Plancha Stove

Plancha Stove

Burn Design Lab worked in partnership with the Hands for Peacemaking Foundation to  v . Nearly 2.5 million households cook using firewood in Guatemala. Many use pots over open fires in their house, while others have rustic plancha stoves made from salvaged materials or even built into the side of the house with mud. For those who can afford it, there are commercially sold plancha stoves with smoke stacks that pipe the smoke out of the house.

Open fires and rustic plancha stoves are highly fuel inefficient, and the resulting demand for firewood has led to widespread deforestation around villages, changing ecosystems and requiring gatherers to travel much larger distances to find fuel. Moreover, households that lack a stove or an improved stove are typically filled with smoke, endangering the health of the women cooking as well as that of their families.

Stove Features

  • Two Piece cooktop

  • Steel & tile & pumice construction

  • Local manufacturing

  • Novel user friendly high efficiency combustion chamber

  • Tiled side counters

Partners & Sponsors

Hands for Peacemaking Foundation


■ University of Washington, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

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