The Farm Ecovillage Training Center
Summertown Tennessee

Biochar Stove Camp
Labor Day Weekend
August 30 - September 3, 2013
with Dr. Paul Anderson, Eng. Bob Fairchild, Eng. Frank Michael, Albert Bates, and others

Friday through Tuesday

About the Camp:

Stove Camps are fun-filled, family-oriented, ecologically sustainable events that feature dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops.

About the Venue:

Nestled in the hills of south-central Tennessee near the Jack Daniels Distillery and the Natchez Trace, within easy driving distance from Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta and Huntsville, the Ecovillage Training Center and Youre Inn at The Farm provide an authentic experience in rustic ecovillage living, whether you are an experienced Stove Camper or a first timer.

The Farm is an internationally recognized ecovillage and twice recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (1980 & 2011). It is the subject of numerous books and documentary films and home today to a few hundred 21st century pioneers.

Camp Costs:

Reserve now while spaces last! Purchase your online tickets and save money and time.


Six Day Pass -- Full Camp Adult $775
Six Day Pass -- Full Camp Couple $1100
Six Day Pass -- Full Camp Child $150
You get: all the workshops, our gourmet vegan all-meals pass, choice of campsite or dormitory

Six Day Pass -- a la carte

Adult (campsite but no meals): $625
Couple: $700
Child (under 16): $100
Nursing Infant: free!
Student: $400
Retired: $400
Low-income: $400
Non-profit organization: $400

Day Pass -- $125

Gourmet Vegan Meals ($10 per serving, estimated, as space allows)

Private Rooms -- SOLD OUT! contact us for list of nearby motels.

Campsites or Dormitory -- free with all registrations, with access to showers, water, and toilets

The Biomass Energy Foundation (BEF) announces its reknowned Stove & CHAB (Combined Heat And Biochar) Camp will be held at The Farm.

The five-day Camp features hands-on experience plus theory & instruction on gasifiers of numerous types, but focusing on pyrolytic top-lit updraft (TLUD) technology for cookstoves (and larger devices for thermal energy and biochar CHAB). Each BEF Camp is a structured learning experience, where the technical foundation, practical skills and fabrication methods of constructing biomass-fueled devices are taught and put into practice with hands-on efforts by the participants.

The Farm's BEF Camp starts with a social gathering Friday evening, followed by three days of structured learning, building, and burning. Typical days are divided btween discussing combustion concepts, learning fabrication techniques while building small prototype devices that demonstrate the concepts, and operating the devices on both supplied and locally available fuels. Evenings are either social gatherings (including one meal prepared on the stoves) or additional time to fabricate and operate biomass-burning devices, collaborating in small groups of 2 to 5, and learning from insights and experiences of fellow participants. The final two days feature focused applications of the acquired skills to individual circumstances dictated by personal interests, unique fuels or culturally specific opportunities (determined based on participant interests for each camp). The instructors work in conjunction with small groups of “makers and testers”, with supplies available to prototype concepts and verify designs.

Workshop topics include:

In 2011 stove camps were located in Australia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Honduras and Uganda. In 2012 camps were in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Honduras and Kenya. Each BEF Camp has sufficient differences and updates to merit repeat attendance. Camp sizes are limited to 15 to 30 participants (subject to change in special circumstances).

Tuition does not include transportation, lodging, and most meals, but a lodging and meal plan is provided by Youre Inn at The Farm. An airport shuttle may also be possible. Reservations and pre-payments of tuition are appreciated to assist efficient running of the Camp. For those who desire, tent & RV camping is available, without RV hook ups but both with showers and toilets.

Each participant will have ample time to pursue specific interests, including the making or use of stoves and CHAB devices for specific purposes, such as: residential cookstoves, including the combustion device and the stove structure; Institutional cookstoves, in 55-gallon drums or in alternative structures; the Chip Energy Biomass Furnace (200,000 Btu/hr plus biochar) and the Biomass Grill/Stove; we expect to have some 50 samples of fuels, ranging from llama dung to briquettes, chips, pellets and Jatropha seeds. Well-dried fuel will be supplied at no charge.

For further information contact:
ecovillage at

Both Global Village Institute (GVI) at The Farm and the Biomass Energy Foundation (BEF) are 501(c)(3) organizations to which donations (such as sponsorships of BEF Camps) are tax deductible in the USA.

2012 Farm Stove Camp Downloadables:

Gasifier Stoves and Biochar References.docx (147 Kb)
Fuels and feedstocks.pptx (324 Kb)
HEAT.pptx (2.3 Mb)
History of TLUDs.ppt (15.6 Mb)
Metal processes and tools.pptx (6.3 Mb)
Tree Crops for Energy Co-Production on Farms.pdf (10.6 Mb)
ROTH, Christa Final report Malawi TLUD project.doc (1.3 Mb)
EverythingNice_Stove_Instructions.pdf (160 Kb)
BiocharBiology.pdf (36 Mb)
BiocharHistory.pdf (21 Mb)


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