While briefly passing through Jacmel on our way to the mountains we stopped at Jacmel Joe’s guest house where he works on a Charcoal stove project.
By using coconuts rather than wood Joe is trying to reduce consumption of the local trees and use coconut, a product that most Hatitans have access to and is more dense, burning as charcoal 3 times longer and hotter.
Joe has been working on his stove for the past 2 and a half years, and is on his third prototype. He is selling the charcoal, the cook stoves that the charcoal fuels and is hoping to sell the presses to make the charcoal.
Joe was very busy while we were there and time was short. We plan to return and discuss his progress and stay at his lovely sea side guest house.