EcoZoom Jet - Charcoal Fuel
The EcoZoom Jet Lite stove is a charcoal burning rocket stove developed for Urban use in developing countries. This type of cooking stove is called a 'Jiko' in East Africa - a simple 'bucket' of charcoal with a pan rest on top. The Zoom Jet combines the rocket stove principles of preheated, dried air, highly insulated combustion chamber and limited fuel capacity to deliver cooking efficiency and fuel savings to the user.
The Zoom Jet took an Ashden Award for women empowerment back in 2014 where its simple and robust construction, along with its fuel savings were demonstrated to put money back into the family budget.
EcoZoom's Jet has been developed to be a both effective and long lasting. Anything flimsy won't survive long in Africa. Three silicon rubber 'feet' keep the Jet off surfaces, reducing heat loss by conduction and protecting the surface. The single door hinge (the only moving part) remains slightly loose when cold, for expansion when warm. This is the 'damper' door which allows air into the quarry tile preheat chamber/ dry air reservoir. Cooking heat can be controlled by opening and closing the door
In operation the ceramic base warms and dries the air, giving perfect conditions for the burning charcoal. The cast iron hob is optimised to take a round bottomed wok or any flat pan. The thick cast iron itself sucks in heat from the fire, and re-radiates this to your pan
Small amounts of charcoal are best, space for the smoke/gas to combust is required above the glowing coals. Overloading and stacking the fire bowl will actually choke the fire and prevent efficient use.
Here in the UK the Zoom Jet is simply a great outdoor stove which doesn't need much attention in use. Simply ensure that a few more coals are added from time to time to keep things going. Its good for slow cooking using heavy pans and is an ideal complement to a barbecue set up, needing far less attention (and fuel). Its also fun nice having a little slow burning charcoal fire in the evening, that bag of coals will last all night.
In the developing world most deforestation supplies urban areas with cooking charcoal. Trees get burnt for charcoal in rural areas, then the bags ship into town where space is more limited. The loss of energy from the wood during charcoal burning is immense. The efficient Zoom Jet is reducing demand for charcoal at point of use. Its is widely used and distributed in East Africa where it meets a demand for a fuel saving cookstove. Cook African with an EcoZoom Jet.
Price includes shipping to mainland UK.