Friday, January 16, 2009

Forget firewood! Rice husk is the way to go!

Do you live far away from the closest forest? Is it costing you an arm and a leg to buy firewood for your stove? If so, then you should switch to a rice husk stove!

Rice husk stoves are fueled by rice husks instead of firewood. They are an ideal solution for villages with rice mills that are not near a forest. These stoves were introduced to Purainya village in Nepal, which is in this exact situation, by Nature and Human Development Centre (NHDC) with financial support from UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme.

The sudden increase in demand for rice husks has increased its cost ten-fold from Rs. 2 to Rs. 20 for 5 kg (2-7 days worth depending on family size). However, this is still significantly cheaper than firewood at about Rs. 150 per week.

For the full article, go here.