than insulation


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