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Dear Friends
As of this writing, it was just three hours since I was back from Tacloban City. I took the 13:40 flight of the Air Asia.
The following are the impressions I gathered from the trip. My observations were limited to only the city center from November 23 to 24, 2013 and through a distant observer’s point of view. However, I was not able to capture the anguish, and despair of the aftermath.

Joshua B. Guinto in the Phillippines used the Oblak Holey Roket stove as inspiration and created a stove with an extra compartment to store char until cooking is done and the char is sufficiently cooled. He has done a wonderful job of writing up the results in the attached pdf.
From his conclusion:
The Charmaking Stove is Born!

  • The Char Making Holey Roket Stove is born!!
  • It allows harvesting bio char safely and conveniently and without having to tip the stove over. It eliminates the risk of heat fatigue, burns and open fires.
  • It allows clean cooking with the similar performance as a gasifier stove.
  • It allows continuous cooking.
  • The stove will last for four years or more.
  • It can be used with many other kinds of fuels.
  • The stove is much cheaper and can be fabricated in village workshops thus promotes social inclusion much better.
  • With clay, the stove has very small ecological footprint.

NEW to this Eco-Kalan Project's Lakbay Aral Video:

  1. Income Earning and Business Potential of Eco-Kalan-C stove
    Banana-ques as example.
  2. Outstanding Cooking Performance of the Eco-Kalan-C
    Cooked for 111 persons at the Lakbay Aral luncheon at Felipa Beach, Dumaguete City, Philippines.

Using 2 Eco-Kalan-C, we cooked:

  • 126 kg of food (Pork & Beans, Pancit, Rice, Banana-ques, Fried Chicken); in
  • 5 hrs 19 minutes total cooking time on Eco-Kalan-C; using
  • 16.65 kg of firewood (star apple tree); valued at
  • Ᵽ75 pesos or USD $1.74 (under USD $2)

Eco-Kalan & Magic Box Demo to Lakbay Aral from Caticugan Elem. Sch., Siaton, Neg. Or., July 26, 2013
by Rebecca Vermeer
AIMS of Eco-Kalan Project:
To Improve the Health, Environment and Economics of Poor Communities.

Eco-Kalan Donors & Lunch Sponsors from Canada: Kees & Rebecca Arrieta Vermeer of Sidney, BC; and The Chilcotin Log Church of Hanceville, BC

LAKBAY-ARAL PROJECT
("Bayanihan Para sa Kabataan Lakbay-Aral Para Sa Karunungan at Kapayapaan" Project)
The Lakbay-Aral Project is a one-day Educational Tour of Dumaguete City for Grade 5 and Grade 6 pupils of selected elementary schools in isolated communities, most of which are within conflict zones in Negros Oriental, Philippines. It is designed to broaden the horizon of these school children by exposing them to other people, places and activities outside their respective community.

PROJECT PROPONENTS:
302ND BRIGADE, PHILIPPINE ARMY, NEGROS ORIENTAL
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, NEGROS ORIENTAL DIVISION
ORIENTAL NEGROS CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY NETWORK
ECO-KALAN PROJECT
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE

AIMS OF THE PROJECT:

  1. To promote the Bayanihan tradition of the Philippines as an effective tool in the pursuit of peace, security and development in the community.
  2. To strengthen the Philippine Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines' partnership with the peace and security stakeholders, in particular the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's).
  3. To promote education as a key to sustainable development and lasting peace in communities.

"The eco-KALAN Project" is a proud Partner of the Lakbay-Aral Project.

VermiChar Eco-fertilizers subsistence Garden
VermiChar Eco-fertilizers Subsistence Gard

Attached are the trials i did with biochar from rice husks and vermicast. I mixed the two together and filled the containers to become my garden.

Some of the lessons i learned

1. vermicast is highly water soluble and quick releasing than compost. Therefore i had to sprinkle a scoop of the vermicast once every week.

2. The vermi cast - biochar mix need a curing time before it can support the plants. Beneficial microorganisms can help cure the mix.

3. The earthworms take up a considerable amount of nutrients from the compost to become their body tissues.

And then do you think we can use the biochar-vermicast mix into the floating gardens? They are much lighter.

Good luck with your project.

Jed

Reinforced Holey Roket Stove
Holey Roket Stove - Drawing (side)
Holey Roket Stove top view

by Joshua B. Guinto
Specialist, Sustainable Village Technologies

1 The Basic Mechanisms of the Rocket Stove. With the lessons from people like Rok Oblak, Richard Stanley and the Aprovecho Institute the author began learning to build the holey roket stove in his workshop at Daet, Camarines Norte. With sheer perseverance and amidst scarcity, he was able to create several models and delivered skills training to poor people in Camarines Norte, Sorsogon and recently in Bulacan.

