Fuel use and design analysis of improved wood burning cook stoves in Guatemalan Highlands


Domitila Vasquez, Expediat Rameriz, Jaspal Sandhu, Jessica Granderson, Kirk Smith


air quality, contextual design, fuel efficiency, Guatemala, human factors, kitchen performance test, participant observation, plancha, wood fuel


Biomass and Bioenergy

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Policy Summary

Previous studies have found that transitioning to improved woodburning cookstoves (plancha) decreased the amount of fuel used. This study’s findings did not support that result. However, the authors noted many areas of their experimental design that could be altered to improve trial conditions. This could have policy implications for indoor air pollution, forestry, food preparation, amongst other areas. This particular article is older and lacks strong evidence.

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