The Jiko Poa is a Kenan produced stove that uses a ceramic core and sheet metal body. The $15 stove is designed to be manufactured within the community where they are distributed to multiply the economic benefits. While other stove makers have struggled to get viable local manufacturing operations going, Burn Design Lab and The Paradigm Project are looking locally to produce and sell one million of these stove in the next decade.
The technology is dubbed the rocket stove, a seemingly simple device that has a large vertical cylinder to hold a pot and an opening at the bottom to feed the combustible biomass to efficiently cook a meal or pasteurize drinking water. While the concept has been proven to be simple, effective and best of all cheap, studies in fluid dynamics, geometry, and advanced materials are leading to very efficient high-tech designs which can reduce the smoke by 95 percent.
Add to that the fact that fuel consumption is reduced by half, which helps to curb expenses for families and slows the clearing of forests just for cooking fuel. All of theses factors make these stoves essential for the long term sustainability of a significant portion of the world population. These stoves are precision technologies that are far superior to homemade stoves, and they are designed to be affordable for even the poorest in the world with prices as low as $15 a unit.