How do you define an efficient stove? For most people living in the South, it would be one which cooked food using a minimum amount of fuel in a reasonable amount of time. To achieve this, all the heat produced must be directed at the cooking pots and as little as possible lost to the surroundings. However, for those people living in cold, high regions, the stove may also be needed for heating the home. In these circumstances, heat lost to the surroundings is no longer regarded as waste heat. Any improved stove which is introduced in these regions must still provide space heating. Until recently, governments, programme planners, and researchers have failed to take this into account.

Many cold, high regions are desperately short of woodfuel for burning. Three-stone fires bum fuel inefficiently, providing less heat than a well-designed stove and producing large amounts of smoke. Because windows allow heat to escape, the rooms in these regions often have very little ventilation and the smoke cannot escape. This edition of Boiling Point looks at ways in which different areas have approached the problem of providing stoves which reduce wood consumption and smoke emission whilst providing space heating as well as heat for cooking.

Additional resources

Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, Pakistan, Research Report on BACIP Wood Stoves for High Mountain Areas

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Table of Contents


Household energy in high cold regions

Authors: BP Editorial Team

Household energy in high regions

Authors: BP Editorial Team

Theme Articles

Household energy in high cold regions of Morocco

Authors: Philippe Simonis

Stoves used for cooking, water heating and space heating in Nepal

Authors: Kayeswar Man Sulpya

Status of improved stoves in the northern areas of Pakistan

Authors: Muhammad Saleem

Haiti: Cooking stoves and domestic energy

Authors: Peter Young, Betonus Pierre

Improved institutional stoves for Sudan schools

Authors: Mohammed E. Abdelrazing

Research into integrating a wood/charcoal stove into building design

Authors: N K Bansal, M S Bhandari

Heating-cum-cooking stoves of the FECT Project, Peshawar, Pakistan

Authors: Tanveer Ahmad

Reducing the risks of poisonous emissions from stoves

Authors: grant@ecoharmony.com Harald H Jawurek

High altitude space heating and cooking stoves in Pakistan

Authors: Ghulam Umar Sarhandi

Mumu: A traditional method of slow cooking in Papua New Guinea

Authors: P A Sopade

Improved Tunisian domestic bread ovens: Flying saucer lids save 50 per cent fuelwood

Authors: Hanns Polak

Household energy in a recently electrified rural settlement in Mpumalanga

Authors: Bernard T Luvhimbi, Harald H Jawurek

Energy needs of tourist lodges in two mountain communities in Nepal

Authors: Kamal Banskota, Kamal Rijal

Dissemination of improved stoves in Nepal

Authors: B B Gurung

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