Haiti Reconstruction

Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education

TLUD Stoves for Haiti

Top Lit Up Draft gasifiers stoves are the best stove design for Haiti!

  1. Relatively cheap to build
  2. Burns cheaper fuel, grass and agricultural waste
  3. Burns cleanly and efficiently
  4. Increases life expectancy
  5. No dirty charcoal and saves trees 
  6.  Decreases greenhouse gases





Haiti Reconstruction International brought this stove to Haiti. It cooked hundreds of meals for Haitians on 3 demonstrations in Arcahaie and Delmas.

Our Cooking Stoves meets all above requirements!

This stove will be in an enclosure that will be safe, made by local technicians with local materials.

It can be used to heat more than one dish at a time with a cook top.

Stoves can be made to burn natural fuel as is, small fuel briquettes or pellets 

We worked in co-oporation with Eko Ayiti who's stoves are also excellent!


HRI Vice President Joe Minnick and Zac Sheglowski demonstrating stoves and making cookies.  It was a weekend Sister Parish event at Risen Savior Church in Burnsville MN.

People were astonished how clean these stoves burned, and how little fuel they use.  They could see how they will save lives and trees by eliminating the need for charcoal.

The people after the Latino Service was especially interested when we told them their relatives still living where they burn wood or charcoal can make these for a business and conserve their country at the same time.

 Chip Energy designed us a new BIOMASS PIPE STOVE


President Paul Wever is craftsman and engineer working with V.P. Paul Anderson PH.D. Consultant, creator and developer of clean-burning cookstoves

Has developed a great stove which can be easily assembled in country and can be designed with pots skirt and windshields to our specifications.

It is made with common stove pipe that will stand up to high temperatures, and ships compact and easily to local assembly shops in Haiti at a very reasonable price.

 Click here to read more about chip energy       


iCans for Educators

Toxicity: The TLUDs are smoke burner stoves, so there should not be any smoke that comes out, therefore no toxic smoke (unless an unattended fire extinguishes at the top and continues to make the smoke.)

The word "emissions" is better than smoke. All stoves have emissions.
The TLUDs have the lowest for stoves that use dry solid biomass.
Mainly water vapor and CO2.

Click here for a very good resource for school children to learn science and how we can reduce greenhouse gases by showing them how to build a pyrolitic stove out of tin cans.  This also explains how to finely tune stoves to burn the gases completely for different density fuels.

We will be testing strange fuels from the US but we have to test vetiver and others from Haiti which we cannot find from northern climates.


Click here to read more about Biomass Stove Pipe Stove.pdf 


Click here to see equipment we may need to speed up building stoves

this one has videos for many tools


Click here to read about BIOCHAR Farming


Click here Bioenergy

Comment by Brian Cady on July 8, 2011 at 9:01am

Could these stoves be made out of Haitian clay, instead of imported metal stovepipe? That way supplying materials for the stoves could also create jobs, and foreign funding wouldn't be needed. I guess we'd need to consult with a ceramic engineer about the clays found in Haiti. It would be great if there were some clay deposits

that could make clay stoves that could withstand TLUD stove's heat.

Comment by Brian Cady on July 8, 2011 at 9:16am
Maybe these stoves could be made from rocks, piled up around a hole in the ground, so what would need to be imported is just a shovel.
Comment by Mike Mahowald on July 8, 2011 at 9:18am

For a long time I had looked at rocket stoves which require clay.

I looked for clay in the sudest and asked everyone I could think of in Haiti about clay sources, and no one told me more than I heard they had it in northern Haiti.  People who brought in rocketstoves actually sent the blocks, this is more expensive than sending stovepipe.

I have found that TLUD stoves are superior and don't need clay.  I prefer to buy in country but there is little stove pipe in Haiti also.  Some people say just use old tin cans and junk, but that is what you will have since TLUD does take some precision and stove pipe can easily be duplicated by the people. 

Right now USAID is pushing for LPG stoves?  This will be a total drain on the economy and our stoves are way more affordable. 

Our program could employ thousands throughout Haiti if we can get it started.  They will build the TLUD stove themselves which will be just the start.  The enclosure ranges will be built of mostly cement and local materials mostly labor which will bring them income.  The best employment will come from producing biomass for the stoves to burn.  This will keep the money in Haiti.

Comment by Brian Cady on July 8, 2011 at 9:32am

Thanks for the thoughts Mike M., and the website, and ongoing work on stoves. I heard a story of someone who planted fruit trees in Haiti. They later returned and discovered that the fruit trees had been turned into charcoal for cooking. Ouch.

What about making TLUD stoves out some rocks to hold the pot up above the fire, and a long hole in the ground below the rocks. (I don't really know how these stoves work yet). Then people could cook near ground height, and local materials could be used.

Comment by Mike Mahowald on July 18, 2012 at 5:15pm

We will be buying imported 4x8 sheet metal from a Haitian importer, Haitians will be cutting, drilling and bending them and adding hardware needed into kits completely in Haiti. Students will come from villages all over Haiti to learn how to assemble them trained by Haitians.  They will bring them back to their communities to demonstrate and sell them along with explaining what to burn in them with no need to cut down trees.  They will also teach others how to grow vetiver hedgerows for future energy needs including pellets to replace charcoal.  These all will create new jobs for the lost income of cutting trees and those who sell it!


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