Cookswell Jikos

Now available internationally from www.cookswell.eu (Cookswell Nederlands) - original, handcrafted Kenyan designed energy saving charcoal convection ovens - bake, roast, toast or steam all of your favorite foods using just a tiny handful of charcoal.

Support local Kenyan innovators and a young Dutch businessman and you can save money, save energy and eat well with a Cookswell Oven.

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To help encourage more people to start small business bakeries in East Africa we are proudly partnering with to offer comprehensive packages for starting up a small business. They include training on how to use a charcoal oven, baking tins, mixing bowls, business plans, internet registration and even an apron and a hat!

Classes are held just outside of Nairobi past Kikuyu or we can arrange to come to your location (in East Africa).

Learn how to bake healthy cookies, pizza, sweet potato bread, cakes, bread rolls and even roast peanuts to make peanut butter!

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We are trying to (a) reduce the amount of emmisisons from charcoal production and (b) Condense and recover as much of the smoke into a usable product for your home/farm. Wood tar - the following is an explanation from the good folks at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) about what is going on in this process.
"The non-water component consists of wood tars, both water soluble and insoluble, acetic acid, methanol, acetone and other complex chemicals in small amounts. If left to stand, the proligneous acid separates into two layers comprising the water insoluble tar and a watery layer containing the remaining chemicals. Recovery of the water insoluble tar, often called wood or Stockholm tar, is simple - it is merely decanted from the water phase. This wood tar has uses as a veterinary antiseptic, a preservative for wood, a caulking agent, and as a substitute for road tar" http://www.fao.org/docrep/x5328e/x5328e0d.htm

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A wonderful afternoon with Susan Kamau's Kenya Kitchens Cooking Club. Susan is a Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Ambassasdor Chef and we very pleased to partner with her to have a open afternoon at UCHUMI SUPERMARKETS LTD to hold a baking demonstration and discussion about energy conservation, clean cooking, nutritional baking as a business and of course healthy delicious eating!

A loaded kinyanjui type barrel kiln carbonizing maize cobs
free fuel!
a full kin of maize cob and branch charcoal made in less the a day
the maize cob charcoal cooks with high heat and little smoke.

Four very good reasons why to make your own charcoal from dry maize cobs.

  1. They are FREE!! (minimal processing required and are widely available as a farm waste product)
  2. Maize cob charcoal is very easy to make and leaves few charcoal fines. (no need for expensive briquetting)
  3. They are easy to light and burn very hot with little ash and are perfect for cooking a quick meal.
  4. Using maize cob charcoal means ZERO reliance on tree's and forests, LPG gas or unreliable and expensive electricity supplies for your cooking fuel needs. And with a Cookswell Jiko you can bake, boil, roast and toast all of your favorite foods

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Did you know that more then half of the price of a bag of charcoal in Nairobi is money needed for paying bribes to get illegal bush charcoal to town? Save your money (and Kenya's forests) by making your own charcoal at home using only your own twigs and pruned tree branches. (or timber mill waste)

For all your domestic cooking needs,

High quality original Kenya Ceramic 'Cookswell' Jikos cookstoves of all sizes shapes and use's.

Save up to 70% on elelctricity/ LPG gas use by switching to biomass charcoal.

see http://www.kenyacharcoal.blogspot.com for more information. NIKE HYPERLIVE EP

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