Fuel Efficient Stoves and Cooking Methods
In situations where solar cooking is not feasible or cultural habits make its adaptation difficult, improved conditions can also be achieved through better fuel efficiency and methods.
Improved cook stoves are an attempt to address the negative social and environmental effects of the three stone fire. They increase the efficiency of heat transfer and fuel consumption and decrease the amount of indoor air pollution in the cooking area - thus reducing the amount of wood necessary to cook and improving health conditions. Additional efficiencies can be achieved through the use of wide pots to facilitate heat transfer over a larger area.
Improvements to cooking areas, cook stoves and retained heat cooking devices in kitchens can significantly contribute to a better quality of life.