[Stoves] Improved Dung Burning Stove for Peru?

Choppalli Venkata Krishna krishnacreat1 at rediffmail.com
Sat May 19 20:06:57 PDT 2012

Dear Ann

If you have sufficient dung, why not construct Biogas Plants? IAP can be eradicated with such clean cooking fuel.


-KrishnaFrom: "Ann Stromberg" <Ann_Stromberg at pitzer.edu>Sent: Sat, 19 May 2012 23:26:31 To: "'Discussion of biomass cooking stoves'" <stoves at lists.bioenergylists.org>Subject: [Stoves] Improved Dung Burning Stove for Peru?

I am a member of the Board of Directors of a small foundation that works in the highlands of southern Peru.  One of our projects is improved stoves, and we are seeking to improve our model.    I have corresponded with Nancy Sanford Hughes and she suggested that I contact you:   the Stove Team International's Ecocina burns wood, and our communities are above the tree line and wood/charcoal are not realistic fuel options.  Families in our communities depend on cow dung for fuel.  The families like to cook indoors for the most part (traditionally in small unventilated kitchens separate from other living areas).  To date we have been working with an adobe model (families make their own adobes) with a stovepipe.  A problem that we have encountered in corrosion of the stovepipes, sometimes within a year of installation. 


Might you have any recommendations/experience regarding stovepipes that might be retrofitted for our stove?


In the longer term,  we would also consider other models.  I am wondering if you would be able to direct us to a tested model of a household-level "improved stove" that burns dung and has been shown to have a significant positive effect in improvement of the indoor air quality.  The stove must function at 13,000-14,000 feet altitude and survive an annual season of heavy rain as well as lengthy dry season.  


Any advice or leads that you can provide for us will be MUCH appreciated.  Thank you so much for taking time to write.   I'd be happy to call you if that's easier for you.


Ann Stromberg, Ph.D., M.P.H.

for The Chijnaya Foundation



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