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Avani charcoal stove http://avanicharcoalstove.blogspot.com/ is designed using the most common empty oil tin cans (15 liters) available in parts of India. Steel mesh, rods and a forged iron grate are also used. This stove can be made with less skills. The steel wire mesh used inside, protects the tin as well draws in air. Other liners like clay, and any other material can also be tried. Recently trained women and youth in its production at Avani - an organization at Berinag, Pittoragarh District, Uttarakhand (Himalayas), India. Here the pine needle charcoal briquettes are used. This stove has some common features of My Home Stove 2. http://myhomestove2.blogspot.com/ This is light weight, requires less skills to make it, convenient for adoption.

Flip and Jon Anderson,updated May, 2010

and the movie:

Flip and Jon Anderson put together a beautiful earthen oven that's powered by a Rocket stove. They've got all of the details on their picassa photo album:

They were inspired by Kiko Denzer's book Build your Own Earth Oven to build the supports with apple pruning into an inverted basket, and then mix the clay and straw to put over it. This was done on a wonderful earthenware support built on top of simple framing to elevate the oven to allow for the rocket stove underneath.

Larry Winiarski offered suggestions and tweaks to improved the efficiency of the stove, and Flip and Jon report that it makes a beautiful pan of rolls and marionberry pie, with very little wood, and can also boil water off the top of the chimney. Nicely done.

Leslie Cordes, April, 2011

It is with great pleasure that I send you the first newsletter of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

The Alliance’s mission is to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.  Since our launch last September, we have made important strides toward advancing these goals.

Through our Working Groups and Cross-Cutting Committees , we have convened the global stove sector – more than 350 experts – to identify the key actions needed to create a thriving global market for clean cookstoves and fuels.  The groups’ topics range from health, climate research, and finance and investment to standards and testing, gender issues, and more. They recently submitted Early Action recommendations for the Alliance to consider undertaking in the next year.  We look forward to supporting as many of these recommendations as funding will allow.

Another objective of the Alliance is to raise public awareness of the need for clean cookstoves.  Through increased global press coverage and feature segments on programs, such as the Martha Stewart and Oprah television shows, we have begun to engage the general public in supporting clean cooking solutions.

Lastly, we are actively engaging with donor and implementing country governments to encourage the establishment of national policies that will ensure that clean cookstoves reach the millions of women around the world who need them.

We look forward to sharing our successes through future newsletters and working with you to promote improved cookstoves and fuels around the globe.


Leslie Cordes

Interim Executive Director

Upcoming Events: Cookstoves on Oprah!

On May 7th, Oprah Winfrey will host a special television show called “Extraordinary Moms” in honor of Mother’s Day.  The show will feature an interview with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talking about cookstoves and the impact that they have on women around the world.  The Alliance’s new Global Ambassador will also be revealed on the show!  We ask you to publicize this event on your website, Facebook page, or on Twitter, and make sure to watch what is sure to be a very inspirational show!

In May, the U.S. Government’s National Institutes of Health will lead a workshop in Washington, DC, to discuss what is known about the health impacts of harmful cookstove smoke and to determine critical research gaps that, if addressed, can help identify strategies for improving the health of poor women and children globally.  We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this conference with our Partners and Donors when they are available.

For other Upcoming Events of interest, please click here.

Ray Menke

My wife and I made a short video showing how we make Pita Bread using a version of this stove design. Here is the link:


Jock Gill, April 2011
Peacham, Vermont, usa

My little iCan made from a 3 lbs Costco coffee can boiled 1.75 liters of water in 42 minutes this afternoon. Ambient temp was 47 [8.33C]. This was done in 5 batches averaging 350 ml each. A very clean burn. Some soot at the start of each batch when the water was cold. Just a soon as the water in the cup warmed up a bit, the soot stopped.

Of course I also made some biochar as well.

Fuel was a good quality wood pellet. Cost of fuel: about 17 cents assuming pellets at $230 per ton. They can be bought for a good deal less, but I am using a higher number to be safe.

Cost per liter boiled: ~ 7.4 cents, allowing 4 cents as the value of the biochar captured at the rate of 17.5% of the dry weight of the fuel.

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott April, 2011

International, DUE (Domestic Use of Energy) Conference
12 - 13 April 2011

Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Cape Town Campus, South Africa

See attached Brochure:

A sample of the conference presentations

Design Features of Solid Fuel Stoves: Workshop Discussion
Mr Crispin Pemberton-Pigott, New Dawn Engineering, Ontario

The Uncontrolled Cooking Test: Measuring Three-Stone Fire Performance in Northern Mozambique
Mr James Robinson, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park,

A Preliminary Comparison between the Heterogeneous Protocols and the Water Boiling Test
Mr Tafadzwa Makonese, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park,

by: Alexis T. Belonio, Emmanuel V. Sicat, and Francisco D. Cuaresma

Kobus Venter put together a great article that helps define the Rocket Stove. Please take a look at it on his web site: http://vuthisa.com/2011/03/21/what-is-a-rocket-stove/

Gustavo Pena, Stove Team International
and Larry Winiarski

This is a Hybrid Combustion Rocket, TLUD stove designed for practical use with the help of Larry Winiarski, and with Gustavo Peña of Stove Team International.

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