This blog post is related to a previous blog post called Low Cost Cooking Options in Nepal. There’s a fuel shortage there right now and people are having to seek other cooking methods. Today’s blog post features terra cotta twig stoves and cooking pots — another low cost way to cook. The price is right. The stove is $2.80 and the pot is $4.20, so the whole thing costs $7 from the local market. Of course you could use your own pot and just buy the stove..
This terra cotta stove is not as efficient as a rocket stove, however it is suitable for burning all sorts of locally available materials such as twigs, corn cobs, bamboo, pine cones, plant stalks, palm fronds, leaves, newspapers, charcoal, homemade briquettes, etc. It’s also very adaptable. You could add a $2 grill grate on top of the stove and cook on it like a hibachi grill.
This photo shows the removable fuel grate inside the twig stove that supports the charcoal, branches or other fuel.
If you can’t find these terra cotta stoves and pots for sale in your area, consider taking a pottery class at a local art supply store or tech college and making them yourself.