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Rocket Stove More Efficient, Economical

In a bid to assist rural women adapt to climate change the Ministry for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation had embarked on the FJ Rocket Stove Project. Its project
21 Sep 2014 08:55
Rocket Stove More  Efficient, Economical

In a bid to assist rural women adapt to climate change the Ministry for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation had embarked on the FJ Rocket Stove Project.

Its project officer Ravulo Naulumatua said he came up with the idea when he was working at a renewable energy project at the University of the South Pacific.

“The Rocket stoves are small efficient stoves that can produce a hot flame from only a few small pieces of wood,” Mr Naulumatua said.

He said this project was introduced to help women save money and time by using a small amount of firewood to cook with.

“It also uses a variety of wood for cooking, ranging from twigs, small wood scraps, or just about any small combustible material.”

Mr Naulumatua said it operated twice as efficiently as, and substantially more safely than the open fire cooking method used by families in rural communities.

He said they used local materials such as flat iron, steel rod, mix of cement and tin cans.

“We can also control the heat because of the heat resistant cement which shoots the heat upwards.”

Mr Naulumatua said it was advisable for women to use the Rocket stove outside their homes if they did not have a special fireplace.

He said each Rocket stove costs $35.

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