Stove Building

Traditional three-stone fires lead to depletion of forests, air pollution and health issues; alternatives tailored to the region dramatically reduce this impact. NNF’s stove campaign saves over 3 million pounds of wood each year.

Using efficient stoves brings dramatic improvements for people around Kibale – saving firewood, producing less smoke, modernizing rural kitchens and so much more. The stoves are one of NNF’s most popular programs, and have been a great way for community members to bring conservation practices into their day-to-day lives. People, wildlife, and the forest we are working so hard to protect all benefit from efficient cooking.

NNF began the Kibale Fuel Wood Project in 2006 because 100% of people surveyed around the park said it was a struggle for them to find enough wood. The only alternative at the time was poaching wood from Kibale, which has had tremendous impact on the park and her inhabitants. Efficient stoves are one of the simplest ways to immediately stem deforestation.

The basic concept of the Rocket Stove is to build an insulated chimney that directs fire and hot air at the cooking vessel. NNF stoves are made from locally available materials like mud, bricks and dung, making them affordable to anyone and easily replicable on the local level. On average, families using efficient stoves burn 1/3 less wood than those with traditional three-stone fires.

NNF’s Community Liaisons work individually with families, training them on construction, maintenance and overall efficiency. In total, NNF has personally assisted in building 1,529 efficient stoves since 2006. By teaching people how to build the stoves (rather than building for them), individuals are empowered to improve their lives and help wildlife while acquiring the skills needed to repair and teach neighbors how to build their own.

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