Cooking With The Aprovecho Rocket Stove in the Marshall Islands

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

Since I have not been paid for a month now we are even having our own problems like NO PROPANE. It really is thank you Aprovecho for the test stoves. These shots show cooking supper with essentially 3 utak the long dark items with pointy ends next to the stove. These are actually the cover of the flower shoot of the coconut. . Note how Susan has torn the utak in to slender strips and just feeds in a few pieces a few inches at a time. If you look carefully you will note we have cheated a little bit having tossed in a few pieces of copra as well.

This is biomass cooking with native local sustainable materials using minimumal fuel. The methodology is totally simple and mimics local cooking practices anyway meaning that adoption into use should be smooth uncomplicated and natural for most house holds. I am all ready getting swamped with queries and requests for stoves. Susan's main endorsement which she has repeated several times is its like a stove, it doesn't smoke. It certainly turned out nice crispy fried chicken with good heat. I have been told Dean Jacobson at CMI in demonstrating the stove to his students went so far as to bring it inside. This absolutely amazed the kids cooking on a fire like it was an electric or kerosene stove.

So there world turns.

Mike
Under the panUnder the panFire insideFire inside

It really fries
It really fries