Ganesha Cookstove Project

Lab Testing

Testing in the Laboratory

Ganesha cookstove during formal third-party testing, with StoveTec pot from  Aprovecho

Ganesha cookstove during formal third-party testing, with StoveTec pot from Aprovecho

Testing of our cookstoves has been conducted at RTKC Nepal and RETS using internationally-recognized protocols.

Tests were conducted in several different ways. Here are some key results:

  • Maximum firepower: 10.6 kW (36,000 Btus). For comparison, a standard gas burner produces 9,000 to 11,000 Btus.

  • Fastest cooking: 12 minutes to boil 5 liters (1.3 gallons) of water

  • Able to burn dried cow dung at high firepower with no other biomass needed to maintain the fire

  • Efficiency as high as 32.3%, and emissions on par with market-leading stoves (see below for details)


Test results are shown below:

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First-generation Ganesha stove in use in Brabal, Nepal

First-generation Ganesha stove in use in Brabal, Nepal

Metal woodstove common in the Langtang region of Nepal

Metal woodstove common in the Langtang region of Nepal

Second-generation prototype in use in Solukhumbu, Nepal

Second-generation prototype in use in Solukhumbu, Nepal

Second protoype of Ganesha stove, after 16 months of continuous use.

Second protoype of Ganesha stove, after 16 months of continuous use.

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