Cooking in pakistan


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Can you help design a stove that solves this problem?

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  • the used wood is Keekar ... which is Prosopis Julifora or Accacia Karro .. one of the research that i did for this shrub is it provides nitrogen to the surrounding botanic habitat .. while the other states that it deprives the native plants to grow in their surrounding... this shrub in the sub continent was brought with colonization and has a huge potential for commercializing. this gets planted especially for being used as fencing and like a forage, it grows quickly and in arid or extreme climate. The used wood are dried branches that the tree gives away .. Perhaps Deforestation is not impact created by the use of this shrub as these are its intended use ... the fruit that this shrub bears is edible for animals .. just thought to share this information :) Cheers S
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Cooking in pakistan

  1. 1. The standard cooking stove in Pakistan: 3 stones with the pot on top
  2. 2. Very inefficient: most heat lost out the sides. Every family has to find firewood locally – inevitably deforesting the area.
  3. 3. Also very unhealthy – this lady is constantly bothered by smoke
  4. 4. Whatever she does, she is constantly rubbing her eyes and coughing. And this happens every day, in every village, and women bear this burden
  5. 5. It need not be this way. People said they were really keen to try other methods. They said “just show us another design and we will try it!”
  6. 6. Firey debates about how cooking fuel. In this camp for displaced people they explain how they have to pay a lot for firewood or dried dung. Smokey and seriously inefficient, costly and unhealthy: the worst possible approach, yet the one used by everyone!
  7. 7. When the trees are gone people use dried animal dung, also smokey. This manure could be put to much better use as fertiliser for growing food or reforestation.
  8. 8. <ul><li>Must be a design that people can build using local materials </li></ul><ul><li>It shouldn’t be a donated item – but a design / idea so it can be replicated </li></ul><ul><li>It mustn’t cost anything or it won’t take off </li></ul><ul><li>It should reduce fire-smoke completely (smokeless stove?) </li></ul><ul><li>It should use local mud but can also include old metal as tins are available (see photo) </li></ul><ul><li>It must be fuel efficient – maximum heat extracted from fuel used. </li></ul>Design Criteria