Smokeless Stove Uses 80% Less Fuel

Posted on March 16, 2006  Comments (6)

Philips Smokeless Stove Uses 80% Less Fuel, Saves Lives

300 million families in the world’s poorest regions burn wood for cooking, and smoke and toxic emissions kill 1.6 million people per year.

That claim in the article is disputed by a comment on the web site. The difficulty of drawing direct causation for many medical problems makes such claims difficult to prove. A scientific paper explores the issue:

Chronic pulmonary disease in rural women exposed to biomass fumes

There is little question finding engineering solutions that serve to reduce health risks are often much better than trying to deal with the health consequences after people are sick. So providing safe drinking water, for example, will do more for health than increase spending on medical care to treat those who get sick.

Additionally the opportunities to save lives and improve health in the world often do not require cutting edge science. It is often a matter of engineering effective solutions for hundreds of millions and billions of people living without what those in the wealthy take for granted (Water and Electricity for AllSolar Powered Hearing AidAppropriate Technology).

6 Responses to “Smokeless Stove Uses 80% Less Fuel”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Blog Archive » Engineering at Home
    August 15th, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

    Kevin Kelly has started a new blog: Street Use. Street Use highlights home engineered technology solutions. Interesting stuff, and given the Kevin Kelly”™s great ideas this blog should be interesting…

  2. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Lifestraw
    November 19th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    Lifestraw is a filter solution that allows water to be purified for about 6 months (before needing to be replaced) at a cost of just $3.50….

  3. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » ‘Refrigerator’ Without Electricity
    April 3rd, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

    “Ingenious technique that requires no external energy supply to preserve fruit, vegetables and other perishables in hot, arid climates. The pot-in-pot cooling system, a kind of ‘desert refrigerator’…”

  4. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Fixing the World on $2 a Day
    July 18th, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

    “Despite their simplicity, Smith’s creations made her a minor celebrity at MIT, and in 2000 she became the first woman to win the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. The same year, she began teaching full time at the university.”

  5. Kat russell
    April 4th, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    How can I buy one of these stoves? I am a secret survivalist.

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