2. Among the many feedbacks from the users are the limitation of the holey roket stove in terms of (1) fragility in handling and (2) capacity to receive bigger loads when cooking for bigger occasions and events and for food business. In response, one of the models was picked up for reinforcements.

3. The Innovations as of July 2013

Rice husk Gasifier stoves
Rice husk Gasifier stoves
Instruction sheet 1
Instruction sheet 2

From Alexis Belonio:
Good morning!!

Attached are the info on the latest development on rice husk gas stove in India. Just to update you that rice husk gas stove is now being commercialized by Navdurga Metal Industries of India.

From the India Economic Times:

The three-year-old startup based at Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh has created rice husk-powered, smokeless biomass cooking stoves that significantly reduce the cost of household spending on conventional fuel sources such as LPG, electricity, kerosene, wood and wood charcoal. "Rice husks can give about 3,000 kilo calorie of energy, compared with wood that gives between 3,800 and 4,000. These stoves reduce carbon emissions, and cooking costs significantly," said Jaiswal, 31. Nav Durga's first product, aptly named Janta Chulha Smokeless Stove, was launched in 2009 and priced at Rs 500. It has now launched a range under the brand name, Agni, which caters to both domestic and industrial customers. "We currently manufacture up to domestic 10,000 cook stoves and about 50 commercial stoves a month. We want to ramp that up to 20,000 domestic and up to 1,000 commercial stoves soon," Jaiswal said.

According to recent industry data, about 67% of Indian households, adding up to about 166 million households, continue to use solid fuels as their primary source of cooking fuel. While conversion to modern fuels has accelerated in urban areas, rural areas have been slow. Saurabh and the firm's co-founder Arvind Jaiswal, 56, have set up their own distribution and supply chain system. The startup currently has about 50 distributors spread across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Punjab. The company employs about 50, spread across two facilities in Faizabad and Faridabad, in Haryana. "The manufacturing is done by local talent alone," Jaiswal said.

The original news article, and instructions sheets for the stoves are attached as pdf files.

Eco-Kalan Presentation in the Philippines (January 26, 2013)

Rebecca Vermeer
Eco-Kalan Project
Email: ravermeer@telus.net

Find out more about the Eco-Kalan:
http://stoves.bioenergylists.org/eco-kalan

Greetings

We just started the Stove manufacturing, we have the infrastructure for desired qty u asked, I have attached the image of the stove, you can contact us if you require any more information.

Thanks & Regards,
Prashanth CV
CEO
PTC-INDIA
# 2332, K R Road, 20th Cross,
Bana Shankari II Stage,
Bangalore – 560070,

TEL : 91-80-65411295, MOBILE: +91-98440 46383
FAX : 91-80-26577146, SKYPE: prashu.cv
E-mail : ptc.blr@gmail.com,
web : www.udaygroup.com

The Swan Stove is a Double Burner
The Swan Stove Can also Cook and Grill
Mr Booh Roket Stove

More pictures of Jed's work on Stoves and also a pdf of Jed's work on stoves and ovens

Also take a look at http://www.stoves.bioenergylists.org/Holey-Roket-2013
for other pictures of this type of stove.

Jed started with the Rok Oblak Holey Roket stove:
http://stoves.bioenergylists.org/taxonomy/term/243

and has been making improvements to the design detailed in the pdf, and has these lovely stoves made with the help of the artists he's been working with in the Philippines.

These are the features that he's working to include in the latest batch of stoves:

  • A side fed fuel chamber allows for continuous cooking.
  • Better flame control.
  • Eliminating the risk of handling hot char.
  • Allowing for multiple fuel types
  • Clay is less expensive than metal.
  • Clay stimulates employment, social inclusion, and creativity
  • Clay stoves are heavier and brittle but they outlast equivalent metal stoves, some lasting for longer than 3 years of continuous use.
File attachments: 
Holey Roket Stove Double-Barell as a Fish
Holey Roket Stove as a Truck
Prototype Holey Roket on a box blatform with a Char pocket

See even more pictures at http://www.stoves.bioenergylists.org/Phillipines-Holey-Roket

The first two stoves in the attached i already am making since the past years. And recently, i have been teaching women and soon their husbands to also make their rocket stoves here in the province of Bulacan under a disaster preparedness program by the Save the Children International. They also make their own designs of flowers, castle towers, chess characters, and faces into their stoves.

the drawing in the third attachment is a prototype in process. It is a Holey Rocket Stove with a char pocket on the side and a box as a platform. I hope to finish it in the coming weeks.

Joshua Guinto
jed.building.bridges@gmail.com

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