Protecting the cloud forest by conserving wood fuel
Wood burning stoves
Traditionally, women prepare their meals indoors on open fires. In addition to being an inefficient use of fuel wood, these stoves often do not vent to the outdoors, leading to chronic respiratory conditions. The CMWA began the first phase of wood saving stove installations in the 5 watershed communities. The wood saving stove design is based off of the Lorena Stove. Masons from each community were trained in making these biomass stoves. Using brick and a metal cooking surface, the fire chamber is shaped to draw well and create cleaner combustion. Smoke is kept out of the kitchen through a chimney pipe. While local mason's direct the work, families participate and have provided useful feedback. This feedback has led to design improvements. In the first round of 172 installed stoves, we estimate that we helped families reduce fuel consumption by between 20 and 40%.