Clark Semon

Rocket Stove Technology

What started out as research to improve indoor air quality and reduce deforestation in developing countries, has become a growing worldwide realization that, in spite of burning wood since the dawn of civilization, humans are still learning how to build a better fire.  Using Rocket Stove technology is one of the simplest ways to convert biomass into heat, and do so more efficiently than common devices such as a three stone cook fire, or a modern woodstove.  Attention to combustion chamber temperature, along with heat transfer to the target object or space, is critical for optimal fuel utilization.  This talk will explain how a Rocket Stove accomplishes that, compare some popular designs, and show the inner workings of a Double Bell Rocket Stove Mass Heater – an appliance of efficient beauty.