Welcome to the 2017 Cookstove Challenge

You have been chosen as members of a select group of cookstove test drivers from around the world to participate in the Cookstove Challenge. This experimental learning experience will help determine if the 2050kids Biochar Cookstove project can be implemented in communities around the world which are most threatened by climate change.

Your feedback in this phase of the Challenge will help us improve the stove design and the instructions.

Participants in the Challenge work in teams of three or four, using infographics to build, assemble, and use the biochar-producing Climate Rescue Can Cookstove.

Biochar is emerging as a vital tool to address food security and as a potential game changer in addressing climate change. Scientists have discovered that this charcoal, first used to enhance soil thousands of years ago in the Amazon, has the ability to store carbon in soil for thousands of years. When used correctly, biochar can also dramatically improve soils and food security globally in areas of the world hardest hit by climate change. As California emerges from a five year drought, biochar’s ability to increase soil’s resistance to drought is of vital importance in addressing regional food security. (Read more)

Let’s Get Started!

The entire on site process of building a stove and conducting a burn takes about three hours. The more prepared you are, the more efficient the entire process will be.

Before the workshop:

  • Create a team of three or four
  • Download and become familiar with the infographics and accompanying materials
  • Gather the materials and tools (or find suitable substitutes) for your starter kit (page 2 and 6 of infographics)*



Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Best starter kit
  • Best stove design


  • Your local pizza parlor is probably the best source for #10 cans
  • Make sure your fuel sources are dry and will fit into the furnace
  • Read through the instructions with your team to determine ahead of time who will be building each part of the stove
  • Each team member needs to bring a copy of the instructions to the build

For more information or questions, contact deborah@2050kids.org.