Comparative Stove Information

StoveTec offers two distinct types of consumer stoves, the “one door” stove and the “two door” stove. StoveTec also offers an institutional stove for high volume cooking needs such as in refugee camps or make shift hospital settings along with various accessories to facilitate the cooking experience.

The 1 and 2 door stoves are both very efficient using only wood or flammable biomass fuel for cooking, rather than charcoal. StoveTec also characterizes two primary types of cooking as being either high or low power. We consider high power cooking as high temperature cooking with more fuel, as performed with boiling, grilling, frying, and/or using a wok. We consider low power cooking performed with low temperature simmering, use with covered retained heat cookers, or grilling slowly on a BBQ grill. The guide below is intended to assist you in making the best choice for your stove selection:
The 1 door stove nomenclature refers to the opening of the combustion chamber, where fuel is fed. Ventilation is provided by the air gap established underneath the horizontal fuel rack. The fuel rack or fuel shelf is where wood or flammable biomass fuel is fed into the combustion chamber. All of our stove models require monitoring fuel during high firepower cooking. Simmering and low temperature cooking on the 1 door stove is achieved by establishing a good bed of wood or biomass embers, and adding little amounts of fuel periodically, as needed. You must monitor the 1 door stove for high and low firepower cooking, since live embers could possibly tumble out if left unsupervised.

The larger 1 door stove combustion chamber is preferred by some cooks, due to the fact it can accommodate irregular pieces of biomass and wood easier than the smaller 2 door stove combustion chamber opening, and it is easier to light and clean. The 1 door stove is excellent choice for gardeners, in locations where the pH of the soil is acidic. The 1 door stove is superior compared to the 2 door stove for converting charcoal from wood or biomass (bio-char) compared to the 2 door stove, which produces only small amounts of ash. Charcoal or bio-char is an excellent soil amendment for optimal plant growth in acidic soil to raise the soil pH. The 1 door stove is superior for charcoal or bio-char production and for the ease of clean out.

The 2-door stove design refers to the top upper door, leading to the combustion chamber fuel insertion entrance (also can be top loaded), and the bottom ventilation door (for fine tuned temperature control). It is capable of utilizing charcoal fuel for low power cooking, in addition to wood & biomass fuels. Charcoal is not efficient for high firepower cooking applications (boiling, frying or using a wok, due to distance from pot to charcoal grate). The additional spare grate is not required in the 2-door stove, and is a spare. We recommend quality lump charcoal fuel only in our 2 door stoves if using charcoal. Many charcoal briquettes now are produced with additional chemicals and fuel accelerants that may damage stove combustion chamber ceramic or refractory metal. No long-term studies have been completed with fuel accelerants in conjunction with our ceramic combustion chambers. StoveTec household stoves are designed for outdoor use only.

In summary, the 1 door stove requires diligent monitoring during high & low firepower cooking operations, due to exposed embers in combustion chamber. The 2 door stove requires diligent monitoring for high firepower cooking and minimal monitoring for low firepower cooking. This is only after upper combustion chamber door is closed and latched, and the ventilation door is damped down (when no embers can escape).