In July 2013, BURN installed its first stove assembly line in Nairobi, Kenya. In July, 2014 BURN will open a production facility that will allow us to manufacture 99% of our components in Kenya. The Kenya facility will produce complete stoves as well as kits that will be assembled in satellite facilities in Uganda (2014), Tanzania and Rwanda (2015).
By manufacturing 3.5 million clean burning biomass cookstoves in East Africa over the next 10 years alone, BURN will save families $1.4 billion, reduce CO2 emissions by 21.3 million tons, reduce indoor air pollution among users by up to 90%, and save 123 million trees. BURN will also create more than 200 sustainable design and manufacturing jobs in Washington State and East Africa.
BURN’s award-winning approach is unique in the cookstove industry. By owning all stages of the design and manufacturing value chain – Research and Design, in-country manufacturing and lab & field testing - BURN is able to bring new stoves to market faster than the competition. BURN also partners with BURN Design Lab, our nonprofit sister organization, to conduct early stage Research and Design.
BURN’s launch stove, the Jikokoa, is a revolutionary natural-draft charcoal stove that offers best-in-class performance (50 - 70% reduction in fuel consumption, CO, and Particulate Matter2.5). The Paradigm Project, one of the leading distributors in East Africa, selected the Jikokoa as the #1 stove in terms of price, performance, and user satisfaction after comparing the latest charcoal stoves in East Africa. BURN's user-centric designs are aspirational products that are sold wholesale through proven distribution networks.
BURN is led by Founder Peter Scott, one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, and recognized as one of the leading experts in cookstove commercialization. Mr. Scott leads a team that brings 120+ years of design and manufacturing experience to the cookstove arena.