The stove is reported to use almost any type of solid biomass - wood chips, wood shavings, sticks, corn cobs, etc. - as a fuel, eliminating the need to strip nearby forests or carry heavy firewood. Compared to traditional stoves, the biomass stove is reported to save up to 80% on fuel input while producing virtually no smoke.

The dissemination of the stove has been made possible through the efforts of a unique network of organizations, including Inotek, the stove's inventor, Kopernik (an online marketplace of innovative, life-changing technologies designed for the developing world), Punden (a local NGO), and funders Daiwa Securities and Russell Investments provided funding.