stove made from wire hangers for nomads by liz to
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oct 16, 2012
stove made from wire hangers for nomads by liz to


‘thab’ stove by liz to

canadian designer liz to has repurposed unwanted wire hangers from north america as an opportunity for remote communities to build their own stove.
the ‘thab stove’ is a template based on the portable dung stove used by tibetan nomads, created through a weaving of
wire hangers to produce a vessel-like framework. this design can then be filled with stones and boulders to fabricate –
from inexpensive rudimentary materials – a workable cooking stove that reduces the amount of smoke produced from burning fuel,
reduces cooking time, reuses waste, and provides local jobs.

due to its cylindrical form and cross-strut design, ‘thab’ becomes durable and sturdy, also featuring an L-shaped combustion chamber
which becomes imperative in reducing heat lost, and lessening the amount of smoke that is produced during cooking.
the design is an effort to improve the traditional thab burner for the tibetan nomads who live and cook inside tents,
created specifically for portability and easy disassembly due to the traveling lifestyle of her user.


lighting the ‘thab’


the design is created through weaving wire hangers


the design is sturdy and durable due to the cylindrical form


a detail image showing the wire lattice


illustrative diagram showing how to use the thab


sketches of the concept


a video showing the production method behind the stove

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