Smoky cooking fuel in rural India

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Smoky cooking fuel in rural India

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:56 pm

Smoky cooking fuel in rural India

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A rural stove using biomass cakes, fuelwood and trash as cooking fuel. Surveys suggest over 100 million households in India use such stoves (chullahs) every day, 2-3 times a day. Clean burning fuels and electricity are unavailable in rural parts and small towns of India because of poor rural highways and limited energy generation infrastructure.

Cooking fuel in rural India is prepared from a wet mix of dried grass, fuelwood pieces, hay, leaves and mostly cow/livestock dung. This mix is patted down into disc-shaped cakes, dried, and then used as fuel in stoves. When it burns, it produces smoke and numerous indoor air pollutants at concentrations 5 times higher than coal.

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Re: Smoky cooking fuel in rural India

Postby Graciela83 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:33 am

Sounds interesting, I wonder how an average barbeque would turn out cooked this way...
What is the temperature inside this boiler?
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