''Miha'' Institutional Stove Kenya
by Waclaw Micuta of REDI, Geneva
The REDI group has developed stove designs an' is now promoting
the two stoves described below.
1. The Miha (Micuta/Haas) Institutional Stove used in Kenya and
Fig 1- Miha Stove With Cooker
This patented multifuel stove can be manufactured in sheet metal,
in clay or in bricks using standardised metal components. The production costs
are relatively low when compared to improved stoves. Fuel efficiency rate in
stoves built according to the designs and correctly operated are reported to be
around 45%. Specific wood consumption is 60-70 gms wood per kg of food cooked.
In comparison with the current inefficient cooking methods of community cooking,
the stoves can save 70-90% of wood fuel. Food simmers for 1 to 1 1/2 hours after
the flames have gone. Metal stoves have double walls filled with sand or soil as
insulation. MIHA patented kerosine burners or local LPG burners can be fitted to
the stoves. REDI grants patent rights and technical know how to qualified local
Fig 2 - The Construction Of The Stove
2. MIHA (Michuta/Haas) household, multifuel, multipot, sheet metal
Fig 3 - The Marek Stove
This patented transportable stove can be fired with any available
fuel, preferably with wood, agricultural or urban waste. It is a one hole stove
on which three different diameter pots can be used. Its production requires 6
kgs of ordinary steel sheet, five kgs cast iron (or 3 kgs sheet metal) for the
fire box and 2 man days work on small scale or 1 man day work on larger scale
production. The stove works with cooking pots designed for this purpose. Its
fuel efficiency rate is about 45%. Its specific wood consumption is about 60-80
gms wood per kg of food cooked. With cast iron fire box, food simmers for about
1 hour after flames are gone and it can therefore be used in enclosed premises.
REDI grants patent rights and know how to qualified local enterprises.
Fig 4 - The Construction Of The Marec
Ed - REDI Renewable Energy Development Institute), a non-profit
organization is a group of professionals experienced in third world problems and
dedicated to helping third world countries in a practical manner. Waclaw Micuta
has long experience in third world stove work first as Director and
Vice-President of the Bellerive Foundation and later as President of REDI.
Author of "Modem Stoves for