When WorldStove first started, our stoves functioned well with branches and charcoal. We felt, that because we were more efficient than traditional stoves, that this was sufficient to help reduce deforestation. Over the past decade however, we’ve come to learn two fundamental things. Forests are critical to preserving soils and biodiversity and there is far more waste biomass available than we had realized. Most of this waste biomass is either left to rot, which releases carbon and methane into the atmosphere causing hygiene issues in communities. Or, it is burnt in large piles. By pelletizing this material, we not only create local, permanent, self-sustaining jobs making pellets, but because of the consistent density and moisture content of the pellets, we can tune our stoves to an even higher efficiency. This allows us to further reduce emissions and eliminate the need to cut trees for fuel. LuciaStoves have been adapted so that they incapable of functioning with branch wood or charcoal. Another added advantage of this decision is that it has allowed us to extend the life expectancy of our stoves. Meaning that over the lifetime of the stove, individual households will save even more income by having access to lower cost cleaner fuels like pellets and longer lasting stoves.