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Charcoal in the ARC stoves in Majuro
Michael Trevor, Marshall Island, December 13, 2008

Charcoal From ARCCharcoal From ARC
Fuel and CharFuel and Char
Prepping Flower Shoots Covers UtakPrepping Flower Shoot Covers Utak

It was asked if the ARC's stoves here in the Marshall make charcoal Absolutely

I went back and looked after we had to use the stove because the propane ran out, here in town. you answer pulpy punky material or not yes the stove does produce charcoal.

The charcoal in the pictures is charred copra used to light the stove and the pieces of the flower shoot that even show the grain and structure of the original pieces.

The flower shoot cover Spathe or Utak is an often used fuel anyway. Ripped by hand into small strips it works particularly well in the ARC rocket stoves. Copra, dried coconut meat, is the major cash crop and source of income for most. Its use would be limited to only a few chips as a starter material.

I find a spritz of kerosene from a old 409 bottle or even a squirt of WD-40 does fine as a starter too. Various pieces of fronds and leaflets are really bio trash stuff and if they can be use effectively a really handy application.

As for char structure, after it goes through my blender I am not at all sure there is much left.
Remember I have been using Charcoal slurppees for a while. Charcoal, fish scraps if there are and a touch of 20/20/20 and a pinch of sugar.

So better cooking and may your terra preta plot grow too.

Michael N Trevor
Marshall Islands

"Cocos nucifera"

Cooking With The Aprovecho Rocket Stove in the Marshall Islands
Michael Trevor, Marshall Islands, December 11, 2008

Frying with a little copra and udakFrying with a little copra and udak

For some of you this may be old hat but for others maybe new bits of information

Introducing the Aprovecho Research Center (ARC) rocket stove to the Marshall Islands
Michael N Trevor, Enemanit , Marshall Islands December 6, 2008

Cooking on Rocket Stove While Still Starting Shell Fire
Cooking on Rocket Stove While Still Starting Shell Fire

Hello from the Marshall Islands, thing are progressing just slowly

I thought you might like these attached pictures. Dean Still and his crew John, Todd and Sandra along with Dr Richard Zellar on their (Aprovecho) Board really went the extra mile to help me get the stoves here to test. It took over half a year to accomplish. I complement them for the extra effort.

Initial reaction has been very positive, even right thru the roof. The best appellation was "fabulous", and others say "really good" or its almost like a kerosene stove. This thing really has potential to help people. Even the Ministry of Health has taken an interest for a public health view.

The stove being used next to a "normal" open fire from shell is really illustrative. The entire pot of eggs and potatoes for a picnic salad cooked on pieces of 2 or 3 flower spathes while the other fire was still being built.

The nearly smokeless fire is obvious. The steaming pot shows well right next to the harsh acrid shell smoke. Pollution.Junction !!!.

As for the fuel the difference in labor should be noted, Susan simply walked across the yard
picking up three "utok" from coconut spathes on the ground and lit them. Juli the young man however had to pick up and haul in a partial bad of nuts. Then they were husked, cracked and the meat cut out. Finally he spend the entire time Susan was cooking just getting his fire going,

Please note Susan is not even using the stove correctly as the pot was just big enough the the skirt fell down the outside of the stove. I believe the skirt is not going to be popular even though I carefully explained its importance and use to hold heat against the pot.

Fuel shortage is not an issue here as in some places. Right now I am working our a combination of chopped frond pieces for an XL woodgas stove and then running the midrib sections through the ARC rocket stove. The looks to be a nice usage of what is usually trash that is burned.

Sincerely yours

Michael N Trevor
Marshall Islands

Aprovecho Research Center

Coconut fiber Stove, Biomass Shredder and Pelletizer

Alexis Belonio, University of the Phillipines, May, 2008

Cocopeat PelletizerCocopeat Pelletizer

Marshall Islands Kitchen
Michael N Trevor, Enemanit, Majuro, Marshall Islands, March 2007
Marshall Islands KitchenMarshall Islands Kitchen

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