One of the aims of any improved stoves programme must be to maximise the number of stoves in use, in order that benefits can be enjoyed as widely as possible. In the initial stages of a project, stoves are often given away or sold at greatly reduced prices in order both to test the acceptability and to raise public awareness of a particular type of stove. Distributing stoves in their thousands calls for a very different approach. The success or failures of a stoves programme can often be dictated by the distribution method which is adopted. Some programmes continue to distribute subsidised stoves through NGOs or government networks; others turn completely to commercial channels, while many use a combination of the two approaches. Different types of stove lend themselves more readily to one approach or another. Portable, one-pot stoves are easy to sell in the market place; larger "built in" stoves require the services of trained artisans and cannot be sold on the open market.

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