Wood Burning Stove (Olin College)
This project is aimed at improving an existing wood burning stove design by Estufas Ixiles Stove Co., an initiative of Community Enterprise Solutions. There are two primary focuses to this project. The first is to improve the design, making it: Less expensive Easier to assemble Appeal to the design values of our users Be at least as energy efficient as the current model The second is to address the business model by: Understanding the current market and value-chain Understanding the partnerships between CES and local entrepreneurs Studying the competition (i.e. other stove distribution organizations) Increasing the sustainability of the low-cost business model built around the product Ultimately, the principal goal is to drive the cost of the stove as low as possible while maintaining or increasing usability, energy efficiency, ease of assembly, and ease of distribution.