Updated on January 1, 2024

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Created on August 27, 2015

EcoZoom Plancha

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Designed by EcoZoom, the Plancha stove has two burners and a 20 cm (8 in) chimney for cooking with wood, charcoal, or biomass briquettes.

Developed By
  1. BioLite
  2. EcoZoom
Tested By
  • Aprovecho Research Center
  • University of Nairobi
Content Partners
  1. Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Author

Product Description

Designed by EcoZoom (since acquired by BioLite) , this Plancha stove is a portable, durable stove featuring two burners with two removable tops on a cast iron griddle to enable direct access to the flame when cooking with pots. It has a refractory metal lining, ceramic insulation, hinged combustion chamber doors, and no sharp edges and it is designed to burn wood, charcoal and biomass briquettes. Video available on how to use the stove.

EcoZoom’s (since acquired by BioLite) operation and production center is located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Market Suggested Retail Price

$451.00

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

EcoZoom has projects going in several countries around the globe. They work with partners on scales ranging from single villages to entire countries.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Burro Gari Elephant, ONIL Stove, and Chispa Hogar.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Mass customized by EcoZoom in China. They produce over 60,000 stoves/month, including Dura and Jet stove models.  

Intellectural Property Type

Trade Secret

User Provision Model

Directly from the manufacturer by purchase online, also available in Amazon for United States sales, however, the item is currently out of stock. EcoZoom offers distributor information for Europe and Australian customers.

Distributions to Date Status

EcoZoom has a production volume capacity of 60,000 stoves/month (considering all commercialized models) that can be scaled to fit any project. Since the date of commercialization (April 2016), EcoZoom has distributed over 105 Plancha stoves in various markets around the world.Interview with representative    

Fuel type

Firewood, charcoal and biomass briquettes

Chimney (yes/no)

Yes

Forced or passive

Passive

Pot type

Flat bottom

Pot capacity (L)

Unknown

Thermal efficiency (%)

Unknown

PM emissions (g/MJ delivered to pot)

Unknown

CO emissions (g/MJ delivered to pot)

Unknown

Time to boil (min/L)

Unknown

Design Specifications

Design specifications include the two independent combustion chambers, each fully insultated for heat retention and transfer, a durable cast iron top that heats up evenly and can be used both with flat and round-bottomed pots and pans, a 20 cm (8 in) long chimney with an end cap and protective fence, and a space available at the back of the stove that allows storing of wet wood or biomass for drying. This stove weighs 36 kgs and its dimensions (LxWxH) in cm are 55 x 45 33.  

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Technical support provided by the manufacturer. EcoZoom (BioLite) also provides a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Replacement Components

Not available.

Lifecycle

This product has a 1-year warranty, however, the approximate lifetime is 5 years.  

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The manufacturer designed the stove to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

Vetted Performance Status

According to the manufacturer, the EcoZoom stoves save up to 70% fuel and produce 60% less smoke than traditional open fires. The manufacturer also claims that the stoves can save a user up to 200 USD/year and save 30 trees and 12 tons of CO2 over the 5 year lifetime of the stoves. Vetted performance is unrated in the Global Alliance of Clean Cookstove webpage.    

Safety

Please note that this stove is not rated for indoor use.

Complementary Technical Systems

EcoZoom also commercializes the Zoom Dura with the possibility to add a stove carrier bag.

Academic Research and References

Jetter, J.J., Kariher, P (2009). Solid-fuel household cookstoves: characterization of performance and emissions. Biomass and bioenergy. 2009;33:2294-305

Jetter, J., et al (2012). Pollutant emissions and energy efficiency under controlled conditions for household biomass cookstoves and implications for metrics useful in setting international test standards. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012;46(19):10827-10834.

Anenberg, S.C., et al (2013). Cleaner cooking solutions to achieve health, climate, and economic cco-benefits Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013;47(9):3944-3952.

EcoZoom. n.d. Clean Cooking Alliance.

EcoZoom La Plancha – Wood, Biomass & Charcoal Fuel. n.d. EcoZoom UK.

Amazon.com : EcoZoom Rocket Stove – Plancha : Camping Stoves : Patio, Lawn & Garden. n.d. www.amazon.com.

Help Center. n.d. BioLite.

Clean Cooking Alliance – Clean Cooking Catalog: Results Report – EcoZoom Plancha. n.d. www.catalag.cleancookstoves.org. Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

EcoZoom Products Catalog. 2017. www.h2oww.com. EcoZoom

Compliance with regulations

Unknown

Evaluation methods

Ecozoom indicates that they use the standard laboratory test conducted for cookstoves – the 5-liter Water Boiling Test (WBT). The WBT is a laboratory-based test that can be used to measure how efficiently a stove uses fuel to heat water in a cooking pot and the quantity of emissions produced while cooking. This test can be used to evaluate stove changes during development, compare the effectiveness of different designs, select the most promising products for field trials, and ensure that manufactured stoves meet intended performance.

Other Information

None.

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