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Anila stove manufacture > 2500

November 2, 2010

Recent communications with Sumuki Associates, Mysore, India – the manufacturer of the Anila stove confirmed that over 2500 units have been produced to date. The engineering operation is equipped with all the equipment for the manufacture of stoves, and is capable of fulfilling bulk orders. Since raw materials have increased in costs since the stove was invented, large orders are required to keep production cost effective (pers comm C.S. Ramaswami).

Distribution of stoves to village ladies

August 29, 2010

The Sampanda and Anila were given to some ladies to test in Whurzel village, approximately 10km from Phaltan, India. Four households were given each stoves, and after three weeks, they will swap to try the other stove. The same methodology as in Cambodia was used, they are asked if they can try out the stove (outdoors or in a well ventilated room), at least once every day. In addition the same questionnaire was translated into Marati, and will be used to gather feedback.

Some initial comments from the ladies (and others who had gathered round to see what was happening while we did the demonstration, and explained about the stoves) were gathered.

Sampanda distribution, India 25.08.2010

Anila distribution, India 25.08.2010

Stove testers finalised 07-08.07.2010

July 21, 2010

The first 9 volunteers from a secondary school class at the Samdek Euv High School, Tuk Vil Commune, Siem Reap were selected to test the stoves. The volunteers were from Krable Riel (3) and Tuk Vil (5) in Pouk District and one volunteer from a village in Kouk Chork Commune near to Siem Reap. The stoves were demonstrated to the students (who all contributed to the cooking in the families) and they were then asked if they would like to take part. They were all interested so the stove was taken to their house. After 3 weeks, the stoves will be randomly re-allocated so each participant has a new stove to try, then after another three weeks the stoves again re-allocated. There is a 3 part questionnaire which has a section to be completed by participant after each stove. The main stove user will be asked to complete the questionnaire.

Initial introduction to stove covered the following points about the stove, which is:
– a prototype, therefore still has room for improvement, and is not yet available
– designed to reduce fuel use
– designed to burn smokelessly
– designed to produce biochar

The demonstration then covered:
– set up and safety of system*
– fuel choice and preparation
– fuel for char production (where necessary)
– how to light (ignition)
– how to keep alight (operation during burn)
– determination of which stage the system is in to conclude burn (combustion / gasification / end of gasification for those which produce wood charcoal)

And discussion also covered an introduction to:
– global warming, and the contribution from biomass burning
– forest loss, and use of resources
– biochar and it’s potential uses

*although stones are recommended by the designer in the anila stove, during testing the stone used turned out to be concrete and began to break down / explode in the stove (the stove was extinguished before any damage was done!!!), so it was suggested that stones were not necessary!

Selection of volunteers for stove testing in Cambodia 02.07.2010

July 2, 2010

An adaptation of the Kitchen Performance Test (KPT) will be used. It has been modified to account for the fact that this is not an assessment of a stove implementation project but is a feasibility study for deployment, and assumes the user is not familiar with the stove operation – since it is significantly different to operating a three stone fire for example.

The families will be lent a stove for 3 weeks, and asked to use it at least once every day. This should provide valuable information on the suitability of the stove to this area.

The School at Som Dach Euov, Pouk District was used to select those young people who were interested in their families testing the stove, and the project will then be explained to the main cook in the family who must agree. Criteria for selection were:
– current use of wood for fuel
– have garden / land which could be used for biochar deployment
– reside within Pouk or Siem Reap District
– interest in the project

Students who will be testing the new stove designs 16.07.2010