Improved Cookstoves Assessment

Author: Mike Clifford, The University of Nottingham

This case study looks at improved cookstoves, drawing from project experiences of the organisation Practical Action, with additional input coming from The University of Nottingham. Many stoves with which people cook are fuel inefficient and a health hazard (e.g. smoke inhalation). Improving cookstoves is a vital aspect to improve the health and wellbeing of both people and the environment. There is a lot of innovative research and implementation work being carried out in this field around the world by affected communities, governments, NGOs and academics. Many “improved” cookstoves have been tried and tested; the type will differ case by case depending on a number of factors. We will examine some different types here from engineering, social, health and safety angles. 


To develop an appreciation of the challenges surrounding cooking in an efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable way


Class Activity: evaluating a real-life improved cookstove project

Homework Activity: design and construction of a simple cooking stove and the production of a simple meal


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