Best Wood Cook Stoves

I have developed and built improved wood burning cook stoves in Guatemala, Uganda, and Honduras and I plan to continue this effort. It is my desire to share this information throughout the world to enable those less fortunate to have a healthier and higher living standard.

Cleaner Cooking with Less Wood

Dale with Wood Cook StoveHonduras Stove Combustion ChamberThis site provides detailed drawings to help you construct an economical wood burning cook stove. These stoves, called D Best Stoves ©, use the rocket principle to generate a hot fire that uses up to 75% less wood and virtually eliminates unhealthy smoke. The wood used is small twigs and branches that are less than 2 cm thick, which further reduces the strain on the family budget. Materials are adobe, brick, or cinder block; rebar; sheet metal; flue pipe; and insulative brick, fire brick, or Baldosa tile.

The improved stove is shown at left. The combustion chamber is 14 x 11.5 cm and is shown at right. Note: the small size of the wood.

Please click on the navigation links above to learn more about the economic, health, and design issues, to view the combustion chamber options, to see the difference between family and institutional stoves, or to contact us with your ideas of how to enable those less fortunate to have a healthier and higher living standard.

Thank you,

Dale Besterfield
PhD, PE