Using appropriate technology for sustainable development
and for the relief of poverty in developing countries
SF Environmental Trust, 9, The Pastures, York, YO24 2JE, UK
A rocket stove is a clean and efficient cooking stove using wood fuel which is burnt
in a high-temperature combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney.
This ensures complete combustion before the flames reaches the cooking surface.
Benefits of using a Rocket Stove
Reduction in smoke
The rocket elbow produces significantly less smoke than a conventional “three-stone”
Each year the effects of indoor smoke from wood and other basic fuels kill as many
people as HIV/AIDS, significantly more people than tuberculosis, and over two times
more people than malaria.
Reduction in use of firewood
A well constructed rocket stove used by an experienced cook can reduce the use of
firewood by more than 60%. This results in savings of money and time and in reduced