Mass Production

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott, New Dawn Engineering, Swaziland June 3, 2006

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Manual clay ring forming machine for making the combustion chamber of a small single-pot Rocket Stove.
New Dawn Engineering
Crispin Pemberton-Pigott June 2 2006

Ten top tips for successful scaling up
Alan Brewis, Enterprise Works 2005

Practical Action Boilng Point Issue 50 2005

Please read the whole article for the details. Every tips has great detail that will save you hours of work.

The premise: in creating a successful stoves scale up - you need to create a supply chain of successful stoves manufacturers and retail businesses, as well as people who will be able to maintain and fix the stoves (even when they are imported from elsewhere).

the tips:

  • Don't tell the customer that you are from an NGO
  • Know your customers and their habits
  • Copy good ideas from the private sector - e.g. manufacturing, branding and marketing tips
  • Give the stove status and style
  • Balance demand creation with supply
  • Pay attention to quality control
  • Treat your retailers well
  • Pay your sales agents on a commission basis
  • Beware of projects bearing your stoves as gifts. This undercuts your hardworking retail outlets
  • Use your stove on a regular basis, using your stove to cook on will help you educate your customers and improve your stoves

Advanced Stoves Laboratory at Colorado State University
Peter Letvin , Elisa Guzman, Dr. Bryan Willson
Global Innovation Center for Energy, Environment & Health, CSU January 2006

High Volume Production of Clean Cook Stoves for Honduras
Bryan Willson and Peter Letvin, Colorado State University Global Innovation Center for Energy, Environment and Health January 2006

See the attached paper Designing Stoves for Mass Production
Don O'Neal, HELPS International, Boiling Point 50 2005

Don O'Neal describes HELPS strategy for mass producing stoves in Guatemala.

Kilns and Brick Making, A Rough Draft (2.3 MB pdf), Ken Goyer, March, 2006

Ken Goyer has posted a 2.3 MB pdf document on the stoves site titled "Kilns and Brick Making, A Rough Draft". While it may be work in progress it illustrates a lot that we need to learn about brick making to accelerate stove construction. Many thanks to Ken.

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