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Cooking… by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
February 9, 2010, 2:57 pm
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Cooking stoves are such an integral part of our everyday life. The article “The Perfect Stove” in the New Yorker discusses the success and failure of engineers to create affordable, environmentally friendly, and easy to use stoves. Four stoves and their designs are discussed in detail. The technology for these stoves varies from fans, batteries to gasifiers. The low-emissions stove being designed by Aprovecho which uses a fan that uses heat from the fire to generate its own power was particularly interesting.  I am sure some of these stoves will help supplement Mercy Corps efforts in the “Stove Projects” being undertaken in the African countries and other parts of the world.

Reading this article made me reminisce about my childhood which was spent mostly in a remote village in the southern part of India where I spent most of my evenings watching my grandmother cook on the old fashioned wood stove, covered in soot and perpetually teary eyed because of the smoke. For sure my late grandmother would have appreciated the efforts of these engineers and their quest for new and improved stoves!

The Perfect Stove: News Desk : The New Yorker

Submitted by Kokila Mallikarjuna

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