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  1. My name is Lucas Dominic Kimosola. Proffesionaly, I am a Mechanical Engineer, handcaped after following right leg above knee amputation due to diabates foot. I am coming from Tanzania. We are growing rice in our area, so we have plenty rice husk. In order to save tree following excessive use of firewood and charcoal, I want to make Rice Husk Cooking Stove. Can you assist me on that?

    Lucas Dominic Kimosola

  2. Very good idea. If you live close to a mill, they may give you all the fuel you’ll ever need. Not all saw dust is used for compressed wood paneling etc. I suppose you could use some of their bark that’s been removed as well. That too is not always used for something else.

  3. About using rice hulls instead of sawdust — when I looked into house insulation, I read that rice hulls are difficult to burn. Do they do ok in a barrel stove?

    • According to numerous videos rice hulls will work, although I haven’t tested this yet.

      Update: I plan to test this on a small scale. If this works then we’ll have free fuel if we want.

  4. These are the best videos I could find. Let me know if you find any other good videos or info.

    More links:
    Mother Earth News http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/sawdust-stove-zmaz74ndzraw.aspx#axzz2YJaXuyvI (good article with drawings)
    “The rate of consumption is about an inch and a half to two inches per hour (the figure varies slightly with the quality of the fuel and how tightly it’s packed). A stove one foot in diameter will burn about six hours, and one eight inches across will operate long enough to cook a meal and produce some hot water to wash the pots and pans.”

    VITA technical bulletin on sawdust stoves http://www.cd3wd.com/cd3wd_40/vita/sawdstov/en/sawdstov.htm

    Double-drum sawdust stove http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/rn/rn_ne208.pdf
    (short version of VITA instructions?)

    ECHO appropriate technology report on sawdust cookstoves
    http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.echocommunity.org/resource/collection/C01889C5-4BB2-424C-962F-F5B14EF26E69/Sawdust_Cookstove.08.pdf

    Appropedia sawdust stoves http://www.appropedia.org/Sawdust_stove

    How to Build a Sawdust Stove http://barefootones.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/how-to-build-a-sawdust-stove/

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