BURN Design Lab
Our mission is to improve lives and protect the environment through the research, design, and development of outstanding cookstoves.
Lab or Field Testing
Other Organizational Expertise
Capacity Building; Lab or Field Testing; Research
Technologies & Fuels
Biomass (Ag. Residue, Processed Biomass, etc.), Charcoal, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Pellets / Briquettes, Wood
Clean Cooking Activities
BDL works with cookstove manufacturers, distributors, and others to develop new cookstove designs and/or to improve on existing designs. We have expertise in rocket stoves, plancha stoves, charcoal stoves, and continuous feed pellet stoves. Burn Design Lab has extensive knowledge of the materials typically used in cookstove manufacturing. BDL does complete cookstove testing, including efficiency, capacity, emissions (PM2.5, CO, & CO2), safety & durability. For emissions measurement, the testing laboratory at BDL includes both a LEMS (laboratory emissions monitoring system) and a combustion analyzer. BDL is prepared to determine the suitability of any biomass material for use as a fuel for industrial, commercial, household, or other applications.
Burn Design Lab offers a development process follows an iterative approach – going through multiple cycles of conceptual design, computer-aided design, prototype fabrication, user research, and laboratory & field testing. The results from testing and user research are then fed back into the process, so that the next iteration of conceptual design and computer-aided design is a substantial improvement over the previous one.
Fueled by experience (ours and our partners'), ideas (we are open to all), research (both our own and the work of others), and modeling (by number-crunching computers), this iterative cycle is a veritable wellspring of innovation.
In addition, we are interested in being partners for events (both in-person and virtually) and helping to raise awareness of the shared goals of BDL anD CCA.
Regions Operating In
Latin America and Caribbean, Northern America, Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Based In
18850 103rd Ave SW
Vashon, Washington 98070
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Katie McRoberts
Title: Director of Communications & Development
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