2011-12 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS

Biochar Cookstove

Nolan Hagge, Benjamin Hofland

Sponsor: Dordt College engineering department

The Biochar Cookstove envisions a world free from unhealthy smoke and painful deforestation pressures brought on by wood-fuel cooking. The project provides experimental research, specifications, and a prototype model of a biochar producing cookstove, focusing specifically on the context of rural Zambia. The social, geographic, and economic contextual factors of the target users come to a head in the need for a fuel efficient, clean emission, inexpensive, and locally made cookstove that is rooted in a culturally appropriate design.