Developing Clean and Sustainable Biomass Combustion Technology for Heating and Cooking
About Our Studio
We are an Australian industrial design company based out of Byron Bay with a global perspective, developing high impact, low cost solutions for the developing world.
In particular, we are fascinated by the simplicity and ingeniousness of a high temperature combustion process called “Rocket Stoves”. These clever creatures burn smoke, giving greater efficiency and lower pollution at the same time. That’s a win / win!
They can also be made in high tech and low tech formats. We’ve explored both, and love both options, depending on the situation. We have a range of new products using high tech innovations of the core technology that will solve more problems.
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Social Impact That Works
Even though Rocket Man Designs is a For Profit Social Enterprise, we have the luxury of deciding whether to commercialise an idea or not. Some ideas are just too important to monetise, such as a Smokeless Cookstove made of clay that has the potential to literally save millions of lives. That idea we happily gave away, and we’re proud of the work being done by the Smokeless Cookstove Foundation in India, sharing it with the women who need it the most.
The Himalayan Rocket Stove product range, on the other hand, is ideal for commercialising. We found a way to make a high quality, high efficiency combustion heater that is affordable to people in the Himalayan belt where there are 20 million homes needing heat for half the year.
A sample of successful implementations solving real world issues…
Himalayan Rocket Stove
The Himalayan Rocket Stove social enterprise company is currently focussed on commercialising our range of domestic combustion heater designs in the Himalayan regions of northern India and Nepal.
Smokeless Cookstove Foundation
The Smokeless Cookstove Foundation has been set up specifically to roll out the ingenious design for a low to no cost solution to Household Air Pollution. The design for this came out of the prototyping and development phase for the Himalayan Rocket Stove product range, and has now taken on a life of its own.
What is a Rocket Stove?
The technology we use is called ‘Rocket Stove’, and it’s widely used in various parts of the world. It’s a clever design that mixes air and burning gases together inside a vertical insulated combustion chamber that allows temperatures to rise to a point where near-complete combustion occurs. This causes to the smoke to be oxidised and converted to heat energy, which makes the stove both very efficient and clean burning.
Learn How to Make Your Own…
Using simple found materials like basic clay dug from the ground mixed with some granular biomass, you can also make a clean combustion cookstove in a very simple format that is fun and easy to use. Follow the link below to see diagrams and a link to a video instructional.
Installed the rocket stove a week ago. It is everything that they promise and more. Excellent smokeless combustion. Extremely efficient. Build to last more than a lifetime. The design is superior to anything available in the Himalayas. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye as well. A wonderful addition to our home. Thanks to the team for building such a great product. Very happy and highly recommend this.
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