I have been offering feedback to a local inventor and volunteer (Wendell) on a rocket stove design. Wendell is only interested in designing a technology that truly meets the needs and desires of the consumer. As such, he is doing his fair share of “market research”. My hope is that this conversation could be a place that others who have worked with promoting fuel-efficient cookstoves could offer experience and advice. Here are the basic design requirements (in no particular order) he has so far:
- Made using locally available resources
- Low cost
- Able to be adapted to fit varying pot sizes
- Fuel efficient
- Clean burning
- A delight to use
Based on your experience, what other design requirements would you add? What have been some of the biggest challenges to widespread adoption of fuel-efficient cookstoves where you work?