Project Gaia Nigeria Pilot Study Activities Update Delta State, Nigeria 9 April 2007 (1.1 MB pdf)
Joe Obeuh, Harry Stoves, Jim Murren, Project Gaia
Pilot study stove sites:
Asaba pilot study location--60 stoves
Abraka town and sub-location--45 stoves
Warri town and sub-location--45 stoves
Methanol Use Among Households:
During Phase 1, methanol was provided free to study participants, with surveyors going daily to the households to refill the canisters. Most households were using about a liter/day to meet their cooking needs, having stopped using their other stoves, suggesting an average of about 6 liters/week to use the CleanCook stove.
Phase 2 is under way now, with households paying N25.00/liter of methanol (US$ 0.21). Surprisingly, the households are purchasing more than the standard average-use of 6 liters/week. Reasons for doing so include: want to stock up for the Easter holiday when larger amounts of food are prepared, prefer cooking with the CleanCook stove, have stopped using kerosene and wood stoves.
“The stove has been wonderful, in fact, we don’t have the problem of kerosene fumes anymore. The heat output is fine, in fact I have put my kerosene stove aside already as you can see. It is faster than the kerosene stove; it also cooks without getting your food burnt. It cooks clean and doesn’t stain your pots and there is no smoke at all. My pots are now constantly clean. It has saved me so much money on the use of scouring powder, which I was using to remove soot stains from my pots when I was using the kerosene stove. You can see my pile ofclean pots in the shelf behind you.” Mrs. E. A. Uviovu, Ughelli town, Warri study location