Sunday, March 29, 2009

Conical Stove with chimney

From Energy - Stoves and Livelihoods
Conical groundnut husk stove in use in Parts of Kurnool District, used especially for making condensed milk product as a livelihood activity. The chimney creates draft and the air enter underneath the slide used for feeding the groundnut shells and also sometimes corn cobs.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Piles of Fuel Wood lying in front of the Court Yards Posted by Picasa

A ready made iron stove_2 Posted by Picasa

A ready made iron stove Posted by Picasa

Twin stoves with 6 bricks  Posted by Picasa

A ready made cement stove Posted by Picasa

Two Stoves - Bricks and clay Posted by Picasa

The three bricks stove Posted by Picasa

Two Seperate stoves with Bricks and clay Posted by Picasa

Two potters clay stoves - reinforced with clay and filling with stones Posted by Picasa

Two stoves - Clay and Bricks Posted by Picasa

A single pot large size stove Posted by Picasa

A traditional stove made with clay and a pot Posted by Picasa

A traditional stove with Bricks Posted by Picasa

A multi purpose stove with two fire places and 4 pots Posted by Picasa

A Small Potters stove + a traditional stove Posted by Picasa

Clay, Bricks and a Pot, also see the Charcoal on right side corner  Posted by Picasa

Two Stoves - Bricks, Clay and a Pot  Posted by Picasa

Single Stove in a corner Posted by Picasa

Three Granite Stones Stove for large scale cooking Posted by Picasa

Three Bricks Stove Posted by Picasa

Three stoves  Posted by Picasa

A Traditional Stove Posted by Picasa

Monday, May 08, 2006


As Lead Consultant for "Vulnerability and Adaptability Programme" (Supported by SDC) one day I was in Srirangapur Village (Kondurg Mandal, Mahabubnagar District, Andhra Pradesh, India) as part of Field visit. I saw huge piles of fuel wood lying in the courtyard of every house hold, I was curious to know what kind of stoves people are using. Randomly I observed the existing stoves in the two project villages. It is surprising to see myriad of stove designs. Most of the villagers are using simple low-cost or no-cost stoves made up of three bricks / stones. Probably the civilizations existed about 5000 years ago might have used better stoves as compared to the existing stoves.

The basic question is how come within the same village / region there are different types of stoves existing?!! Similarly I have visited other villages too in parts of Andhra Pradesh, the situation is not different. It only proves that there is a huge task to create large scale awareness and at the same time work towards low cost efficient stoves with locally available raw material.

I am happy to share that the "Good Stove" prototype demonstrated in the two project villages are widely accepted and on demand basis 227 families have so far adopted them. A large size Good Stove was also constructed for cooking Mid-day meals for school children (50 nos.) in one of the villages. There is a huge demand for these stoves and in a couple of months all the families in these two project villages would own a good stove.

With large scale awareness and demonstration of the efficient viable technologies the community could adapt efficient stoves.