Category Archives: Safe Cooking and Heating Stoves

The New Coal? Grass Pellets

Heat with grass not gas! Let’s visit a plant nursery in Pawling, New York, that has been using grass — made into pellets — to heat their large greenhouses. The pellets are burned in an unmodified rice-coal stove.  For the … Continue reading

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Burning Smoke: Gasification

  Let’s play with fire — and learn from it! Gasification is central to understanding the efforts to produce smokeless and safe stoves for cooking with biomass fuels as well as making biochar. In layman’s terms, it means using heat … Continue reading

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Hugh McLaughlin’s Stoves

The next demonstration produced charcoal with a retort made from a recycled Cornelius keg.  I’ve taken the liberty of assuming that most people looking at this site would not be familiar with the Cornelius keg unless, of course you are … Continue reading

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The Stovers

“More than half of the world’s population—three billion people—cook their food and heat their homes by burning coal and biomass, including wood, dung, and crop residues, in open fires or rudimentary stoves. Indoor burning of solid fuels releases dangerous particulate … Continue reading

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