Rosalinda and Josefina from La Florida help us test fuel usage with the Rocket Box as compared to a traditional wood stove.
Xela Teco, a small manufacturer in Guatemala, worked with the Boston-based nonprofit Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group to develop a better design for a wood burning stove that uses 50% less wood and funnels the smoke out of the home through a chimney. It sells for around $150; the payback on the stove is about one year, since it can cut in half the average $25 families spend per month for wood.
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