We have worked with stoves that improve the living conditions in developing countries for years.
Indoor air pollution is the primary killer of women around the world. Women in developing countries often cook over open fires in poorly-ventilated rooms, which causes respiratory disease and associated complications. Because of this, there are important programs that teach villagers how to build and use improved-efficiency cooking stoves. These stoves burn less wood and create less pollution.
In addition, the stoves burn wood and not fossil fuel, so they do not add carbon to the atmospheric carbon cycle as fossil fuel does. As plants grow, they will absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. When these plants burn or decompose, they release the CO2 back into the atmosphere. This CO2 will be reabsorbed as new plants grow, and the cycle will repeat itself.
In the US, we go camping and backpacking to find peace and enjoy nature. However, don’t you find it absurd to escape to the wilderness, buy tanks of propane, carry them around, use them, and finally throw them away? We can appreciate disconnecting from our electrical devices but still cling to our dependence on fossil fuel.
We thought we could help people do better in this microscopic niche.
In the spirit of minimalism, we designed a simple and compact wood burning stove using the principles of the advanced wood burning stoves promoted in developing countries.
We designed our stove to be simple, practical, compact, and efficient.
We build the PaleoStove in the US because we can, and it supports local labor. Our first review from the gentleman who helped us prototype it at the TechShop was:
“That thing is cool! It’s Elegant!”
We hope you will agree.