07a. Traditional stoves – Cambodia

Traditional cooking methods vary, clay pots costing around 3 USD are often used. The popular 3 stone stove is one of the most basic designs, simply a fire with three, or sometimes two stones to balance a cooking pot. Wood, manure, crop residues among other fuels can be used.

One of the most common types of biomass stoves (designed for wood) is a simple fired earthenware design.

Cooking on a traditional stove, Phum Popis Village, Krabeil Riel Commune, Pouk District, Siem Reap Province

A widely used charcoal stove (below) is sometimes also used with wood.

A charcoal stove used with wood. Kralanh District, Siem Reap Province.

A simple concrete shield can also be used to protect an open fire from wind, and also as a pot rest.

A concrete stove. Kralanh District, Siem Reap Province.

Clay soil can be built up around the fire to conserve heat, and as a rest for pots. The picture below is of a kitchen in a school built by Helping Hands.

School Kitchen, Prasatchar village, Dontreav commune, Pouk district, Siem Reap

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