Marcel Westdijk posted photos of introducing the briquette technology and Roket Stoves in Salima, Malawi; thank you Marcel! Here is a few words from him:

I started designing a stove, based on Rok’s design, with a local tinsmith. I once used this stove with our nightguard, who cooked his sweet potatos and his tea on it, using two briquettes only. Normally it would have costed him quite some wood or at least MK 40 (about USD 0.25)  he was, just like me, pleasantly surprised and has used it for three nights now, including the sample / test bricks I made earlier. He is very enthusiast and asked me to explain to him how it works, he is a serious guy (and honestly; much to smart to be a security guard, but anyway) and I think a second group is going to start shortly…..

The photo’s attached are from our neighbor who is one of the persons testing the stoves. Her name is Mrs. Chizenga she is testing for one week how this stove behaves, she is looking at consumption of bricks, speed of boiling water, cooking nsima, comparing with traditional resources, etc. Mrs. Chizenga has to cook for six persons every day. Before using this stove she was using firewood, because it burns faster than charcoal and the firewood is cheaper than charcoal. From the moment she started using the briquettes in combination with the stove, she is very enthusiast of this way of cooking and has said she would love to continue using this briquettes and stove. Mrs. Chizenga has asked yesterday to become part of the group that has also started producing the briquettes; of course she is welcome to join us….

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6 thoughts on “Malawi

  1. Why is Mrs. Chizenga not using the Corn cobs, floating around her feets, as fuel as well?
    We have been using Corn cobs in the gasifier unit Peko Pe with a great success.
    In a combustion chamber of 6 L (one gallon) , they where burning for half an hour and afterwords put into a Mbawula (Zambia), glowing for another 45 mins.
    No need for processing, just cut into two or three pieces to fit into the combustion chamber.

    Otto F.

    1. There are many stoves and many fuels on the market, giving many different results. We always try to think of different solutions for a particular environment and use whatever fits the most. Thank you for your suggestion, I’m sure it works well yes

    1. Hi Marcel, briquettes are made of different materials, pretty much anything that can burn cleanly, like grass, leaves, dung and other agricultural residues, paper, sawdust etc. You can find everything you need to know from our friends at Legacy Found dot org. What kind of materials do you have available in your environment?

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