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Baker Cookstove ? an energy efficient cookstove for the developing world

May 20, 2013

The majority of women in the developing world prepare food on a technology called a three-stone fire. It is basically three rocks that support a pot with an open fire in the middle. This cooking method is very inefficient and leads to many environmental and health problems. Another bad side effect is that children are denied education and future because they are ofteh sent to collect firewood instead of going to school. Since the three-stone method is a tradition since thousand of years a new stove must allow the user to keep their way of life intact to be successful. Swedish design company Claesson Koivisto Rune worked in collaboration with Top Third Ventures on a solution to make a stove that burns wood, but as efficient as possible. The result os a cookstove made of recycled aluminium and with a trapezoid folding that correspond to weight, heat transmission and sturdiness. They studied local methods of cooking, tools and containers to get inspiration and to gain cultural insight. As a result the final shape of the Baker Cookstove as well as its strong colours are reminiscent of traditional African cookware. The cookstove is manufactured in Kenya. The design approach has really [...]

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