SeaChar Deluxe Estufa Finca Farm Stove


Designed by Art Donnelly from SeaChar, The Estufa Finca (Farm Stove) is a TLUD-style micro-pyrolysis device with a capacity of 20 litres.

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The Estufa Finca Farm Stove is a top-lit updraft (TLUD) micro-gasifier cookstove that can create biochar from a wide range of dry organic input materials. The biochar produced from the stove can be used as a soil amendment to increase soil health and improve agricultural yield. When used as a soil amendment, the biochar produced from the stove also acts to sequester carbon that would otherwise be released to the atmosphere. A promotional video highlights the stoves biochar applications during implementation with rural farmers in Costa Rica.

Video available on how to use the Estufa Finca.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Costa Rica, United States

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Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

For 2015, the Estufa Finca stove could be purchased through SeaChar or constructed from locally available materials. SeaChar suggested a 10 USD donation per stove when cookstoves are constructed from the open source design guide. For 2018, market suggested retail price is unknown and the SeaChar design guide is no longer available.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Three stone fires and inefficient, traditional stoves, over 400 cookstoves in the Clean Cooking Catalog. and up to 14 cookstove models available in the E4C Solutions Library from which TLUD Champion and Mimi Moto are similar models.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Originally developed for use by migrant farm workers cooking with open fires in Costa Rica, the stove has also proved to be a popular tool with US gardeners who want an environmentally responsible way to create biochar for building carbon in their soils.

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