When most people think about deforestation they think about the forests being chopped down for new residential developments, or for large mining projects but did you know that half of all wood harvested in the world is used for fuel? And in third world countries that number jumps to 75%!
So if there was a simple way to cut fuel needs by 50% that would be a big deal right?
Enter the rocket stove.
The Rocket stove was invented in 1982 by Dr. Larry Winiarski working with Aprovecho, a non-profit corporation based in Oregon devoted to creating low-tech solutions to world problems.
The Rocket stove is able to cut the use of biomass fuels by over 50%, and it can be built for almost nothing using solely recycled materials. There are videos all over YouTube showing various ways to build a rocket stove, but the general design is the same.
First a well insulated chimney is created. Then it’s fed with fuel from the side. This insures only the fuel that is needed is burned and makes sure all the heat is used where it is needed and not wasted.
It also greatly reduces the smoke emissions The smoke is actually burned in the chimney due to very high temperatures. This is an additional bonus when you consider that over 1.5 million people a year die from wood smoke related diseases.
Pretty simple huh?
It’s crazy that something so simple needed to be invented and that the people who really need efficient heat and cooking did not come up with it already. Especially when they are running out of fuel and dying from the smoke related diseases. But so it goes.
The Rocket stove was originally introduced for cooking but has since been adapted for many other purposes, and build out of many materials around the world.
But the latest incarnation of the rocket stove is my favorite!
Now, as hi-tech meets low-tech, you can use a rocket stove to charge your iphone or to operate a LED light, or any other USB device for that matter.
Yes it’s true….
Is this great or what!!! I just love it.
Biolite’s rocket stove takes the excess heat energy and turns it into electricity. Welcome to the future.
If you want one of these cool devices you can reserve a small portable version for just $129 here> LINK
I love the way worldwide changes take unexpected twists and turns. Who needs a power grid when you can get the electricity you need from the waste product (heat) of your cooking? Many areas around the world are skipping telephone lines entirely. They are going straight to cell phones…that can now be charged by burning cow dung!!
The decentralization trend is going to strike a mighty blow to many of the big institutions of the world and it’s sure as hell going to be a fun ride for those who are prepared and sitting on the sidelines watching the show.
I hope you are in this category.
Have a great day.