I live in Jakarta, Indonesia, and I am constantly appalled at the widespread burning of plastic in open piles all over the city
. Smoky, toxic, and prevalent in every part of this city (and country). I understand why locals do it, and changing the underlying reasons for this practice is beyond me. But I can't help but think
: Wouldn't it be better if that combustion was 'more complete'?
I've never built a rocket stove
myself, but I think this would be a fun and potentially very interesting reason to get into it. I would like to try building a "garbage incinerator" and do some rough tests: A pile of garbage smoldering away, versus the same pile of garbage being fed into a rocket stove
I know that encouraging the burning of garbage like this isn't a solution in the long-term, but those solutions are a long way off for this city. Obviously, reducing consumption and increasing recycling is the answer
--but keep in mind this is a city where garbage is still thrown on the ground, then collected by barefoot men pulling huge wooden carts to huge open pits, where it is sorted through for anything of value. Jakarta has to solve the poverty/corruption/traffic/housing/flooding problems before it will ever even being to solve the pollution problem! My argument is simple: Rather than do nothing while we wait for a 'proper' solution, let's do something now to improve the situation.
I would love to hear any experiences regarding burning garbage in rocket stoves. I'd also like to see plans
for relatively simple/small/cheap rocket mass stoves. The pocket rocket looks like a good start. Thanks kindly - Ryan