ARC has been unpleasantly surprised on several occasions by the results of USAID field studies. For example:

  • When a popular high mass Rocket stove (6-brick stove) used about as much wood to cook compared to open fires. In fact, the open fire outperformed or equaled the performance of all the high mass stoves!
from: Summary Evaluation Report of Fuel-Efficient Stoves in IDP Camps, USAID, 2007

At the same time, the bad news forced ARC to make better stoves! Thank you, USAID! For a list of more USAID Biomass Stove Field Studies, see our Publications page.

Next week in Part 2: the field informs the lab.

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