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close this bookAppropriate Community Technology - A Training Manual (Peace Corps; 1982; 685 pages)
View the documentThe Farallones Institute Rural Center
View the documentCHP International, INC.
View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentIntroduction
Open this folder and view contentsPhase I: Introduction to training
close this folderPhase II: Earthen construction and fuel-saving cookstoves
View the documentPhase II Calendar
View the documentSession 1. Environmental health and sanitation
View the documentSession 2. Traditional methods of cooking: an introduction to cookstove technologies
View the documentSession 3. Fuel-saying cookstoves: gathering information
View the documentSession 4. Cookstove design and innovations
View the documentSession 5. Thinking in pictures: introduction to design drawing
View the documentSession 6. Introduction to independent study
View the documentSession 7. Cookstove operation function and design principles
View the documentSession 8. Understanding the cookstove design process and soil mixes
View the documentSession 9. Insolation meter construction
View the documentSession 10. Cookstove construction
View the documentSession 11. Nature of volunteerism: expectations beyond training
View the documentSession 12. Food issues
View the documentSession 13. The role of the volunteer in development: definition of appropriate technology
View the documentSession 14. Stove promotion and dissemination
View the documentSession 15. Explaining completed cookstoves
View the documentSession 16. Evaluating cookstove efficiency
View the documentSession 17. Diagnosing and repairing malfunctioning cookstoves
View the documentSession 18. Other responses to fuel scarcity
View the documentSession 19. Charcoal production and stoves
View the documentSession 20. Custom and food
View the documentSession 21. Design and construction of the second stove part one: stove base
View the documentSession 22. Alternative cookstoves: presentations
View the documentSession 23. Basic nutrition
View the documentSession 24. Cookstove operation
View the documentSession 25. Cookstove development and innovation
View the documentSession 26. Cookstove information and resources/ evaluation of cookstove training
Open this folder and view contentsPhase III: Pedal/treadle power
Open this folder and view contentsPhase IV: Solar water heaters
Open this folder and view contentsPhase V: Solar agricultural dryers
Open this folder and view contentsPhase VI: Concluding the program: The energy fair
Open this folder and view contentsAppendices

Session 17. Diagnosing and repairing malfunctioning cookstoves


Total time:

1 hour


* To diagnose problems with malfunctioning stoves
* To discuss cultural values which influence diagnosis and repair of malfunctioning stoves


* Attachment II-17/1, "Cookstove Role-Play Situations"
* Evans and Boutette, Lorena Stoves, pp. 76-75


Malfunctioning cookstoves, fuel, pots for cooking

Trainer Notes

This session requires preparation. You will need several malfunctioning stoves. If necessary, sabotage the stoves so that each has a different problem, i.e., a fallen firebox bridge, cracks, poor draft, poorly fitting potholes, a clogged chimney or tunnel, etc.

Before the session begins, select three volunteers from among the participants to take part in the role-play. The role-players should consist of a woman villager and a visiting man-woman team of development workers involved in a cookstove program.

Brief the "Village Woman" apart from the "Development Workers" to promote more spontaneous and genuine responses from the role-players. Distribute Part A of the Attachment IT-17/1 to the "Village Woman" and Part B to the "Development Workers." The role-players should be prepared before the session begins.


Step 1. (5 minutes)
Review the session objectives and explain the activities.

Trainer Notes

Explain that this is a two-part session: Part One will deal with diagnosing problems with cookstoves, and Part Two will deal with repairing them.

When you mention the role-play activity, ask that participants watch for behaviors among the role-players that reflect cultural values.

Step 2. (15 minutes)
Have the volunteers perform the role-play.

Step 3. (15 minutes)
Have participants discuss the role-play.

Trainer Notes

To stimulate discussion, ask the following questions:

* How did the role-players feel during their performances?
* What did you notice during the role-play that might have reflected the development workers' cultural values? The villagers cultural values?
* What issues were brought out regarding diagnosis and repair of malfunctioning stoves?

Step 4. (20 minutes)
Guide the participants to each of the malfunctioning stoves and have them diagnose the problem with each.

Trainer Notes

* Have the participants suggest ways to repair each stove.
* It may be necessary to start fires in some of the stoves to diagnose the problems.


Part A: The Village Woman

You are the woman-of-the-house in a small rural village. About six months ago, a team of development workers from the Ministry of Community Development convinced you that you needed an improved cookstove. They built the stove and briefly showed you how to use it.

You used the stove successfully for a few weeks when it ceased to function properly. You were unable to find out why, so you returned to cooking on an open fire.

You had heard from a village official that a new development team was in the area, and that they might be able to repair the stove. You have invited them to stop by your house.

When they arrive, you will be cooking on an open fire next to your non-functioning sand/clay cookstove. To make the role-play more realistic, you are encouraged to improvise a costume and, if possible, be preparing a hot beverage for your visitors.

Part B: The Development Team

You are a female health worker and a male technical stove worker assigned to the Ministry of Community Development. You have recently arrived in-country and have just begun your field assignment. This is your first visit to a village and you are very eager to make a favorable impression.

You have been asked by one of the village officials to visit the house of one of the village women to examine her improved cookstove that is not functioning properly. You have been told by the official that the stove was built about six months ago by another team of development workers.


Total time:

1 hour


To repair malfunctioning cookstoves and/or improve existing ones


Evans and Boutette, Lorena Stoves, pp. 74-75


Damaged or poorly constructed stoves, sand/clay mix, water, spoons, machetes


Step 1. (55 minutes)
Have the participants form work groups and repair or improve a malfunctioning or poorly constructed stove.

Trainer Notes

* Assign each work group one of the malfunctioning stoves.

* Circulate among the groups and assist them by pointing out specific problems and methods for repairing them.

* Mention the importance of improving stoves through better baffles, different kinds of dampers, better firebox sizes and shapes, etc.

Step 2. (5 minutes)
Reconvene the groups and have them read pages of Lorena Stoves before the end of the session.

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