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Hi all, This past Monday the Estufa Finca team:  Laura, Vivianna, Soibeda and me,along with a couple of great volunteers (*thanks Julie and Cedric) completed the second month of collecting biochar from stove users in  the upriver, Bribri pueblo of Amubri, Costa Rica. We have collected 94 sacks of biochar.  The 1st month there was […]

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———- Forwarded message ———- From: Art Donnelly Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 10:55 PM Subject: My Little Pony and further SeaChar Adventures in Costa Rica Hi guys, I wanted to catch you up on this past 5-6 days. On Tuesday the 1st Chris and I head off to SeaTac. With me sicker than I […]

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Hola amigos! For those of you who don’t know, I’m in Santa Maria de Dota, in the Los Santos coffee growing region of Costa Rica working on the Estufa Finca – Santos project. Coffee harvest is going to be starting soon so we’re busy getting ready to install clean cook stoves in the homes of […]

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Greetings Pyroneers, Join me on Sat. November 20th,  10am -6pm,  at the Viking Fire Foundry (4710 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, Wa. 98107),  for a one-day Stove Building Workshop. Learn about biochar and build a TLUD ( top lit updraft) clean burning, fuel efficient, biochar producing cook stove. * For a $25 donation build and take […]

Stoves Camp 2010 is July 26-30 Submitted by Erin Rasmussen on 11 May 2010 Dean Still, May 2010 Hi Stovers! As Paul says Stove Camp is July 26-30 here at Aprovecho Research Center next to the river in beautiful Cottage Grove, Oregon. The theme of Stove Camp this year is “Tuning TLUDs” using the emissions […]

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Hi Folks, It was not quite 9 months ago, when I sent out an email to a small group of collaborators, with a Subject line that asked the question: “How do we get biochar stoves to Central America?” Of course, like the punch line to the old vaudeville joke, the answer is “lots of hard […]

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Smell the Coffee, Not the Smoke: Biochar Stoves on Coffee Farms in Central America Good coffee and great biochar are a match made in heaven. Especially since one product of that match is a cleaner cook stove for migrant coffee pickers who often have only open fires for cooking. Cooking on an open fire in […]

I have recently returned from Costa Rica. I want to summarize the experience and lay out some goals for this project.  That two and a half weeks in Costa Rica was incredibly productive. If I had any doubts about either the scale of the need or the design of the stove, I don’t now. These […]


Photos by  Art I (Art Donnelly @ SeaChar.Org) am spending two weeks (Jan 13-26th) in the Santos region of Costa Rica. I am here at the invitation of a local organic coffee growers co-op and Arturo Segura , to help develop a biochar stove project. This will initially target the health concerns of the […]


My friends i had a conversation with Rocio Loria, the anthropologist in charge on site  of the ongoing project   with the migratory coffee pickers here in Los Santos Region and she is all for checking out and being  part of the workshops  on the Biochar stoves coming up in January!!! We will be talking in […]