| Boiling Point No. 13 - August 1987 |
BO/PUJEHUN Rural Development Project Technologies for Rural Women - Linda Adams
Linda resorts on the initial, trial introduction of wood burning, portable, one-pot, metal stoves (shielded fire type, with or without grate) in Sierra Leone. Six cooking shops in the town of BO were provided with stoves and one was introduced in a village Preliminary tests showed efficiences of 28% compared with 8-10% for 3 stoves. The cooking shop women were pleased with the stoves and the reported saving in wood fuel.
It was found suitable for cooking foofoo and sauce and for other normal cooking. The cast iron cooking pots sit fully into the stove with cut-outs for the handles. This results in high heat transfer (but probably also hot handles and black pot sides). Individual householders in BO who have seen the stove in use in the shops and heard of the fuel saving are asking for the stoves but there was little interest in the village where fuelwood is collected free from the bush.
No doubt the project will have learnt much from the exercise and will perhaps be able to benefit from the stove development work of CILSS in Francophone West Africa.