Many stove programmes originated with the specific intention of reducing deforestation, and consequently tended to concentrate on fuelwood and on ways to reduce its consumption. This often led to a concentration on developing efficient ways of using fuelwood rather than looking for direct substitutes. This is very understandable: most programmes started in the early '80s when fossil fuels were rising very fast and other renewable energy technologies were very expensive.

The picture has now changed drastically and a rethink of strategies for stopping deforestation is necessary. While fuel-efficient stoves have their part to play - especially in rural areas - there now appears to be an increasing range of options for at least urban dwellers in many countries.

Briquetting technologies are becoming more productive and cheaper - especially as fuelwood prices climb steeply in many parts of the world. Kerosene prices have more than halved since the early '80s, and with prices unlikely to rise relative to general price levels in the medium term, kerosine becomes an alternative option for many urban settings. LPG can similarly have advantages.

While solar cooking remains largely a glint in engineers' eyes and unpopular with users, some of the new convective designs may have relevance for refugee camps and institutions. Slow cookers and storage cookers powered by electricity are also becoming cheaper and more attractive, especially where there is ballast electricity from hydro or photo-voltaics.

Sometimes we are guilty of addressing fuelwood problems from too narrow a perspective. It is time that we removed our blinkers and considered all the possible options to removing the fuelwood constraint in the most attractive way to users and in the most effective way for a country

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Table of Contents

Theme Articles

Wood and Charcoal Community Stoves in Kenya by GTZ Special Energy Programme

Authors: GTZ

Rural Fuel Scarcities - Trends, Causes and Solutions

Authors: Mick Howes

Agricultural Residues in Farming System

Authors: Geoffrey Barnard

Report on Prospects for the Urban and Industrial Uses of Charcoal in Malawi

Authors: S L Keiley

Charcoal Programme of the Philippines National Electrification Administration - Summarised Report

Authors: Charcoal Programme of the Philippines National Electrification Administration

The Niger Multimarmite Stove

Authors: from Bois de Feu

Groundnut Shell Briquetting in the Gambia

Authors: Keith Bennett

How to design and make the "One Stove with Double Pots"

Authors: Jin Zong-wu

Residue Utilization - A recent example from Africa

Authors: Josef Leitman

Kerosine Stoves in Haiti

Authors: A Gannier

A Preliminary Investigation of Alcohol-Fuelled Stoves

Authors: Jas Gill

Spreading Stove Technology

Authors: Brian MacGarry

Nahud Groundnut Shell Cooker - Sudan

Authors: W Siemers

A New Stove for the Household Production of Palm Sugar

Authors: C. de Gaulmyn?, P. Pichit-Vorapanit, P. Thamratwasik, K. Tirawat, C. Siripatana, P. Sripaiboon

Evaluation of Briquette Acceptability in Niger

Authors: Roland Louvel

Electricity Storage Cooking

Authors: Ben van Wijhe

Briquetting from Agriculture and Forestry Waste

Authors: from "Changing Villages"

Gas Fuelled Stoves

Authors: No. 15-16 (March '86) edition of 'Flamme' the bulletin of CILSS

The Kerosine Option

Authors: Gerald Foley

Improved Chulha: Hasty Analysis

Authors: R P Upadhyay

Women's Technology Workshop

Authors: Tonga - June 1986

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