Unlike a regular fire, in a biochar stove, the fire burns from the top down. The heat separates the water in the wood into hydrogen and oxygen which combine with Carbon to form Carbon Monoxide. Oxygen is forced in at the top of the stove, causing the Carbon Monoxide and Hydrogen to create a clean burn, which looks just like a regular gas stove top. This plate of fire burns off all the deadly smoke.
Anytime there is smoke, it means wasted energy. In a gasification stove, it is mostly just the gas that burns, resulting in a very clean burn with much reduced toxic emissions. Quick removal of the gas results in the wood being heated without oxygen, which produces biochar. (charcoal) The biochar contains up to 40% of the carbon from the original wood that would otherwise decompose and release methane. If this biochar is mixed with animal feed or added to soil then agricultural productivity is greatly increased and carbon is sequestrated out of the atmospheric cycle for thousands of years.
HOW TO USE: Start with the door open. (close if a lower flame is desired) FREE FUEL: Use untreated scrap wood or yard waste, the smaller the better, as smoke may result, if there is insufficient mixing of air. Use adequate kindling on top of stove. Light at the top. If fire goes out due to wind, just re-light the smoke itself. Loosely packed wood makes larger flames. PELLETS: Consistent flame height. Easy to use. Fill to the top, add charcoal and a fire starter such as wax cubes. An 8 kg bag provides 10 burns of 3 hours each. HOW TO PRODUCE BIOCHAR: When finished, smother with earth and empty stove. Charcoal is made by heating wood without oxygen and when used as a soil enhancer is called “Biochar”. Buried, this carbon is sequestered in the earth for thousands of years. PEOPLE-FRIENDLY: Thanks for buying a New Earth Stove. Your purchase supports our stove distribution program in Vietnam. Smoke from cooking is responsible for 5 to 10% of man-made greenhouse warming and kills more people than AIDS, Malaria and TB combined.