Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Improved cook stove developed for Africa (journal)
In most Africa countries, cooking is a dirty and time-consuming job that involves fuel such as wood, charcoal, or coal for a fire. Globally, some 500 million households, with more than 70% in Africa, depend on burning solid fuel to meet their cooking, heating and lighting needs. There is an urgent need to investigate more efficient cook stove technologies that have very minimal or no impact on the environment and households. In this study, an improved mud-brick cook stove was designed and tested in a typical family house in Cameroon. To ensure the acceptability and sustainability of the technology, the rural dwellers were involved in the design and implementation. The performance of the stove was compared with that of traditional 3-stone fireside. The mud-brick cook stove construction materials are available in communities that have clay soil and can be made using limited tools.