Updated on January 10, 2024


Created on August 9, 2018

InStove 60-L Cookstove


InStove 60-L is a smokeless, lightweight, wood-burning Rocket-type institutional cookstove with an integrated aluminium pot, lid and chimney.

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  • Aprovecho Research Center
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Product Description

This is a 60-L capacity rocket-type portable and durable institutional cookstove that comes with an integrated aluminium pot, lid and chimney.

Designed by InStove, it burns wood and biomass briquettes while saving fuel from 75% to 90% compared to an open fire, it produces no visible smoke and reduces by 90% pollutant emissions, including carbon monoxide and black carbon. A single 60 Liter Stove can prepare about 100 meals per pot and within available drop-in accessories, it can provide safe drinking water, medical sterilization and pressure cooking or canning.

The stove was discontinued in 2018 when InStove went out of business. The design was transferred to Institutional Energy Solutions in Nairobi, Kenya in 2019: IES 60 L Cookstove.


Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations


Manufacturing/Building Method

Stoves are mass manufactured in InStove's core factory in Cottage Grove, Oregon in the USA. For 2018, 20 stoves/day are built with negotiations to increase its production. InStove is opening building factories in target regions while exporting stove components and needed production methods from Oregon. Named as the Stove-Factory-in-a-Box production strategy, the first factory was opened in Afikpo in Nigeria in 2013 and exceeds the production of 10,000 units. Negotiations are on-going to open factories in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, and Haiti. Production methodology relies on laser-cut critical parts and custom tooling. Critical components are pre-manufactured in Oregon so that most of the assembly can be done by semi-skilled trained workers with hand tools with low power requirements.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Directly from the manufacturer by purchase online or through its factories worldwide.

Distributions to Date Status

InStove has manufactured roughly 1,500 stoves.Interview with the manufacturer Over 368 60-L stoves are calculated to have been disseminated in refugee camps from Darfur (Sudan) and South Sudan, ten camps from Ethiopia, and in Haiti, Nigeria, Senegal and Zambia, mainly serving schools and health centres.

Fuel type

Biomass, wood

Chimney (yes/no)


Forced or passive


Pot type

Custom pot

Pot capacity (L)

60 L

Thermal efficiency (%)


PM emissions (g/MJ delivered to pot)

0.08 g/MJ

CO emissions (g/MJ delivered to pot)

0.79 g/MJ

Time to boil (min/L)

30 min per 30 L

Design Specifications

Design specifications include the stove body made of metal and with an insulated design that ensures safe surface temperatures to prevent burns. It has a fuel and air inlet at the bottom and comes with an integrated aluminium pot, lid and chimney. It has an insulated metal combustion chamber built from high-temperature 310 stainless steel and 601 nickel alloys. Body diameter is 59 cm. The stove weighs 38 kgs and boxed shipping dimensions are 101 x 61 x 98 cm.  

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer and its trained workers in Nigeria and soon in other African countries. Instructional video and users manual available.

Replacement Components

This product has interchangeable parts that allow simple field repairs, following the users manual. This extends stove life up to 10 years


InStove cookstove has a 1-year warranty and 5-years expected lifecycle with maintenance-free daily use.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

InStove's main objective was to design and develop a highly efficient, solid-fuel cookstove for use in institutional settings, primary refugee camps, schools, clinics, hospitals and orphanages. The organization is in negotiations to expand space for boosting stove manufacturing capacity with an ultimate goal to increase production to hundreds of thousands of stoves. Plans for expanding building factories in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, and Haiti are also on-going.      

Vetted Performance Status

This 60-L institutional stove boils 30 litres of water in 45 minutes while consuming 1,5 kgs of fuel and with a thermal efficiency of 50%. Full results on the ISO/IWA Water Boiling Test conducted in Aprovecho Research Center labs in 2013 can be found in the references section.


Potential hazards related to the operation of this product concerns respiratory diseases linked to the burning of traditional biomass and domestic accidents such as accidental burning or spill-overs.

Complementary Technical Systems

InStove also commercializes drop-in accessories to provide safe drinking water, medical sterilization and an alternative fuel-briquette press.

Academic Research and References

MacCarty, N., et al. Design and Testing of a High-Efficiency Rapid Throughput Community-Scale Water Pasteurization System. ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Paper No. DETC2017-67830, pp. V02BT03A016; 10 pages. 

Jetter, J. Test Report – In Stove 60-Liter Institutional Stove with Wood Fuel – Air Pollutant Emissions and Fuel Efficiency. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, Washington, DC, EPA/625/R-16/003.

InStove. n.d. Medical Equipment Sterilization. images.techxlab.org. Oregon, USA: InStove.

InStove. n.d. 60 Liter and 100 Liter Biomass Cookstoves. images.techxlab.org. Oregon, USA: InStove.

Instove Instructional Video. 2014. www.youtube.com.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. 2013. Interim Reporting Requirements for IWA Tiers of Performance. cleancooking.org. Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves . 2014. The Water Boiling Test (Version 4.2.3): Cookstoves Emissions and Efficiency in a Controlled Laboratory Setting. www.1library.net. Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Compliance with regulations

International Organization for Standardization/Volunteers in Technical Assistance (ISO/VITA) performance standards for the Water Boiling Tests (WBT), 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. In WBT Tier 0 is the lowest performance level, and Tier 4 the highest. A stove belongs to a Tier if all of its performance indicators meet the criteria for that Tier. Test results prove that stoves are “Tier 4” in 9 out of 10 categories, and “Tier 3” in the remaining category.

Evaluation methods

Water Boiling Tests (WBT)

Other Information

Similar Rocket type institutional stoves also available, with 20-L and 100-L capacity.

Comments from the Community

1 Comment

  1. Nordica_Advisor says:

    Thorough and reliable details. Thanks. Perhaps more information about places it could be used (schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc). Also I do not see specific mention of the accessories (autoclave, pasteurizer, pressure cooker) so it might be nice to include those options if possible.

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